Published on Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00
You can never go wrong with pizza. Pizza is so versatile for every kind of occasion; from wild parties to dinner-for-1 in front of the computer. You can add virtually anything you wish to a pizza and it will always turn out delicious! The best thing about pizzas other than its melty, cheesy goodness is that when you wind up with leftovers, you don’t have to throw it out, you can always store it in the refrigerator and heat it up again when you’re feeling hungry, and it will still taste equally awesome! So with no further ado, we present to you 10 reasons why you should eat more pizza.
1. Pizza tossing can save lives
As strange as it may sound, physicists from Monash University are using the fine art of pizza tossing to design micro motors
thinner than a strand of human hair for brain surgery. Chefs have perfected the toss of the dough, moving their hands in a circle to achieve maximum efficiency. Scientists studied their movements to design motors mimicking those circles. Except instead of tossing a rotor once a second, the motors toss them a few million times a second. These tiny motors will have the potential to be used for minimally invasive neuro-microsurgery so that doctors don’t have to crack your skull open to operate on your brain.
2. Deep-dish pizzas have more antioxidants
Pizza in its own right carries antioxidants that help in preventing the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts amongst many other wonderful things. The antioxidants in a pizza come courtesy of the tomato paste generously slathered all over the base. Yes, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, and how many of you will actually eat a tomato if it is not on a pizza? It has recently just been discovered that Chicago-style pizza (deep-dish pizza has a crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the ingredients, which include large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce) may have more antioxidants
than its fellow contenders because of its oven time, crust size and amount of tomato sauce. Chemists fiddled with whole-wheat pizza crusts and found that longer baking times increased antioxidants up to 60%. Even cooler (or hotter?): Higher oven temperatures upped them by as much as 82%.
3. Pizza helps with the absorption of lycopene
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps ward off heart disease and other ailments. If you eat lycopene-rich foods together with a small amount of oil or fat (like, say, hot cheese), your intestines is able to absorb more
4. Pizza can help with bowel movements
We apologize for speaking about bowel movements especially with all these photos of sexy pizzas staring at you in the face. However, it is useful to keep in mind next time when you have norovirus, or what we commonly refer to as the stomach flu, that pizza can potentially cure you
. Scientists found that carvacrol, found in oregano oil (a key ingredient in pizza), can break down the virus.
5. Pizza can eliminate cancer cells like the Terminator
Carvacrol can also hack into prostate-cancer cells and reprogram them to kill themselves off
, which potentially can be used to help treat prostate cancer.
6. Pizza makes economics easier to understand
According to the Pizza Principle, a loose law proposed by a New York lawyer back in the 1980s, the slice of a pizza has predicted the price of a subway ride
since the ‘60s. Whether the parallel is alive is still debated, but pizza’s power as a barometer is indisputable.
7. Pizza will be printed in space
Because astronauts’ food has sucked for decades, NASA is funding a 3D food printer and the very first food that has been selected to be printed in space is pizza!
8. Pizza parties decline with age
It has been found in a study that as people get older, they stop eating as much pizza as the younger generation. Don’t be a statistic, you make a difference to the future of pizza consumption.
9. You save money
When you order pizzas that is. An avid pizza fan at NPR’s Planet Money plotted over 70,000 pizza prices and found you should always order the larger pizza. The mathematical rational is that the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so a 16-inch pizza is four times as big as an 8-inch one!
10. Pizza and beer makes the perfect match
If you are having pizza, you might as well grab yourself an ice, cold beer. “Pizza is loaded with rich stuff, especially cheese,” says Michael Agnew, certified cicerone at A Perfect Pint. “It needs a beverage partner that will scrub all that stuff away. Carbonation and hops do that extraordinarily well.” For beer fans: He recommends a malty beer like Vienna lager with tomato-based pizzas because the sweetness of the malt soothes the sauce’s acidity.