Pizza is the best happy healthy food, Italians say
Pizza rhymes with happiness, at least in Italy. Thanks to its irresistible recipe and the joyful moments it brings, in a recent survey one Italian in two declared it is the best happy healthy food, it truly makes them happy and is good for their health as well!
Italian Pizza is the key to happiness, study says
That everybody in Italy loves
Pizza is a fact. But the full extent of the country's love has now been revealed in a study who surveyed a group of Italians aged from 15 years old who were asked which was their “happy healthy food” The half of them opted for Pizza.
But why Italians are so mad about it? There are so many reasons: first of all, most people associate the most loved Italian food with positive experiences from childhood’s birthday parties to friends and family get-together. It is a social food you can eat with your hands and share with the people you love most.
Second, Italians know that their happy healthy food will always be there for them, just like an old friend. Whether you have worked the whole day or you are simply too lazy to go shopping, you know you can always have Pizza. Last but not least, there’s one to suits everybody’s taste. With olives, anchovies, ham, veggies or seafood you can always find the one(s) you love more.
Pizza in Italy is an everyday's attitude
More than the half of the interviewees said they use to have Pizza “at least once a week” and 34 percent said they gave in to the temptation to eat it “whenever they wanted.” Ten percent said they often have pizza for Sunday lunch. But only four percent said they'd eat every single day.
But what are the most favorite Italian Pizza toppings? The first place is for Prosciutto e Funghi, or ham and mushroom, chosen by one Italian in three. The second place is for the always beloved Margherita – you know, the simpler, the better! A few chose Pizza with special dough, such as organic or whole flour or gluten-free to suits particular dietary needs.
Although many labels it as an unhealthy choice, Italians know perfectly why it is their happy healthy food: the traditional recipe is a relatively simple food, made with flour, yeast, water, salt, oil, tomato sauce and fresh cheese. Small additions such as ham or veggies are just a protein and vitamin boost, healthy and tasty!
What about Homemade Pizza recipe?
We talk all the time about how great homemade food is, not just because we consider cooking to be a relaxing and satisfying experience, but because it’s a great way to keep calories and fat under control.
If you forget take away and opt for a homemade Pizza recipe, you can indulge in THE Italian food whenever you want without feeling guilty! The "happy healthy food" is made up of the same components as any other meal—carbohydrates, protein, and fat. However, an homemade Pizza recipe can make a big difference and become a nutritious choice and a great way to eat vegetables.
Making Pizza at home, is also a funny experience, especially if you involve your children. That's definitely one of the reasons why we consider it our Happy healthy food! This is a real kid-friendly recipe and kids will definitely have fun while kneading! It’s also a great way to make them discover new ingredients and tempt them with new flavors. Plus, it never hurts getting compliments from your friends and family–they’ll be talking for years about that delicious Pizza.
Italian Pizza Facts
Want to organize a Pizza get-together with you friends and family? Here's a list of Fun Italian Pizza Facts you can tell your guests while eating the best Happy Healthy food!
- In 1889, Italian Queen Margherita was once traveling across her kingdom and noticed that peasants were munching on that large piece of bread. She eventually called Chef Raffaele Esposito and ordered to make some pizzas for her. The chef baked a pizza using fresh basil, Mozzarella Cheese and tomatoes - represented the colors of Italian Flag – red, white and green. That’s how Pizza Margherita – Italy’s most famous one was born!
- The biggest Pizza of the world was made In 2012 by a group of chefs in Rome. It had a surface area of 13,580.28 square feet and was named Ottavia after the Octavian Augustus, a Roman emperor. Almost 20,000 pounds of flour and 10,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese went into Ottavia's production. Amazingly, the pizza was 100 percent gluten-free!
- In 2001, the Russian Space Agency was paid more than a million bucks to deliver a six-inch pizza to the International Space Station.
- When it comes to kids and food, a Gallup poll revealed that pizza is the clear winner! While we admit, this may be not surprising, we just had to give a shout out to American kids who know good stuff when they taste it.
- Pepperoni Pizza does not exist in Italy. Want some spicy salami slices? Ask for ‘salame piccante’ (spicy salami). Peperoni (with one P) is the plural for peppers, so you’ll end up with a pizza covered in grilled peppers.