Hospital Launches Plant-Based Menu To Speed Recovery

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A Florida hospital has launched a plant-based menu to help patients suffering from heart attacks, inflammatory diseases and Type 2 diabetes recover faster.

Patients at The Good Samaritan Medical Center will now be able to choose from a plant-based menu that includes options such as veggie wraps, seasoned tomatoes, and quinoa salads.

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Dr. David Dodson, the doctor who helped launch the new menu discussed the changes in an interview with WPTV: “Plant-based diets can increase levels of short-chain fatty acids in the gut, and research suggests that may lower the risk of heart disease, inflammatory diseases and Type 2 diabetes.”

“I was on rounds one day and a patient of mine had been admitted to the hospital with a heart attack — and he had a stent.”

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“I happened to be rounding at noontime and they were serving him a cheeseburger! And I said, ‘Wait a minute, something is wrong here,”

“I think eventually all hospitals will be doing this but somebody has to start it and I think Good Sam is the leader.”

Meanwhile, Tara McCoy, the chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center, had this to say about the changes: “We respect the dietary needs of our community and we are delighted to be offering a menu option to cater to our vegan and vegetarian patients.”

An increasing number of public and private organisations have been adding plant-based menus to improve their patients and customers health. While a number of schools have gone fully plant-based in a bid to improve healthy eating from an early age.

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