Cancel your pizza delivery readers, Congress didn't declare pizza a vegetable.
The Washington Post's WonkBlog is knocking us out of our pizza-induced food coma to give us the facts.
Congress declared tomato paste equivalent in nutritional value to that of vegetables.
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WongBlog points out that the agriculture appropriations bill actually never mentions the words "pizza" or "vegetable."
According to the Washington Post, "an eighth of a cup of tomato paste is credited with as much nutritional value as half a cup of vegetables."
The White House's proposal would have changed the measurements to reflect half a cup of tomato paste would equal half a cup of vegetables.
Congress, though, blocked the change. An eighth of a cup of tomato paste is still considered to have the nutritional value of half a cup of vegetables.
The point is, pizza isn't a vegetable. Let us not forget that the other two main ingredients to a pizza are bread and cheese. The day Congress declares those two as vegetables, we're throwing a pizza party!
For the time being, though, considering that 33.8% of US citizens are obese, maybe we should stop arguing over pizza and tomato paste and just have ourselves a handful of carrots.