Is Wood-Fired Pizza Healthier?

While “healthy” is a pretty subjective term, most people associate it with food that helps nourish and fuel the body – like wood-fired pizza. This ancient method of cooking pizza not only enhances the pizza’s flavors but can also help make it healthier than other cooking methods.

Wood-Fired Ovens’ Ancient Roots

Wood-fired ovens are large, round chambers (usually made from masonry like brick or stone) with a big opening in the front. Wood is placed inside the chamber and lit on fire to create heat, and the food is placed in that same chamber to cook.

This ingenious design is dated all the way back to ancient Greece, but perhaps the most famous wood-fired ovens are the ones used in Italy to make pizza. Wood-fired ovens are ideal for cooking pizza as their high heat crisps the outside of the crust while keeping the inside soft and fluffy. They can also help make the pizza healthier!

Nutrient-Packed Wood-Fired Pizza

Wood-fired ovens are super hot, which means they cook food very quickly. This fast cooking not only means people can enjoy tasty pizza sooner, but it also means that the toppings better retain their healthy nutrients.

Common pizza-topping vegetables like onions, spinach, mushroom and peppers are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that make them healthy. But these veggies can lose those all-important nutrients if they’re exposed to heat for a long period of time. Wood-fired ovens cook pizza quickly – oftentimes in less than two minutes – so the vegetable toppings hold onto their nutrients. The result? More nutritious, healthy pizza.

Other Wood-Fired Oven Benefits

Better nutrition isn’t the only benefit of wood-fired ovens. They also help:

  • Cook Pizza Quickly – Pizza is a popular convenience food, so many people want it fast. It can take up to 15 minutes to cook a pizza in a regular oven, but only around 90 seconds to cook pizza in a wood-fired oven.  That means orders are filled faster and diners are a lot happier.
  • Boost Flavor – Wood fire means wood smoke, and there are few things more delicious than that warm smokey flavor. Plus, the high heat, fast cooking method helps the toppings retain their natural flavors.
  • Save Energy – Going green is so important right now. Luckily, wood-fired ovens are great for the environment. Since their only heat source is wood, not electricity or gas, they help save energy (and sometimes money).

Get in On the Wood-Fired Action

Pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens is the way of the future. A Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza franchise is a great way to get in on the action. A blend of fast-casual and sit-down dining, Smokin’ Oak Pizza offers nutritious and tasty pizza, high-quality, fast service, and an overall great dining experience. Our wood-fired ovens heat to 900 degrees and cook our pizzas in around 90 seconds. Combine that fast-cooking method with our proprietary dough, in-house made sauce, and fresh, hand-chopped toppings, our pizzas are just as healthy as they are delicious.

Fill out our franchise inquiry form to learn more about how you can be a part of the Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza revolution.