The Best Cheese for Your Pizza, According to Science

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Read on to learn more about the science behind topping your pizza with the right cheeses.

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For their experiment, the researchers looked at seven cheeses. These included mozzarella, cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere and provolone.

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The cheeses were baked on a pizza crust (no sauce was used) and they were evaluated based on how well they browned and blistered in the oven, as well as their color.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the researchers used a custom-built device to study how the cheese melted with a high resolution camera. This was so that they could quantify the browning and blistering of each cheese in a precise way.

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So, what did they conclude? A mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese creates that perfectly melted and bubbly topping you want on your pizza.

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It's hard not to love pizza, and a lot of Americans do. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 Americans are eating it on any given day. (It even stole the show at the Oscars earlier this year.) One of the highlights of the popular food is the fact that you can personalize it to your tastes with your favorite toppings, one of which is more often than not a gooey, warm, irresistible cheese.

Now, researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand are determining what the perfect cheese is to top your pizza with. Bryony James, a professor of materials engineering, set out to find out why different cheeses look and taste different when baked atop a pie—and they came to some interesting conclusions.

Check out the slideshow above to learn which cheese the researchers discovered is perfect for your pizza. Then, learn what the most popular pizza toppings in America are.

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