Pizza myths

We all love pizza, but we don't love packing on the pounds. <em>Time Out </em>goes in search of healthy pizza

We all love pizza, but we don’t love packing on pounds. Because so many urban legends have developed over the years to ease our fears about the fatty dish, we asked an expert to separate fact from fiction – so we can dig in without loosening our belt buckles.

Blotting off the oil makes it healthier.
Yes, placing a napkin atop your slice to soak up the grease isn’t the most polite way to start a meal, but nutritionist and author Deborah Arneson says it’s definitely worth it. In fact, she recommends that everyone blot his or her pizza before eating it to remove all of the excess oil. You’d get rid of 40 calories and 4.5 grams of fat by soaking up just one teaspoon. The more grease you eliminate, the less you clog your arteries, Arneson says. If you can wring out your napkin afterward, choose a different place to eat.

Organic pizza is worth the extra cash.
Get your wallets out, folks. There are only a few places in Dubai that use solely organic ingredients to make the entire pie, but if you eat pizza on a regular basis, we suggest you start seeking out these healthier alternatives. Organic pizza cuts out thousands of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemicals, Arneson says. In other words, organic is superhealthy.

All cheeses are created equal.
Nope, not true. Goat and sheep cheeses are not only less oily (and fatty) than mozzarella, but some people think they also taste just as good (in fact, we like them better). If your pizza shop doesn’t offer a fancy cheese selection, order your base with ‘light cheese’ or ‘half the cheese.’ Going that route reduces the cheese content on a 10-inch pizza from about 10 ounces to around three, cutting your fat intake from about 70 grams to 21.

Whole-wheat crust is healthier than white.
Big time. White crust has been so processed that it’s missing essential fatty acids, minerals and B vitamins. Get the good stuff back into your dough by requesting 100 per cent unbleached whole-wheat crust. While we’re on the subject of crust – we’re sorry to break the news – order thin crust instead of deep-dish to cut the fat in half.

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