Top With The Right Tomato Sauce
Recently Congress voted that pizza was a vegetable in regards to school meals. The reason behind that irrational logic is based on the tomato sauce that typically tops pizza. Tomatoes are a type of fruit, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and cooked tomatoes (AKA pizza sauce) are an excellent source of lycopene, a natural chemical scientifically proven to be a natural cancer fighter. Choosing the right type of tomatoes is an essential part of the pizza process.
The supermarket shelves are lined with dozens of tomato products and not all of them are created equally. Canned tomatoes have the potential of being laced with Bisphenol A (BPA) as that chemical is used to help line cans to ensure the shelf-life of a food and can potentially leach over time. While jarred tomato sauce is a better option because it is in glass, many of those products contain sugar and corn syrup that can contribute to other health issues including obesity.
The safest bet is making a homemade tomato sauce from organic fruits (so there are no pesticides and chemicals) from scratch. One delicious recipe comes from Vegetarian Times magazine, http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/11663?section=. This particular sauce is naturally sweet courtesy of the addition of balsamic vinegar, proving that added sugar is not necessary.
Veggie Toppings Reign Supreme
Pizza toppings are incredibly varied; in America pepperoni is king, the German fancy sunny-side up eggs on their pies and in India ginger, mutton and tofu are traditional pizza toppers. Individuals looking to build the perfect pizza for dental health are encouraged to try other, healthier alternatives including low-fat cheese, garlic and veggies.
Dairy has always been considered a dental health booster as the high levels of support bone health. Additionally, some dairy foods have been scientifically proven to lower the odds of other dental problems from occurring, such as tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. The perfect pizza for dental health will incorporate low-fat cheese (try a blend of low-fat mozzarella an Parmesan) in order to minimize levels of saturated fat.
Once that layer is applied, the final toppings can be added and for those who have no fear of bad breath, adding garlic is highly encouraged. Garlic is rich in allinase, the foods' most important cancer fighting and immunity-boosting enzyme. In order to get the most powerful boost from garlic, letting the herb sit prior to adding heat. When garlic is allowed to sit, it will naturally produce compounds that minimize the damaging effects of heat while providing individuals with maximum dental health benefits as eating garlic will also help control gum inflammation (Pennsylvania State University and the National Cancer Institute).
Spinach, basil and broccoli are the final ingredients to top the perfect pizza for dental health. Leafy greens are vegetables are known to be chock full of minerals and vitamins and have long been promoted as being part of a nutritious diet as they can protect eyesight, minimize problems associated with aging, deliver a rich source of calcium for vegetarians and can help ward gum disease and protect against oral cancer thanks to the levels of phytochemicals (AKA Phytonutrients) naturally present. Individuals perplexed on how to top a pizza with those goodies simply need to wash the veggies well, chop and saute in a bit of olive oil, voila!
Once the pizza is assembled cooking it is a must. In order to get a crust similar to a professionally made pie, a pizza stone is a must. However, it is important that a stone is first seasoned (http://www.livestrong.com/article/468565-how-to-season-a-williams-sonoma-pizza-stone/) and hot oil or butter is not used on the unglazed surface. That may cause the unintentional side effect of smoke, which will not only flavor a pizza, but also add carcinogens that are known to cause cancer.
No matter how many healthy pizzas are eaten, additional steps are needed to gain dental health. That process includes practicing daily oral hygiene to remove stray food particles and dental plaque and getting professional dental care from a dentist. Individuals looking to find a dentist can call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the contact of a great provider close to home.