The low-down: Little Ceasars pepperoni pizza is the best fast food option, at 250 calories a slice, while Pizza Hut is the worst, at 370 calories a slice. Domino’s and Papa Johns are in the middle at 296 and 330 calories.
After 30 minutes, the body will feel fueled up and satisfied – unless one has overeaten, which causes sluggishness.
The body then digests the fat and protein from the pepperoni and cheese and injects it into the bloodstream. If the muscles already have enough fuel, the fat will be re-routed to one’s liver, where it will be stored for later use.
This process causes the levels of triglycerides (fat in the blood) to rise, which could result in clogged arteries for people who have unhealthy diets or a family history of circulatory disease.
However, if one is relatively healthy, the triglycerides will taper off after about six hours.
About an hour after eating, one’s blood pressure temporarily rises due to lack of space in the blood vessels from the fatty meal, which could cause blot clots for someone with a family history of heart disease.
On the plus side, the body feels full and energized due to the fact that the fat and protein from the pizza have ebbed the production of serotonin, a hormone that causes tiredness.
Around three to four hours after eating, the body’s blood sugar returns to its normal levels and the food has left the stomach.
The hunger hormone ghrelin is released, but it’s best to satisfy your cravings with a low-fat snack at this time, since triglyceride levels are still soaring.
If one is typically healthy, eating a slice of pepperoni pizza will not affect one’s long-term health, and the body’s weight will only increase by the weight of the actual slice.
But if one has high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, is overweight, or smokes, eating a slice of pizza can exacerbate the body’s current state and cause health problems.
Cosmopolitan.com also rated the top fast food pizza options, with Little Ceasars having the lowest calorie slices at 250 calories, and Pizza Hut having the highest at 370 calories per slice. In the middle were Domino’s, at 296 calories per slice, followed by Papa John’s, at 330 calories per slice.
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