N.Y. hospital introduces heart healthy menu

New menu items promote food that is prepared in a manner to reduce calories, fats, cholesterol and sodium.

June 4—Menu options at Canton-Potsdam (N.Y.) Hospital are changing for the healthier as its Nutrition Services Department offers more heart-healthy menu options and partnerships with local food co-ops and markets.

“Heart Healthy,” according to Director of Nutrition Services Stave Gadapee, involves many factors, including:

• food that is purchased and prepared in a healthier manner to reduce calories, fats, bad cholesterol and sodium

• promoting good eating habits and a well-balanced diet

• baking many foods instead of frying

• serving fewer commercially prepared breaded foods to reduce sodium, saturated fats and carbohydrates

• having fewer red meats and more fish options on the menu

• offering more whole grains and brown rice and less processed grains.