Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews: November 9, 2007

Pizza Revisited

Kashi Mediterranean PizzaI am tempted by pizza every time I go looking for a product to review. They are so pretty in their packages, but I am usually disappointed. And while it may seem lately that all we have been testing is Kashi products, I was especially intrigued by their new pizzas, so I picked the All Natural Mediterranean out of the freezer case.

It has a thin and crispy whole wheat crust that helps contribute a lot of fiber. There is a sweet tomato sauce topped by a variety of veggies, including red and yellow peppers and spinach. The problem is that there just isn't enough of any of the toppings to be distinguishing. The cheese suffers from the same problem as well. It's advertised as having 4 cheeses, but they are blended together and concentrated at the center of the pizza.

The effect is a pretty good pizza at the center and dry crust at the edges. Overall kind of a bland experience. If they had just put the topping from their Chicken Florentine on this with a lot of veggies, they'd have a good pizza.

The other issue is the serving size -- 1/3 pizza. This is pretty unrealistic. It's a small serving, and while half of the pizza would still be less than 500 calories, it would have over 1,000 mg of sodium.

The Rick Bayless Frontera Roasted Vegetables with Red, Yellow and Poblano Peppers is a much better choice for you. His pizzas were reviewed here back in June. Not only are they a good pizza, they also have single serving sizes, which is key in eating healthy.

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet

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