I've generally been unhappy with the hospital food served to patients. My main complaint is too much refined starch. Food is generally bland or unhealthy, or both.
This is a sad state of affairs because good nutrition is expecially important when ill.
However, a patient who is proactive can often get decent food in the hospital. The first choice is to find out the dietary restrictions required by the acute circumstances and then to have a family member or friend bring appropriate food if possible (you need permission from the doctors and nurses to do this, but can often get such permission).
Some patients order as much food as they can get, such as extra pieces of fruit or double vegetables, and then pick and choose the best from what appears on the tray.
In my hospital, they actually offer a la carte meal service, so if someone wants just protein, fruit, and vegetables they can do pretty well. Still better to eat homemade food if possible though, even if it is homemade chicken soup.
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