My husband was in the hospital this morning. After his surgery he was offered several
choices for drinks (sodas including diet ones, juice, but no water was offered) and some applesauce to eat. He chose gingerale and applesauce. I’d say, being a nurse and having worked in a hospital, these are pretty standard after-surgery hospital menu items. When I looked at the food labels I found:
- high fructose corn syrup (GMO ingredient and refined sugar)
- apple juice from concentrate (higher in sugar than the fruit itself, less vitamins due to processing)
- citric acid (usually derived from a mold and grown using GMO sugars typically)
- natural flavors (who knows what’s in that)
- carmel color (potentially cancer causing)
- sucralose (artificially manufactured)
- sodium benzoate (preservative, known carcinogen and potentially linked to hyperactivity)
- potassium sorbate (preservative, considered a genotoxic and mutagenic compound)
I wonder if hospitals are in the business of health promotion and illness cure or in the business of illness causing or perpetuating? I feel very cynical saying this, but if hospitals and medical doctors cured everything and promoted health, then they would be out of business eventually. So maybe treating symptoms of illness and disease and perpetuating the illness is actually what medical care is about rather than cure.
I’m not a cynic so I have faith that through education and whole food nutrition promotion, Western medicine will advance and start looking more and more into the importance of nutrition and feed a whole food diet to those who need it the most. A person who’s immune system is stressed or who’s body has been assalted by procedures needs the highest standard in care and nutrition for healing and repair. Chemicals and fake “food” will not help that person at all. If anything, it will perpetuate that person’s need for illness care. But hope is on the horizon! Some hospitals are getting it and making a change.
Whole Food Nutrition in the Hospital
What one hospital system is doing for the health of their patients.
Is your hospital making major changes to the nutrition given to patients, employees, and visitors? I’d love to hear from others about what’s going on in whole food nutrition at hospitals.by