Sumary of Survey: Majority of patients favor eliminating processed meats in hospitals:
- Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 19 2020 A majority of hospitalized patients favor eliminating processed meats–including bacon, deli meat, and sausage–from hospital menus to reduce cancer risk, according to a new survey published in the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy..
- Researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine surveyed a total of 200 patients in two Washington, D.C., hospitals and found that:.
- The World Health Organization has determined that processed meat is a major contributor to colorectal cancer, classifying it as “carcinogenic to humans.”.
- Processed meat is also linked to stomach, pancreatic, prostate, and breast cancers, along with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes..
- In 2017, the American Medical Association passed a resolution urging hospitals to eliminate processed meat to promote a healthy food environment..
- Health experts have called on hospitals to eliminate processed meat from their menus to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease..
- Now it’s clear that patients overwhelmingly agree that they’d like to see healthy food on their hospital trays.”.
- Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a groundbreaking bill that would require hospitals in the district to improve the nutritional quality of their menus by eliminating processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs, making plant-based options available, and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages..
- If passed, The Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act would become the first bill in the United States to require the removal of processed meat from health care facilities…