Vegetables! You should eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day, and ordering a pizza loaded with vegetables is a delicious way to add to your day's vegetable intake. You can add your favorite vegetables to the top of a frozen cheese pizza for a quick meal if you don't have time to make your own pizza. Add broccoli, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms or any other vegetable you like. Try to eat a mix of different-colored vegetables for the greatest health benefits. Vegetables are always really helpful for your body. And the pizza is great help to you in this. :silly: B)
Whole Grains. If you eat a pizza with a whole-grain crust, it will also help you meet your recommended intake of at least three servings of whole grains per day. This means you'll get more fiber for the day, since whole-wheat crusts have at least twice as much fiber as regular crusts, with each slice from a 10-inch pizza containing 4 grams of fiber versus the 1.5 grams in slice of a regular-crust pizza. This fiber can lower your risk for health problems such as high cholesterol and constipation and help fill you up so you don't overeat. So it is really amazing thing B) :) :)
According to a recent study from (where else?) Italy, pizza intake may significantly reduce the risk of a second heart attack, even among people who are overweight smokers who get no exercise. But before you reach for the phone to cancel your gym membership and put Domino’s on speed dial, you should know that pizza really isn’t health food, but one of pizza’s ingredients is. In the Italian study, about 500 heart attack patients, and about 480 subjects who reported no heart problems, filled out dietary and lifestyle questionnaires. Researchers found that eating 14 ounces of pizza each week reduced heart attack risk by well over 50 percent. :cheer:
But a pizza in Milan is not the same as a pizza in Milwaukee. Italians generally make their pizza with a thin crust and just a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. An entire pizza tops out at about 800 calories. In the U.S., the typical pizza has thick, doughy crust and quite a bit more cheese. So a Yankee pizza has well over double the total calories of the Italiano pie. Nevertheless, both pizzas deliver one key nutrient: lycopene. (Tomato sauce is rich in lycopene.) In the e-Alert “Icing the Pizza” (7/30/03), I told you about another Italian study that showed how pizza intake might reduce cancer risk. Again, lycopene was most likely responsible for the healthy effect. :ohmy:
As most HSI members are aware, lycopene is a potent antioxidant, known to offer cancer fighting benefits, as well as protection from heart disease. And one of the interesting characteristics of lycopene is that it appears to be better absorbed when it’s heated, and eating it with fats further helps the absorption. So the formula to pizza’s remarkable health qualities is suspected to go something like this: Lycopene + cheese + heat = lower heart attack and cancer risk. And it should be noted (and underlined) that in both studies, health benefits came with a moderate pizza intake; just a couple of slices each week. :) :cheer:
One family favorite that you can easily make healthier is pizza. To begin with, pizza is considered to be the baked pie with a crisp yeast dough covered with tomato sauce, cheese, and often other toppings, such as vegetables. However, today pizza comes in many shapes and flavors. Who would have thought pizza could be served as a pocket, turnover, on a stick or in a deep dish like a pie, and still be a healthy snack? You and your family will be glad to hear that pizza is perfect for a quick and nutritious meal or healthy snack. I love pizza!!! :) :)
In July, I wrote about the health benefits of lycopene, which is found naturally in low-fat foods like tomatoes and tomato sauce. That's why it was no surprise that Italian scientists claimed that eating pizza once a week can protect against some cancers. The study of 8,000 people found that those who ate pizza as a healthy snack one or more times a week were several times less likely to get mouth and colon cancer than those who chose other meals. The tomato is suspected to be behind the results which were that pizza lowered esophageal cancer by 59%, colon cancer by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%. :P
That's why a vegetable pizza with a light sprinkling of cheese can be part of a healthy lifestyle. As most families know, while you may disagree on the best topping, you usually prefer making your own pizza rather than relying on frozen and packaged foods. After all, half the fun is coming up with new flavor combinations. Have you ever thought of an international cuisine inspired pizza, such as Chinese, Mexican or Indian? If you are hungry to make your very own personalized pizza I have some tips turn that dinner pizza into the perfect healthy lower-fat food. :P ;)
Believe it or not, physicists are using the fine art of pizza tossing to design motors thinner than a human hair for brain surgery. Chefs have perfected the toss of the dough, moving their hands in a circle to achieve maximum efficiency. Scientists studied their movements to design motors mimicking those circles. Except instead of tossing a rotor once a second, the motors toss them a few million times a second. According to the Pizza Principle, a loose law proposed by a New York lawyer back in the 1980s, the slice of a pizza has predicted the price of a subway ride since the ‘60s. Whether the parallel is alive is still debated, but pizza’s power as a barometer is indisputable. :) ;)
NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and the lucky recipient of the grant’s first choice: pizza. A meal fit for an astronaut! Put a sock in it, Chicago-style antagonists (we’re looking at you, Jon Stewart): Chicago-style pizza can have more antioxidants than other pies because of its oven time and crust size.
Chemists fiddled with whole-wheat pizza crusts and found that longer baking times increased antioxidants up to 60%. Even cooler (or hotter?): Higher oven temperatures upped them by as much as 82%. Pizza helps you absorb lycopene better. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps ward off heart disease and other ailments. If you eat lycopene-rich foods together with a small amount of oil or fat (like, say, hot cheese), your intestines absorb more of it! :cheer:
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