Best National Hospital Food Award Goes To…
Japan according to the following article. Photos in the article show delicious and healthy meals that could satisfy the most demanding foodie!
I have seen my share of hospital food in Chicago, Illinois and you can probably guess that it qualifies as 'food' only in the most literal sense.
Check out the article below for pleasant hospital food surprises!
During my time in Japan, I’ve been thrown into a cherry blossom tree, hit by a car, and sucker punched by a wannabe tough guy in Shibuya Station, but luckily I’ve never needed to be hospitalized. That means I’ve been able to avoid the anxiety-filled situation of having a doctor explain an urgent medical procedure to me in a foreign language, but it also means I’ve been missing out on some of the mouth-watering food some Japanese hospitals serve.
As in other countries, the primary aim of hospital food in Japan is to provide patients with the proper nutrition to help in their recovery. That said, the fact that traditional Japanese cooking is relatively healthy to begin with means that hospital fare is sometimes a bit closer to what people eat in the home than you might expect. What’s more, the common Japanese predilection towards arranging food in an appetizing manner sometimes carries over to how the hospital meal preparation staff goes about its job.
But there’s more going on here than just Japan’s cultural and culinary compunction to make every meal enjoyable. Spending all day holed up in the hospital generally means less physical exercise and mental stimulation, both of which can lead to a reduced appetite.
Some hospitals have come to the conclusion that the best way to encourage patients to clean their plates and get the nutrition required by the healing process is to prepare food that actually looks and tastes good.
Bear in mind, though, that the fare can vary greatly from facility to facility…..