*Note: After reading over the comments of the readers, I felt it was important to reiterate that the Nutraloaf is a disciplinary tool, reserved only for inmates who have committed a punishable act while in prison. Of the 9,000 inmates in Cook County jail, only 21 were served the Nutraloaf.
If you haven't heard of Nutraloaf before, maybe you know it by it's other names; disciplinary loaf, confinement loaf, "a thick orange lump of spite."
This dense brick is made up of various ingredients such as potato flakes, wheat bread, non-dairy cheese, vegetables, and even leftover prison meals. I wonder if it tastes anything like a Larabar
The Nutraloaf is fed to prisoners who have misbehaved by doing something like trying to shiv a prison guard or fellow inmate. These inmates are identified as having behavioral issues and the Nutraloaf can be served without any potentially dangerous utensils.
Currently the courts are debating whether or not the Nutraloaf tastes so horrific that it should be classified as cruel and unusual punishment
Prisoners are allowed only three luxuries; food, television, and books. Books and television are often withheld as punishment, but under the constitution, food cannot be taken away. Enter the Nutraloaf.
Not only must prisoners be fed, but they also must be given foods that are nutritionally complete and will not make them ill. The Nutraloaf has survived this requirement because it is technically nutritionally complete and supplies over 900 calories. However, inmate Terrance Prude claims that after eating the Nutraloaf he could not stop vomiting and his weight fell 8.3%. If he can prove that the Nutraloaf made him ill, it may be found that serving inmates the loaf violates the 8th amendment.What do you think about the Nutraloaf?