Hayek Hospital in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has become the first in the world to only serve vegan meals to its patients.
The hospital has made the decision based on the health risks associated with meat, dairy and eggs, opting for plant-based offerings to help recovering patients with all sorts of ailments.
Every option on the new hospital menu is 100% plant-based and includes veganised versions of traditional Lebanese foods such as shish barak, labneh sandwiches, shawarma platters and lots of hummus.
But that’s not all, the menu also includes Western food options such as croissants, a vegan burger, vegan steak and chips and vegan cookies. Who would have thought a hospital could be such a destination food spot?
The hospital is adamant that “red and processed meat has no room in any hospital or healthcare institution”, and a plant-based diet is the best path for recovery and long-term health.
‘Like serving cigarettes in a hospital’
Hayek Hospital wrote: “When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as Group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco, and red meat as Group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in a hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital.
“Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs… the very food that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.
“We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms.”
We love Hayek Hospital’s attitude, and we hope that hospitals here in the UK take note of this revolutionary approach to healthcare.
What do you think about vegan options in UK hospitals?
Vegan hospital food: Have we got any better?