beers or sugar-packed soda, is a recipe for weight gain.
But the ancient food source—cheese and antioxidant-rich
tomatoes on bread—that fueled the Roman legions has
also inspired research that partially contradicts the pizza
critics. Several recent studies have found evidence that pizza, when judiciously prepared, offers lifesaving benefits. A
2013 article in Public Health Nutrition stated, “Key pizza
ingredients have been associated with improved cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.” In that study, a
team of Scottish scientists from Glasgow University and
Glasgow Caledonian University developed a range of new
recipes to create “nutritionally balanced pizza” made with
whole-wheat flour, less salt and a little Scottish seaweed
to boost flavor and vitamin content.
Another 2013 study, led by Dr. Silvano Gallus of the
Mario Negri Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in
Milan, touted habitual pizza consumption as a “favorable
indicator” for preventing heart attacks and reducing the
risk for esophageal, colon and mouth cancers. “We knew
that tomato sauce could offer protection against certain
tumors, but we did not expect pizza as a complete meal
also to offer such protective powers,” Gallus told the BBC.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Julie Ghazi, founder of Pure Pizza ( purepizzaclt.com) in
Charlotte, North Carolina, has staked her future on the
proposition that the nation’s favorite comfort food can be
both delicious and healthy. “Pizza isn’t ever going away,
but it can be made healthier,” says Ghazi, who left her
job with an architectural firm in 2012 to found a business
she thought might be recession-proof. “When we started
Pure Pizza, we were determined to get ahead of the wave
of nutritional awareness that is shaping consumer food
The interior of Tour De Pizza is a veritable shrine to health and fitness,
with walls covered in functional bikes, frames filled with articles touting
pizza’s inherent healthiness, and showcases of Matt’s escapades as a
pizza diet spokesperson.
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