Patients need to eat, they don't need to smoke. The two can't be compared. A couple slices of ham isn't going to kill you, neither is a couple cigarettes. But who just eats a couple slices of ham a year? or has a couple cigarettes a year?
I agree with this in principle, but in practice it isn't that simple. Hospitals can't just serve vegan lentil stews, people won't eat them. The costs and production of meals need to be taken into account, ham is cheap, chicken breasts aren't. There was also a choice of foods, it not like you were forced to have ham, there were other options. I just believe that the NHS should promote foods that are proven to promote health, not ones that are proven to cause cancer. If any institution should be 'shining example of nutrition', it should be the NHS shouldn't it? It has the word 'Health' in it for a start.
People who eat low meat diets have approx a 5.6% chance of developing bowel cancer, this rises to 6.6% for those who have a diet high in processed meat, I'm happy to live with that increase to be able to continue eating as I currently do and not worrying about the occasional sausage. I'm also happy to offset that risk through exercise and eating a relatively high fibre diet. Maybe instead of getting all your info about this from There's no where to go with this argument. Yes, it doesn't seem as bad eating bacon as it does smoking fags, what harm is a bacon sandwich, everyone loves a bacon sandwich don't they etc etc…. But there's as much evidence to prove that processed meat causes cancer as there is that smoking causes cancer. So unless you can debunk all that evidence, then processed meats have no place in hospitals. See, I get it, I get why people don't think these things are bad and you can eat them #EverythingInModeration but by the time you reach 50-60-70 and you're paying for a lifetime of eating cancer causing junk foods, they'll be fuck all you or the NHS can do about it and the irony is when you're getting your dose of radiation and copulus amounts of drugs pumped into your veins down your local NHS hospital with your fingers crossed that you'll be one of the 2% of people that chemo is successful for, you'll get served a bacon sandwich for lunch in between your chemo sessions.here
, you could try reading something like this