Is Pizza a Junk Food or Not ?

Is Pizza a Junk Food or Not ?

"Junk" is relative. If you run 10 miles and then go out for a slice or two of Pizza (topped with a ton of vegetables), it's probably just what your body needs. If you don't get much if any exercise, order the meat lovers pizza and eat four slices, then it's likely really not what you should be eating.

Because of that, you have to define "junk" in terms of how you live your life (exercise, general diet, etc.) and how much you eat of it (just a slice or half a pie). For most people in the USA, pizza is really "the worst of the worst". I know very few people who order just the veggie pizza and only eat one slice (which, I admit, there are some of you out there). Most people get the "meat lovers" (or somesuch) pizza and eat way more than they should and wash it down with a half liter of Coke.

Definitely Pizza contains a lot of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Consumed in the proper quantities with the right amount of exercise sans carbonated beverages, it really doesn't end up being all that bad for you. But based on American (I admit, eating habits differ outside this nation) eating habits, physical exercise and how the pizza is prepared, it's most certainly the junkiest of junk foods.

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But some are food good selection of pizzas that come in under 500 calories. The key to pizza not being classed as junk food is the quality and amounts of ingredients plus the way it's cooked.

Lets take a look :

  • The use of as many fresh ingredients as possible provides a much better pizza experience - It's healthier, it tastes vibrant, it's not as greasy.
  • Less is more in this case. There's no point in overloading your pizza, there's just too many flavours mixing together. You can't possibly taste them all. Fewer ingredients ensure a more pleasant, full-bodied taste.
  • Pizzas need to be cooked fast for the best flavour and consistency. If you're using fresh ingredients, flash heating them helps to preserve their nutrients (compared to say, frying them). Except for steaming, using an oven is one of the healthiest ways to cook food.

But some are food good selection of pizzas that come in under 500 calories. The key to pizza not being classed as junk food is the quality and amounts of ingredients plus the way it's cooked.

Lets take a look :

  • The use of as many fresh ingredients as possible provides a much better pizza experience - It's healthier, it tastes vibrant, it's not as greasy.
  • Less is more in this case. There's no point in overloading your pizza, there's just too many flavours mixing together. You can't possibly taste them all. Fewer ingredients ensure a more pleasant, full-bodied taste.
  • Pizzas need to be cooked fast for the best flavour and consistency. If you're using fresh ingredients, flash heating them helps to preserve their nutrients (compared to say, frying them). Except for steaming, using an oven is one of the healthiest ways to cook food.

As a serving suggestion you can use half the amount of dough, cut a hole in the middle of the pizza, fill it with salad and use light versions of ingredients.

Source : Quora

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