Monday, March 18, 2013

The new Soylent

Rob Rhinehart (blog site), a young software engineer, got tire off all the time he was spent forced to prepare and eat food, when he could be doing more interesting things.  So he has developed a new orderless beige mix that he has named Soylent.

This Man Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again
Monica Heisey,, 13 March 2013 (hat tip: MR)
 I wasn't sure if he was trolling at first because that's the name of a wafer made out of human flesh and fed to the masses in the seminal 1973 sci-fi film Soylent Green, but then I read the extensive post on Rob's blog about how he came to make the stuff, and I started to believe he was serious. Soylent contains all the nutritive components of a balanced diet but just a third of the calories and none of the toxins or cancer-causing stuff you'd usually find in your lunch of processed foods. Despite the fact that it looks a bit like vomit, Soylent supposedly has the potential to change the entire world's relationship with food, so I spoke to Rob to find out how.
So what’s in Soylent, exactly?
Everything the body needs—that we know of, anyway—vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients like essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and fat. For the fat, I just use olive oil and add fish oil. The carbs are an oligosaccharide, which is like sugar, but the molecules are longer, meaning it takes longer to metabolize and gives you a steady flow of energy for a longer period of time rather than a sugar rush from something like fructose or table sugar. I also add some nonessentials like antioxidants and probiotics and lately have been experimenting with nootropics.
And that tastes good?
It tastes very good. I haven't got tired of the taste in six weeks. It's a very "complete" sensation, more sweet than anything. Eating to me is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I don't want to go to the movies three times a day.
Well it certainly sounds like it would be a more compact form of sustenance.  I am not sure what the shelf would be.

If I had to take a guess, his life growing up was not about happy family suppers around the dinner table.


kymber said...

i saw that article too and all i could think was how appropriately that drink was named. it seems that with all the smoothies and other kinds of drinks out there that people will eventually just drink liquid for meals. it makes me sad. i love food, i love preparing food, and nothing makes me happier than to serve it to a table that's been decorated and has 6-12 people sitting around it. i guess i am old-fashioned.

i think your last statement is spot-on.

your friend,

russell1200 said...


Yes, we have neighbor kids who live off microwave fastfare, and rarely sit down to a meal with their parents.