See it! Blot your pizza slice and save your life! BY Peter Sblendorio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 3:14 PM A A A Share this URL Many New Yorkers blot their pizza with a napkin to remove excess grease — but few know that it could save their lives. That's right, this cheesy pre-meal ritual can annually save the average pizza-eating American the equivalent of 20 slices, or more than 6,600 calories,according to a life-changing study by LabDoor magazine. Blotting is simple — a pizza consumer need only press down with a paper napkin to absorb the orange-y grease, which is merely excess fat from especially fatty cheese that rises to the top after being cooked. And there's nothing complicated about the difference blotting makes: A degreased slice has 76 1/2 fewer calories and 4 1/2 grams less fat. Andrew Schwartz For New York Daily News Did he blot? If he did, he would save thousands of calories in the course of a year. And since the average American eats 23 pounds of pizza every year, dabbing would save that hypothetical John Dough more than 390 grams of fat a year — and nearly two pounds of your waistline. Still, some people are skeptical — even in New York, the pizza capital of the world. "We consume a lot of pizza," said Ryan Condon of Williamsburg. "But two pounds isn't much." Another Brooklyn resident was even less convinced, saying he flat out didn't believe ridding your pie of unwanted grease could cut down on so many calories. "I'm not a nutritionist, but I don't believe everything that I hear," said John Goren of Fort Greene. "I think people would be blotting it every time if they believed it." Blotting can be especially controversial in New York, where many connoisseurs typically fold their slices and allow some grease to drain off in between bites. But this method, sometimes called "New Yorking," does not fully remove the complete oil slick. Dabbing your pizza isn't always necessary, though. More high-end pizzerias like Grimaldi's use better ingredients when crafting their pies — which mean less grease. "We're using a fresh mozzarella, not a processed mozerella," said Gina Peluso, manager of the Brooklyn location. "We're using only fresh tomatoes, not a tomato sauce. The only oil that goes on our pizza is (olive oil) sprinkled on right before it goes in the oven. That's good news for those who don't approve of blotting in any circumstance. "Excuse me, but I will eat my pizza and all of the grease that comes with it,"tweeted @halroseee, who identified herself as "on the edge of wild and reckless." Sidebar: How to blot a New York slice Step 1: Grab a single napkin. Step 2: Lay it over the slice and lightly dab. (Caution: Pressing too hard may result in a loss of cheese.) Step 3: Remove napkin. Step 4: Fold slice. Step 5: Eat using any method you choose.