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Would you drink Soylent and stop eating food?

Asked on October 03, 2014
Created March 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

If you haven't heard about this already, one man is attempting to give up food.

"How I stopped eating food"

"What is Soylent"

Obviously, it's quite contrary to the paleo movement about eating real food, but it sure is one heck of a hacking experiment.

Would you support a move like this and would you drink Soylent?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on August 08, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Still in the news today: http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-interview-soylent-never-eat-again?utm_Source=vicefbus I'm pretty sure people live off Ensure, as nasty as it is. I can't tell - is he getting so much attention b/c the media thinks he's an idiot or a real prodigy?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on March 24, 2013
at 05:39 PM

There are but what nutrition concepts are they based on? The food pyramid? Of course the same question could be asked of this but it is more "open source"-ish.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

(1013)

on March 19, 2013
at 07:46 PM

Good question. I was a little put off by this article. As if he was the first guy to invent an all liquid diet.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 19, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Eg, doesn't calcium inhibit iron absorption?

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 19, 2013
at 04:57 PM

And don't certain minerals compete against each other if absorbed at the same time (antagonists)?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 18, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Me too! Went to Outback and had the steak and lobster special w/ sweet potato fries and butter sauce! Oh gosh... 80/20 paleo, 80/20 lol!

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on March 18, 2013
at 04:27 AM

there are already lots of formulas for feeding tubes.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 18, 2013
at 03:59 AM

i had the BEST steak the other night and this cemented my thoughts exactly.

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 18, 2013
at 03:44 AM

paul, i think he's referring to not having to make constant trips to the grocery store, spending time chopping/cooking ingredients, etc. he obviously buys in bulk, and yeah he spends 15 minutes making a drink every day but then he doesn't have to even think about food for the rest of the day.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 18, 2013
at 02:11 AM

i cant give up my steak <3

D8644ecc819aa7fb98ed93eece4befa2

(281)

on March 17, 2013
at 05:03 PM

I'd also like to see how this guy feels in 10, 25 years, and that's exactly why I love he does this experiment. Could be dangerous, and it probably is - but we don't know until someone tries. So lots of kudos for this brave guy.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Not only are some of the ingredients totally food based but he admits he has to prepare it every morning yet claims to enjoy "freedom" from the "hassle" of cooking... contradictory to say the least

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Not only are some of the additives her uses totally food based, but he admits he has to make it every morning yet claims to enjoy the "freedom" from the "hassle" of cooking... totally contradictory.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 14, 2013
at 05:54 AM

And to just add my 2 cents...well, I just like food too much

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on March 14, 2013
at 05:04 AM

yes, exactly...

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 14, 2013
at 02:34 AM

I tend to agree. I actually enjoy the process of cooking and the reward to follow of a delicious meal

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82bc0cb80c1707153719b06eee7d0435

on March 14, 2013
at 02:24 AM

In my opinion, there is far too much unkown about the human body to omit what has been a part of our history for millions of years. The mentality that the human body is like a complex machine shows how backwards we can think sometimes. The machine is rather a simplified mimic of an organism. The human body, and natural life for that matter, are far much more complex, and if we treat tem like sinplified machines, as if food is as simple as fuel and nothing else, then down the road we will be realizing how naive we were. We already fuck with nature too much in so many levels in civilization, which just ends up throwing things of whack. Id like to see how this guy feels in 10 years, 25 years, etc..

D8644ecc819aa7fb98ed93eece4befa2

(281)

on March 17, 2013
at 05:03 PM

I'd also like to see how this guy feels in 10, 25 years, and that's exactly why I love he does this experiment. Could be dangerous, and it probably is - but we don't know until someone tries. So lots of kudos for this brave guy.

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on March 14, 2013
at 05:06 AM

It would be hard to come up with more processed foods, than a pile of powders mixed with water.

The idea that humans are best nourished exclusively by powders and protein supplements strikes me as totally bizarre and unhealthy. Clearly we were meant to chew and digest our food, as well as walking around and picking it from the wild.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on March 14, 2013
at 02:51 AM

For me it would be tantamount to listening to white noise and forgoing music.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on March 14, 2013
at 05:04 AM

yes, exactly...

