Wanna A Healthy Slice Of Pizza?
When you think of a healthy diet, one thing that you would never think of including is a pizza. However, that is soon going to change if researchers and nutritionists of Glasgow University have their way. For starters, there is finally a pizza, which though not perfectly diet-worthy, is definitely a step in the right direction. The world has always been obsessed with finding out what is the healthiest meal. This pizza is definitely going to be a part of that meal.
The Notorious Fast Food
Pizza has, for quite long, been at the top of the list of the most unhealthy fast food items and, thus, the most favorite punching bag of critics of fast food culture. All this is not without reason because loaded with insane amounts of toppings, sauce, and cheese, pizza is definitely not the best thing to eat if you are watching your diet. However, since pizza is the single fast food, probably, which binds the whole world together, there was no way the world was going to give up on eating pizza. So, a Scottish team of researchers, led by scientist Mike Lean and businessman Donnie Maclean, the brain behind the “Eat Balanced,” thought of the next best thing – turn the pizza healthy. They joined hands to create a healthy pizza, which, in their opinion, can be eaten every day for every single meal. Quite a tall claim that is but don’t dismiss it till you have heard what the pizza is made of.
The Glasgow Pizza
The Glasgow University team has claimed to have created the world’s first and only nutritional pizza and the man behind this effort is Professor Mike Lean. The team has created a pizza, which they claim, supplies the consumer with 30% of their daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, instead of just empty calories, as is the case with pizzas currently being sold. However, besides, the good news, the pizza also has a third of the recommended daily intake of calories, proteins, and carbohydrates, so don’t go overboard!
We know that by now you must be keen to know what goes into making such an amazing pizza. Well, the team has made it with nutrients available in less obvious forms like unusual vegetable combinations, fruits, and seaweed. Lean, while speaking to a newspaper, explained, “I researched the market and found that seaweed was an interesting new ingredient being used in artisan bread. So we used that as a way of reducing the salt level. The sodium content of seaweed is about 3.5% compared to 40% in salt. There’s iodine in there, Vitamin B12, all sorts of things. And the flavor is excellent as well.” But that is not all. The team employed many clever tricks to incorporate the required nutrients, which would raise the health quotient of the pizza without loading on too many calories. One such trick was to mix red pepper with the tomato base and boost its Vitamin C levels.
For now, a leading British supermarket has expressed interest in the healthy pizza. Although the team is keeping the supermarket’s identity a secret till the deal is done, it has been indicated that the supermarket is interested in stocking up the pizza soon. Speaking about the experiment, Maclean said, “For a good number of years, I have been trying to help people find easy ways to get a balanced diet. The easiest way to do that is to eat nutritionally balanced meals. Three of those a day and you’ve done it, but at the moment commercially prepared meals are not nutritionally balanced.” It looks like finally, he has fulfilled his wish. Prof. Lean said that it was the frustration at the limited healthy choices available in supermarket aisles that led the team to go for this experiment. He said, “We’ve recently studied ready meals produced by the top five supermarkets in Scotland – common foods eaten in huge numbers – and they’re hopelessly unbalanced.”
This pizza is a good option for a lunch or dinner since it is a meal in itself. The team has made arrangements for the pizza to be only available in the frozen form because that is how the nutrients are best preserved. The next stop for the Scottish team is a nutritional curry and a healthier form of fish and chips. Well, it seems like the days of healthy eating are not far!
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