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Does blotting your pizza with a napkin really help?

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By Ree Hines, TODAY

(NBC News) - 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.

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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