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Famed US heart hospital bans Big Mac and fries on campus

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CHICAGO (AFP) - A prestigious US hospital, home to the nation's top-rated cardiac centre, is showing McDonald's Corp. the door in the best interests of its patients, and as evidence of its corporate bona fides.

Officials from the Cleveland Clinic met with representatives from the world's largest fast-food chain Thursday to discuss the Clinic's decision to shutter a McDonald's outlet on its Ohio hospital campus.

The meeting was cordial, but inconclusive. Both sides "will continue the conversation" the clinic said in a statement.

Cleveland Clinic chief executive officer Toby Cosgrove, an internationally renowned heart surgeon, decided to banish fries and burgers from the hospital's food court in order to demonstrate the hospital's commitment to a heart-healthy diet, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"Our food options have to be consistent with what we tell patients," explained Angela Calman. "We can't be telling patients to modify their diets while providing fat and high sodium foods."

Calman said the hospital felt an obligation to provide patients and visitors to the hospital -- many of whom come from lower-income inner-city neighbourhoods -- with healthy food options at an affordable price.

"We can't continue sending out the wrong signal, especially for those patients suffering from diabetes or obesity."

The McDonald's outlet is one of a half dozen different food stalls in the hospital's food court or cafeteria serving about 12,000 customers a week -- patients, visitors and hospital staff included.

Pizza Hut shuttered its hospital outlet in October at the request of hospital management, but McDonald's Corp. which has a 20-year lease, has proved less amenable, and appears to be prepared to stand its ground.

"If you take a look at some of the other vendors and the vending machines, our food stacks up great, and, in many cases , better than some of those other offerings," said Lisa Howard, a spokeswoman for the Oak Brook, Illinois, chain.

"We offer different sizes for different people."

Calman said the hospital "didn't anticipate a fight," and is hoping for "some kind of resolution." But she indicated that the clinic is also looking at its legal options, if talks with the chain fail.

She denied that the hospital was nannying its public, and noted that true burger and fries fans could get their fix at any of the several McDonald's restaurants that lie within a two-mile radius of the hospital.

As for the chain's new healthier menu, she had this to say.

"We applaud their healthier options, but adding salads is not enough, the rest of their menu contains too much fat and sodium."

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Agreed... I find it ironic really that this is such a fight.

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This from the same company that tries to fight off research that proved their foods were extremely unhealthy by saying that they didnt just sell greasy heart-killing hamburgers but also healthy salads.

what a joke.

havent eaten a fast food joint hamburger in 3 years and just seeing one makes me sick.

The ones i make at home though..YUM! Real meat not warmed up SPAM with lard on top and 3 month old bread slapped in between.

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Chinese food! YUM!!!! It is cheap as well especially when you can eat two, sometimes three, times off the same purchase.

McDonald's Dollar Menu works when I want some comfort food. Double cheeseburger with lots of onions. That isn't often though. If I want to be halfway healthy that dollar McChicken sandwhich is pretty good. Warms your tongue nicely with the spices.

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Warms your tongue nicely with the spices.

That's what that is supposed to be. Man that is weak spices.

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This from the same company that tries to fight off research that proved their foods were extremely unhealthy by saying that they didnt just sell greasy heart-killing hamburgers but also healthy salads.

what a joke.

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I don't like stuff to bring tears to my eyes. Unless of course it is Hot and Sour Soup or Mongolian Chicken.

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