Fillers Christmas competition

Design a Polymeal

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-f

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Credits for photos, left to right: Thomas Piehn/Vivitar; Keith Weller/ARS; International Tree Nut Council; Newscast; Eric Vidal/Rex

Chocolate, wine, fish, nuts, garlic, and fruit and vegetables will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by more than 75%, say Franco et al (p 1447). They specify 150 ml (only!) of wine daily; 114 g of fish, consumed four times a week; and daily intakes of 100 g dark chocolate, 400 g of fruit and vegetables, 2.7 g of fresh garlic, and 68 g of almonds.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to devise a menu using these ingredients, along with others if needed. Submit your recipes here by 14 January, at which point the BMJ's team of gourmets will spring into action. The winner will be announced in the first issue in February. Meanwhile we wish all our readers a happy, healthy New Year—and we present, on, some recipes by Raymond Blanc as inspiration.

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