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Quick -- when did you last have a slice of pizza? If you're like most of America, you may have a slice or two of 'za every week -- and that's not a big surprise given it's been called the world's most popular food.

While many may think of pizza as a splurge, here's a new way to think of it: Pizza can actually fit into a balanced, healthy diet and provide many nutrients when eaten in moderation.

That's because pizza can help you get many nutrients like calcium, protein, fiber and potassium -- in fact, pizza is the number three source of calcium in Americans who are two-years-old and older.

Plus, there are several small (and delicious) steps you can take to balance calories and add nutrient-dense foods:

•Opt for lower fat cheese varieties like part-skim mozzarella;

•Select a whole grain crust, which is rich in fiber;

•Load up on veggies, and choose lean meats;

•Don't overdo it on the size or number of slices.

Even some schools are offering healthier pizzas in the cafeteria. Domino's has developed a special type of pizza called "Smart Slice" for students, which is made with whole wheat flour and contains less sodium and fat.

So, no matter if you're a student or adult, with these best practices, you can start to rethink pizza as a smart choice instead of a splurge.

General News on 06/07/2018

Print Headline: How Pizza Can Be Part Of A Healthy Diet

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