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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

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Higher concern
Lower concern
Higher concern
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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Contains low calorie sweeteners: Sweeteners [read more]

Excellent source of naturally occurring calcium [read more]

Contains 75% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Russo's Pizza, Mulberry*
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

* Calculated based 100 grams & a single serving.

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Hormones and growth promoters not used production of this beef [read more]

Growth promoters not used in production of this meat [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

This product has 3 ingredients with concerns as well as some contamination concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Products with moderate and high processing concerns generally have more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Contains food additives of lower concern

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for me...

Producer claims antibiotics were only used to treat diseased animals under veterinary supervision, or complies with a less than rigorous certification system.

Hormones and growth promoters not used production of this beef [read more]

Hormones and growth promoters not used producti...

Producer certifies or claims to raise this beef without hormones and growth promoters.

Growth promoters not used in production of this meat [read more]

Growth promoters not used in production of this...

Producer certifies or claims to raise this meat without the use of growth promoters.

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor" [read more]

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor"

Added "flavors" are secret and often complex mixtures of chemicals that modify and manipulate the taste and smell of food. The lack of disclosure is a public right to know issue and especially concerning to people with unusual food allergies or on restricted diets.

Contains low calorie sweeteners: Sweeteners [read more]

Contains low calorie sweeteners: Sweeteners

Low calorie sweeteners were designed to impart a sweet taste without the calories or glucose effects of sugar. However there is insufficient evidence that they reduce overall calorie intake, aid with weight loss or improve overall health (Gardner 2014; Shankar 2013). Instead low calorie sweeteners may condition people to crave sweet foods (Mattes 2009) and therefore eat fewer servings of healthy foods (IOM 2007). The IOM recommends that schools not serve diet foods or beverages to young children (IOM 2007). In the meantime EWG concludes that people should limit their consumption of sugar and low calorie sweeteners, advice echoed by other nutrition experts (Swithers 2013; Shankar 2013).

Excellent source of naturally occurring vitamin A [read more]

Excellent source of naturally occurring vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that is naturally occurring in dairy, fish, eggs, fish and meat products and, in the form of vitamin A precursors, in orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots and pumpkin. Vitamin A is also frequently added for fortification of packaged food. EWG recommends children and pregnant women limit consumption of highly fortified foods to avoid overexposure since getting too much of certain forms of vitamin A can lead to health problems. Read EWG's report on getting the correct amount of vitamin A, zinc and niacin: http://www.ewg.org/research/how-much-is-too-much

Excellent source of naturally occurring calcium [read more]

Excellent source of naturally occurring calcium

Calcium is necessary for strong bones and decreasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. Calcium is also important for healthy muscles and nervous system function.

Contains 75% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 75% of the Institute of Medicine's dai...

This product contains a high percentage of the Institute of Medicine's recommended adequate intake for sodium of 1500 mg a day (IOM 2005). This value is much lower than what the FDA requires be listed on food labels -- 2400 mg. Americans average 3,400 mg of sodium a day. Most of this sodium comes from processed foods where sodium is added to mask the lack of freshness by enhancing the flavor, texture or palatability and extending shelf-life (IOM 2010). Many of these uses are for the manufacturers benefit and not the consumer's health as excess sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease (IOM 2010).

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Per gram, high in protein

Protein is a source of amino acids that are required for the proper growth, maintenance and repair of tissues. It also provides the building blocks for important enzymes and hormones. Protein provides calories and if eaten in excess will be stored as fat. Protein is found in high amounts in beans, nuts, eggs, seafood and meat. Protein is essential to health, but eating too much also carries an environmental and health cost. Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also necessary for normal growth and development. Seafood, poultry and meat are good sources of well-absorbed heme iron. Absorption of iron from plant sources including beans, lentils and spinach can be increased by eating them with vitamin C-rich foods like lemon juice or tomato sauce.

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic

Rice plant naturally takes up arsenic from the water in the soil. The concentration of arsenic in this product will depend on the amount of rice-based ingredient used. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/content/arsenic-contamination-in-rice

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

CRUST: WATER, RICE FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, OLIVE OIL, HONEY, TAPIOCA FLOUR, FRESH YEAST, SALT, TOPPINGS: UNCURED PEPPERONI NO NITRATES OR NITRITES ADDED EXCEPT THOSE NATURALLY OCCURRING IN SEA SALT (PORK, BEEF, SEA SALT, NATURAL CANE SUGAR, SPICES, PAPRIKA, NATURAL FLAVORINGS, GARLIC POWDER, LACTIC ACID STARTER CULTURE), BEEF TOPPING (BEEF, SALT, WATER, FLAVORINGS, SPICES, SUGAR, PARSLEY), ITALIAN SAUSAGE (PORK, SPICES, WATER, SALT, SUGAR, FLAVORINGS, PAPRIKA), UNCURED CANADIAN-STYLE BACON (PORK, WATER, VINEGAR AND LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, SEA SALT, RAW SUGAR, POWDERED SWEETENER [REFINERY SYRUP AND HONEY], SEASONING [CULTURED CELERY JUICE POWDER, SEA SALT], NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, LACTIC ACID STARTER CULTURE), OREGANO, SAUCE: TOMATO PUREE (TOMATOES, SALT, CITRIC ACID), WATER, PIZZA SAUCE MIX (OREGANO, DRIED BASIL, SALT, SUGAR, DRIED GARLIC), EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, ONIONS, DEHYDRATED ROMANO CHEESE (PASTEURIZED COW'S MILK, SALT, ENZYMES), PARSLEY, BASIL, CHEESE: WHOLE MILK MOZZARELLA CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES).

*Older Product

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*Discontinued Product

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Other Information

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Sugars and Citric Acid [read more]

This product contains the following ingredient(...

Scientists have not determined whether GE food poses risks to human health. Still, consumers have many good reasons to avoid eating genetically engineered ingredients, including limited safety studies, the development of "superweeds" and increased pesticide use. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients or ingredients derived from GE crops does not affect a product's overall score.

Environmental Impact: Contains beef, which has a high carbon footprint relative to other protein sources. [read more]

Environmental Impact: Contains beef, which has ...

Beef production is very resource intensive and generates a large amount of greenhouse gases. To learn more about the climate impacts of meat production read: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/ Note: The potential climate impact of a particular food is not factored into a product's overall score.

Environmental Impact: Contains pork, which has a higher carbon footprint relative to chicken, eggs and plant proteins.

Contains ingredients derived from milk - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from milk - these ...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Nutrition Facts

2.0 servings per container

Serving Size

1/2 PIZZA

Amount Per 217 g
Calories
550

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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QUICK FACTS:

48.0 48.0 % Total Fat 31 g
14.0 14.0 % Total Carbs 44 g
Sugars 8 g
% Protein 23 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

60.0 60.0 % Saturated Fat 12 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
22.0 22.0 % Cholesterol 65 mg
47.0 47.0 % Sodium 1120 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Raw Sugar, Sugars, Honey, Cane Sugar, and Golden Syrup

NUTRIENTS:

8.0 8.0 % Dietary Fiber 2 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
25.0 25.0 % Vitamin A
15.0 15.0 % Vitamin C
30.0 30.0 % Calcium
10.0 10.0 % Iron
Potassium (no value on present label)

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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