In any given day, more than 40 million Americans will be eating pizza, according to a report released by the Department of Agriculture. It is definitely a favorite in the United States, but did you know it is also considered the most popular meal in the world?
Pizza’s levels of consumption are so much that the Department of Agriculture released reports demonstrating that pizza is a major contributor of nutrients of public significance in the American diet, including total fat, calcium and sodium. Popularity certainly doesn’t prove pizza to be good for us though.
Making a Concious Effort
Many pizzas are simply frozen boxed foods and aren’t good for us. The problem lies in the way and how much we eat pizza here in the United States. Here at Smitty’s, we have you covered. Our ingredients are home made. We also do our best to provide you with fresh vegetable toppings and good quality meats so that when you do indulge, you are getting the nutrients that you need to stay healthy.
Balance Quality and Quantity
We think there are reasons to eat good quality pizza. On average, a slice of pizza contains 12 grams of protein. Protein helps us sustain long term energy levels.
Pizza also contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Lycopene helps us lower our blood pressure and bring down our cholesterol levels. Just remember, not all slices are created equally. Load up on the vegetables to receive your maximum benefits.
The cheese on your pizza is a great source of calcium. The body uses calcium to help maintain strong bones and prevent the onset of osteoporosis, which can cause brittle and weak bones. Be careful though, this is not a reason to ask for extra cheese because cheese also contains saturated fat.