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Take a pizza advice: think before ordering the 12-incher

A single 12-inch takeaway pizza contains more than the total daily requirement of calories, saturated fat and salt, health chiefs have warned.

A survey of fast-food outlets by North-South body safefood has found only 10% of pizza shops offered a healthy option.

The research also found that more than half of people who order a takeaway pizza choose a 12-inch, and one in five of us are now ordering large.

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, director human health and nutrition at safefood, said with takeaway pizzas, size matters.

“We're tending to choose bigger sized pizzas and more processed meats for toppings.

“It's also concerning that we don't realise the high level of calories, salt and saturated fat that we're consuming in the pizza,” she said.

In general, pizzas from takeaway outlets were higher in calories, salt and fat than the equivalent shop bought pizza.

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