"Polymeal" - Alcohol, chocolate, garlic, and nuts preventing heart disease?
The writers of an article in the British Medical Journal (v 329, p 1447, 2004) claim to have come up with a novel diet that will decrease heart disease risk by 76% (Risk Ratio of 0.24, Margin of Error between 0.16 to 0.37). They surveyed published articles on the connection between various dietary elements and cardiovascular disease (CVD - disease of the heart and blood vessels caused by narrowing of the blood vessels, as a consequence of accumulation of plaque in the blood vessel lining. It includes coronary heart disease and stroke). They suggest that people eat something they dub "Polymeal" - meals comprised of wine, chocolate, fish, fruit, vegetables, garlic, and nuts. Going down the list, they reference studies that show that
Adverse effects pointed out in this article: the garlic causes body odor! In addition, eating more than the required amount of fish, may cause unacceptably high mercury levels in the body. Moreover, they state that "we do not recommend taking the Polymeal before a romantic rendezvous, unless the partner also complies with the Polymeal".