A private hospital in Lebanon has become the first hospital in the world to go 100 per cent vegan.
The hospital will no longer serve patients meat nor dairy, and will instead replace its menu with a number of healthy plant-based dishes.
Hayek Hospital has become the world’s first hospital to serve only plant-based food. The hospital has taken this move following a transition phase that saw more plant-based meals being introduced.
Vegan hospital menu
The vegan menu includes vegan croissants, plant-based fajitas and burgers alongside a number of veganised traditional Lebanese dishes like shish barak, labneh sandwiches and shawarma platters.
Hayek Hospital said their patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk and eggs… the very foods that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place. They point out how a vegan diet can not only prevent many diseases but reverse some of them too.
They cite the recommendations made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to limit meat consumption because of its links to a higher risk of certain cancers saying that “serving meat in a hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital”.
They highlight the growing concern about the role of animal agriculture as a leading cause of rising zoonotic diseases and, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, they say: “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms”.
It’s an exciting development and one that we hope will inspire other hospitals around the world to follow suit.