Pizza and Health

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Pizza and Health The aroma of pepperoni and melting cheese overwhelm my senses like a high tide wave as I enter the Round Table. Suddenly, memories of my tenth birthday party rush to the forefront of my mind; I still remember the savory pepperoni mingling with the sweet tomato sauce tantalizing my palate. Pizza isn’t just a delicious treat; it’s a reason to eat together. It creates and enhances memories, what late night cramming session would be complete without a piping hot pizza pie? When I dive into that thin crusted wonder, the last thing on my mind is the nutritional value of this greasy fix. Of course I am not the only pizza fanatic to overlook this fact; unhealthy pizza is celebrated all across the nation. New York is …show more content…

This allows for the other flavors of the pizza to become enhanced. The study concluded that pizza with the thin crust and 75% cheese content was the most favored. This modification will allow for college campuses to substitute the greasy salty pizzas with the lighter more flavorful low sodium pizzas. According to an article from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, “the substitution of nutrients provided at levels in a pizza product meeting the HUSSC for usual pizza significantly improved dietary quality of children and adolescents eating pizza for school lunch.” The aim of this study was to compare the daily intake of nutrients of children and adolescents between a pizza product meeting the US Department of Agriculture’s Criteria for Health and a usual pizza product. In this double blind study, they used 337 children from ages 5 to 18. The results indicated that this was a positive way to improve the nutritious value of school lunches.ii In a consumer news article titled a Heap on Health, Denny Sharton discusses pizza and the various ways it can be a healthy choice. “It can contribute a reasonable portion of the recommended amounts from four of the five food groups in the U.S. Department of Agriculture 's Food Guide Pyramid, says Mavia Fletcher, one of USDA 's regional nutritionists. If you 're a pineapple fan, you can make that all five food groups.” Substituting healthier ingredients can decrease the fat content of the pizza; when ordering

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