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HEALTH TIP FOR THE WEEK-Is pizza good for you?

IS PIZZA GOOD FOR YOU?Maybe it is, as there has been new developed baking techniques, using higher temperatures and longer baking times, which raises the level of antioxidants- those molecules that protect us from cancer and disease –causing free radicals-in whole wheat pizza dough.

It maybe a while before the technique reaches South Africa but in the meanwhile there ways to enjoy your favourite Italian import without feeling too guilty,says nutritionists. ‘Pizza is generally healthier than other fast food because it isn’t fried. ‘But the extra kilojoules sneak in when you add meat toppings such as ham and salami- these are generally of the processed variety, so the fat tends to be saturated, and they’re high in salt’.

A Plain margaritas is best if you’re watching your waist but you can always add interest – and antioxidants- with vegetable toppings such as mushrooms, green pepper and garlic. ‘Portion size also makes a big difference, says Flint, ‘so share your pizza with your man or save some for tomorrow.

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