‘Big Brother’ Food Secrets Revealed! An Exclusive Look at the Houseguests’ Eating Habits

By Joey Skladany |
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It’s hard to believe that after 18 seasons of CBS’s Big Brother, the hit summer reality series has yet to divulge every secret about the house’s food situation. From Have-Not slop and grocery lists to Head of Household care packages and protein powder, we’ve got more scoop on the houseguests’ eating habits than ZingBot. (Since he seems more preoccupied with creating political scandals than representing the show. ZIIIIIIIIIIIIINGGGGGGG!). 


We had the opportunity to ask show producers everything you wanted to know about snack and mealtime.

Check out the responses below and be sure to tune in to tonight's live eviction at 9 PM ET/PT. 

So what exactly is in the slop? 

Slop is a blend of steel cut oats, whey protein, soy protein and added vitamins and minerals. It provides a complete, balanced meal in each serving. It may not be tasty, but it’s healthy.

How strict are producers in enforcing the slop rules?

Producers enforce the Slop rules strictly. Have-Nots are monitored closely and are allowed to consume only Slop and condiments along with any pre-determined additional food items. Failure to comply could result in a penalty in the game.

How do you stock the pantry and determine which food to provide? 

We try to represent a wide array of options within each food category (meats, fruits and vegetables, dairy, snacks, drinks, etc.) so that the houseguests can maintain the kind of diet that they’re used to outside of the Big Brother house.

How do you work with houseguests who may have dietary restrictions? 

Houseguests make any dietary restrictions known prior to entering the house. There is enough variety in the food items provided to allow them plenty of meal options while avoiding specific foods.  Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or otherwise, there are plenty of options for everyone.

How often do you deliver groceries? 

The storage room in the Big Brother house holds the majority of their weekly food and is re-stocked with groceries once a week. 

What is the most popular grocery item in the house? The least popular?

This season’s houseguests seem to really enjoy vanilla almond milk. It’s been the most-consumed grocery item this season. Pineapple seems to be one of the least popular summer items.

Has there been a super common item in the Head of Household’s gift basket? 

Houseguests make a list of preferred food items prior to entering the house. Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal has been included in five HOH baskets this season and is a favorite of several other houseguests who haven’t yet won HOH.

How much protein powder do the boys go through each season?

The houseguests have gone through 32 pounds of protein powder so far this season and we have about six weeks remaining.


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