The paradox of hospitals serving soda

Soft drink vending machine defocus background

Hospitals are meant to be places where you go to recover and heal, or at least to help manage a health issue. So why then, in the middle of obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics, are hospitals “veritable sugar shacks”? For some it may be a simple oversight, but regardless, it is an issue we should make public more often.

I recommend this op-ed by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella over at the Nutrition Coalition:

Hospitals have a duty to make people healthy. They can start fulfilling that mission by banning sugary drinks.

Nutrition Coalition: Why are hospitals serving soda?


UK hospital campaign: Ditch sugar!

New government proposal to fight child obesity in the UK



Low-carb science


  1. Alan
    I've been on the side of Dietdoctor for about 2 months now. Radical exposure of clinical data and thinking is overwhelmingly encouraging in my view. I joined a leisure center to aid my well being and dietdoctor journey. The leisure center has energy soda and sugar rich protein products calling from every vending machine and cafe. I think of it like breathing while under water.
  2. Debra
    Tell me about it! My husband spent a week in the hospital getting 3 stents in his heart and dealing with diabetes type 2. I had to run home to cook his meals and bring to them, because all they had was pancakes with syrup for breakfast, fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn niblets for lunch, and grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread with french fries for dinner. Soda pop to drink, and when his blood glucose spiked sky high, the nurse would give him a shot of insulin! They have a drug for everything and they are trained to believe drugs will solve whatever causes sickness. No concern at all for diet and this is a specialized heart hospital I'm talking about! We've been on low carb diet since this happened and his last blood report was amazingly great, his cardiologist wanting to know what my husband is doing that his lab report looked so good. How about LOW CARBS!!! I'm dumbfounded that some hospitals haven't figured out what's causing all the diseases. Of course, if they can keep us eating junk, they'll have more business......
  3. Ivy W Trippeer
    It’s even worse! While my husband was going through 3 months of chemo at MDAnderson a few years ago I visited the hospital restaurant where out-patients got their meals. I was shocked to see all the sugary desserts and high carb offerings so the next day I asked his doctor why a cancer hospital would serve such high carb fare. His reply was “oh, we know that Otto Warburg won the Nobel prize for his discovery that cancer was sugar dependent but that’s so hard to do”. I was dumbfounded. Going through chemo isn’t so hard to do?
  4. Jesse
    I am joining in on the hospital food band wagon here. I was admitted, and not related to the admission was put on a "cardiac" diet (which was not called for, but that is another story). Imagine my surprise when in addition to highly processed foods, I was given things with trans-fats. And this was not long ago! There is a huge disconnect; it has never seemed as if many providers have what we put in our bodies every day on the radar.
  5. Tammy D Shipione
    I am a type 2 diabetic. I tried the Low Carb/ High Protein diet. After three days, I ended up in the ER with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I was immediately placed in the ICU and given fluids and bags of insulin. I almost died. I was told never to go on any diet, as it may cause the Diabetic Ketoacidosis to return. Now my insulin needs and weight keep going up. I have no hope of ever living a healthy life with Type 2 diabetes. Any yes, most hospitals have sugary drinks and food but all I can do is walk past them.
  6. Miss Laurie
    Please keep reading Dr. Eenfeldt's material. There is hope for you
  7. Jana
    Tammy you need to work with a doctor who is low carb and lchf is Not a high protein diet...
  8. Derya
    @ Tammy
    Technically it is highly likely it’s not your diet to be blamed for the ketoacidosis, but your medication.
    With the eception of metformin every single one can cause this life-threatening condition.
    I agree with Jana - you need a LCHF doctor.
  9. Derya
    Only other idea that comes to my mind is, you’re not a type 2, but a type 1 diabetic. Some are diagnosed in their early thirties and are mistaken for type 2.

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