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Italian Scientists Have Reportedly Created A Pizza That “Prevents Cancer”

I don't know about you, but there are few things that I love more than a succulent slice of pizza. My favorite topping? A chunk of cheese, olives, and everything my mother ever restricted me from eating as a child.

Given that Americans guzzle their way through 100 acres of pizza a day - roughly the size of 77 football pitches - I can safely say that I am not alone in my appreciation of the delicious delicacy.

If it wasn't for the health implications involved with eating piles of pizzas, I would probably guiltlessly guzzle my way through a large portion of the average American daily intake.

Given that on average, one slice of pizza is worth 14% of your recommended daily intake of calories, and then you have to consider the huge amounts of fat, carbs, and salt!

So it's safe to say pizza is not a food we can regular indulge ourselves on... until now!

According to scientists from Italy, this specific pizza could have the potential to save your life - something I had always known myself, but until now, had no evidence to support.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute in Naples, with the help of several Italian chefs, think that the answer to the world's biggest medical mystery may lie in a slice their nation's most famous export.

A way in which to prevent cancer is yet to exist.

Every day, millions of dollars are poured into medical trials and studies in an attempt to establish a way in which to stop the malignant disease from forming in the human body. But despite intense research, there have been few developments.

Naturally, this makes the latest claim that cancer could be prevented by a slice of pizza quite outlandish.

But then again, in 2003 it was discovered that people who eat pizza at least twice a week are 59% less likely to develop cancer of the esophagus, have a 34% lower risk of throat cancer and are 26% less likely to get bowel cancer.

This latest research, however, claims to have created the perfect pizza for your body, so much so that scientists are actually claiming it can "prevent cancer".

The pizza, which has been named 'The Pizza Pascilina', consists of tomato, olives and rapini (a type of broccoli), but no meat or cheese.

The pizza has a wheat flour base and is topped with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chili.

So why is it so healthy? Well, the sciency part is the fact that tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, and past research suggests that they may slow the growth of some cancers.

The pizza is also topped with olives and is drizzled with olive oil, which are staples of the Mediterranean diet. The "Med diet" is widely regarded as one of the healthiest on the planet.

Also on the pizza is a type of broccoli called rapini. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which have been proven to reduce the risk of getting various cancers, research shows.

Of course, cheese and meat have long been linked to a great deal of health problems, such as heart disease. So, emitting them from a pizza and calling it healthy is hardly groundbreaking research.

But what is remarkable is the fact that it is being endorsed by many scientists and health professionals, many of whom are insisting that this pizza is healthy enough to be eaten twice a week.

Dr Silvano Gallus of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in Milan, has said:

"We knew that the tomatoes used in the sauce are considered to be a food that prevents certain tumours.

However, we did not expect that pizza as a whole offered such high prevention against cancer."

There is no denying that this is quite a crazy claim, and of course, it's hard to establish just how healthy it is given that it appears no long-term studies have been conducted.

But for now, I am very happy to believe it's true because it means I can consume pizza without a side of guilt!

Although, I can't say that I am thrilled to learn that I need to abandon the cheese...