By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only



If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what can a slice of
pizza do for you?

One portion of Tombstone (appropriately named) Sausage &
Pepperoni Pizza (weighing 125 grams) contains 327 calories,
16.4 grams of fat, and 31 milligrams of cholesterol.

One medium apple (weighing 125 grams) contains 74 calories,
0.45 grams of fat, and no cholesterol.

If you want to shed one pound of fat from your body weight,
you would have to burn 3500 calories.

Compare one person to another. Person A eats an apple each
day and person B eats just one portion of Tombstone Pizza
each day. After one year, the pizza person would supply his
or her body with 92,345 more calories than the apple eater.
That represents 26 pounds of body fat.

There are 5.38 milligrams of cholesterol contained in 1
medium-sized slice of cooked bacon. In one year, the person
eating the Tombstone Pizza would consume the equivalent
cholesterol contained in 2,103 slices of bacon. That's
nearly 6 slices per day. The apple eater would get no

During that same year, the pizza eater would eat 12.8 pounds
more fat than the apple eater. Picture a small French poodle
weiging 12.8 pounds. Now picture the same sized ball of fat.
Picture the Tombstone Pizza eater's thighs.

What might they write on her tombstone? She did not eat an
apple a day!

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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