Once upon a time pizzas were relatively healthy, but as their popularity rose so did the fat content, but now two Scotsmen believe they’ve created the first nutritionally balanced pizza. Could a pizza laced with seaweed really reign supreme?
According to Nutritionist Mike Lean and businessman Donnie Maclean, their pizzas aren’t just a low fat alternative, they actually contain 30% of an adult’s guideline daily amount of vitamins and minerals.
These nutritional guidelines suggest that you have 20% of your nutrients and calories from your breakfast, 30% from your lunch, 30% from your dinner, and an extra 20% for snacks.
So instead of eating all of your options in one go, they’ve come up with sneaky ways to give you a third of your recommended amount of calories, protein and carbohydrate, in one pizza. But if you go for seconds, you may need to skip dinner.
The first secret ingredient is seaweed – probably not one Italians will be stealing. It’s baked into the artisan bread base as a way of reducing the salt content, it’s also a great source of iron, calcium and zinc.
If you’re already turning your nose up at the thought of seaweed in your pizza, don’t worry. When the pizzas were taste tested on a group of young school children, none of them picked up on the presence of the green invader.
When it comes to the sauce, red peppers are mixed in with the tomatoes for extra vitamin C. Each pizza is also said to contain magnesium, potassium, folates and vitamin A.
As for the cheese, thankfully that’s one ingredient that won’t be tampered with. Full fat mozzarella will still be melted on top, just not as much of it.
Despite all this fondling, flavour is said to still be a top priority for Prof Lean, and soon you’ll be able to see for yourself. A major supermarket chain has already agreed to stock the nutritional pizzas, with other supermarkets and catering suppliers also interested.
As the nutritional content is best preserved at low temperatures, you’ll find the pizzas in the frozen section. But like any healthy food alternative, they will be a tad more expensive, nevertheless the pair are working on reducing the prices..
They are also said to be working on creating nutritional variations of other fast food favourites, with curry and fish and chips the next on the menu!
What do you think – would you enjoy pizza made by scientists?