3 July 2016
Food served in prisons around the world, have always had the reputation not to be very good.In fact, the food which is served in many prisons nowadays, it’s not really as bad as you can imagine. In 1940, in the famous Alcatraz prison, there were lots of really tasty dishes that prisoners, considering that time, could afford to enjoy. Many of the recipes of that dishes have also been collected in a small book, which is still sold in the gift shop on the island. Food in prisons is often headed by a contracted catering company, as happens with school canteens. The food is precooked or frozen and then transported to be served on site. Nowadays there is also much more attention to allergies, intolerance or religious beliefs of prisoners, so these companies are serving meals specifically for anyone who applies. This regards also vegetarians and vegans. Although the prison menu fulfil the minimum “attractiveness” standard for the food served, many inmates nowadays use to buy some food, choosing from a list developed by an internal service into the prison, where they can buy selected items paying from their own pockets. Nutraloaf, also called “prison bread” is a kind of bread meatloaf served in some American prisons, prepared with white bread cut into pieces, lactose-free cheese, carrots, spinach, raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato puree, skimmed milk and potato flakes mixed together and then baked. The texture is compact, like a very dry meat loaf, which makes it really hard to swallow too. It is seen as one of the worst punishment that can be imposed, a torture by all means, so hated by the prisoners, that the prisons registered a significantly drop of violent behaviour from the inmates, too scared to be put in solitary confinement, where Nutraloaf is served. To understand how prisoners feel when they are eating this disgusting meatloaf, some people were selected to try themselves this jail food.
Judge yourself from the video if it’s worth a try or not: