Jello, doughnuts, French fries, soda and candy bars are not the typical foods you think of when you envision healthy eating, right? The odd thing is that’s what most hospitals serve in their vending machines and cafeterias. Have you noticed that? These junk foods are rather the foods you might serve a patient if you want them to be a repeat customer.
Why do hospitals serve these foods? Is it because they are cheap, quick and easy? Instead of serving sick people processed foods that will send their blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride and lead to weight gain and diabetes maybe hospitals should opt for whole grains like brown rice, vegetables and fruit like broccoli and apples. It’s a lot easier to give someone vegetarian lentil soup than a quadruple bypass surgery. Yes?
I’m curious to see what types of foods your local hospital serves. Share with us. Is there a Dunkin Dounuts or vending machines lining the walls of your hospital? What do you think it will take for hospitals to switch over their food to healthier options? Do you want to be a part of that change?
By Joshua Rosenthal
MScEd Founder and Director
Institute for Integrative Nutrition