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Food Diary (November 07, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums and flax seeds
Lunch: Lentils and bacon with rice
Dinner: Vegetable soup with polenta flatbread
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Source: Huffington Post
Interesting and thought provoking news. A Florida prisoner, Eric Harris, has filed a lawsuit claiming that being serving soy-laden meals to inmates is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. He claims that meals containing processed and blended soy foods "have caused painful gastrointestinal cramping" which threaten the health of Harris' thyroid and immune system. Typical dishes in Harris' Lake Correctional Institution, which include turkey dogs and sloppy joes, consist of 50 percent soy and 50 percent poultry. Soy is used to cut costs.
Some sources would argue that soy protein is in fact, good for you. However the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is paying Harris’ legal fees, insists that the prison meals contain an excessive amount.
The thought that comes naturally to my mind is that most if not all prisoners do something wrong, that’s why they end up in prison. Expecting to be treated like angels in the prison is to some extent part of their constitutional rights, but sometimes this can be taken too far. It’s a known fact that many Americans do not follow a healthy diet. They voluntarily follow an unhealthy diet. I wonder if Eric Harris and other prisoners would follow a healthy diet if they were not in prison. Surely the meals they are eating now is not the best but it could be better than the alternatives.
The meals they get served contain 50% meat which does not sound too bad. In the supermarket I noticed some sausages contain 25% meat. I guess the difference is that in the supermarket we have a choice whereas in prison there is no choice.
Maybe the prison department should start a marketing campaign passing on messages such as “if you don’t want to eat soy based meals avoid prisons.”
Eric Harris is serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child.
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