This just in: Americans LOVE pizza; a USDA study recently confirmed what has long been common knowledge but what most didn’t know is that Pizza is Nutritious. The report, published in February 2014, found that 13% of the United States population consumes pizza on any given day, that’s about 42 million Americans who include pizza as part of their regular food regimen.
The impact of pizza on the American diet is well known. First appearing in the late 19th century with the arrival of Italian immigrants to New York City, the dish spread because of its great taste and simple ingredients. Now, a study released by the USDA explains the pizza eating habits and nutritional benefits of pizza on US children and adults between the years of 2007 and 2010.
The report found pizza to be beneficial for the body’s nutrient intake (pizza is nutritious), delivering part of the daily protein, total fat, saturated fat, fiber, calcium, and lycopene needed. It also provides 27% of the total energy on the day consumed and contributes about one-third of the daily intake for sodium among children and adults. Also, the study shows that children consume almost twice as much as adults.
• Most pizza consumption occurs at home (more than half)
• The majority of the eating is done between lunch and dinner
• More males (15%) eat pizza than females (11%) on any given day
The Food Survey Research Group, a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted this study. The USDA recognizes pizza as a “high consumption food and a contributor of nutrients of public significance in the American diet, including total fat, calcium and sodium. Depending on the age group, pizza ranks as one of the top three leading contributors of sodium to the American diet”, as states the report.