Put away the broccoli, tuck that quinoa in the pantry, and don't even look at those apples -- scientists have come up with the healthiest meal in the world, and the menu looks pretty darn tasty.
Employees at UK-based Leatherhead Food Research, a marketing and research company for the food industry, were given a challenge by their boss: come up with a meal that incorporates the 222 health claims the company had determined were valid and scientifically based, from an original pool of 44,000.
Originally intended as an airline meal, CEO Dr. Paul Berryman came up with the idea flying back from a food conference. "I had spent three days talking about health claims and at a round table event I suggested that Leatherhead could make a product with all 222 claims, no problem!" he states in the company's press release. "It wasn’t that simple, but we did it within one week!"
Another chef, Gurpareet Bains, had previously created a meal he deemed the world's healthiest -- a curry that included "superfoods" like blueberries, goji berries and chicken. The meal could help fight carcinogenic cells, he told the Telegraph in 2009, and the ginger, chilli, turmeric and garlic contained within it boasted antibacterial and antiviral properties.
So what goes into the world's healthiest meal when scientists have a say? Read on:
Fresh and Smoked Salmon Terrine - with ALA and DHA for brain and heart function
Mixed Leaf Side Salad with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing - for cholesterol claims
High Fibre Multigrain Bread Roll - for 17 claims around fibre, folate and arabinoxylan (a well-known antioxidant)
Chicken Casserole with Lentils & Vegetables - for iron absorption, vitamins and minerals
Live Yoghurt Blancmange (similar to pudding) - for cholesterol, gut health and blood glucose control
Cranberry, Raspberry & Elderflower Sports Drink - for energy, vitamins and electrolytes
Pure Spring Water - to offset dehydration