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Thinking about ordering a pizza later? You might want to think again...

New research has found that the average 12-inch pizza can contain more than the total recommended daily calorie intake for one day. Uh-oh.

Mmm, pizza...
Mmm, pizza...
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OVERINDULGE AT THE weekend? You might want to look away now.

New research has found that the average 12-inch pizza can contain more than the total recommended daily calorie intake for one day, according to a survey by SafeFood.

The high calorie count is particularly troublesome as more than 40 per cent of the population now eats pizza at least once a week, with over half of people choosing a 12 inch pizza and 1 in 5 choosing a ‘large’ pizza.

The research looked at 240 pizza from 60 different outlets and found that just 1 in 10 takeaway pizza outlets had a healthy option of some kind on the menu.

It also found that takeaway pizzas have higher calories, salt and fat compared to shop-bought pizzas.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan of SafeFood, which is responsible for promoting food safety in Ireland, urged consumers to choose thinner bases, more vegetables, less processed meats and lower fat cheese on their pizzas.

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“It’s concerning that we don’t realise the high level of calories, salt and saturated fat that we’re consuming in the pizza – and that’s before you begin to consider the side orders like chips, wedges and garlic bread that we are frequently tempted to buy to accompany a pizza,” said Dr Foley-Nolan.

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