Ever since the first Neapolitan style pizza was created and consumed in 1889, the food has come to dominate the world. Statistics indicate that 17 percent of all restaurants worldwide are pizzerias and that in 350 slices are consumed every second in America, making it one of the most popular types of fast food on earth. Fortunately, unlike other processed edibles, pizza is actually one fast food that can pack a powerful nutritional punch and help individuals ward of dental problems.
The dish had humble beginnings and started out as a bread with herbs and cheese eaten by the Ancient Greeks. It was when the Italians embraced the food as there own and tweaked the ingredients to include tomato and cheese that contemporary pizza was born. Now individuals can find pizza being sold in restaurants, frozen in supermarkets and delivery or can purchase pre-made dough and make a version at home. For those who plan on creating their own masterpiece, following a couple of steps can help make a pizza a powerful meal for fighting a variety of cancers and to boost dental health.
Pizza is not just made, it is a food constructed from the ground up and like any construction product, the outcome will only be as solid as the foundation allows for. That is why when it comes to making a pizza, opting to make a dough (or use a store brand) featuring whole grains is the best for dental health.
Whole grains are those tasty organic substances harvested directly from the fields and include the entire grain kernel featuring the germ, endosperm and bran. The U.S. Government'sNutrition Plate includes the recommendation that individuals make sure that half of all the grains eaten are whole grains (as opposed to refined grains which have had the important nutritional core stripped) as they will provide a powerful nutritional punch featuring many health benefits, including perks that can improve oral health and dental care.
According to the results of a study conducted at the McMaster University in Canada, individuals who ate at least three servings of whole grains per day have the ability to keep their teeth longer than processed foods loving counterparts. The study analyzed a group of over 34,000 men and compared dental health in relation to whole grains. The research was conducted for 14 years and the findings indicated that men who ate "...at least three daily whole grain servings were 23% less likely to suffer tooth-loosening gum inflammation (periodontitis) than those averaging fewer than one," (http://www.prevention.com/health/health/health-concerns/how-whole-grains-help-your-teeth/article/fa8bd08f88803110VgnVCM20000012281eac____).
Additional research has found that consuming whole grains can also help stabilize blood sugar levels. Overtime, that will reduce periodontitis in diabetics and will also boost the dental health of others not afflicted with the condition.
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.
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.