Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals




Gods_Kings/Shutterstock.com

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually.

The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants.

The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent.

“Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee.


This article appears in the January 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Meatless Millennials

Millennials must be “inspired and coached” to eat more animal products, a speaker advised the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina.

Crackdown Needed

Glyphosate, a Monsanto herbicide linked in studies to several cancers, has been detected in 10 of 24 breakfast foods, including eggs, oatmeal and coffee creamer.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Love Even More

Here’s a practical process you can use to cultivate mindfulness and love even more.

McHenry County Farm Stroll

McHenry County will host its third annual Farm Stroll, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 24th.

Supporting Mood with Brain-Boosting Supplements

Before going on an antidepressant regimen, you might consider giving your brain the nutrients it needs and see if an improvement in mood follows.

Ovarian Cancer Group Forms to Offer Hope and Friendship

A new ovarian cancer discussion group will meet at Highland Park Hospital in a non-clinical setting.

Small Changes, Big Impact

Tom Decker’s house uses 52 percent less natural energy than comparable houses in the same neighborhood, but it’s not a new “green” building or fitted with solar power equipment.

A Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Body

Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS, owner of Holistic Dentistry Chicago, is a biological dentist who recognizes the impact of toxic substances and uses only materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with the patient’s body.