Italian Scientist Linked Pizza with Healthy Diet — and Won an Award

Most of us would prefer to live in a world where pizza consumption is an indicator of a healthy, balanced diet. And thanks to Silvano Gallus, we just might. Well, sort of.

Gallus, an epidemiologist out of Milan, was recently awarded an Ig Nobel prize for his work toward “collecting evidence that pizza may prevent illness and death if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.” It’ll probably come as no surprise that the Ig Nobel — it’s awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine — is not exactly on par with the Nobel. This tongue-in-cheek honor aims to “celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology,” per the publication.

“We found that analyzing data from a combination of large Italian epidemiological studies, we found that people who regularly consumed pizza had a decreased risk of digestive cancer and myocardial infarction,” Gallus said during his acceptance speech. “Our interpretation is that pizza may represent a general indication, a marker, of the Italian diet that, as other Mediterranean diets [have], has been shown to have major health benefits,” Gallus added. “But please, please hold the pepperoni for health reasons.”

Source: HERE

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