Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pizza problem

Question for any and all.

Say you are counting calories/points/carbs or whatever and you decide to order a pizza from a carryout place. ( yes it is better to make your own or even buy a frozen  one, but for the sake of this discussion, let's stick to order out pizzas). You go to look up the nutritional information for something comparable , if you are ordering from a small local place because thy do not list their nutritional information.All data is based on a pizza of  specific size diameter with specific toppings and cut into wedges. No information on how many wedges are used to divide the pizza, so no definitive numbers that you can factor in to find the number of servings in the whole pie. With me so far ?

Now you order out your pizza and assume that a medium serves 3-4 people. Which, if your pizza in cut in wedges, this would usually mean the pizza is divided into 8 wedges, and a serving would be 2 slices and the calorie count/nutrition info listed would be for 2 slices.  Okay, that's easy enough.  So what happens when you get said pizza home and it is cut into squares ? How many squares per serving ? What is the nutritional info for the whole pie ? Who would bother to drag out a calculator when said pizza arrives and you are starving ??

I think the safe answer , if you are a weight watcher and consume 1/3rd of the pie would be to consider that you have consumed 22 points( not too bad if you have not dipped into your bonus points for the week).I think the other answer is to demand that all take out pizzas be served in wedges ,instead of squares !


Baby Stepping said...

Hahaha - maybe we could create a government agency to regulate pizza servings. LOL!


spunkysuzi said...

I think my jaw would have hit the ground when i opened the box :) After all the time you took to figure out the serving size and points! Some days are just like that, aren't they.

blessedmama said...

Very interesting dilemma! I would eat two to three squares, if that roughly equaled the size of two normal wedges. Oh, what problems we face!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

We should start a petition that all pizzas should be in perfectly shaped triangles too! I think your guesstimate is very accurate. Thank you for your nice comment on the blog - I thought of you and your losses as well.