After a long day sometimes making dinner is the last thing I want to do. An easy alternative to making dinner is pizza. Call my husband up and ask “hey can you pick up some pizza on your way home?” Dinner done check that off! Pizza has been thought of as a classic “junk food” If you break pizza down it has potential to be healthy it contains bread, cheese, and you could add vegetables.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow assessed commercial pizzas and found that they provide insufficient information in order to asses all the nutrients. They did find an insufficient amount of Fe, Zn, Iodine, and vitamin C and B12. The calorie range of the pizza was anywhere from 200 to 560 and most exceeded the guidelines for saturated fat and Na. They found that you could “reform” the pizza to be healthier. It’s hard to change eating habits, but what about changing the way you make pizza? While applying dietary guidelines researchers were able to make a single item pizza containing 30% daily amounts of energy and all nutrients. This was done by having a bread base, tomato-based sauce, and mozzarella topping. Vegetables were also added including red peppers which contain extra vitamin C.
The classic “junk” food of pizza if made correctly can be healthy! This is good news for pizza lovers trying to eat healthier. Making pizza by hand may take more time, but you can always make it in bulk and freeze the extra pizzas for future “quick” dinners.