Soylent – food for (not so much) thought
This post is all about the meal replacement product Soylent. If you’re not into dieting, saving cooking time, and generally leaving the pleasures of food aside, don’t read on.
My conclusion is to avoid Soylent and drink milk.
1. Soylent is a meal replacement powder that is supposed to contain exactly everything the human body needs
2. Soylent (green) used to be everything the human body was made of (it was produced from liquefied humans)
3. Modern, busy people, with no high regard for food (probably due to a deprived and sugary childhood), and looking to save time, drink Soylent instead of cooking or buying “real food”
Nobody actually lives on Soylent
What’s interesting about Soylent is that not even Soylentians eat Soylent. They make their own soylentish goo from other foodstuffs, and most importantly they don’t live exclusively on it.
Actually, we are all Soylent people, since we all drink some food, including milkshakes and protein drinks, and add vitamin pills, instead of steaks and vegetables.
Regarding actual Soylent, the inventor lived on it, for 90% of his intake during a year, and then had his microbiome mapped.
It was peculiar to say the least (according to the Gastropod podcast). The scientists were like “What are you doing?”. Given how important gut bacteria is for everything (mental stability, immune system, digestion, obesity, Alzheimer’s and so on), I would not want to have “a very peculiar and different microbiome” than most other people, unless it was positively better.
The main comeback from Soylent advocates is that “nobody lives on it, we just replace a meal here and there to save time”.
-why eating Soylent is simply retarded
Second, on the topic of Soylent lacking the right bacteria etc. and not really being real food, being delivered as a processed and dried powder, the users claim to brew their own concoctions from oil and grains etc. That means they actually don’t even eat/drink Soylent, but rather some kind of protein drink.
Just milk would more or less suffice as a meal replacement here and there, if you want to save time. That’s what I do – drink a quart of milk directly after a workout, and a quick milk based whey drink with berries, olive oil and banana as a snack in between meals.
Insect shakes are the new black
Do you think life is worth living without real food? Do you dare take the consequences of living on powder just to save a few minutes here and there? Why not take the challenge to learn to enjoy the taste of food, if you are one of those that just don’t think eating lives up to its reputation.
Don’t get me wrong, I often make myself a whey drink with berries and oil when I’m a little hungry between meals. Further, I would happily throw some crickets and algae in the mix if I just had a good source. After learning more about these guys, I’m even getting a bit intrigued by the idea of a fully plant based diet. Anybody completing 50 ironman in a row deserves some closer study.
In the meantime, I’m waiting for my delivery of cricket flour from the US, and more news about production ramping of algae at Swedish Simris Alg.