You don’t think of pizza as a health food, but in fact real Italian pizza and other foods can be full of healthy ingredients. Here are just a few ways Italian food can help you be healthier:
San Marzano Tomatoes
Our renowned Bella Via pizza sauce is made from fresh San Marzano tomatoes. Tomatoes are an amazing source of vitamin C and lycopene, an antioxidant that boosts heart health and which some studies show may be able to provide some protection against prostate cancer. Even more lycopene is released from tomatoes when they are cooked with a little olive oil!
Authentic Olive Oil
Olive oil is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which can help by lowering your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Olive oil also has inflammation-soothing phytonutrients. We only use the best olive oil in our cooking at Bella Via.
Garlic is a time-honored staple of Italian cuisine, and has been linked to heart health and a reduced risk of certain cancers. Some researchers even point to its properties as an antifungal (and antibacterial) agent. We just know it adds extra flavor to our Italian dishes.
Don’t miss our delicious seafood dishes! At Bella Via we use fresh fish on a seasonal basis to create delicious meals from an excellent lean protein that’s also high in selenium and niacin. Oily fish, such as sardines, are also high in omega-3s. Bring on the anchovies!
Ricotta cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium and we love it. It makes a brazen appearance in some Bella Via dishes, and a more subtle appearance in others, but it’s always fresh and creamy.
Leafy greens like escarole, broccoli rabe and spinach are packed with vitamins, including folate and vitamins A, C and K. They can also help you get that extra dose of daily fiber you’ll need to digest all the great Italian food you’re eating.
Eating Italian doesn’t just taste amazing, it can be good for your health, So stop feeling guilty about having our number on speed dial, and call Bella Via for a reservation or to order your next Queens pizza delivery today.