By: Eva Fett
"For a good number of years I have been trying to help people find easy ways to get a balanced diet," Prof Lean, who is also a consultant physician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, said. "The easiest way to do that is to eat nutritionally balanced meals. Three of those a day and you've done it, but at the moment commercially prepared meals are not nutritionally balanced."
This enterprising duo maintains that their new “super food” contains 30% of an average adults daily vitamin and nutrient requirements, as well as a third of the recommended quantity of calories, protein and carbohydrates.
"We've recently studied ready meals produced by the top five supermarkets in Scotland - common foods eaten in huge numbers - and they're hopelessly unbalanced,” Professor Lean said to the media.
"They contain as much salt as you should have in a whole day or more.
They contain as much saturated fat as you should have in a whole day or more. The nutrients we need every day are absent from these meals. Nobody has thought about it. So I got together with Donnie to try to do this."
Using unusual methods, such as incorporating seaweed into the pizza dough, as is done with artisan
bread, they have succeeded in their goal of creating a healthy fast food.
The seaweed provides a good salty flavor while merely contributing a miniscule amount of sodium when compared to salt.
Red pepper is used in the tomato sauce on the pizza to increase the amount of Vitamin C. In addition, the pizza contains magnesium, potassium, folates and vitamin A, ensuring that each pizza provides a complete, nutritionally balanced meal, making them a good choice for lunch or dinner any day.