Two Scottish Duo Create Healthy Pizza

A healthy recipe for a good old pizza is what the public needs and its exactly what the Scottish duo did, making a healthy version of pizza. 

With the right amount of calories, protein and carbohydrates, the two nutritionist claim that their pizza is very nutritional and filled with vitamins and minerals for over 30%. 

Mike Lean of Glasgow University and Donnie Maclean are the two partners who have made this pizza possible. 

“If you go along to a supermarket or a restaurant and buy a meal, then somebody should have thought about it nutritionally,” said Professor Lean and added “We've recently studied ready meals produced by the top five supermarkets in Scotland - common foods eaten in huge numbers - and they're hopelessly unbalanced,” 

“They contain as much salt as you should have in a whole day or more. They contain as much saturated fat as you should have in a whole day or more. The nutrients we need every day are absent from these meals. Nobody has thought about it. So I got together with Donnie [Maclean] to try to do this.”

More nutrients were included in the pizza recipe with a few unusual ingredients. 

“I researched the market and found that seaweed was an interesting new ingredient being used in artisan bread,” said Maclean.

“So we used that as a way of reducing the salt level. The sodium content of seaweed is about 3.5 per cent compared to 40 per cent in salt. There's iodine in there, vitamin B12, all sorts of things. And the flavour is excellent as well.”

In addition to the seaweed, red pepper is also included for extra vitamin C and it was placed into the tomato base. 

Vitamin A, folates, potassium and magnesium are also found in the pizza. 


“The way the guidelines are set out, you have 20 per cent of your nutrients and calories from your breakfast, 30 per cent from your lunch, 30 per cent from your dinner, and an extra 20 per cent for snacks,” Maclean said.

“We focused on pizza being a lunch or a dinner option. Each pizza gives a complete meal, with all the nutrients in it, for 30 per cent of your day.” 

Posted by Diane Araga, on June 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM