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September 12, 2014

Exposing The Secret Behind The Huge Popularity Of Pizza

The universal acceptance of Pizza as one of the most delicious dishes today is quite intriguing for those who aren’t accustomed with it. So what makes Pizza so popular? Why are there so many pizza lovers these days?

Let’s quickly find out.

Good Nutritional Value

Most Pizza lovers are aware Tomato Sauce, which is one of the basic and widely used components of pizza topping packs formidable nutritional benefits.

In its structure tomato contains Lycopene (tomatoes processed into sauce have more lycopene in it than unprocessed ones) which is known to be powerful antioxidant which helps in fight against many different types of cancer.

Studies have revealed that people who eat pizza at least once a week have a reduced chance to be at the mercy of several forms of cancer (mouth, stomach, lung, prostate and more) in the future.

Some of the other ingredients have positive effect on our metabolism – olive oil reduces bad cholesterol and mitigates against heart diseases.

It is cheering that Mozzarella cheese is rich with low-cholesterol fats, protein, calcium and sodium, garlic is rich with selenium, manganese, vitamin C and other beneficial compounds.Also on a positive note, oregano is a good source of vitamin K, manganese, fiber and oils.

A Healthy and Diet Compliant Delicacy

People who are watching their weight can take solace in the fact that vegetable pizza or one made from olives, olive oil and fish qualifies as one of the best dietary meals on earth.

They can be made in such way to have great taste and still have low amounts of fat and cholesterol that are normally associated with meals with meat and cheese.

Cheese toppings on pizzas are also excellent source of calcium, which minimizes the chances of having colon cancer.

However, for healthier diet it is recommended that the amount of cheese be reduced because of its rather high fat content. It should be substituted with tomato sauce.

The perfect combination of crust, cheese, toppings can be used for creation of healthy pizza that will surely be good for you.

Apparently Pizza is generally portrayed as a fast food, the healthy ingredients, using healthy topping ingredients for it, will salvage its reputation and make it qualify to be labeled a ‘health food’.

The recipe for such pizza consist of using whole wheat crust, extra virgin olive oil, a limited amount of cheese, no extra salt, and top it with lean meat, anchovies, vegetable, and/ or fruit toppings.

It should also interest you to know that eating pizza once a week can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer.

 

Variety of Toppings

There are a beautiful variety of sumptuous toppings for pizza. These toppings are inspired by many cuisines around the world.

The following are the varieties of toppings popular in different countries around the world.

  1. United States — pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, green pepper, onion, and extra cheese
  2. India — pickled ginger, minced mutton, and paneer (a form of cottage cheese)
  3. Russia — mockba (a combination of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, and onions), red herring
  4. Brazil — green peas
  5. Japan — eel, squid, and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato, bacon)
  6. France — flambée (bacon, onion, fresh cream)
  7. Pakistan – curry
  8. Australia — shrimp, pineapple, barbecue sauce
  9. Costa Rica – coconut
  10. Netherlands — “Double Dutch” — double meat, double cheese, double onion

 

Now that the secret behind the popularity of pizza has been exposed, you can heave a sigh of relief and place your order of tasty pizza with the topping of your choice.

Savor your meal!

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