Canadian hospital group bans doughnuts

May 21, 2011 at 4:39 PM   |   Comments

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, May 21 (UPI) -- Canada's largest fast-food chain has agreed to drop unhealthy items from the menu at its outlets at four Halifax-area hospitals.

Tim Hortons will continue to sell bagels, tea biscuits and low-fat muffins at the hospitals, but only if they meet Capital District Health Authority guidelines, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Danish pastries and doughnuts will be out.

Amanda Whitewood, the chief financial officer for the authority, said the Oakville, Ontario, chain, which specializes in coffee and doughnuts, has been cooperating in trying to work out a healthier menu after some initial resistance.

"We can't forget that in the daily rush of healthcare, sometimes there's comfort associated with that muffin or that donut," Whitewood said. "We have to be very careful -- and we will be -- around what replacement options we provide."

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