Grist reported today that Domino’s, along with other fast-food pizza chains, are protesting proposed regulations required them to disclose calories per slice. That’s fine. There are independent labs all over the country who share their results. Here are a few I found online:

Start with CalorieLab’s breakdown. They estimate a serving size is 1/8 of a Domino’s bacon cheeseburger pie, or 77 grams, and it contains:

  • serving size: 77 grams (my note: compare to the 78 gram serving of a Doritos Locos Taco)
  • calories: 220
  • calories from fat: 130.5
  • saturated fat: 5.5 grams
  • total fat: 14.5 grams
  • trans fat: 0 grams
  • cholesterol: 30 mg
  • sodium: 405 mg
  • carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • dietary fiber: 2 grams
  • sugars: 2 gram
  • protein: 11 grams

For more information, visit CalorieLab’s website.

Livestrong also has data, only their serving size is 2/8 a pizza instead of 1/8 – double the serving size. Even so, their numbers are more than double CalorieLab’s:

  • serving size: no grams listed. (I could do the math, but this is their data, not mine)
  • calories: 550
  • calories from fat: 234
  • saturated fat: 12 grams
  • total fat: 26 grams
  • trans fat: 0 grams
  • cholesterol: 61 mg
  • sodium: 1274 mg
  • carbohydrates: 55 grams
  • dietary fiber: 3 grams
  • sugars: 3 gram
  • protein: 26 grams

For more information, visit Livestrong’s website.

Finally, Domino’s Cal-O-Meter weighs in on the nutrition information of a medium, thin crust bacon cheeseburger pie:

  • serving size: 154 g
  • calories: 450
  • calories from fat: 250
  • saturated fat: 12 grams
  • total fat: 28 grams
  • trans fat: 0.5 grams
  • cholesterol: 65 mg
  • sodium: 910 mg
  • carbohydrates: 30 grams
  • dietary fiber: 2 grams
  • sugars: 4 gram
  • protein: 20 grams

For more information, visit Domino’s Cal-O-Meter.

I get take-out pizza once or twice a month from the local chain Pizza My Heart, and was surprised and kind of touched recently when I saw¬†nutrition information listed right there on the board. I thought it was totally cool they trusted their customers with those facts. They are not shy to state that 1/8 slice of an 18″ combo pizza is 442 calories, and that doesn’t scare me away from the purchase. On the contrary, it actually helps, since I can more easily calculate the number of calories each of us can eat at a meal than number of slices we can consume. And I actually make up the difference in price by purchasing a garden salad, and all is well in the world.

So really, pizza chains, why not provide nutrition information? You’ll be clearing up any misunderstandings from dueling websites like the ones above. We all know that fast food pizza has lots of calories and sodium and things we shouldn’t be eating, and we eat it anyway. And this being the era of No Child Left Behind, we can reasonably multiply the number of 1/8 pie slices we eat by the number of calories to come up with a total. We can even divide. So make us face the cold, hard, truth – we’ll figure it out how to balance it all out with beet juice or Lipitor, or not at all. Don’t make choices that affect our health. That was SO last millennium. Plus, there’s way less long-term liability on you if we make those choices ourselves.

And is it really so bad if we only purchase and consume the number of calories our bodies need? Looking down from the edge of the super-sized wave, it seems like good training to me.