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NHS food is higher in saturated fat than a Big Mac, says food charity

Published on 21/05/2012

A new study has shown that the food served by the NHS Supply Chain is higher in saturated fat than a Big Mac burger.

Hospital food is worse for you than a McDonald's meal

Research by food charity Sustain showed that 75% of NHS hospital food contained more saturated fat than a Big Mac.

In addition, 60% of hospital dinners had dangerously high levels of salt.

The poor nutritional quality of food served by the NHS supply chain shows that little has changed since December 2011, when an official survey showed that one in 10 NHS patients rated hospital food as ‘poor’.

Further figures revealed last October revealed that millions of hospital meals are returned uneaten each year, costing the NHS more than £22 million.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said that the government was working to improve the quality of food in hospitals. He accepted that poor quality food in hospitals "shouldn't happen" but said that dietary requirements were often "very personal" and so food needed to be "personalised."

A recent report by CLIC Sargent showed that parents spend on average an extra £48 a month on meals for themselves or for their children whilst in an NHS hospital.

One of the benefits of private medical insurance is the choice of staying in a private hospital with carefully prepared meals. Compare health insurance policies with full inpatient cover to guarantee treatment at your chosen hospital.

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