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Scottish Scientists Create Pizza Healthy Enough to Eat Three Times a Day

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After all that fighting Jamie Oliver has done to get junk food out of school lunches, it turns out scientists in Scotland have devised a pizza that provides a third of the body’s daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. The recipe, which is being produced by the company Eat Balance, utilizes ingredients like seaweed -- known for being high in iodine and B12 vitamins -- and red bell pepper sauce to up the nutritional value as well as lower the sodium content. (Thankfully, they kept whole milk mozzarella, but just used less of it.)

The new super pizza contains 30 percent of an adult's guideline amount of vitamins and minerals, as well as a third of the recommended amount of calories, protein and carbohydrate, meaning it could be eaten at every meal and nearly satisfy all your daily dietary requirements. And here we were criticizing Congress for calling pizza a vegetable.

It turns out this more healthful version doesn't taste bad either, according to its producers.

“We did a public tasting with 100 children and adults, and more than 80 per cent said they liked it at least as much or better than their usual pizzas," backing entrepreneur Donnie Maclean told the UK's Daily Record. He working is in collaboration with Glasgow University nutrition expert Professor Mike Lean for the Eat Balance pizza project.

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Eat Balance is also looking to develop other healthy meals, like fried fish and curries. According to Gizmodo, the pizzas go on sale in UK supermarkets later this year. At launch there will be a standard margherita and a venison-topped version, with more toppings to be announced. Is this sort of healthy pizza what we should be stocking in our pizza vending machines? Would you give them a try?