Box of pepperoni pizza and spaghetti and meatballs

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Pepperoni Pizza vs. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Viva Italian Night! What do you feel like? Two slices of Domino's medium hand-tossed pepperoni pizza (440 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat) or a half-portion of Olive Garden's spaghetti with meat sauce and two meatballs (460 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat)? In terms of fat and calories, they're pretty close, but Jibrin recommends the spaghetti as a slightly healthier option. "Processed meats like pepperoni usually contain nitrites, which studies have linked to cancer and coronary heart disease," says Jibrin (they also have tons of salt). The spaghetti has no processed meat and more "real" ingredients.

Healthier Pizza: Top your pie with vegetables. If you get thin-crust pizza, you'll cut the calories almost in half. Look for a pizza parlor that serves whole wheat crusts. "The extra fiber, as well as the phytonutrients from the veggies, would make this your healthiest choice," says Jibrin.

Healthier Spaghetti: You've heard it before: Order whole wheat pasta whenever possible. Pair your half-portion size with a side salad with oil and vinegar. ("Steer clear of the premade dressings, because takeout dinners have enough sodium," says Jibrin.)


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