What actually happens in your body when you eat pizza?
Pizza… yum. Lovely cheese, tangy meat, a few veggies, all baked into luscious richness. It’s the staple food of children, teens and college students. Pizza day is the most popular day at school and it’s something even the pickiest eaters enjoy.
You might guess it is all bad, but there are actually some benefits to eating pizza. The good is more than just in the taste!
We’ll also give you some tips for creating a healthier pizza that will still taste just as good. You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to make a healthier pizza and number 4 is the simplest solution!
Starting at the bottom, the crust is basically white bread made with white flour. Your body processes white flour as easily as it does sugar and immediately stores it at belly fat. Commercial crusts often use trans fats (hydrogenated oils). Those are very bad for hearts and contribute to obesity.
The olive oil drizzled on is good for you! It contains fatty acids that your body is probably desperately short of.
Try for a whole wheat, unstuffed crust. You’ll get extra fiber to help your guts better process food.
The Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce is a generally good thing! Tomatoes are high in lycopene. This carotenoid gives tomatoes their color. Lycopene appears to protect against cancers and may even slow tumor growth. Eat broccoli on your pizza for increased absorption of lycopene.
Now the bad, tomato sauce is also high in sugar – it offsets the tomato’s acidity. Sugar causes obesity and is easily stored as belly fat. It can lead to insulin intolerance and later diabetes.
There is nothing good to say about processed meat. Sausage, bacon, and ham are all super high in salt, saturated fat, and nitrates. All of these are associated with cancer and obesity and cardio-vascular issues.
Hamburger and chicken are marginally less unhealthy. However, the barbeque sauce is pretty much sugar. The meat generally comes precooked to pizza chains, so it may not be degreased or may have been cooked in trans fats.