There are foods that you feel like you could just eat all day, every day, and never ever get sick of them. Off the top of your head – what do you think is the number one comforting food that everybody loves, no matter the age, location or gender? Pizza of course! How can you not like its cheesy taste combined with a crispy crust and all your favorite veggies? Pizza is a treat for very special occasions and at the same time, you can eat it informally with your hands during an ordinary movie night. Eating pizza is like being with your best friend – you can simply enjoy and be yourself. It is just brilliant! But what if we tell you that your good old friend now has a brand new, different and better version? No, this time it is not just about different toppings but the newest trend in the pizza-making world – a black pizza crust! This article introduces you to the most interesting recent novelty in the pizza industry, its creation, as well as the benefits it brings to you.
The global pizza trend: Carbon black is the new black
Do you consider yourself a pizza aficionado? Of course, you do! But do you love pizza so much that every time you see a deliciously-looking, cheesy and crispy pizza you are ready to cut your diet immediately and enjoy the unique taste of this yummy meal? Probably you do. In reality, how can somebody resist a good pizza when nothing can be more satisfying than a heavenly slice of cheesy Italian pizza, generously topped with fresh vegetables. If you are a pizza fan, then you probably know that the three most important parts of every pizza are the sauce, the cheese, and, of course, its crust. There are many types of pizza crusts, such as deep dish and the thin crust. Yet, have you ever heard about a pizza with a black crust? Yes, black! And this is not a joke but the real truth! The black pizza crust already exists. It is here and is the biggest trend in the pizza world. Most probably, you are now thinking that this is just the ordinary pizza we all know and love, but which has been left in the oven for way too long and as a result, looks a little burnt. Well, that is definitely not the case. The crust, which is the show-stealer of the dish, is what gives the pizza its gothic dark look and what makes people getting crazy about the newest pizza trend. The black pizza is getting fans from all around the world pretty fast due to its secret ingredient that makes it different from the rest of the pizza types – the activated charcoal. With this latest pizza mania, the days when your favorite pizza options were limited to just thick or thin crust are now gone.
Black pizza = healthy pizza: Activated charcoal pizza dough and why it is good for your body
Even though you might not be used to put food in your mouth that has originally a black color, the new black pizza is an absolute must! If you have not got the chance to try it, you should definitely consider it. This dish made with activated charcoal is a unique combination of great flavor and and healthy food. Apart from being the most beloved food worldwide, people say that the new black pizza is healthy, too. But why? Is it true that the new charcoal-infused pizza crust is more nutritious? For a start, the activated charcoal should not be confused with charcoal briquettes that are used to light your barbecue. The activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. What is more, it has been used to treat poisonings for years, but only recently has it been added to drinks, cosmetics, and food. The main reason is that the activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, has many different benefits for our body. Let’s take a quick look at some of them:
All the toxins from processed food and environmental pollution can sap your energy and contribute to serious digestive issues with time. In fact, chronic exposure to toxins causes cellular damage, different allergic reactions, lower immunity, and what will probably mostly scare women auditory – rapid aging. The good news is that regular use of activated charcoal can actually remove the toxins from your body so that you feel renewed, energized and vibrant soon after you take it – it may be a matter of several minutes!
Better heart rate: Activated charcoal may reduce your cholesterol levels
Activated charcoal may also help reduce cholesterol levels. That is possible because the activated charcoal can bind cholesterol and cholesterol-containing bile acids in the gut, preventing the body from absorbing them. Studies show that taking 20 grams of activated charcoal per day for four weeks lowered total cholesterol by 25 percent and "bad" LDL cholesterol by 25 percent. "Good" HDL cholesterol levels also increased by 8 percent. So, it turns out that about one or two black pizzas daily for one month can be a healing method for when you are fighting bad cholesterol. Now, imagine what more of the carbon delights per month can do for you!
Treats alcohol poisoning (and helps prevent hangovers)
Activated charcoal has the ability to absorb most organic chemicals, drugs, mercury and remove them before they harm your body. While activated charcoal does not adsorb alcohol, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Most of the cases, alcohol is consumed along with different mixers that include artificial sweeteners and chemicals, and the activated charcoal treats poisoning by removing exactly these toxins. Moreover, when activated charcoal is taken together with the alcohol, studies show that it can simultaneously significantly reduce blood alcohol concentrations.
How does activated charcoal actually work?
Activated charcoal works by catching and trapping all the toxins and chemicals in your gut before they are absorbed. The activated charcoal's porous texture has a negative electrical charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules such as toxins and gases. And because activated charcoal is not absorbed by your body, it can carry the toxins bound to its surface out of your body in feces. Yes, the activated charcoal in the black crust pizza can be that good! But do not get confused. Healthy does not mean not tasty! The black dough does not in any way alter the taste of your favorite meal and is an ideal addition to your pizza menu. Apart from giving the pizza a whole new look and a great taste, all pizza enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite meal guilt-free now, knowing that this delight has some amazing health benefits.
What about the recipe? Black pizza creation
The charcoal crust is the hottest trend in pizza making – literally. Originated in Eastern Europe in pizza joints in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, the trend has since spread to many other places around the world, including Jakarta, Indonesia, Australia, and more. In the United States, the adoption of the black pizza crust is catching on, too. And there is no wonder that the black pizza trend is spreading – it is tasty, it is healthy, it is even photo-friendly (yes, people love taking pictures of the black delicious pearl) and easy to make. In fact, preparing the dough of black pizza is a very simple operation and can be summed up in a few simple steps. It is not that different than making a good old-style pizza crust. As for proportions, usually, between 10 and 15 grams maximum of activated carbon are used for every 500 g of flour, so that you will still feel the amazing and much-valued taste of your favorite pizza, while your body will enjoy the benefits of the activated charcoal; the only real action carried out by the coal is then to act as a colorant of the dough. It is this ratio of products that gives the pizza this attractive, rich black color. After kneading the dough in the above proportions of flour and activated charcoal, the resulting crust is transferred to a conveyor oven where it is baked at a very high temperature. And voilà – the perfect result is here: baked dough in the frame of crispy, yummy crust. As for the toppings – there are no limitations. The activated charcoal pizza crust goes absolutely fine with all the ingredients you are used to putting on a regular pizza – vegetables, tuna, meat, tons of cheese, spice and everything nice.
So, if you really are such a pizza connoisseur and have not tried the charcoal crust version of your most favorite food on the planet, what are you still waiting for? Check for the pizza places around you offering this gothic trend and prepare yourself for falling in love at first sight!