Who doesn’t love biting into that first-, second-, third slice of pizza? Whether lounging in a piazza in Italy or getting cozy on the coach with a takeout pizza box, the steaming hot, savoury pie is well-loved across the globe in all shapes and sizes—and there may just be a new reason to love it.
According to a new study, people who occasionally overindulge on the Italian favorite may actually be doing the body a favor. It sounds too good to be true, but research shows that, “our bodies are well-adapted to an excessive delivery of dietary nutrients at one huge meal,” explained James Betts, a professor of metabolic physiology at the University of Bath, who supervised the study.
When my editor asked me to take on this challenge, I was a bit hesitant to say the least—although I consider pizza to be one of my all-time favorite foods, my diet consists mainly of protein-rich salads and smoothies.
That said, I’m never one to turn down a fun challenge, so here’s exactly what went down when I incorporated pizza into my diet every single day for a week—and why as a former pizza aficionado, I probably won’t be ordering delivery any time soon, health benefits or not.
I love everything about pizza—wood oven pizza, cheap take out pizza, day old pizza… even pizza with pineapple. So, needless to say, I’m pretty excited to start this week. I ordered my favorite wood oven pizza with mushrooms and celery root and enjoyed a nice bottle of Italian wine with my partner. So far, so good.
Today I decided to do pizza for lunch rather than dinner and made a frozen gluten free pie at home. I’m a little worried that eating pizza every single day will affect my psoriasis so I’m trying to be as conscious as possible. Honestly, frozen gluten free pizza is pretty much as gross as it sounds though, so I’ll probably just take my chances with the real deal for the rest of the week.
By day three, I was less excited by eating pizza everyday but my body still felt okay. My partner and I ordered two small pizzas from our favorite delivery spot—one cheese, and one with pineapple. We washed it down with sparkling wine while catching up on some of our favorite Netflix shows. There’s just something about cheap delivery pizza that is so comforting!
I’m really not looking forward to eating pizza again today, if I’m being honest. I feel bloated and weighed down and I’m really craving something—anything!—other than another slice of pizza. Which, trust me, is something I never thought I’d say! I decided to order from my favorite wood oven spot again, their pizza crust is super thin and they really pack on the veggies, so it’s kind of, almost, like eating a salad!
By the last day, I have to admit I am happy for this to be over! As mentioned, I eat an extremely clean diet due to my autoimmune issues and a week of cheese, tomato sauce, and gluten really did not do me any favors. My skin feels warm and inflamed, I noticed more psoriasis on my knees and elbows, and I feel an overall sluggishness that is pretty hard to shake. Interestingly though, I didn’t gain any weight during the week even though my diet did a complete 180.
While I absolutely love pizza and still consider it to be one of my favorite foods, I doubt I will be ordering it for a very long time! That said, it is encouraging to know that overdoing it on pizza every now and then doesn’t actually impact the metabolism or the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, which I will definitely keep in mind the next time I’m in the mood for a late night pizza.