Three-quarters of food brought at UK hospitals is unhealthy, audit reveal. Junk food in UK hospitals.
Quoted from Diabetes.co.uk
Caps could be introduced to limit the sale of unhealthy food in UK hospitals following results from a new audit. Around three quarters of food brought in NHS hospitals was deemed to be unhealthy in the report – foods such as crisps, chocolates, cakes and pastries – and there were only five ‘healthy’ items in the list of the top 20 selling items. The researchers behind the unpublished report, from the University of Aberdeen have called for radical restrictions on junk food after it found that medical staff, patients and visitors tended to shun nutritional food in favour of unhealthy snacks. Sugar is the highest offender in the snacks reviewed, and cutting down on sugar is among the recommendations. Attempts to change consumer behaviours have also been suggested. The audit covered every NHS hospital in major city, which have not been named, with almost 70,000 purchases analysed from six on-site retailers. Unhealthy foods which proved popular included pork pies containing 39g of fat along with fizzy drinks with a sugar content of 56g and a single slice of raspberry cake weighing in at 641 calories. Speaking to The Guardian, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, who is the director at the University of Cambridge’s Behaviour and Health Research Unit, said: “Considering the high rates of obesity in children and adults it is hard to justify a hospital selling a slice of cake at 641 calories, almost a third of a woman’s daily energy requirements. “Those wanting to eat unhealthier snacks would not be banned from doing so but they would need to bring these with them to the hospital.”
Attempts are being made by hospitals to improve the food sold on-site, with NHS England launching a plan in 2017 to offer cash incentives if 80% of snacks sold by hospitals had less than 250 calories. In the same year hospitals in Scotland were told to ensure that “enhanced nutritional standards” should be met by more than half of food sold. Professor Aseem Malhotra, an NHS consultant cardiologist, responded to the findings saying: “We need to be much more radical given where we are with the obesity epidemic. Hospitals should be setting an example. We need to ban the sale of junk food completely in hospitals. If people want to buy this stuff, that’s fine, they can go out and get it, but hospitals should not be selling it. They should be selling decent, healthy food.”
End of quoted from Diabetes.co.uk
Junk food in UK hospitals
Here we go again. Diabetes.co.uk is coming back with to same old sugar, fat and calories consumption. While we all agree that sugar is bad for us and should be avoided, at the same time they have come back with the old calories approach. Calories are just a measurement of energy in and out. It has very little to do with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Of course, that excessive calories intake will lead to obesity, but the very important point here is, where those calories coming from. While it is almost impossible to overeat calories from fat, protein and low carb vegetables, it is very easy to overeat calories coming from sugar, starch, wheat, and highly processed carbohydrates as they do not activate satiety hormones. This has been described in my eBook Fighting Type 2 Diabetes.
Fat is being demonized again, and we know that this has been proven wrong. Studies now show that fat, including saturated fat, isn’t the devil it was made out to be. All sorts of healthy foods that happen to contain fat have now returned to the “superfood” scene.
So, if the NHS really wants to change something, they will need to turn their eyes on all highly processed food, mainly carbohydrates, and sugar-laden junk food in Uk hospitals.
Everyone who has been at the hospital knows, that this is going to be near impossible task as all their food are highly processed carbs and sugar-laden junk foods. We also know the answer why is it like that. Yes, you have guessed it right. Because it is cheap. Can you imagine hospitals to serve a good piece of meat with fresh vegetables cooked in olive oil or butter? This is a very nice dream, but very far from reality.
I believe that they will come with the idea of substituting sugar with artificial sweeteners as they believe to be healthy and safe for human consumption. Artificial sweeteners are not better than sugar and since the discovery of artificial sweeteners, the obesity rate did not come down quite the opposite.
Low carb healthy fat, exercise, and intermittent fasting is the way to fight obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eliminating junk food in UK hospitals will be tough task, but let’s hope for better future and healthy food in the UK’s hospitals.