Deep dish – what the Chilean miners are eating
August 31st, 2010
04:45 PM ET
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CNN Correspondent Karl Penhaul is getting a first-hand look at the food being delivered to the Chilean miners trapped 2,300 feet below ground. He tells Eatocracy that the unique challenge has been in finding items that will fit down - and survive the journey through - the 4-inch tube that's currently the 33 miners' only link to the surface.

Penhaul will be speaking with the team in charge of preparing the food, but in the meantime, he reports that the the menu thus far consists of:

– Tea bags, herbal infusions and thermos flasks of hot water
– For breakfast, an energy shake containing protein and carbohydrates
– Yogurt and cereal shake for a late-morning snack
– Ham sandwich for lunch
– Another yogurt and cereal shake and a kiwi fruit to help digestion at mid-afternoon
– Jam sandwiches for evening meal
– About 5 liters of water per man per day
– Total of about 2,000 calories per day

Also of note, beans are off the menu, though they're a staple of Chilean cuisine. Jorge Diaz, one of the leading medics looking after the trapped men told Penhaul that beans "will have to wait for the future." Diaz said he wants to avoid all possibility of giving the men "intestinal gas," which he says would naturally be unpleasant in a confined space.

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  1. Brandon

    When they get out of the mines can someone give me their email so I can talk to them about my 9th Grade Earth Science Project?

    September 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  2. VR

    I thought they had to lose weight so they would fit through the 'rescue' hole.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • Sarah

      I was thinking the same thing. I don't know how they're going to lose weight on this diet if there's not much room for exercise and they're still getting 2k calories a day.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
      • carychile

        They probably lost weight already, 2k cal is not much for who stay in those conditions.... is quite hot down there and hot tea help to burn extra fat... and spring is coming soon, so they really need to stay on their weight beside mine workers usually are no very big.... and they need to have energy because very soon they will need to start working on their own rescue too, they will need to remove 4000 ton of rocks that it will fall because of drilling... keep the rescue on your prayers!

        September 3, 2010 at 1:09 am |
  3. VHB

    Please pass on this message to the Chilean Miner's Nutrition Team:

    To combat the issue of lack of sunlight, please send down UV lights, Vitamin D3, and a superfood formula containing chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a plants means of storing sunlight, and this can help to compensate for the miners lack of sunlight. Examples of top quality Superfood formulas are Healthforce's 'Vitamineral Green' or The Synergy Company's 'Pure Synergy' which can sustain human life, even if used as the exclusive food source. I am not affiliated with either company.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  4. christina m

    I am sure they are just happy to be alive!

    September 2, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  5. ME

    all of their difficulties and hardships are MINER problems

    September 2, 2010 at 3:04 am |
    • Josh

      he who would pun....

      September 23, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  6. Jane

    I'm glad the US is showing support by sending the team from NASA. Anything that can be done to help these miners survive intact should be done, and even if the NASA team helps just 10 per cent, it will be worth it. I frankly can't imagine spending months with some of my former coworkers. The miners have something going for them, though. They were all people who were willing to and mosty okay with spending lots of time deep in the earth and dealing with a degree of darkness and so on. There probably isn't anyone down there who is claustrophobic or afraid of the dark. I personally would be having a very hard time dealing with the confinement as I get claustrophobic and like open spaces, lots of windows, etc.

    September 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  7. JL

    All of your responses are great. I think a few bottles of Tequila might help. God bless them.

    September 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      I've asked the reporters in the field if alcohol is being considered. Will let you know as soon as I hear.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
      • EJ

        I'm guessing no alcohol as it's probably already a real challenge to keep them hydrated under the conditions they're in. I'm concerned about the no beans policy though, I'd much rather be a little bit fragrant than constipated for 3 months. I'm not sure how much fiber there is in a kiwifruit but seems kind of meager.

        September 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
    • Raul Chavez

      No wonder the USA is going down the drain with people as ignorant as JL. Tequila is from Mexico and the miners are from Chile where Pisco is the popular liquor.

      September 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
      • carychile

        HA!! Pretty clear and true!

        September 3, 2010 at 12:56 am |
      • Stomberg

        Your proclamation that the United States is going down the drain shows both your arrogance and ignorance of world affairs. To compare an anonymous post on the internet with the decine of a country is frankly stupid. How many miners are trapped underground in the US right now...I'll give you a hint: Less than one.

        Go back to school are making yourself and your country look quite ridiculous.

        September 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
      • Lardayyat

        @Raul Chavez: You are ignorant claim JL is ignorant because Tequila is from Mexico...Everyone knows that, he didn't claim it wasn't from Mexico..just that it would be good to drink..and it is. Get over yourself, you make Chileans sound like arrogant and uniformed people.

