And the Latest Food Scare Is...Pizza!

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Pizza can be a source of goodly amounts of a variety of benficial ingredients, according to scientists and physicians associated with the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Despite this, the self-styled consumer group, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is attacking this American favorite because it can also contain substantial amounts of fat and calories.

Depending on the topping, a couple of slices of pizza can provide a substantial portion of the recommended intake of calcium, protein and the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, as well as calories. And if you get extra veggies like spinach, peppers, and broccoli toppings, you can add vitamins C and A as well. If the crust is made with whole wheat flour, you can add a little more fiber too. But CSPI, also known for demonizing fettucini alfredo, Chinese foods, and movie theater popcorn, prefers to accentuate the negative.

"Certainly many Americans are concerned about consuming excess calories and fat," states ACSH president Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. "And of course one can eat too much of any food. But that doesn't mean that pizza, or any other favorite can't be a valuable part of a healthy, balanced diet."