Pizza: The Ultimate In Geek Nutrition
Sure, pizza's got a lot of sodium; a lot of fat and cholesterol too... but you don't have to feel guilty about eating the most convenient, geek-worthy food ever made.
Tomato Pizza Sauce: Lay It On Thick
Tomato sauce is one of the main ingredients in pizza, and it has more than one good thing going for it. Tomatoes contain Vitamins A, C and E, all of which are needed for many reasons. They are antioxidants, which prevent and repair the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals form as normal by-products of physiological functions, but they can also come from the environment, such as radiation.
Vitamin C boosts immune functions, and is needed to maintain tissues in a healthy state. It also increases the speed and amount of vitamins and minerals we absorb from leafy green vegetables, such as spinach. Spinach contains oxalates, so iron and calcium are not easily released. Physicians are now recommending that a combination of these vitamins is the most beneficial to prevent heart disease, strokes and the surgeries needed to correct heart problems. Potassium, needed throughout the body and in the brain, is also found in high concentrations in tomatoes. Phytocenes are the compound researchers found in tomatoes that prevent and aid in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Pizza Cheese Is White Gold
Cheese packs a lot of protein as well as calcium, two necessary components for muscle and bone development and maintenance. To get the most out of the nutritional benefits of cheese, make sure the cheese isn't burnt to a brownish color.
Mushrooms, Pineapple And Other Desktop Pizza Crumbs
The lowly mushroom is flying off health food store shelves, in part due to their high amino acid and Vitamin B content. Mushrooms have also been found to contain antibiotic and anticancer properties when eaten regularly. Pineapple is the most well-known member of the bromeliad family. It contains the compound bromelian, which is a known weight-reducer when eaten regularly. Be sure the pineapple is still crunchy to take advantage of its bromelian content.
Complex carbohydrates are necessary throughout the day. Our brain uses 20 per cent of the glucose in our body, so keep it well nourished. An adequate blood glucose level is also needed to maintain energy throughout the day, and night. One of the perils of gaming all night is that the circadian rhythm is thrown off, and cortisol is produced. Increased levels of cortisol over extended time periods causes weight gain and increases the risk for diabetes. Snacking in small portions (such as half a pizza slice at a time) throughout the day and night if you're awake is better than fasting, then eating a large glutton of a meal once a day. This is a way to signal the body to regulate insulin and your autonomic functions overall.
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