Scottish scientists are claiming a world first – a ‘good-for-you’ pizza.
The pizzas – created by a team led by Mike Lean, Glasgow University chair of human nutrition – provide close to a third of the body’s daily requirements of vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
The team worked with entrepreneur Donnie Maclean, who sees an opportunity to ‘reinvent’ many popular dishes along healthier lines.
Cheese and tomato, spicy chicken and ham and pineapple are the first three offerings in the ‘Eat Balance’ range which has already caught the attention of at least one of the UK’s ‘big four’ supermarkets and could see it on shelves by September.
At the heart of the new pizza range’s claims is the innovative use of ingredients. Seaweed, for example, replaces salt – both to keep salt content low and to increase the pizzas’ vitamin content. The ‘tomato sauce’ that is a key element in any pizza is actually made with red peppers – also to add vitamins.
Each 9in pizza contains vitamins A, C and E, together with zinc, calcium, fibre and iron – and no more than 570 calories.