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Pizza for Health?

Every week or so a report comes out that makes me want to bash my head against the wall. Like this one for example. Blogging Baby passes on new research claiming pizza can be healthy, yeah, I said pizza. Take a look:
If your kids -- or you, even -- are overly fond of pizza, there is good news coming out of Maryland. food chemists at the University of Maryland have found that by optimizing baking and fermentation methods, they can increase the levels of antioxidants in pizza dough. Bonus points if you like the deep-dish, Chicago-style pizzas -- their thicker crust and longer baking times "may have the potential to deliver higher levels of antioxidants in comparison to other pizza styles," says study co-author Jeffrey Moore.
Now I know I’m defying my Italian blood on this one, but, Dr. Fuhrman makes it pretty clear that cheese, is far from health-promoting. In fact, he considers cheese one of the worst foods you can eat:
Worst Seven Foods for Health and Longevity
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Potato Chips and French Fries
  • Doughnuts
  • Salt
  • Sausage, hot dogs
  • Pickled, smoked or barbequed meat
In Eat to Live he points out that dairy products, including cheese, are also loaded with harmful compounds called dioxins:
Dioxin is a highly toxic chemical compound that even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admits is a prominent cause of many types of cancer in those consuming dairy fat, such as butter and cheese.1
Now the crazy part of this report is we’ve heard this before. A few months back Domino’s tried to convince us that pizza is actually a health food. No bull! From Nutrient-Dense Pizza:
Domino's list the following "facts" about their pizza:
  • Pizza is essentially a meal in itself, as you can find foods from the four basic food groups in one slice.
  • A crunchy thin crust Domino's pizza contains less than half the carbohydrates of Domino's classic hand-tossed pizza.
  • None of the core products on Domino's menu (pizza, bread side items, chicken) contain trans fats.
  • Customers seeking a healthier pizza have the option of ordering their pizza with a lighter portion of cheese.
  • The tomatoes in pizza sauce contain lycopene, which helps protect against prostate cancer. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C.
Tisk, tisk, tisk.
1. Stoll, B.A. 1998. Western diet, early puberty and breast cancer risk. Breast Cancer Res. Treat. 49 (3): 187-93.
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Bree - March 29, 2007 5:11 PM

Okay, so how about (as a treat) a pizza with the high anti-oxidant, whole wheat crust, sauce, triple the veggies and hold the cheese? Sounds good to me! :)

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