article link http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/ ... eltomorrow
From the article:
The article notes that, yes, there have been other drinks in this category (wouldn't slimfast count?) but notes:Soylent promises to be as tasteless as its name, comprised as it is mostly of powdered starch, milk proteins, olive oil, oat fibre and various trace minerals and vitamins. When reconstituted with water, Soylent becomes a unflavoured beige liquid. "There are no secrets here," says Mr Rhinehart. Just the quantities of every essential nutrient, as recommended by America's Food and Drug Administration, in their "most economical, bioavailable, water-soluble form".
the guy who invented lives off of it 5 days a week- eating real food on the weekend. I'm intrigued with supplements that can replace meals, but worry about fiber and heavy metal accumulation from milk protein (some body building whey supplements exceed California levels of heavy metal (incl. cadmium) exposure per day). Still, this is pretty interesting. I'm also interested in the concept of famine-relief food, like the Plumpy'Nut they mentioned. Apparently aid organizations have specially-designed porridges for starvation victims because if you feed them a regular meal they can just go into shock and die.Nutritionally complete liquid foods have been around for decades. Examples include milk formula for infants, weight-loss diets like the Cambridge Plan, and medical interventions for people in comas. A French product called Plumpy’Nut, based on peanut butter, provides emergency nutrition for children suffering a famine for less than $10 a week. What makes Soylent different is that it is being aimed at healthy adults who could cook and eat normally but would rather not. Soylent’s crowdfunding success indicates that there is hunger for such fuss-free food. Whether people will want to live by gruel alone in the long run is another matter altogether.
Posted for general curiosity but also curious about people's thoughts.