Healthy pizzas: too good to be true?

July 5th, 2012

Let’s get one thing straight: we absolutely love our pizzas around here, especially when they’re made to a traditional recipe, dripping with mozzarella on a crispy based and cooked in a charcoal oven…mama mia…there simply isn’t anything tastier! But they are also among the least healthy things we tend to eat on a regular basis.

That’s why we couldn’t help but take notice of the news that a team in Scotland has been working on what could be the first ever ‘nutritionally balanced’ pizza: a dish that (allegedly) tastes as good as the original style, but replaces some of the less health-giving aspects of traditional pizza with more nutritious alternatives. this is great news if it’s true: until now, the best idea anyone could come up with for healthier pizzas was cutting out the middle and stuffing it with salad!

So what can be done to up a pizza’s health content? Quite a lot could be changed, according to the Scottish team. for example, the researchers found that many pizzas on the market contain as much or more salt than an adult should eat in a day. To get around this problem they introduced seaweed to their recipe, which works like salt to add flavour, but has lower levels of sodium.

Pizza Developer (now there’s a job title to covet!) Don McLean explains:

“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 flavour is excellent as well.”

Other innovations include mixing red pepper in with the tomato paste, to boost the pizza’s vitamin C content.

So where can you find these mythical healthy pizzas? one major British supermarket chain has already indicated it will stock the healthy pizzas, and Mr Maclean is in talks with other supermarkets and catering suppliers. look out for them in the frozen compartment, as at present, the only way to preserve the added nutrients is to keep them at very low temperatures. 

[Via BBC News] [Image via: Haseo]

Healthy pizzas: too good to be true?

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