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Scientists serve up a superdish

18th June 2012

Scientists at Leatherhead Food Research have used 222 health claims about different foods in order to construct the "healthiest ever" meal.

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The researchers originally looked at 4,000 claims about foods which were used by shops and manufacturers to get customers to buy their products.

They narrowed down the list to 222 foods which had claims which could be scientifically proven, and were accepted by EU food watchdogs.

The menu they created began with a fresh and smoked salmon terrine, accompanied by a mixed leaf side salad with an olive oil dressing.

The salmon is high in Omega 3, which is beneficial to the brain and heart, while the olive oil on the salad helps to maintain good blood cholesterol.

The main course was chicken and lentil casserole, which the researchers said had 80 health claims, including protein to boost muscle mass and panthothenic acid to stop fatigue.

The pudding consisted of a yoghurt-topped blancmange topped with walnuts, which could improve the elasticity of blood vessels.

Paul Berryman, the Leatherhead chief executive, said: "We have also shown that healthy foods do not have to be dull. 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." 

 

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