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.
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.”
“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.