September 20, 2005

Food News: Doctors call for healthier hospital food

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A physicians' organization is calling on U.S. hospitals to offer healthier dining options for patients, visitors and employees, because many do not provide enough low-fat, cholesterol-free foods.

A survey conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found less than one-third of hospitals offer either a salad bar or a daily low-fat, cholesterol-free entree, and high-fat foods, such as fried chicken, pizza and enchiladas, remain among the top-selling entrees.

"The amazing thing to me is that there isn't really a healthy option every day at all hospitals," Dr. Amy Lanou, senior nutrition scientist with PCRM, told United Press International. "I understand food service operators saying, 'I can't get rid of chicken nuggets or burgers,' but what they can all do is provide at least one healthy hot entree every day, and they're not doing that, which is really striking to me."

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Posted by Jennifer at September 20, 2005 7:14 PM

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