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Pizza: A World Famous Delicacy

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Pizza is among the most loved foods not only in America but the whole world. In fact, it has been there for so many years, it was a group of Italian migrants who introduced the dish and it received so many appraisals. Today, millions of slices are sold every day throughout the world. This dish has a high amount of calories that have to lend to its classification as a junk food.

But the fact is that high consumption of pizza is unhealthy for our bodies, indeed experts dictate that pizza should not be consumed more than three times per month. Children require a variety of nutrients for them to grow healthy, and these nutrients should not solely come from pizza, as more fruits and vegetables are required for them to develop.
This article will try to give light on what extent pizza is healthy or unhealthy for the body.

Nutrients found in pizza

It is true that there are more nutrients in pizza than you can imagine. Consumers of this dish get as much fiber, protein, lycopene, fat, calcium, and saturated fat as they require. Actually, the amount of calcium taken into the body per day likely comes from pizza where it constitutes a third of the calcium consumed. In addition, it offers the body more than fifty percent of the recommended daily consumption of lycopene.

Lycopene is a micronutrient and also antioxidant. Besides, both children and adults tend to get a significant amount of sodium from pizza.
Nonetheless, it is crucial to understand homemade pizzas are the large chief source of these nutrients. Most of the products that come from the factories are deemed to contain a lot of carbohydrates and saturated fats.

This is because refined flour is used in the production of pizza other than wholemeal flour which contains a variety of nutrients beneficial to the body. This causes high cholesterol in the body which in turn leads to obesity. Also, a leading cause of diabetes is caused by elevated sugars.

Pizza does not have the nutrients required by the body. This does not promote it as a healthy product preferably when other products such as fruits and vegetable can give the same nutrients for the body.

Adverse effects of consuming pizza

Now that you know consuming pizza is unhealthy for your body if it is not homemade or without the right nutrients, it is imperative to realize the negative effects of consuming this product.

Increases blood pressure

Pizza contains sodium as a nutrient, but a high intake of sodium can elevate blood pressure levels. The recommended daily intake of sodium by an expert is 1500 mg while pizza contains up to 598 mg of sodium. This is beyond the recommended amount to be consumed per day, thus limiting consumption of pizza can limit you from increased blood pressure levels

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Cardiovascular Diseases

Pizza is a satisfying food that fills your stomach and it's hard not to imagine consuming even a single slice per day due to its convincing taste. Excessive consumption of pizza is harmful to the body as it leads to cholesterol build up in the body. This increases the chance of getting heart disease and far of it is linked to causing obesity.

Other pizza toppings such as meat and pepperoni increase the number of saturated fats and cholesterol in the body. Processed meats have both salts and nitrites and continued consumption of these products can cause heart disease and cancer

Increase in the Glycemic Index

Since most of the pizza consumed is from the fast food chain, the type of flour is refined one opposed to the wholemeal flour used for homemade pizza. Refined flour has no fiber and its absence means high Glycemic Index. As a result, blood glucose is affected. A single slice of pizza elevates the blood pressure for six hours

The digestive enzymes simplify the simple carbs by breaking them down and converting them into sugars. The body absorbs the number of sugars that it needs for the body, and the unused sugars are turned into fats.

The fats are stored in the abdomen, therefore, increased consumption of refined grains leads to an increased amount of fats stored in the abdomen risking type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease.

Generally speaking, pizza is unhealthy especially if it is consumed by fast food chains. Including pizza in your diet should be regulated this means that it should not be like a staple food consuming it occasionally, utmost four times a month should be the recommended number of times to eat this food.

When ordering a pizza it's imperative to be cautious about your health, thus order one with a lot of vegetables, thin crust, limited cheese, and lean meat like chicken. Also remember, to avoid taking pizza when going to sleep, during the day it becomes better as the calories are well utilized by the body.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Uriel Kushiel

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