Pizza Facts You'll Eat Right Up
Without a doubt, pizza is the best food ever made. It’s a food that rises above the concept of class and connects us all through its cheesy, saucy magic. And just like there are millions of variations of pizza, there are so many pizza facts just waiting to be cut up and devoured.
The history of pizza goes back to when chefs were still cooking in brick ovens of their own design and that kind of innovation continues today. Even with food fads that pop up and dissolve, pizza maintains its stronghold as the greatest food known to man. It’s one of the only meals that is just as good if you endlessly futz with until it’s barely pizza or if you stick to the traditional toppings. Put on your bib and get ready for these pizza facts you’ll eat right up.
On our saucy list of facts about pizza, we’ve got everything you could want to learn about Italy’s greatest export. You want pizza statistics? We got ‘em. You want to know what happens when you send a pizza to space? You’re about to find out. The only fact we don’t have on here is your favorite pizza place, but just because we don’t want to seem like we’re stalking you. Take a bite of these pizza facts and make sure to save room for cheesy bread.Vote on the pizza facts you wish you could have a slice of right now, and don’t forget to leave us a comment about your favorite topping.
Pizza Is the Most Instagrammed FoodBig news, y'all: we did it. We made pizza the most photographed food on Instagram. According to data compiled by a catering website, there are more than 19.7 million photos of pizza on the app, and that's just photos with a #pizza #blessed tag sitting in the caption. Think of all the pizzas that have gone untagged. #starttagging #pizzatag
Pizza Is One of the Most Profitable Fast FoodsEven with fluctuating milk prices, the cost of making a basic, no-frills pizza is so low that a place like Little Caesar's can charge as little as $5 a pizza and still make a profit.
Kim Jong Il Hated AnchoviesPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation LicenseAccording to the most glorious leader's personal chef, the North Korean dictator really hated anchovies on his pizza. "He could never eat the pizza with anchovies." But he did like salty meats like salami and pepperoni on his pies. It sounds like Kim Jong Il would have been happy ordering from Papa Johns, so why hire a personal chef?
Pizza Hut Delivers to SpacePhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
Not that we'll be utilizing this service anytime soon, but it turns out that if you're on the International Space Station and you want some pizza, you can satiate your craving with some Pizza Hut. Just don't expect it in 30 minutes or less. In 2001, a pizza was delivered to the ISS that was basically a normal pizza, but with salami instead of pepperoni, because pepperonis couldn't withstand the 60-day testing process.
The Military Has a Special Kind of PizzaIt makes sense that one of the biggest complaints (other than being shot at) about being in the middle of a war zone is missing the comforts of home, especially pizza. And it doesn't really make financial sense to ship pizzas to troops without a proper way to cook them - until now. In 2014, researchers at a US military lab in Massachusetts closed in on a recipe that would allow them to make a pizza that doesn't need to be refrigerated or frozen. One of the food engineers said, "You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it’d still be edible." Yum?
Pizza Can Save Your LifeAccording to a BBC report, the lycopene found in tomatoes is an antioxidant that can lower the risk of developing esophageal cancer by 59%, and pizza eaters, in general, can lower their risks for colon cancer by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%. If you don't already, it's time to start asking for extra sauce.