‘These choices are recommended for individuals with heart disease and DIABETES’
Sugar laden jellies such as jellied peaches, custards, fruit yoghurts, ice cream, sponge cake, fruit loaf, apple crumble and sultana pudding are just a few options from the current hospital menu for inpatients. At least a daily serving of these foods appear with a healthy heart symbol and a recommendation for these to be consumed by diabetics.
The same menu includes ‘cake of the day’ at 2.30pm and ‘sweet biscuits’ for morning tea. I see them doled out to Diabetic patients all the time and the patients think that it must be ‘fine’ to have them as the hospital is supplying them.
The Nutrition Department continues to abide by these recommendations for Diabetic patients. I am at a complete loss to understand this stand. It appears to be getting a little heated at present as I disagree with them!
I remain in correspondence with them and yesterday requested the development of a specific menu option for my patients. It will be along the line of reduced carbohydrate and unrestricted fat consumption. Let us see how long that will take to happen.
I remain steadfast with the premise that we should be promoting the consumption of ‘real’ food that has not gone through processing which generally involves the addition of sugar, the removal of fibre from carbohydrate and the replacement of naturally available saturated fat with highly processed polyunsaturated seed oils.
The current hospital menu is a far stretch from ‘real’ food.
Why it is a problem at http://www.nofructose.com/introduction/other-stuff/hospital-food/