Does blotting your pizza with a napkin really help? See what you stand to lose

/ Source: TODAY
By Ree Hines

Mmm ... pizza! It's cheesy, chewy, delicious and, inevitably, a bit greasy.

Hey, no one said it was health food!

Still, for some people, paper napkins can practically be considered a topping, because as soon as they get that perfect pie or single slice, they slap one on top and start dabbing the oil away — and maybe a few calories along with it.

The question is, does it really do any good?

Take heart, blotters and dabbers! According to LabDoor magazine, your efforts aren't in vain.

Using a slice of Domino's pepperoni pizza with a hand-tossed crust for their test, LabDoor concluded that soaking up that excess grease on the surface saves you 4.5 grams of fat and 40.5 calories.

A closeup shot of delicious pepperoni pizzaFeaturepics stock

That may not sound like much, but pizza lovers stand to gain a lot over the course of a year — or at least lose a bit.

In fact, dabbing the fat off the top of every single slice you eat could add up to almost 2 pounds per year.

Just take a look at the breakdown:

Of course, there's another way to cut back on the pizza pounds — by simply eating fewer slices per year. But that doesn't sound nearly as appetizing!

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