I’m about to trash another beloved food, but before you turn your eyes away, there will healthier options provided, I promise.
Pizza, Learning disabilities, Autism, Neurological disorders, Cancer. There’s a connection. Actually, there’s several. What we eat, what we put in our body, goes on to become our body. Let’s look at the ingredients in one of the most popular, common, and consumed foods today. How popular? A February, 2014 study by the USDA says that 25% of ALL boys ages 6 to 19 EAT PIZZA EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sales of both restaurant and frozen pizza have increased 30% in the last 10 years. Our own Congress has legally declared pizza a Vegetable for school lunches, hospitals, jails, and social programs, – thank you BigPhov-ern-ment – (that’s the sexual union of Big Business, Big Pharma, and Government. I just made that up, but it seems appropriate, right?). Americans spent $32 BILLION last year on more than 30 Billion pizzas. The average American eats 46 slices a year, with the most slices eaten by children, and teenage boys.
Remember, healthier options are coming; I love pizza! Give me a few more minutes:
Food Babe ( an incredibly determined Activist) just wrapped up a thorough investigation of the ingredient list in several pizzas, and the results were horrible. Did you know you can say “100% Real”, legally, and have it be loaded with crap??? Thank you, again, BigPhovernment. Among the many chemicals is MSG, in all it’s FDA approved monikers. Think a little MSG can’t hurt? Oh my gosh, please think again. MSG, under ALL it’s names (yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract,… there’s more than 40 approved names for it) is an EXCITO-TOXIN. (Check out Neurologist/Dr. Blaylock’s revelations on MSG here.) It literally excites brain cells to death; MSG’s links to cancer and other disease states are profound. Unfortunately, like so much poison, it makes food taste good, and it has the effect of stimulating areas of the brain that make us want more. MSG is a Food Manufacturers Dream. Take a look at some pizza ingredients that contain MSG:
What about other additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, flavors and scents? Oh, these pizzas are loaded. Soybean oil and partially hydrogenated oil were in almost every company looked at, from the dough to the sauce to the toppings and cheese, BHT/BHA were in ALL the pepperonis examined, the same with Nitrates. BPA, carmel coloring, artificial colors, enriched flours, found in abundance; remember, these chemicals make the food taste good, and stimulate areas of the brain that encourage you to want more. You can read Food Babe’s whole report here.
Pizza Hut claims “100% Beef”, but actually the beef is loaded with preservatives and flavors; Papa Johns “100% Real Cheese” has wood pulp/cellulose, modified food starch (MSG), and preservatives; this is NORMAL, and LEGAL. Thank you BigPhovernment.
What about a local favorite: Wegman’s Pizza Bar. Here’s the ingredient list for their Cheese Pizza:
Crust (Wheat Flour, Water, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Corn Meal, Vital Wheat Gluten, Yeast, Dough Conditioners [Datem, Ascorbic Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate], Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin [Processing Aid]), Cheeses (Low Moisture Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese [Part Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Parmesan and Romano Cheese Blend [Both Made from Part Skim Cow’s Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Asiago Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes]), Sauce (Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Salt, Spices, Onion Powder, Xanthan Gum, Garlic Powder).
Should we be eating this? Should our kids be eating this????
It really, really matters that we eat Real Whole Food. That means planning, shopping, chopping, cooking, and packing. Obesity, disease, depression, autism,.. the CDC says these things are PERVASIVE and GROWING. Despite ENORMOUS amounts of drugs, despite that we go to the doctor more than ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, despite that we SPEND MORE ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, we are very, very, very sick, … and unhappy… and overweight. We can change this with our choices, our habits, and our lifestyles.
Okay, want some pizza recipes? We don’t eat wheat, or “gluten free” foods, so I use almond and coconut flours. If you’re not there yet, THAT’S OKAY. Buy a Bob’s Mill Gluten Free Crust Mix, or an already made Amy’s in the freezer aisle. There are quick and easy options out there. If you’re up for cooking, here’s a couple recipes that work in our house:
This is a yeast/rising crust from ZenBelly – LOVE THIS ONE:
And here’s a link to 5 more. No, they won’t taste like wheat flour crusts. It’s okay. It’s a crust with good sauce, good toppings, and cheese, it’s delicious anyway, I promise!
Take your health and your mood and your children’s health and moods, into your own hands. Become a Real Whole Foodie.