November 28th, 2018

Treat Yourself

As most people know, pizza was invented in Italy. It was extremely popular among the working class because it was easy to make, inexpensive, and versatile. Pizza was brought to America at the turn of the 20th Century, but it didn’t become an American staple until soldiers stationed in Italy in WW2 brought it home with them. Since then, Americans have discovered the incredible flavors of pizza and pizza shops started popping up on nearly every corner across the country.

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:

• Sweet

Salty

Sour

Bitter

Umami

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.