A harmful aspect of the food industry that destroys our health or maybe a full-fledged dinner for the whole family? We present various faces of (un)known pizza.
FACT. Pizza, which we buy in the form of a frozen or medium quality pizzeria is a source of unnecessary calories (on average about 500 kcal / serving), unhealthy fatty acids, salts and chemical enhancers (preservatives, dyes, aromas). Such a product, according to scientists from the Institute of Health and Science Policy of the University of Illinois, promotes weight gain, high cholesterol and hypertension, and subsequently – atherosclerosis, kidney disease or cardiac hypertrophy.
MYTH. Pizza cannot by definition be considered a group of unhealthy junk food. It’s enough to prepare it at home on a thin base made of whole-grain flour or a mixture of graham flour and oat bran, on which we will put a lot of vegetables, good quality cheese (in limited quantities!) Or easily digestible and high-protein meat (fish, poultry), and the whole is covered with a tomato passata made by ourselves to give it the status of a nutritious and healthy meal. Remember to avoid greasy salami, ham or unhealthy, processed meat (e.g. sausages, low-quality minced meat).
Research by Italian scientists from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmaceutical Research confirms that regular consumption of a healthfully cooked pizza (once / twice a week) prepared with nutritious ingredients, reduces the incidence of throat, esophagus and colon cancer.
FACT. A pizza that is eaten too often, and above all in too large amounts is unhealthy. Based on your diet of these types of dishes, it’s easy to exceed the daily dose of calories. According to researchers, the daily calorie norm in kids is usually exceeded by 200-350kcal as a result of consuming pizza. Unfortunately, too often kids treat the pizza as an appetizer, not the main course.
MYTH. Contrary to popular opinion, well-prepared pizza provides the body with a number of vitamins and microelements. Fresh tomato sauce is a source of vitamin C, A, and potassium. Tomatoes also contain antioxidants (including lycopene), which neutralize free radicals, protect the body against the risk of cancer and heart disease. Good quality yellow cheese contains easily absorbed calcium and phosphorus, concentrated protein as well as vitamins from group B. Vegetables (e.g. onion, broccoli, pepper, olives) are a source of beneficial for digestion fibre, folate, vitamin K and C, as well as minerals, e.g. iron or magnesium. Herbs are also healthy, which reduce the need to use salt and give the dish a unique taste and aroma.