Up until now, pizza was considered to be an enemy of healthy eating. It turns out that it might not be harmful if prepared the right way, claim scientists from the University of Maryland.
It is believed that if pizza is made using whole wheat instead of white flour, and is baked at 480°F (250 °C), not only will it not be unhealthy, but it may even be good for your waistline.
What are the main ingredients put on pizza? Tomatoes, cheeses, spices, meat and sausages. To make a healthy pizza, you must be careful with the amount of cheeses.
Another point of advice by experts is to be careful with the meat products. It is recommended to add lean meat, as well as non-smoked sausages. Nutritionists advise that if there is meat on the pizza, to put on more vegetables.
Tomatoes are a must for any pizza - they contain a great deal of lycopene and are often recommended by nutritionists for diets. Spices are also a significant component of pizza and you can add them without any worries, since most spices actually have the ability to speed up metabolism.
Basil, oregano, garlic and black pepper are most often used for pizzas.
It is absolutely essential to forget about white flour and substitute it with whole wheat flour; further, the pizza must bake for 14 min.
The heat of the oven can be between 390°F (200 °C) - 540°F (280 °C), believe scientists.
This will increase the amount of antioxidants in it, but only if it is consumed within 18 hours after being baked, add experts, quoted from the International Journal of Obesity.
It turns out that delicious pizza is not the only food product to be falsely accused of being unhealthy - Italian pasta also falls in this list because of its gluten content. Nutritionists believe that spaghetti that contain eggs and semolina contain very little starch in them.
Experts do not forget to mention that it ultimately all depends on how the spaghetti are prepared. When overcooked, the pasta becomes mushy and the harmful gluten is released, explain nutritionists.
If, however, you prepare the spaghetti al dente or slightly raw, the starch in them is not released, making them completely harmless for your waistline.