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  •  I'm always surprised by what is served in hospital (3+ / 0-)

    A very very very long time ago, I worked as a "tray girl" at a hospital...and I remember the food being different, more bland or boring - the healthy stuff!

    My father-in-law just got out of the hospital (ugh!  health care system!!!) and I was surprised by how much breaded yuck and soda!!! he was able to have.  Nearly unlimited amounts of soda!

    He's a diabetic, for cripesakes!

    I do NOT understand hospital food service.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:31:17 AM PST

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    •  I seem to recall... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that one problem they were having with patients in the hospital was that the food was so bland and unappetizing that people wouldn't eat it and just were not getting enough calories which was not good for their recovery. I think the conclusion was that it was better for the patients' recovery to eat enough and for the short time (weeks) they are usually in the hospital, following whatever bad habits they already had wasn't going to hurt them.

      People in hospitals now, on the average, are quite a bit sicker than they were 40 years ago (due to more outpatient procedures and moving people to facilities offering lower levels of care earlier). Changing a person's "habits" is probably not very effective while they are acutely ill and unlikely to "stick" -- once they recover, their doctor can try to get them to do so.

      •  That makes sense. (0+ / 0-)

        Still...healthy food doesn't have to be bland and tasteless.

        My guess was it's just easier to prepare from premade stuff than cook fresh for a proverbial army...

        I think the soda pop is what surprised me the most.

        "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

        by Marjmar on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:27:36 PM PST

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        •  Patients... (0+ / 0-)

          ...probably tend to eat what they are familiar with and tend to be less likely to eat something they are not familiar with (esp. if their appetite is depressed).

          The soda pop for a diabetic does seem strange though -- maybe they figured they could adjust blood sugar levels w/meds so it didn't matter?

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