The following article was written by Carissa
Leventis-Cox of Mama
in the Kitchen, and she ain't cookin'!
What's wrong with animal-based foods? Well,
if you've seen the recent documentary Forks Over
Knives, you know that the
message from highly respected doctors is clear and simple:
And yet there is a very obvious disconnect between
the research and the food that many medical institutions serve their patients. Would
you give an alcoholic a bottle of wine? Would you tempt someone who just
quit smoking with a cigarette? Then why do hospitals serve their patients,
who are struggling for health and possibly life itself, animal products—the
very foods that have been shown to cause many diseases in the first place?
A few weeks ago, someone very close to my
heart had surgery to remove cancer cells from her lung. While I was
undoubtedly saddened by the news, I was appalled by what kind of food was
served to her at a highly reputable hospital. Her very first meal was
breakfast: oatmeal (the healthiest choice on the tray), French toast (dairy and
eggs), two pieces of greasy bacon (after lung cancer surgery … really?!),
and canned fruit. Lunch was turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes (dairy again),
green beans (on the side), and grapes (at least!). Dinner was beef stew and
broccoli (on the side). For snacks, family and friends were offered ice cream,
which was full of artificial ingredients, except for the first ingredient:
The total ignorance revealed by the choices
offered by the hospital's food service is appalling but not really
surprising. I remind myself that this is how many people eat. This is
considered normal food. But it is wrong on so many levels, especially in a
hospital. While many of us are unable to make drastic changes to hospital food
services, we can make our choices known: Take better food to your loved ones in
the hospital, and ask the hospital staff for vegan options!
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.