Archive for September, 2013

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Pizza Perfection!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

We all know that pizza is delicious but can it be nutritious?

Truth on Health founder Paul Pierce is likely enjoying some pretty good pizza since his move to the Brooklyn Nets. It’s a supreme understatement that Brooklyn is known for wonderful pizza – a google search for “Brooklyn Pizza” yielded 474,000 results. There’s even a “slice of Brooklyn pizza” tour!

Since I’m located roughly 3000 miles west of Brooklyn, I had to consult my nutrition colleagues with Brooklyn roots in order to get the scoop on the local pizza scene and also learn what I’ve been missing out on my whole life.

I talked to Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RD, the food sleuth dietitian and radio host who spent part of her childhood in Coney Island and New York dietitian and author Elisa Zied, MS, RDN, CDN.

Connie: I’m not from Brooklyn and sadly, I’ve never even tasted Brooklyn pizza. Can you describe why it has such a reputation and is it really THAT good?

Melinda: One word: Italians. They know how to make it. Period. Always eat the real thing from a family owned pizza place. Fast food pizza chains are a far cry from the REAL thing. Italians also know how to spin the dough in the air to make it thin and round, perfectly fitting it onto the round aluminum pans, then topping with sauce, spread with a ladle and sprinkled with cheese.