Palm Beach’s Good Samaritan Medical Hospital is Floridas first to offer a fully plant-based menu.
The meals - which are available to patients now - include items like veggie wraps and quinoa salads.
Meals such as these are only available at a few hospitals nationwide.
The dishes, which consist of fruits, vegetables, and grains, are targeted at dietary inclusivity, and reducing health risks for patients.
The hospitals Chief Executive Officer Tara McCoy made a statement citing studies which suggest plant-based diets can 'lower the risk of heart disease, inflammatory diseases and Type 2 diabetes'.
Quinoa salad is one of many new meals available to patients (Photo: Pixabay)
First of many
The doctor who spearheaded the project, Dr. David Dodson, saw animal-based diets as hindering recovery.
He said: "I was on rounds one day and a patient of mine had been admitted to the hospital with a heart attack - and he had a stent.
"I happened to be rounding at noontime and they were serving him a cheeseburger! And I said, 'Wait a minute, something is wrong here.’
"I think eventually all hospitals will be doing this but somebody has to start it and I think Good Sam is the leader."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court.
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