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Pizza, Always Tasty, Now Good for the Skin

Need to justify all that pizza you eat? The Independent, of Britain, reports: Eating pizza topped with tomato paste can help prevent sunburn and premature wrinkles, new research suggests. A study found that volunteers who ate helpings of ordinary tomato paste over a 12-week period developed skin that was less likely to burn in the sun. But don't pick up the phone for delivery just yet. It comes out to the equivalent of SPF 1.3. [Tip o' the hat to "Girl Slice"]... More

NOLA Pizza Joint to Ban HFCS From Its Products

That's New Orleans, Louisiana, and high fructose corn syrup, if you're struggling with the alphabet soup above. The aptly named World's Healthiest Pizza will get rid of the junktastic sweetener in its food and will discontinue serving drinks or anything else that uses it. Effective January 1. Nice move, World's Healthiest! [Tip o' the hat: Jenn Sit]... More

More Fat Kids

As part of New York City's three- to five-year plan to serve healthier meals to its 1.1 million public-school children, Newsday reports, pizza calories are getting, well, sliced: "The deep-dish pizza, for example, went from 413 to 336 calories, with its total fat reduced from 46 percent to 27.5 percent and saturated fat reduced from 13 percent to 8 percent. Cholesterol in the pizza is down to 9 milligrams from 28." Hey, why not have the schools skip the sugar-laden Snapple, which they're now contractually obligated to sell, and serve the youngsters a nice, juicy slice of pie instead—regardless of... More

Pizza-Packin' Toddlers (Lay That Pizza Down)

The Associated Press, by way of the New York Times, reports that a study has found that toddlers and infants are eating too much fat. Among the comestible culprits? You guessed it: pizza. Even before their second birthday, many American children are developing the same bad eating habits that plague the nation's adults -- too much fat, sugar and salt and too few fruits and vegetables. A new study has found significant numbers of infants and toddlers are downing french fries, pizza, candy and soda. And I thought I couldn't relate to the kids these days.... More

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