        September 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
      • soupysales202

        What? Raul, are you stupid or just trolling? I vote both. Nowhere in his post does it identify where he lives. So you can take you and your moronic statement dig a deep hole, climb in and stay there...the world and the internet doesn't need you.

        September 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Popeye

    How about a little beer on Fridays? Drop a case down no problem.

    September 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  9. D

    The more you eat...!

    September 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Mark

    But I've heard that beans are good for your heart!

    September 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  11. Bunkie715

    The last thing they need is methane gas! LOL I read that Chillean's prefer Tea in the afternoon....with rolls and jam. This stuff sounds strange to us but probably very common in their diets. What a nightmare it must be to be buried in the ground in the dark, no comforts....bless em.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:13 am |
    • carychile

      That is true we drink tea @ 5 o'clock everyday... is part of our life! is a tradition that we got from england.... this is strange for americans because americans never seat to have a family meal :( tea time is time to get al together o get together with friends and family.... I do miss that a lot!!!!!!!!!!!! and God bless those 33 men!! and don't forget to keep them on your prayers... and no only them, also the engineers, equipment and weather... everything need to stay on right place and time so rescue can go smooth and quick!!!

      September 3, 2010 at 1:03 am |
      • Stomberg

        Sorry to burst your bubble of the stereotypical American, but we do indeed sit down for family meals. Perhaps it's not as often as it was 30 or so years ago, but please try to refrain from generalizing all Americans. It'd be like me saying all Chileans like to take naps at 5 PM.

        September 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  12. D

    What? No Beans, beans, the musical fruit? Isn't that a Human Rights violation? =)

    September 1, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  13. Katie

    Really?? All you people want to know about is their bathroom habits and farting?? They can dig hole for everyone to use–ever heard of an outhouse? Same principle.
    I'm sure they're very happy to be alive and to be able to receive food–period!! I'm surprised you all haven't started bashing their government for not giving them play stations and cable.

    September 1, 2010 at 6:18 am |
    • Mark

      You seriously need to take some sort of anger management class, or get psychiatric help of some kind.

      September 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • Eric

      Katie, your unhinged, get it together and try some breathing exercises.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
    • Josh

      Calm down Katie. Stop being so emotional.

      September 23, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  14. curious

    where do they go to bathroom #2??

    September 1, 2010 at 3:01 am |
  15. Jim

    Who cares about gas, when they are probably having to defecate in closed quarters. "Was that you or the pile of dung in the corner?"

    September 1, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  16. girlnamednick

    Since beans are a staple of Chilean cuisine, I don't think gas will be much of a problem - flatulence from beans usually occurs in people who aren't used to digesting beans. And anyway, they have bigger problems while trapped in the mine than gas. Give those poor fellows some comfort food, and some protein that's not involved in a protein shake.

    Also, "Me," what the hell are you talking about "what if they don't like tea"? What if they don't like BEING TRAPPED IN AN UNDERGROUND MINE FOR THREE MONTHS? Not to take anything away from the plight of these men, but they do have bigger worries than whether they prefer chamomile over oolang, you know?

    August 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • me

      You're talking about comfort food – to me, coffee is a comfort food. Something from their every day life to bring some sense of 'normalcy' to their situation.

      September 1, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  17. ihatefanboys

    let them have some hot chilli !! yum

    August 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  18. wildwohl

    I am sure this "diet" will be marketed here in the States soon. See the info-mercials now "New Miner Diet: Guaranteed to Save Your life"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Me

    Where is the coffee? Tea is fine and good, but what if they don't like tea?

    August 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
    • threehorses

      It isn't a five star hotel. They're down in the earth. They probably love what they're getting!

      September 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • carychile

      In Chile we drink alot hot tea! we drink tea @ 5 o'clock sir! that is a huge tradition that we called "Onces" ... like tea time! :)

      September 3, 2010 at 12:53 am |
  20. Ed

    I don't understand how hot tea can help them out; I thought it was already hot in the area they are trapped in.

    August 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • carychile

      Hot tea will help to stabilize your body temperature beside in Chile we drink hot tea a lot!!!! and help to burn fat! they need to stay on shape .. its going to be crucial on the rescue!

      September 3, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  21. john

    What no beans? A little gas should keep them alert!

    August 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
    • TONGLA

      Beans Beans the magical fruit...The more you eat the more you toot...the more you toot the better you feel...So let's eat beans at every meal!! I sure wouldn't want to be in a confined space with other men who have had beans...GOOD CALL on the no beans!!!

      September 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  22. Truth

    More than what they are eating, I would be curious what they are using as a bathroom...

    August 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
    • Robert Meek

      That was already addressed in a prior article that there is a mining shaft they are not using that they have been instructed to use as the bathroom, separate from where they are "residing" in the main area.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:56 am |
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