There are two types of people in this world: Those who blot their pizza, and those who laugh at people who blot their pizza. It’s a personal decision, but those who fall into the latter camp tend to be of the mind that there’s no way all that blotting could actually make a difference.
Good news for those who blotted in the face of ridicule: A new study has shown that using a napkin to absorb the layer of oil on top of a slice before eating really does pay off, significantly cutting calories and fat from each slice.
Labdoor Magazine based its findings on Domino’s pizza (we have a thing or two to say about that choice, but that’s irrelevant), and discovered that a thorough blotting reduces the calories in a single slice from 117 to 76.5 and the fat from 13 grams to 8.5 grams. If you’re consuming the average amount of pizza each American eats per year—which is 23 pounds, by the way—then you’re saving yourself well over 6,000 calories per year, which translates to nearly two full pounds off your waistline. That’s something, no?
We know who’s getting the last laugh here, but what it comes down to is this: If you want the full impact of that oily, dripping slice, then by all means, go for it. But if fat and calorie content are a concern for you, then a good dabbing could absolutely soften the blow. Then again, if you’re trying to keep your calorie count in check, you probably aren’t eating that much pizza in the first place.