A celebrity chef who claimed to have invented the ‘world’s healthiest meal’ has died of a heart attack, aged 43.
Gurpareet Bains, whose fans included Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, penned several superfood cookbooks.
The co-founder of Vedge Snacks was hospitalised following a heart attack last Thursday, his management have confirmed.
While he regained consciousness a day later, his kidneys failed to restart and he passed away earlier this week as a result of heart and kidney complications, his spokesman confirmed.
The chef was first internationally celebrated in 2009 after he came up the ‘world’s healthiest meal’, a simple chicken curry with blueberries and goji berry pilau.
The dish contains the antioxidant equivalent of 23 bunches of grapes, according to the chef.
His debut book, Indian Superfood, was published a year later and became a number one bestseller.
Nutritionist Gurpareet also invented the ‘world’s healthiest cookie’, thought to be the nutritional equivalent of five whole bags of leafy greens.
The blueberry-flavoured Chikitsa Crumble, features five full portions fruit and vegetables, also claimed to help lower cholesterol, manage Type 2 diabetes and boost heart health.
His culinary concept combined antioxidant-rich spices with nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, low-fat proteins and nuts.
Famous fans also included the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Chris Evans and Dermot O’Leary.
Other claims to fame include inventing the world’s healthiest Christmas dinner, an anti-flatulence Indian curry for Valentine’s Day, and a cocktail that can cure hangovers.
Speaking previously about the cookies, he said: “As a chef and nutritionist, I’m constantly reminded how difficult it is for people to make healthy food choices and to navigate their way through the minefield of diet advice and conflicting information.
“The cookies cut through the noise by providing a minimum intake of fruit and vegetables in a handy snack. I’m over the moon that they’ve become so popular.”