Just when we thought it couldn’t get any more confusing…
A bunch of food researchers from an independent British firm started out with over 4,000 health claims that were used by food producers and supermarkets to hawk their products. Then they whittled those down to 222 claims that they judged to be based on “scientific fact.” And, from that they created what they called the “healthiest meal ever.” (See link to source article below)
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr, of the Cleveland Clinic would vehemently disagree. He would say that it’s just another variation of the typical western diet—the one that promotes heart disease. And since he has successfully reversed heart disease in over 95% of his patients, I tend to believe him more than I would the British research team.
So guess what their “healthiest meal ever” included? Would you believe salmon, olive oil chicken, and yogurt. In addition to a few items that were actually healthy, their meal included these heart-clogging delicacies:
- Fresh and smoked salmon terrine, which contains Omega 3 and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is good for the arteries, heart and brain.
- An accompanying mixed leaf salad with a dressing of extra virgin olive oil is good for maintaining normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Chicken casserole with lentils and mixed vegetables is a particularly nutritious main meal, with the study showing it could safely make 80 official health claims.
- For dessert, a live yogurt-based blancmange topped with walnuts and a sugar-free caramel-flavoured sauce scores well as being good for digestion, the teeth and blood glucose control.
Note that the items in red are definite no-no’s on Esselstyn’s diet.
And just in case anyone was wondering about the accuracy of their claims, the article ended with this statement. “The meal was created by scientists at Leatherhead Food Research, an independent British organisation, using the 222 surviving health claims which have now been cleared by EU food watchdogs.”
It seems that the “protein myth” and the “olive oil is good for you myth” are both alive and well in the European Union. With information like this touted as being based on “scientific fact,” how can the poor consumer know what to believe?
That is exactly why I have been talking about the need to spend a lot of time and money dispelling that myth. Despite a mountain of scientific and clinical evidence to the contrary, an estimated 95% of the smartest and best-educated people in the western world truly believe that we “need” to eat animal protein to be healthy.
Not only is that animal protein killing us, it is also totally unsustainable for very much longer for a multitude of reasons. Click here for more about how we might go about dispelling the protein myth. There was one bit of truth in the article that I will share with you here, from the CEO of the British research firm:
We have also shown that healthy foods do not have to be dull,’ he said. ‘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.
Source Article: Healthiest meal ever
The Bottom Line. I agree with him, “No mater how healthy, if foods do not taste good they will not sell.” But the fact is, that great chefs can prepare super-healthy 4Leaf meals that will delight any palate. It might take some time, but everyone has it within their power to take charge of their own health—by simply making truly healthy food choices.
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