June 20, 2012
Scientists Create Healthiest Menu Ever
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
Scientists whittled through thousands of food choices and have come up with the healthiest menu ever created.
Leatherhead Food Research scientists looked over 4,000 health claims made by food manufacturers and supermarkets, trying to determine whether there was truth to the claims, or if it was just a marketing ploy.
The team was able to trim down the number to only 222 that were able to match with science what their maker claimed.
The researchers then used the remaining food to create a menu of the healthiest food ever.
"I had spent 3 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! It wasn't that simple, but we did it within one week," Dr. Paul Berryman, the Leatherhead chief executive, said in a statement.
The menu includes superfoods that can provide you with a meal, as well as plenty of snacks and treats that promote healthy benefits.
Some of the health components highlight Omega 3 fish oils, which cuts down cholesterol, and folates, which are found in high-fiber multigrain bread.
The menu starts off with an item that could be a main course: fresh smoked salmon terrine. This meal contains Omega 3 and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is good for the arteries, heart and brain.
They also concocted a mixed leaf salad with a dressing of virgin olive oil, which is good for maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Chicken casserole with lentils and mixed vegetables is another main meal that could safely make 80 health claims, according to the researchers.
For dessert, menu onlookers may want to try a live yogurt-based blancmange topped with walnuts and a sugar-free caramel-flavored sauce that scored good for digestion, the teeth and blood glucose control.
Another dessert on the menu, guar gum, is said to help in the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol, while contributing to an increase in "intestinal transit."
Eating walnuts, according to the research, is proven to "contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of blood vessels."
Scientists also include their own sports drink brew that they claim could boost performance. This drink includes nutrients like biotin, calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, potassium, selenium and magnesium.
For those who would rather have a hot drink to relax with, scientists have created a hot chocolate drink that contains melatonin to help you sleep.
If you tend to get gassy after meals, the researches recommend that you take activated charcoal tablets to help calm down the stomach and reduce excessive flatulence.
"We have also shown that healthy foods do not have to be dull," Berryman said in the statement. "We carry out thousands of consumer taste tests a year and one thing is clear. No matter how healthy, if foods do not taste good they will not sell."