Did you know the average American eats upwards of 6,000 slices of pizza in a lifetime (this according to a survey done by Cici’s Pizza)? It’s no surprise considering our relationship with the American staple typically starts around preschool age. Now there's a good reason to opt for a healthier version once in a while. Oh, and by the way it's National Pizza month, so you may as well take advantage of the cheesy delightfulness.

Though it’s traditionally considered a dietary sin—the average slice contains an estimated 285 calories, 10 grams of fat and 36 grams of carbohydrates—pizza doesn’t have to be a health nut’s worst nightmare. Over the last few years, several pizza shops like Fresh Brothers and Pizza Studio have started offering customers healthier options, such as gluten-free and multigrain crusts and dairy-free and low-fat cheeses. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these seven pie shops across the country, order a pie (or two) for your next cozy couch night. 


NY Daily News: That's a lot of dough! Average American eats more than 6,000 slices of pizza in a lifetime: survey