IT is not thought of as a health food, but a nutritionist from Glasgow University has come up with a modified pizza that he claims is good for you.
The pizza, which contains reduced salt and increased vitamins, has been designed by Professor Mike Lean and entrepreneur Donnie Maclean.
The pair believe their Eat Balanced pizza range, which replaces salt with seaweed, could help improve the nation’s eating habits without depriving people of one of their favourite treats.
Prof Lean said: “We’ve studied ready meals produced by the top five supermarkets in Scotland and they’re hopelessly unbalanced.
“They contain as much salt as you should have in a whole day or more. They contain as much saturated fat as you should have in a whole day or more. The nutrients we need every day are absent from these meals. I researched the market and found that seaweed was an interesting ingredient being used in artisan bread.
“The sodium content of seaweed is about 3.5 per cent compared to 40 per cent in salt. There’s iodine in there, vitamin B12, all sorts of things. And the flavour is excellent as well.”
As well as seaweed, each pizza is said to contain 30 per cent of an adult’s daily amount of vitamins and minerals.