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“Health By Stealth” Strategy Could Lead To Nutritious Pizzas

October 31, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Most of today’s commercially available – either the frozen grocery store or fresh-baked  pizza restaurant varieties – can be considered junk food, primarily because of excess salt and saturated fat. But the basic recipe for pizza – bread, tomatoes, and a little cheese – is essentially healthy. British researchers says pizzas, and other “nutritionally dubious foods”, can be restored to healthy status by reformulating without ruining the taste. The researchers did a little experimenting, and came up with a recipe using less salt; whole wheat flour; a little Scottish seaweed for flavor, vitamin B12 and fiber, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and iodine; and red peppers for vitamin C. Both children and adult taste testers “gave it the thumbs-up for taste and attractiveness”.
Emilie Combet et al., "Development of a nutritionally balanced pizza as a functional meal designed to meet published dietary guidelines", Public Health Nutrition, October 31, 2013, © Cambridge University Press
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