Female prisoners have won a battle to be served up less ‘carb heavy’ food – such as bread, chips, pasta and pizzas jail.
Inmates at the 400-capacity Eastwood Park jail in Gloucestershire complained to the governor and canteen workers that they were being served up too many meals packed with carbohydrates.
With the rise in popularity of low-carb diets, which exclude foods like bread, pizzas, chips and sugary foods, prisoners demanded to be given a more ‘balanced diet’.
Prison chiefs agreed and are currently working on a new menu for the inmates after prison inspectors raised the inmates’ worries in a report out last week.
The report, by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, stated that female prisoners had voiced their concerns over the food served up and had complained that meals had got worse in recent years.
The report states: “Catering arrangements were generally good but women felt the food had deteriorated since our last inspection.
“Many of the women felt the menus contained too many carbohydrates.
“The food we tasted was reasonably good but the prison recognised the need to provide a more balanced diet, including fewer carbohydrates.”
It continued: “Fewer women in our survey compared with the previous inspection said the food was good or very good.
“The catering manager was aware of the issue and was about to review the provision to see if a more balanced diet could be provided.”
It recommend that the menu be changed to include less carb-heavy foods and added: “Women (should be) offered varied meals to meet their individual requirements.”