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So how is it in a culture that is
obsessed with digestion the people
are eating entire 12-inch pizzas
to themselves? It comes down to a
combination of proper fermentation
and how the body digests food. Most
whole pies you see in Italy are 12 inches
or slightly bigger and the dough weighs
around 250 grams, as compared to
larger dough weights here in the U.S.,
which is one thing it has going for it.
But let's get down to brass tacks here.
What happens to our food when we
eat?
Since pizza is primarily composed of
carbohydrates with a smaller amount of
other ingredients on top, let's just focus
on the dough. Inside our dough alfa
and beta amylase enzymes break down
complex sugars into simple sugars. Carbohydrates
are known as complex sugars
because they are made up of three or
more sugar molecules that form a long
strand. These sugars are harder for your
body to break down and digest. Simple
sugars like fruit are easier for your body
to digest and break down. As adults we
start to hear more and more from our
doctors to stay away from complex
carbohydrates and to eat low carb diets.
When we eat bread, digestion starts
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immediately. While we chew, the same
alfa amylase that is found in fermentation
is also found in our saliva. At the
same time our teeth are mashing and
breaking down the food into smaller
pieces, our saliva has already started
breaking down complex sugars into
simple sugars. This is just the beginning.
If our saliva alone could do all the work,
I'd be eating pizza every day. Unfortunately,
that's not the case. As soon as
the bread passes into our stomach, the
major breakdown of sugars happens.
Some of the sugars go to our intestines
and liver but a lot of sugar ends up in
our bloodstream. As our blood sugar
rises, the pancreas produces insulin so
that the blood sugar can be stored as
energy. Our bodies burn simple sugars
the quickest and complex sugars more
slowly. This is why athletes tend to carbo
load before events (complex sugars are
considered a slow burn energy source).
The body stores it and burns it off more
slowly, sustaining them through intense
activity. For athletes, carbohydrates are
an effective tool; but for the normal
person, too many carbohydrates can
complicate insulin production resulting
in diabetes and other health problems.
When it comes to pizza specifically,
fiber is a big factor to consider.
We cannot get rid of carbohydrates
altogether seeing as flour and dough
are the foundation. But if you are looking
to create a dough that is " healthier "
and more easily digestible, fiber is key.
In flour, fiber is primarily located in the
bran and the germ. Fiber is what makes
us feel full for longer periods of time,
and by using types of flour like " 0 " and
" 1 & 2 " the flour will contain more fiber.
Type " 00 " flour, although a very
common pizza flour, has all of the bran
and germ taken out of it. Combining
flour with a higher bran and germ
content with proper fermentation will
always result in a tasty pizza that is
more easily digestible.
If the main thing your customers
remember is how tasty your product is
and not how uncomfortably full and
sluggish they felt after eating, they will
most likely come back more often than
not. As Americans we may not eat an
entire pie every time we eat pizza, but it
never hurts to have big dreams.
LAURA MEYER is owner of Pizzeria da
Laura in Berkeley, CA.
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