A Promise of Lo-Co Pizza?

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A frozen pizza that’s lo-co and nutritionally balanced? Really?

On their Facebook page, Cuisinart linked to a Discovery Channel article entitled “Scientist Creates Healthy Pizza You Can Eat for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.” I had to find out more.  Immediately.

The bad news: it’s not yet being sold. Worse, it’s being developed and will be first introduced in Scotland.  So it’ll probably be a long time before it’s available in the US.

But still, this is such an interesting idea – such a great way to solve the “ARGH – I have nothing planned for dinner dilemma” that I had to delve further. The Discovery Channel’s online article quotes nutritionist and co-creator Mike Lean (I kid you not) stating the secret ingredient is seaweed:

“Co-creator Mike Lean of Galsgow University explains: I researched the market and found that seaweed was an interesting new ingredient being used in artisan bread.

So we used that as a way of reducing the salt level. The sodium content of seaweed is about 3.5% compared to 40% in salt. There’s iodine in there, vitamin B12, all sorts of things. And the flavour is excellent as well.”

Very interesting… but will it be lo-co?  The answer, according to the founding company’s press release, is yes:

“The new pizzas, invented by a new company called Eat Balanced, contain the correct proportions of calories, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, salts, sugar, fibre, vitamins and minerals that humans need for a balanced meal. Each individual pizza has been designed to provide about 30 per cent of the guideline daily amounts for each of the main nutrients that we need.”

They also claim the pizzas will taste great. That said, the planned pizza variants are rather, um, British in flavor – besides the typical Cheese & Tomato, they are planning to offer Ham and Pineapple along with Spicy Chicken. But maybe they’ll find a way to do pepperoni and mushroom for the US market?

My fingers are crossed.



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