Pizza and Health
The aroma of pepperoni and melting cheese overwhelm my senses like a high tide wave as I enter the Round Table. Suddenly, memories of my tenth birthday party rush to the forefront of my mind; I still remember the savory pepperoni mingling with the sweet tomato sauce tantalizing my palate. Pizza isn’t just a delicious treat; it’s a reason to eat together. It creates and enhances memories, what late night cramming session would be complete without a piping hot pizza pie? When I dive into that thin crusted wonder, the last thing on my mind is the nutritional value of this greasy fix. Of course I am not the only pizza fanatic to overlook this fact; unhealthy pizza is celebrated all across the nation. New York is famous for the abundance of fatty corner pizza places. Chicago is known for its delectable deep dish pie. California pizzas are known for being non-traditional, topped with barbeque sauce or pico de gallo. The thick Detroit style Sicilian square pizza is famed for having its toppings trapped under mounds of melted cheese. Questions
Are all pizza’s unhealthy?
What can we do to decrease the health risks as well as save the scrumptiousness of this American favorite? What group of people are the most at risk for the overconsumption of fatty pizzas? Is there a correlation between the consumption of pizza and obesity? What alternatives are there for pizza lovers?
Is it possible to incorporate pizza into a balanced diet?
Summary of Sources
A study conducted by CSU Chico investigated the correlation between the increase of obesity amongst college students and the availability of fast foods such as pizza. “The availability of readily available convenience food items, such as pizza, appears to be associated with obesity among college students.”i It was the objective of the study the effects of modifying the amounts of cheese and crust on each pizza in order to make a healthier choice accepted by consumers. They call it the...
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