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What is Really Missing From Soylent?

Posted November 14, 2016 12:00 AM by Tourmaline

What is really missing from Soylent?

The idea of a meal replacement bar, shake, or pill is a delightful one. Imagine not having to worry about cooking, grocery shopping, planning meals, or counting calories and carbs ever again. Imagine what one could do with all the time that would be gained without the burden of these activities.

This dream is being made possible by the Soylent Company. However, reality has come into play as the product has gone through its beta testing phases: One of the chief complaints is that it tastes like pancake batter, thus almost completely removing the pleasure of eating. However, some people do find the taste tolerable or even pleasant (http://www.phdish.com/blog/soylent). Adding a little dash of flavor, such as cinnamon or chocolate, doesn’t hurt either. Another criticism of Soylent is that it’s likely missing a lot of the unknown key nutrients we usually get from whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. However, this is debatable because it contains all of the basic vitamins, minerals, fats, calories, and carbs that scientists have been able to prove we need thus far. (http://www.phdish.com/blog/soylent).

Soylent is very popular among certain groups of people, such as busy professionals. So why hasn’t this product become the norm among all facets of the general population? Ironically, the reason is because it has yet to truly capitalize on one of the most important qualities of daily life: convenience.

Wait a minute, you say. Soylent isn’t convenient? How much more convenient can you get than a meal-replacement shake that contains a complete 24-hour’s worth of nutrients and calories?

My argument is: quite a bit more.

Soylent is at least as, if not more expensive than, buying groceries. If one were on a diet of 2,000 calories a day, they would need to ingest five servings of Soylent powder a day. Thus, a month of living on Soylent 1.6 would cost a person about $300 (140 meals at $270 per month; https://www.soylent.com/). An average grocery bill for one person per month is roughly the same cost, according to the USDA (https://www.reference.com/business-finance/average-grocery-bill-one-person-ea7b43c7cfe40f26). So in terms of cost, it’s not really much better than buying groceries.

Maybe it’s just me, but I also don’t want to wait 10 weeks to be able to enjoy Soylent bars, shakes, and coffee. I want to be able to walk down to the nearest supermarket, load a few Soylent products in my cart, and walk home struttin’ my stuff. The Soylent Company is getting really close to completely mastering efficiency and convenience, and for this I applaud them. Make it cheaper, make it available in vending machines, gas stations, and grocery stores, and I’m sold.

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11/14/2016 1:30 PM

You must not have ever seen the movie "Soylent Green".

"Soylent Green is people."

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11/14/2016 1:34 PM

Haha. I should have known!

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11/14/2016 4:35 PM

A couple of pictures:

OK. I admit that these are in bad taste (sorry)

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11/15/2016 7:55 AM

lol

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11/15/2016 8:13 AM

i could definitely use some "high-energy plankton".

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11/16/2016 4:03 PM

Not flavored with Cumin, flavored with human.

(Sorry, bad taste in more than one sense of the word!)

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11/16/2016 4:55 PM

I don't think it's in bad taste at all,... matter of fact, can I have seconds?

Now that's bad taste.

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12/18/2016 4:41 PM

Jeff, to Lorena: "Mind if I...?"

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11/15/2016 10:36 PM

Who writes this garbage ?

Who cares what's missing from Soylent ? There are those of us that " like " to take raw ingredients, and " create " a culinary masterpiece, even if it's Bacon, Eggs and Toast.

What does flavorless crud taste like ? We'll it tastes like flavorless crud. I never add a dash of flavor, I add a heaping tablespoon of flavor.

If I want basic nutrients, I will swallow a vitamin. I highly doubt any of those " scientists " have anything in their kitchens other than fruit, vegetables and top sirloin steaks in the fridge.

Soylent is popular among certain groups of people, ya, convicts at Sing Sing and San Quentin.

I hope the writer of this blog hurries down to the local supermarket and loads up on this crap, that way there will be plenty of the " Real " food left for me when I get there.

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11/16/2016 10:28 AM

In my opinion, unprocessed foodstuffs like raw vegetables are better.

Since now that its readily available, it takes more energy to break down raw unprocessed foodstuffs than processed foodstuffs because processed the energy would go and gets stored as fat in your body.

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