Pizza is a food distinctive of Mediterranean gastronomy and studies show that it is usefulfor health because of the mixture of a variety of ingredients that make this food rich in nutrients. Some of the benefits to the diet is to possess complex carbohydrates that when absorbed slowly in the body satiate and supply the energy to the body consistently for several hours throughout the day. The use of olives makes the pizzas contain oils rich in HDL as well as vitamins A, D, E and K.
Mozzarella cheese, a classic pizza ingredient, although it is a cheese with high doses of animal proteins, it also has a high fat content that makes it contraindicated for the case of a diet of slimming. But, if we use the variant of skimmed mozzarella, we lower more than 30% its grade content.
The usage of aromatic herbs is typical in the different variants of pizzas as it makes that food have an antiseptic and purifying function of the organism. In addition, it has a high content of iron, vitamins B1 and PP. The pizzas help prevent the formation of uric acid and it becomes more digestible than the other foods, thanks to its high content of starch.
It’s been observed that eating pizza can protect against the development of different types of cancer. The scientists say that eating pizza regularly about 2 or 3 times a week reduces the chance of getting esophageal cancer by 59%, the risk of developing colon cancer decreases by 26% and mouth by 34%.
The benefit of eating pizza for health lies in lycopene, an antioxidant chemical present in tomatoes, which in addition to giving the characteristic red color seems to protect against different types of cancer. In that sense, the tomato may offer protection against certain tumors.
Wheat flour of pizza dough is rich in antioxidants which is beneficial to health. Research has shown that the amount of antioxidants increases by 82% by baking the pizza at elevated temperatures for a short period of time. Its health benefits dependon how the pizza is prepared. For pizza to be healthy, it should preferably be made with whole meal flour and have fresh, natural, and unprocessed or minimally processed foods such as tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, peppers, basil, rosemary and other herbs like all the natural ingredients that your imagination desires.