On Big Brother every week the contestants compete in groups to determine who will be the Haves of the week and who will be the wretched Have-Nots. The Have get to dine from a well stocked pantry containing junk food, soda, fresh vegetables, and many other delectable foods.
The Have-Nots get to eat some oatmeal-like concoction called “slop,” as well as a couple of other foods America votes on. This week the extra foods are bean dip and broccoli, which isn’t that bad depending on your tastes.
What is slop? Ragan had to live off it for 24 days straight; does it contain enough nutrition to sustain someone for that long?
Slop is officially defined by CBS as a ” just-add-water, nutritionally fortified porridge mix.”
Here’s the ingredient breakdown:
“Natural oats, proprietary blend of whey protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, wheat protein isolate, milk protein isolate, natural and artificial flavors, vitamins and minerals (vitamin A palmitate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanocobalamin, vitamin D3, alpha tocopherol, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, ferrous sulfate, folic acid, potassium iodide), cellulose gum, salt and acesulfame potassium.”
Yummy! The producer, Allison Grodner, who came up with this slop idea says she ate it for a meal one time describes it as “It’s really bland, but because it’s got protein it’s got a bit of an aluminum taste.”
To cover up that aluminum taste they can add some approved condiments:
“balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, hot sauce, ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, relish, salsa, soy sauce, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, black pepper, garlic salt, crushed red pepper, salt, vanilla, basil, bay leaves, cinnamon, leaf oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, brown sugar, artificial sweetener, powdered creamer, white sugar, tea and protein powder.”
Here’s another description courtesy of Kyle from Season 10: “It tastes like warm oatmeal mixed with clay.”
According to journalist Jenn McBride, it’s also green!
“the worst thing about slop is that it gets more disgusting with every bite. You almost think you can stomach it at first, but the fact that it tastes like wet concrete mixed with Play-Doh makes it impossible to bear. The color is equally unappetizing; it looks like a cross between the greenish slime from Nickelodeon’s You Can’t Do That On Television and guacamole.”