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World’s healthiest meal?

india Updated: Nov 13, 2009 21:31 IST
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Gurpareet Singh Bain

Have you tried the world’s healthiest meal yet? According to Gurpareet Singh Bain, 32, a chef, nutritional therapist and TV presenter based in London, his signature meal — chicken and blueberry curry with goji berry pilau rice — is the world’s healthiest. Not just that, he claims it can even fight diseases like cancer.

“This is not just the world’s healthiest curry, but most importantly, it’s also the world’s healthiest meal,” says Bain, who basis his claim on the meal’s Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) count.

“The meal has 25,000 ORAC units. The spices used are rich in antiviral and anti-bacterial properties,” he says. Compare this count to the United States Department of Agriculture’s recommended intake — 3,000 to 6,000 ORAC units per day.

Bain, who perfected the dish over a period of two years, says that the curry alone is equivalent to “49 servings of spinach or 23 bunches of grapes”, thanks to his combination of “contemporary superfood with the traditional Indian ingredients such as ginger, garlic, turmeric and chilli, [that] give a blow to the developing cancer cells”.

The chicken-and-blueberry curry is already being talked about in the British press. Bain insists that the ingredients in his curry have been tested under laboratory conditions and shown to “disrupt the multiplication of cancer cells”. Therefore, he adds, “a meal high in these ingredients can help in keeping cancer at bay.” However, no independent studies have been carried out on the curry yet to test these claims. To taste Bain’s creation, you’ll have to head to London. The dish is priced at £2.50 per person, or Rs 200 approximately.