Do you have a slow digestive system and want to enjoy a slice of pizza and wonder how long it will take to be digested by your stomach? Well, it will take a while as there is a mix of different ingredients. But I have a few tips for improving your digestion time. Let’s dive in!
When we are referring to the digestion time of the pizza, it is hard to say as there are a lot of factors that we should consider.
Besides the health of your digestive system, age, gender, and physical activity level, you should consider what ingredients were used on the pizza.
How fat is the sauce? Does it contain meat or mayo? How thick is the pizza dough?
The pizza dough contains carbohydrates broken down into sugars and later absorbed into the bloodstream. The cheeses and toppings contain proteins and fats, which also will take extra time and as a result, on average, the pizza will be digested in around 3-6 hours, depending on all these factors.
If you know you have a slow digestive system, consider eating a pizza with fewer ingredients and thin pizza dough.
Is Pizza Hard to Digest?
Yes, it is more complicated to digest pizza if we compare it with other ingredients, as a mix of components has a different digestion time.
As pizza is high in carbs, fats, gluten, and dairy, there are more chances that many people will feel stomach discomfort while they eat pizza.
If this is your case, consider paying more attention to how your body will react to different ingredients so you can make later different adjustments and pick a different type of pizza, eat it in smaller quantities, or omit it altogether.
How to Digest It Easier?
If you know that you have issues with digestion, pick a pizza that has fewer ingredients and that is cooked on a thin dough. A good example is a classic margarita pizza. All it has is pizza dough, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.
If you want more ingredients besides the classic margarita, opt for vegetable toppings instead of meaty ones. This will help to reduce the overall fat content of the pizza and will reduce its digestion time of it.
And as usual, to avoid stomach discomfort, eat the pizza slowly and chew it carefully. Doing that will break the food in your mouth, and your stomach will have less work to do.
As a result, the digestion time of the pizza will be much shorter as your stomach will absorb all the pizza’s nutrients more quickly.
Is Overeating Pizza Bad for You?
You should consider eating pizza only as special food for a special occasion, but not include it in your daily diet. It is fatty, has a lot of dough, and takes longer for our stomach to digest.
Because of all these factors, it is not the best food you should include in your diet on a daily/weekly basis.
If you enjoy eating pizza, especially a good quality one (not a frozen one), then you can treat yourself once a month to a delicious pizza that you will enjoy eating.