by Rajashri on  August 31, 2009 at 9:30 PM Diet & Nutrition News
 New Research Claims That Prison Food is Better Than NHS Food
Experts from Bournemouth University have claimed that the food available in prisons in the country is better than that offered in NHS hospitals.

Lead author Professor John Edwards said that some 40% of patients who came to hospitals were already malnourished and that the food in the hospitals did not help as it was of poor nutritional quality.

Prison diet was extremely good in terms of nutritional content, he added. ""There's a focus on carbohydrates. Then there's the way they prepare the food; it's very healthy. They don't add salt and there's relatively little frying of food - if you have a burger then it goes in the oven."

Fellow researcher Dr Heather Hartwell said that although fruit and vegetables were available in hospitals, it did not mean that patients actually consumed them. "Hospital cutbacks are also seen in areas like catering budgets, rather that elsewhere," Dr Harwell said. "Hospital food services also need to be less fragmented and more joined up."

A Department of Health spokesman said they were satisfied with the food available in the NHS hospitals, "The majority of patients are satisfied with the food they receive in hospitals, and we are working to improve services further."

Source: Medindia

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