Diners searching for healthy or gluten-free options in Palo Alto don’t
always think of visiting a pizzeria. But if you
make smart topping choices and exercise moderation by limiting how many slices you eat, pizza can
fit into a healthy diet. A slice of Chicago-style pizza loaded with veggies
is also packed with vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.
Some of the potential health benefits of eating pizza include:
Packing All Food Groups into One Meal
The FDA recommends a balanced diet for adults that includes foods from
every major food group every day. The food groups are: fruits, vegetables,
grains, proteins, and dairy. One slice of pizza has foods from every single
group! The tomatoes in the sauce are fruits, and you can also select popular
fruit toppings such as pineapple. Fresh veggie topping options include
bell peppers, zucchini, onions, and spinach. Meats such as sausage, ham,
and pepperoni provide protein, or you can order mushrooms if you’re
a vegetarian. And of course, the delicious cheese rounds out the food
groups with dairy.
Consuming Essential Nutrients
On a more basic level, every meal you eat should ideally contain protein,
fat, and carbohydrates. Protein, found in both the cheese and meat toppings
of a pizza, aids in muscle development. Fat, despite its bad reputation,
is essential because your body needs it to absorb fat-soluble vitamins
such as A, D, E and K. Like protein, fat can be found in the meat and
cheese on your pizza. Carbohydrates, such as those in the pizza crust,
fuel your body during heavy exertions and exercise. Even gluten-free diners
need carbohydrates, which are still found in the crust of gluten-free pizza.
Getting Essential Vitamins and Minerals
For proper bone health, you need to consume a certain quantity of calcium.
The cheese on a slice of pizza has more than enough to meet your daily
requirements. The tomatoes in the pizza sauce also contain many vitamins
and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and
vitamin E. Other toppings, especially vegetables, will provide even more