Good Samaritan Medical Center to Offer Patients Plant-Based Food OptionsMar 29, 2018
West Palm Beach, FL (January 29th 2018)-Good Samaritan Medical Center is now offering plant-based food selections as a choice on patient menus in addition to traditional options. A plant-based diet eliminates all products derived from meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, egg and honey.
“We respect the dietary needs of our community and we are delighted to be offering a menu option to cater to our vegan and vegetarian patients.,” says Tara McCoy chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Plant-based diets can increase levels of short-chain fatty acids in the gut, and research suggests that may lower the risk of heart disease, inflammatory diseases and type 2 diabetes.”
A Mediterranean-style diet, based on produce, legumes, grains, and healthy oils, with small amounts of fish and meat, has been connected with better brain health in older adults. Those who favored fruits and vegetables along with some fish had less brain shrinkage—linked with a reduced risk of cognitive decline—than those who ate more meat.