Think twice before you order that Cheap Tuesday pizza tonight, after an Australian study on takeaway pizza companies has found that consumers are being widely misled.

A recent analysis of takeaway pizzas companies across the country, including major national chains, supermarkets and gourmet independent outlets, shows that more than half of the pizzas tested had more salt, sugar or fat in their products than stated on the company’s nutritional panels.

The Local Health Authorities Analytical Committee (LHAAC) sampled 174 pizzas produced by the major franchise operators Domino’s, Eagle Boys and Pizza Hut as well as independent or boutique outlets were analysed.

Frozen pizza products such as Mc Cains, Emilia, Dr Oetker, When in Rome and Woolworths and Coles own-brand products were also included.

The Heart Foundation of Australia says the results are alarming, and show that people are consuming more kilojoules than they are being led to believe.

Heart Foundation WA Chief Executive, Maurice Swanson says, “these junk food providers are making it difficult for the community to address the growing epidemic of obesity among adults in Australia.”

“The saturated fat and high salt levels in these popular junk food products mean people who eat them regularly are increasing their risk of obesity, heart attacks or strokes.”

The Heart Foundation’s anti-obesity campaign, LiveLighter has urged pizza companies to provide accurate and reliable nutrition information of their products.

“The LiveLighter campaign is encouraging consumers to make their own pizzas or choose healthier take-away alternatives where they can select their ingredients and control the levels of salt, sugar and fat,” he said.

Mr Swanson congratulated local governments for taking a real interest in promoting the health of their residents.

The results of the LHAAC study can be found online. 

Why not make your own pizza tonight instead? Whip up our authentic Italian Margherita pizza.