November 28th, 2018
As most people know,
Pizza is now one of the most popular foods in the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans eats pizza every day. There are so many reasons to love pizza. It’s convenient, filling, comes in a variety of flavors and styles, and it’s incredibly delicious. So what makes America’s favorite meal taste so delicious? The reason is actually pretty scientific.
Pizza And The Five Flavors
The massive popularity of pizza is because it is so delicious. That deliciousness is actually the result of how the different ingredients stimulate your taste buds. Your taste buds can sense five flavors:
The last flavor, umami is the reason pizza tastes so good. Umami is a Japanese word that essentially means meaty or savory. It is used to describe foods that contain a high level of the amino acid glutamate. The more glutamate flavors you add to a dish, the more flavorful it is and the more umami taste you will enjoy.
How Pizza Is Umami
Foods rich in glutamine include cured meats, aged cheeses, and a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. These foods are also the key ingredients in pizza. In fact, pizza has 130 mg of glutamate just in the tomato sauce alone. Add a sprinkling of parmesan and you’ll add 70mg. Add a few slices of pepperoni and you’ll also be adding 350mg of glutamate. All of this makes pizza extremely tasty.
Deliciousness Is More Than Just Taste
Beyond the abundance of flavor in pizza, it is also delicious because it is healthy. First of all, cheese pizza has at least 15 grams of protein per slice. Protein is an essential building block of our bodies. Secondly, pizza contains tomato sauce which has been shown in studies to prevent heart disease. Tomatoes contain high levels of antioxidants, including lycopene that helps support a healthy heart. Eaten with a small amount of fat, from the cheese on the pizza, lycopene absorbs faster into the body. Finally, studies have shown eating pizza regularly can help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer. All that healthy nutrition packed into one slice makes pizza even more delicious.