Survey Reveals How Many People Actually Love Pineapple On Their Pizza

Most of us can agree that pizza is delicious. After all, as reported by Reader's Digest, a recent survey by The Harris Poll found that it's the one food that nearly a quarter of Americans would eat for the rest of their lives if they had to choose. However, what most of us can't agree on is what goes on top of said pizza. Pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, fresh basil, extra cheese — there are seemingly endless options when it comes to your toppings.

One of the — if not the — most controversial topping, though, is pineapple. It's one of those "love it or hate it" food combinations that people are incredibly passionate about. To find out exactly how many people actually enjoy fruit on their slice of pie, Mashed polled approximately 32,000 people worldwide on their favorite pizza toppings. While pineapple wasn't the winner (that title went to pepperoni with 51 percent of the votes), it did garner a surprising number of fans, with about 11 percent of respondents choosing it as their go-to. In fact, pineapple didn't fare a whole lot worse than mushrooms (13 percent) or sausage (15 percent).

It's more popular than you might think

While pineapple on pizza has gotten quite the bad rap over the years, it's a favorite for one in 10 people, according to Mashed's survey findings. And based on other surveys, it isn't the most despised topping, either. YouGov conducted a similar poll about pizza toppings in 2019 and found that Americans consider anchovies and eggplant more disgusting than pineapple. However, despite the fact that 11 percent of people love the yellow fruit on their pie, it remains hotly debated.

Tasting Table reports that in 2017, the president of Iceland at the time allegedly told high schoolers he wanted to ban the use of pineapple on pizza. And celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is famous for his opinion on the culinary combination. He has previously tweeted, "Pineapple does not go on top of pizza." His bold claim was retweeted over 100,000 times and it started a passionate argument in the comments section, with thousands of people weighing in on the matter. We doubt that this raging debate will be settled anytime soon.