The hospital said these were dropped after patients said they preferred the more traditional foods on offer, such as steak and kidney pudding.
Ipswich Hospital, which has the highest food wastage rate among the hospitals surveyed, said: "We send a choice of food to each ward each meal time to ensure we give our patients choice, particularly those who have been admitted on that day and have not had the opportunity to fill out a request card.
"This inevitably results in some waste.
"We also ensure we send more meals than patients to each ward in case some patients have larger appetites."
Southend Hospital has achieved a significant reduction in its food wastage.
At one point, the Trust was having to throw away almost a quarter of all the food it served but since the introduction of a new system based on steaming its meals, and patients choosing from a menu the day before, the rate of wastage has halved, to around 11%.
At Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, more than £190,000 of food is thrown away each year.
Ipswich Hospital wasted almost 15% of its food
The hospital told the BBC that they cook around 10% more food than needed "to improve patient choice".
Patient meals at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital are provided by private contractor, Serco.
Their wastage rate stands at 9% but they were unable to disclose the value of the discarded food.
The company said: "We have carried out extensive research and discussion with both the Trust and Octagon (the private sector consortium which manages the hospital) to determine what information should be made available under the Freedom of Information Act.
"The result of this is that it any information relating to the cost of wastage at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital is not a requirement and therefore is not recorded by Serco."
Bedford Hospital told the BBC that "we do not record these figures".
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