Hospital-approved menu lures diabetics

If you are restricted on what you eat due to health concerns such as diabetes, or simply because you wanted to cut down on unhealthy foods, dining out will not be a torment anymore.

By Olivia Olarte

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Published: Sat 20 Aug 2011, 10:15 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:02 AM

In fact, you can now go for a three or four-course meal — including a dessert — depending on your appetite, and can indulge in steak and prawn kebabs without the fear of hurting yourself.

At the Grand Millennium Al Wahda, a new hospital-approved menu that is tasty and nutritionally-balanced and in hospital-recommended portion size is now available for those suffering from diabetes, both at the hotel’s room service and buffet.

A blue icon, based on the international symbol for diabetes, is placed next to all dietician-approved items to guide diners on their food selection.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues affecting the population of the GCC and it affects people from all walks of life. Many people don’t realise how important a balanced diet can be, and for those that do, dining out can seem like a minefield,” said Ali Lakhraim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Millennium and Copthorne Hotels and Resorts.

The diabetes menu concept was developed by Grand Millennium’s executive chef Gus Moustakas, himself a diabetic, in collaboration with diabetes experts from Mafraq Hospital.

Chef Moustakas has personally trained the hotel’s kitchen staff in the preparation of the low fat and low carb meals, which help in controlling the blood glucose levels, blood fats and blood pressure of diabetics.

“Around 80 per cent of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented through increased exercise, healthy eating and small changes in lifestyle. This initiative is a great vehicle to spread the word in a positive way,” John Nickens, CEO of Mafraq Hospital commended.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2010 figures, the UAE has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

Aiming to have a positive impact on the community where they operate, the Millennium and Copthorne brand has rolled out the diabetic-friendly options to all its 12 hotels across the Middle East.

The second phase will see these options being developed for all of the group’s restaurants.

“These new menu options offer guests an easy choice with tasty, nutritionally balanced and dietician-approved meals bursting with flavour,” Lakhraim said.

The tasty menu includes a selection of Greek prawn kebabs and grilled marinated vegetables for starters, shrimp coriander soup and green vegetable broth, green and nicoise salads, grilled salmon and filet Mignon minute steak for the main course, and chocolate mousse, cheesecake and fresh fruit salad for desserts.

A choice of garden (vegetable) sandwich and whole wheat wrap, which include a smoked turkey ham, are also on offer for those opting for a lighter meal.

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