Pizza Lovers Rejoice! This Pizza May Help Ward Off Cancer
All pizzas are not alike; ingredients in the traditional variety, made with processed meats, such as pepperoni, sausage and Canadian bacon, on a white flour crust, are linked to weight gain and a higher cancer risk.
However, pizza lovers need not despair! Turns out, a new variety has been created that may actually help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Introducing: The Mediterranean-Style Pizza with Life-Extending Properties
Scientists in Naples, Italy have introduced Pizza Pascalina, which they call an “anti-tumor” pizza and “the pizza that extends life.” They found people who eat it twice a week had a 59-percent lower risk of esophageal cancer, 34-percent reduced risk of throat cancer and a 26-percent decreased risk of colon cancer.
Pascalina is made with ingredients from the Mediterranean diet. The toppings consist of tomatoes, olives, extra virgin olive oil, chili, garlic and rapini, a type of broccoli. The crust is made of wheat flour. It contains no meat, which is a food associated with heart disease and cancer.
The healthy pizza is comprised of foods selected for their ability to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Studies suggest tomatoes can slow the growth of certain kinds of cancer. Research also indicates that broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable, reduces cancer risk.
Doctors and health oversight agencies widely hail the Mediterranean diet as the world’s healthiest eating plan, as research indicates it helps fight obesity, heart disease, cancer and dementia. (Check out our article 5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Following the Mediterranean Diet to learn more.) Just last month, the World Health Organization advised the global community to adopt a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and olive oil, all of which are staples of the diet of people living in the Mediterranean region.
Pizza Pascalina was available at the June pizza festival in Naples. The inventors said they hope it motivates people to eat healthy. According to researchers from the Istituto Nazionale Tumori, it’s nutritious enough to eat twice a week.
The good news is that you can make your own nutrition-packed pizza at home using ingredients from the Mediterranean diet. Click the link below for a scrumptious recipe to get you started. It’s courtesy of the olive oil company Colavita. Put it on a whole wheat or whole grain pizza crust and enjoy!
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.