Pizza can be considered the queen
of the Mediterranean diet and no doubt its most renown dish. Its
basic ingredients are those typical of the Mediterranean diet:
cereal flour, olive oil, tomato and mozzarella. Let's go on to
examine one by one the ingredients necessary to the make a basic
Pizza: the Margherita.
Cereals: the complex
carbohydrates given by flour satiate and provide constant energy
without affecting the increase of glucose. Therefore the cereals
cloy the appetite and limit the demand for further food allowing
the lose of weight. Like meat, the dough of pizza contains amino acids.
Olive oil: the most noble
and wholesome of fats, Mediterranean par excellence. It is rich in
HDL (cholesterol that helps the cleaning of arteries) and vitamins
A, D, E, K.
Mozzarella: Mozzarella di
Bufala Campana dop is a fresh product, rich with live lactic ferments, nutritious
and highly digestive.
Tomato: an important source
Let's now briefly examine some
properties of the herbs that are inseparable companions of the
Basil: with its distinctive
scent and flavor well known by those who love pizza, basil has
antidyspeptic and antiseptic properties. It is also an
antinflammatory and helps the digestion.
Garlic: is an intestinal
antiseptic, a cardio tonic and has diuretic and antisclerotic
Oregano: A most versatile
herb, it whets the appetite and acts as an antidolorific for
rheumatisms. The benefits for the health given by the Mediterranean
diet are well known: this kind of diet helps to fight numerous
diseases as arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Therefore pizza is an alternative to meat eating and a fit single
course which, integrated with fruits and fresh vegetables, can
nearly satisfy the daily needs of the organism thanks to its
vitamin and protein contribution.