Why do we eat pizza on the wide end?
Straightforward Tip-to-Crust Method – Eating a slice of pizza from cheesy tip to doughy crust is perhaps the most traditional of pizza eating methods. It is a logical progression from the narrow end to the wide end of the slice. The crust serves as a sturdy handle as you consume the piece of pie.
How It Works: This method of eating pizza involves picking up the slice with your bare hands. It’s okay — everyone else is doing it. Your hands may get a little messy, but that’s what your jeans or for — or a napkin if you prefer a more civilized approach to cleanup. With the tip pointed toward you, start taking bites until you reach the crusty end of the piece.
Best Type of Pizza for This Method: This traditional style works well with most types of pizzas, especially pizzas on the thinner side. As you get thicker or add more toppings to a pie, the slices get heavier and more difficult to manage. A thick pizza requires a two-handed hold with plenty of napkins or wet naps on hand, while a thin crust pizza gives the freedom of a single-hand hold for this method.
What This Method Says About Your Personality: You know what works, and you refuse to mess with tradition. You know what to expect when you pick up your favorite type of pizza. You probably order the same toppings each time, because, again, you know what you like and what works, so why mess with your order? That same sense of familiarity likely transfers to other areas of your life. You like your routine, and you like to stick with methods and experiences that work.
How do you eat a slice of pizza without sliding?
Fold-It-Over-and-Eat-It Method – Folding is for more than your clean laundry. Some folks like to fold their pizza slices in half before enjoying the delicious taste. This method traps the toppings inside, making it possible to eat cleanly or multitask while you snack on your favorite pizza.
How It Works: Pizza eaters using this method pick up a slice of pizza as they would for a normal approach. Instead of eating it right away, they fold the sides upward and together to trap the toppings inside, leaving the bottom crust exposed on either side.
Best Type of Pizza for This Method: This approach to eating pizza works well when the slice of pizza has many toppings that you don’t want to lose. Folding it traps the toppings inside the slice. Folding is easiest on a thinner slice of pizza with a flexible crust. A thick slice will not fold over completely, making it difficult to bite. A crispy, rigid or crumbly crust is more likely to crack or break apart when you try to fold it, leaving you with a destroyed shell. A messy slice shouldn’t stop you from eating it, but stick with a flexible crust if you insist on folding your slice.
What This Method Says About Your Personality: You can handle more than one task at a time. You know how to be efficient, and you also know how to stay clean. You may miss some of the subtle flavor nuances by smashing the toppings together inside the crust, but that’s okay, because you are built for efficiency and multitasking. You multitask when you have a slice of pizza folded between your hands, and you take charge and multitask in other aspects of your life as well. You like things fast paced. You might get bored easily when you don’t have plenty of things to keep your hands busy. You’re not afraid to take charge of a situation and get things done.
What is the best order to eat your pizza?
Rolling Method – Another method that makes some people stop and stare is the rolling method. While not as common, some people opt for this method to keep the toppings inside or to shake up the routine. This method also makes it much faster to polish off your piece of pizza, although you may find it difficult to fit the rolled piece of pizza in your mouth.
How It Works: Simply roll the pizza from the crust end to the tip with the toppings toward the inside of the roll. This method is similar to the folding method in that the crust forms the outside of the slice once rolled. Once rolled, start at one end of the roll and work your way to the other side. Keep the roll as flat as possible to prevent lost toppings out the end.
Best Type of Pizza for This Method: Just like the folding method, rolling your slice requires a thin, flexible pizza pie. A thick slice is difficult to roll and results in a log of pizza too thick to bite. Pizza with a fluffy crust is also difficult to roll, as the edge crust adds bulk.
What This Method Says About Your Personality: You like to come up with new ways to do things. Traditional methods may work, but why go the boring route? You also like to do things as efficiently as possible. It may take both hands to support the rolled pizza slice, but you can finish off that slice much faster in a roll.
Who eats the most pizza in the US?
Image source, Thinkstock In any given day, more than 40 million Americans will eat pizza. It is considered the most popular meal in the world, and definitely one of the favourites in the US. The love for this food is such that the Department of Agriculture recently released a report on the levels of consumption.
It described the meal as “a contributor of nutrients of public significance in the American diet, including total fat, calcium and sodium.” However, just because it’s popular, does that mean it’s bad for you? Experts would argue that pizza as such is not bad for your health – the problem is when and how you eat it.
According to the report, 13% of the USA population consume pizza on any given day increasing to 22% when children and teenagers are included. This wouldn’t be of such concern if it was mainly a homemade dish. Giuseppe Russolillo, president of the Spanish Association of Nutritionists, said: “You have to bear in mind that while in the majority of Italy this is an artisanal product, in the US it is more related to ‘junk food’.” Most of the time it is bought from a fast food chain or frozen at a supermarket, he says.
In the US men eat more pizza than women, but habits vary between ethnic groups. The non-Hispanic whites are the ones that eat most pizza (around 16% of them). While about 14% of both black non-Hispanics and Hispanics eat at least one slice on any given day. Ruben Bravo, of the European Medical Institute of Obesity, told BBC Mundo: “This tells us about the diet in the US, and that this could well be one of the reasons why this country has the highest numbers of obesity cases.” Russolillo agrees with Bravo.
He adds that pizza shouldn’t be consumed more than two or three times a month. “And it shouldn’t be part of the daily diet, even less for children,” he adds, “Because it is during that period of growing development that you have to provide a varied and healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruit.”
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