Pizza for Diabetics?

Pizza has always been one of my “can’t eat” foods. It was hardest for me when I was in college in Boulder. CO where pizza was a staple food. There was this one place called, “The Sink” that had been in Boulder since the 1920’s and had some of the most delicious pizzas, you ever ate. Plus, it seemed like you could smell their pizza’s for blocks around as you walked between classes. Pizzas and bagels were standard survival foods in college because the were cheap, fast and delicious. Of course for me, if I ate them, I felt horrible. I would try to mess around with my doses to cover the carbs in the ‘za, but I never figured out how to make it work without wild swings of highs and lows. Eventually I gave up. I don’t eat pizza when my husband makes it at home and I don’t eat pizza when we order out for our kids. It’s just not worth it.

But maybe there is pizza in my future….

Naked Pizza was inspired by one of the co-founder’s desire to find a pizza that his daughter, who has type 1 diabetes, could actually eat.

I haven’t tried it for myself (the closest location right now is Miami, FL though NP seems to be rapidly expanding), so all I can do is speculate about the truth behind the advertising. But it sounds like a good alternative to the competition.

Check out this nutritional value comparison between Dominos and Naked and decide for yourself.

One thought on “Pizza for Diabetics?

  1. Pizza is a challenge for many diabetics because it’s very high on carbohydrates, though also high on fat. So, if you apply the large amount of insulin required for the whole pizza before starting to eat, your glucose level is in danger of going down to fast, because the insulin kicks in quickly while the carbohydrates are digested slowly due to the large amount of fat that accompanies them.

    Solutions include applying the insulin during eating, or applying it twice (one shot before eating to keep glucose from rising too high, one during eating to deal with the full amount of carbohydrates), or simply eating only half a pizza. Theoretically, switching to human insulin instead of analogue insulin would also help (because the the human insulin kicks in slower), but it makes no sense to switch the type of insulin just for one type of food, especially if that means giving up the many advantages of analogues.

    Regarding the “naked pizza” in the advertisement, I don’t see how this pizza would be any more suitable to diabetics than other pizzas. According to the nutrition value sheet you linked, even a medium sized thin crust pizza weighs in at close to 100 carbs, that’s pretty average for pizzas (in my experience). A simple small refrigerated pizza with less than 60 carbs would be easier for a diabetic to handle (though not necessarily more healthy in general).

    In my opinion, there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with pizza for diabetics. With regard to carbs, fat, and protein, pizza is a much more balanced food than many others. A special pizza for insulin-applying diabetics is not needed. The only problem is that pizza is usually served in sized that exceed one’s normal food intake considerably. Cut down on the size, and you’re good.

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