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5 Things You Didn't Want To Know About Pizza

Stats say approximately 93 percent of Americans eat at least one slice of pizza every month, which means over 302 million people will hate me by the time they finish this list. Here are 5 things you didn't want to know about pizza.

1. Salt Spree

Approximately 350 slices of pizza are being scarfed every second in America. Since the average amount of salt in a large pepperoni slice is 7.5 milligrams, that means Americans are downing about as much salt as there is in the Dead Sea every minute. 

2. Pizza Locusts

Ever wonder why heart disease is so prevalent in the United States? It might have something to do with the fact that Americans eat about 100 acres worth of pizza every day. Over a year, that amount of pizza would cover 90 football fields. So another term for 'American' could be 'pizza locust.'

3. Pizza Poundage

Pizza Hut - one of the world's largest pizza chains - goes through about 7 million pounds of pepperoni each year, which is about as much poundage as 17 blue whales. On top of that, the Hut uses approximately 300 million pounds of cheese, which is around the same tonnage as 666 full-scale statues of Lady Liberty.

4. Ritzy Pizza

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive commercial pizza in the world is sold by Industry Kitchen - an upscale eatery in New York's Financial District. The 'za in question costs $2000 and comes with toppings like Stilton cheese, foie gras, truffles, Ossetra caviar, Almas caviar and 24 karat gold leaves.

Hard to get excited about your frumpy slice of Dominos now, isn't it?

5. Pizza Lovers Are Indebted to Fascism

When Italian immigrants flocked to America in the late 19th Century, they brought pizza with them. But the dish didn't catch on beyond Italian communities, and you didn't see pizzerias outside of Little Italy in major cities, according to food historian Mark McWilliams.

But that changed following World War II. The Allies won the war, but the Italians conquered the stomachs of American soldiers. And when those G.I.'s returned home, they brought a hankering for Italian food - especially pizza - that soon caught on with mainstream America. 

So technically we have fascist leader Benito Mussolini to thank for popularizing pizza in America.


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