Intro to Giuseppe Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza
What is Giuseppe Pizza? How is it compared to other brands of thin crust pizzas in the supermarkets?
We’ll be looking into every nook and cranny to determine if their pepperoni pizza is worth the price.
Giuseppe Pizza is as any other frozen pizza brand, bake in the oven and enjoy.
Their thin crust pepperoni pizza is medium-small sized and isn’t very filling on its own. It’s very easy to finish a single pizza by yourself.
Our first issue is with the thin crust, as you can see, every source of oil used in the crust is very poor in quality. Palm, Soya, Cottonseed, and Canola oil are all bad for you. The degree of severity is different for each one, but they’re all generally very bad for your health.
All the other sources of fat are no better either, the fat that comes from most Cheeses is full of Saturated and Trans Fats; And Pepperoni, like most cured meats they’re full of preservatives and just as much Trans Fats as cheeses.
For the entire pizza, you’re getting around 20 grams of Saturated Fats, and 1.5 grams of Trans Fat. This is a lot, and it comes from the cheese, pepperoni, and the crust. These are high amounts of sub-par fats for a pizza that doesn’t fill you up.
After tasting the thin crust pepperoni pizza by Giuseppe, it does have a good taste. It still has that frozen pizza aftertaste like most other brands, but its flavor profile is above average.
Understanding the Ingredients
Let’s talk about the ingredients in this pizza. There’s nothing special, it’s what you’d expect from a typical commercial, frozen pepperoni pizza. Although there are a few notable ingredients that stand out.
Nutritional Info & Ingredients
Crust: Enriched wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, soya and/or canola oil, yeast, vegetable oil shortening (palm, soya, cottonseed and canola oil), sugar, baking powder, soy lecithin, salt, natural flavour.
Cheese: Mozzarella (milk ingredients, modified milk ingredients, bacterial culture, salt, calcium chloride, microbial enzyme), corn starch.
Sauce: Water, tomato puree, tomato paste, sugar, salt, corn starch, garlic powder, natural flavour, spices (mustard), onion powder.
Toppings: Pepperoni (pork and/or beef, water, spices [mustard], salt, sugar, celery powder*, garlic powder, natural flavour, cherry powder, smoke flavour, bacterial culture).
Contains: Wheat, milk, soy, mustard*celery powder contains naturally occurring nitrites.
With the crust, the choice of including enriched white flower is not so good. A plain pure white flower is a bad ingredient, especially since the fiber included in the pizza is very low.
The thin crust pizza also has added wheat gluten. If you’re gluten intolerant this product should be avoided. Although, traditional pizza’s need gluten, if you have a mild intolerance Giuseppe’s thin crust pizza will bloat you up.
Onto the toppings, our main focus is on the pepperoni. When you go to read the ingredients, and you see “and/or“ within the proteins is concerning, it generally means the meat is very low quality.
In this case, it’s not all bad since cured meats are made differently depending on the manufacturer, and pepperoni is sometimes made by using both beef and pork.
For pizza’s this isn’t a cause for concern, but on other products you should be.
Benefits of Guiseppe Pepperoni Pizza
Giuseppe’s thin crust pizza is average when it comes to the macronutrients found in the product.
It contains 1100 Calories, 60 grams of Protein, 110 grams of Carbs, and 45 grams of Fats for an entire pizza. These ratios are quite average compared to other commercial brands.
It has a decent amount of protein for the whole pizza. I’d recommend adding your own toppings like low-fat cheese, proteins such as chicken or steak.
To go the extra mile, you can sprinkle ground flax over the whole pizza to increase the healthy fats and a lot of fiber. You could also drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the pizza for added healthy fats.
These recommendations can help you get full off of a single package, by adding your own quality ingredients you can satisfy your pizza cravings without setting back your diet.
Giuseppe Pizza Thin Crust Pepperoni Side Effects and Dangers
Throughout all of the ingredients, there are only a few that fall into the “dangerous” category, for Giuseppe Pizza at the least they’re not as serious as most other pizza brands.
The first issue is the cured meats that the Giuseppe pizza brand uses.
They taste of the proteins are very processed and are of low quality, the bright side is that there’s no foul aftertaste when eating, a huge plus.
Poor quality cured meats can be harmful to your health, they can cause weight gain and cardiovascular-related issues.
The big issue with the thin crust pizza from Giuseppe is the use of nitrites. Not knowing how much is found in the product is a bigger red flag.
Nitrites are found in cured meats, giving them a salty taste and a bright red color. When consumed, our saliva turns Nitrites into Nitrates. Both having negative causes if found in your body.
Proteins/Meats have a set of chemicals called Amines that react with the Nitrites to form Nitrosamines, which can cause cancer (if consumed too often).
Giuseppe Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza Rating
In most cases, Giuseppe’s thin crust pepperoni pizza is a solid product.
Sitting at just around 4 dollars a box. The pizzas’ value is definitely competitive but because of the low price point, they do sacrifice in ingredient quality and in safety.
As a stand-alone product, it’s slightly above average. Because it’s so easy to add your own toppings and customize it in a way to make the product healthy is a huge bonus.
On top of that, the taste is great and the ratio of all the ingredients work really well together.
The ratio of macronutrients on the other hand, is not as good. The contained Carbs are the average amount for this type of pizza. Protein content is solidly above average. The amount of Fats, and the fact that they’re bad quality fats too makes for a below average quality pizza.
Let us know what you think in the comments down below! Part of these ratings are subjective and should be used as a guide to making your own proper judgment on the product.