The ultimate Polymeal
Although the concept of a Polypill (proposed in 2003) is exciting in terms of reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, the potential costs and adverse effects are its main pitfalls.1 Last December a paper in the BMJ investigated the concept of a tastier and safer alternative—the Polymeal.2 Chocolate, wine, fish, nuts, garlic, fruit, and vegetables are all known to have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, and have been enjoyed by humankind for centuries. The researchers found that a combined meal of these components may reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 75%.
The BMJ ran a competition to find the ultimate Polymeal,3 and, after many months and many tasting sessions, has announced a winner. The competition was strong and the quality of many recipes was extremely good. In the interests of thorough, hands-on research, we would have liked to cook all the meals in our office kitchen, but the limited equipment