Posted on: 24 August 2015
Who doesn't love pizza? With the wide varieties of sauces, crust styles, and toppings out there, you can find a pizza to fit anyone's tastes and dietary needs. However, pizza is sometimes treated as a guilty pleasure, and it has a bad reputation of being junk food. This is not necessarily a fair characterization of pizza. Sure, usually anything that tastes that good has to be bad for you, but pizza may be one of the rare exceptions to that rule. Take a look at a few good reasons why you shouldn't hide your love of pizza, and why, if anything, you should eat more of it.
Pizza Has All Four Food Groups
Have a picky kid that can't stand to eat vegetables? Or maybe you're the picky eater – you know you should have more variety in your diet, but you just can't seem to make yourself branch out.
Pizza gives you servings of grains (the crust) and dairy (the cheese) right off the bat. You could consider the tomato sauce a vegetable serving, but if you prefer a white pizza instead, that's okay – the meat and vegetable servings can come in the form of toppings. Everything is more appealing when it's on top of a pizza, and it's easy to hide less desirable vegetables under a layer of cheese, or ground up into the sauce.
Pizza Reduces Hangover Severity
A few drinks at a party or after a long day at work can be a good way to have fun and unwind, but one drink too many can make for a very unpleasant day the next morning. There are all sorts of remedies for warding off hangovers out there, but a few slices of pizza after a few too many drinks is a fairly reliable way of heading off the headaches and stomach issues the next day.
That's mainly because of the dough, which soaks up the excess alcohol in your stomach before it can wreak havoc on the rest of your system. You'll feel satisfied before you go off to sleep, and you won't wake up feeling lousy.
Pizza May Prevent Cancer
It may sound incredible, but the research shows that people who eat pizza at least twice a week are less likely to develop certain cancers. The incidence of esophageal cancer was reduced by 59% in bi-weekly pizza eaters, and the occurrence of throat cancer and colon cancer were decreased as well. This is probably because of the lycopene in the tomato sauce, which has known cancer-fighting properties.
If you enjoy Chicago-style deep dish pizza, you may even pick up more health benefits. The increased fermentation times and hotter and longer cooking times used to create that deep crust can result in an antioxidant-rich crust, especially if it's made with whole wheat dough. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are tiny, molecular fragments that cause disease.
If you've ever felt like you needed an excuse to eat more pizza, now you have one. Pizza isn't just unhealthy junk food. It can be an important part of a healthy diet. You can eat pizza in Sherwood Park guilt-free.Share