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Pizza… A Vegetable?

So, I know I’m a little late to the punch, but did you guys hear? The Pizza is now officially a vegetable. Congress passed a bill that classifies the pizza among cucumbers, carrots, and the like. Apparently they passed the bill under the notion that there is enough tomato in the tomato sauce. For starters, the tomato is a fruit (somewhat debatable in my opinion) and,  shouldn’t the pizza be entirely a vegetable in order for it to be a vegetable? What do you guys think?

Here’s an article recapping the situation:

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/18/pizza-vegetable-congress-says-so?CMP=twt_gu

Also, I’d like to hear you guys’ stance on the tomato being a fruit. What makes a fruit a fruit?

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  1. November 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

    This is silly. Who even came up with the idea that pizza is a vegetable? A pizza is a conglomerate of the basic food groups. A basic pizza without any chees and any toppings still has the crust, which I don’t think of being a veggie. Think about a Hawaiian pizza, It has fruit on it! And even the basic pepperoni pizza has meat on it. So how can a pepperoni pizza be classified as a vegetable? I think Congress will eventually realize their mistake and “un”classify pizza as a vegetable.

  2. November 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Well, technically, the Supreme Court declared the tomato a vegetable in Nix v. Hedden over a hundred years ago. However, scientifically defined, a fruit is the rippened ovary of any plant. Many people have taken this to be loosely defined as “anything with seeds” but this isn’t entirely accurate. Mistaken nomenclature of “fruit” also include cucumber, peppers, avocado, marrow, eggplant, zucchini, squash, and courgette.
    That all being said, a pizza is the product of many inputs, not just one. Furthermore, pizza’s composition is not even primarily tomato sauce but bread products and the sauce itself is only 30% tomato paste. It’s as ridiculous to call pizza a “vegetable” as it would be to call a book “ink”.

  3. November 28, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I dunno, my theory is that Congress just has other more pressing matters to attend to so I guess most members of Congress gave the bill the go-ahead because they couldn’t be bothered to assess the qualifications a food has to meet in order to be considered a veggie.

    Thanks, Isabella, that’s actually really useful information!

    • November 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Here to help with all your produce needs, buddy.

  4. November 28, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Pizza is not a vegetable! Or a fruit! You could put vegetables on a pizza if that suits your fancy, and yeah, a tomato—an important ingredient in pizza—could be considered a fruit/vegetable, but pizza IS NOT either of these things. It simply doesn’t fit the definition for what a fruit or vegetable is. However, I think I understand why the government decided to classify pizza as such. In recent years, (specifically under this recent administration,) efforts (spearheaded by Michele Obama) have been made to make this country healthier. Obesity is, as we all probably recognize, a serious issue, particularly in the United States. In particular, the government has been working to making school cafeterias more nutritious for American students. To me, classifying pizza as a vegetable is a futile attempt at saying, “See? We’re healthy!” If students have a pizza with a banana for lunch, they are, in effect, having two servings of fruits and vegetables. If we’re supposed to get about five or so a day, getting two out of the way for lunch is pretty good! What I’m trying to say is that calling pizza a vegetable is really just an example of political posturing to try to prove to anyone who is watching that Americans, particularly school children, are getting lots and lots of nutrients in every meal. We are healthy not because we are eating better foods, but because we are categorizing our foods in a particular way so that it appears as such.

  5. November 28, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I think it is disgusting that they have classified pizza as a vegetable, they are just using it as an easy way to take responsibility for making kids healthier. I think by classifying it as a vegetable, they have just embarrassed themselves and postponed the inevitable restructuring of the school lunch menus that will happen. Sooner or later this will catch up with them and when it does it won’t be pretty. As for the tomato, I’m an advocate of calling it a vegetable, just because to me fruits are supposed to be sweet, and vegetable have a more bitter or unsweet taste, and tomatos are not sweet to me.

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