Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Sugar: Regular, Bland and Low Sodium.

Merwick, the rehabilitation center of Princeton Hospital, serves sugar in little packets. Some of these are regular, but some of the sugar packets say “bland” or “low sodium” on them. Please let me explain:

For convenience in serving meals, the standard condiments come in sets of four attached packets. The regular packet set is: sugar, sugar, pepper, salt. But for some patients there are bland sets: sugar, sugar, sugar, salt. The word BLAND appears on each of the four packets, you can't miss it if you're a harried nurse's aid handing out meals. There are also packet sets of sugar, sugar, sugar, pepper. These are all labeled LOW SODIUM, of course.

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