Julia Roberts speaks out her love for Pizza in ‘Eat Pray Love’. Do you find yourself in a similar position? If you do, read on to know more about your beloved Pizza.
Does this image appeal to you a lot? Does it make your mouth to water? Does it reminds you of the last time you had a pizza? I think you are in serious trouble then.
Pizza is definitely an easy go-to food loved by people of all ages. With myriad crust, cheese and topping combinations on varied sizes along with delivery, take-out and dine-in options, pizza fits just about any occasion. That’s the end of me praising pizza. Now into some serious stuffs.
Pizza is part of a full fledged business now with the dairy industry spending big bucks to promote pizza and partner with big food chains like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns… This has resulted in an increase in the consumption of cheese by nearly 30% in past 10 years. There’s a lot going on behind closed doors that nobody wants us to know or talk about, and it all starts with the ingredients. If find really want to find out what may be lurking in your pizza, you got to review its complete ingredient list, which is often concealed from the public.
Heard of MSG – monosodium glutamate? This is a potent flavour enhancer which is often added in pizza. You wouldn’t find it in the ingredients list with the same name though; something like free glutamic acid additives would be present which is actually the main component of MSG. Or maybe these toxins: Autolyzed Yeast Extract (Hidden MSG), Textured or Hydrolyzed Proteins (Hidden MSG and GMO), Hydrolyzed Corn (Hidden MSG and GMO), Modified Starches (Hidden MSG or Possible GMO), Natural Flavors (Possible Hidden MSG), Disodium Inosinate or Disodium Guanylate (MSG enhancers).
Ever felt like repeating yumm… this is so good? MSG tricks your brain into believing that what you are eating tastes so great that you want more of it. Your taste buds sense that there is more protein in the food than there really is – which is great for food manufacturers who wants to save money by using less or lower quality meat. Ever wonder why you can’t stop at one slice? These ingredients also promote an addiction to pizza so that you keep coming back to order more. Repeat business keeps their pockets lined with lots of cash.
MSG and hidden MSG additives are known to commonly cause headaches, obesity and depression. As an excitotoxin, its effect on the brain is so toxic that it has been linked to learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,Lou Gehrig’s disease and promoting cancerous growth. Also these ingredients can stick around in your body for a long time, leach nutrients from your system, and can make you really sick. It can also interrupt the hormonal and biological development of children.
Advice: Avoid as much as possible.
Fat and Calories
A typical slice from 14 inches of regular-crusted cheese pizza contains between 250 to 350 calories and 10 to 17 grams of fat. Adding extra topping of pepperoni, sausage and cheese-stuffed crust can increase your calorie and fat intake to almost 500 calories per slice with 26 grams of fat. The high fat content in these pizzas comes largely from saturated fats, too much of which can raise your risk of developing heart disease by raising blood cholesterol levels. The saturated fats in the main crust of pizzas may block your arteries and cause serious problems like heart attack. Eating too many calories can cause weight gain and make you obese.
Advice: Hit the gym after relishing a pizza slice rather than crib over weight gain.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Trans-fat)
Partially hydrogenated oils block arteries causing heart attacks. Estimates show that they could cause up to 20,000 heart attacks every year.
Advice: Avoid the dipping sauces and the hand-tossed crust pizzas.
Commercial pizzas are high in sodium with 500 to 700 milligrams per slice. Taking in excess of 1,500 milligrams leads to water retention and increases your risk of high blood pressure.
Advice: Keep count of number of slices and stay below the limit. Also drink a lot of water to flush the sodium out.
Rest of the stuffs and its effects
Soybean Oil – causes inflammation; used in dough and pizza sauce
BHT/BHA (Butylated Hydroxytoluene / Butylated Hydroxyanisole) – toxic to organs, causes cancer; found in pepperoni pizza
Sodium nitrate – Causes cancer; found in the pepperoni, ham, bacon and sausage toppings
Artificial Colors – These are petroleum-based colourings linked to asthma, allergies and hyperactivity
Advice: If you still crave for pizza, prepare it on your own and consume it. In that way, you can atleast be sure of what is actually in it.