4
34997c76c8ce232f28942f233e180f18

on March 14, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Even if this were at all healthy, I enjoy eating the delicious Paleo meals I can cook way too much.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 14, 2013
at 02:34 AM

I tend to agree. I actually enjoy the process of cooking and the reward to follow of a delicious meal

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5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on March 14, 2013
at 11:43 PM

While I agree with the sentiments here, and I totally agree that food is too damn tasty to give up, there is certainly something to be said for the concept. Even if not necessarily for everyone but it would be better than giving just rice to nations that need aid.

If it was indeed effective it would be better for emergency rations, MREs, and all of those things to which our way of eating becomes more difficult from a storage and deployment perspective.

It could also be used in places where a finely tuned diet is really really important in the short term, like in major trauma, surgery, eating disorders, or where a feeding tube is required. It would help to get the body on track and then you transition to real food.

I think the recipe would need to be vetted for what the perfect balance of items would be, and you might have to make changes depending on the person, I don't know.

I will, however, keep my steak and eggs thank you very much.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on March 18, 2013
at 04:27 AM

there are already lots of formulas for feeding tubes.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on March 24, 2013
at 05:39 PM

There are but what nutrition concepts are they based on? The food pyramid? Of course the same question could be asked of this but it is more "open source"-ish.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!! :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

LOL, I can't believe someone is creating something with this. No, I won't consume something based on the FDA minimums, there's possibly Soy in there (based only on the name), and the carb/protein/fat ratios are all off. FDA minimums aren't what we need to thrive, but rather just barely survive, and not everyone has the same needs.

Further, he doesn't list the types of minerals, there are huge differences in bio-availability between magnesium oxide and magnesium threonate for example. Ditto all the other stuff. He also didn't list the form of Vitamin A, for example.

I'd always rather eat real food than a bunch of processed crap in a can. He's got nothing new here, there's tons of "meal replacement shakes" out there, that give you 100% of what the FDA recommends. I don't consume that crap either.

He's probably just crushing and blending a few centrum tabs with soy milk, dextrose, and a few other things like fish oil.

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 19, 2013
at 04:57 PM

And don't certain minerals compete against each other if absorbed at the same time (antagonists)?

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

(401)

on March 19, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Eg, doesn't calcium inhibit iron absorption?

2
C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on March 18, 2013
at 12:43 AM

If it had people in it, maybe. Probably a better nutrient profile.

2
5ff5439ef59cce014d6e1873c30a8cd6

on March 18, 2013
at 12:27 AM

if i just blend raw milk, steaks, and a few veggies together i can make something similar.

seriously though, id like to have a check in from this guy every few months. i really have the feeling there is something just not right about this. we might finally have proof one cannot drink all their meals.

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I work in a nursing home. We have at least a dozen patients that subsist on liquid food given through a gastric tube. Some of them have not eaten in years. This is not new!

here are just a few products for this. http://abbottnutrition.com/Products/jevity-1_2-cal http://www.nestlehealthscience.us/products/isosource%C2%AE-1-5-cal http://abbottnutrition.com/Products/nepro-with-carb-steady http://abbottnutrition.com/Products/osmolite-1-cal

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C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 18, 2013
at 03:51 AM

personally i think this is really interesting and has a lot of potential. i don't think he's expecting the average person to give up real foods. he even says himself that he still eats normal meals 1-2 times a week and would eat at restaurants more if he had the money.

i totally get where he's coming from in regards to not wanting to waste time thinking about food. i used to be obsessed with food but now i'm more concerned with getting proper nutrients and energy for the day and that's it. if this were to hold up to rigorous testing i might be willing to substitute 2 or 3 days a week with it. in theory this could have huge effects on third world hunger, the environment, etc. very interested in following his journey.

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370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 18, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Well let me think about that...

NO.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 18, 2013
at 02:11 AM

i cant give up my steak <3

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 18, 2013
at 03:59 AM

i had the BEST steak the other night and this cemented my thoughts exactly.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on March 18, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Me too! Went to Outback and had the steak and lobster special w/ sweet potato fries and butter sauce! Oh gosh... 80/20 paleo, 80/20 lol!

0
C2bcdd178cee4ac362bac89a3f872c5f

on August 25, 2013
at 06:47 PM

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815175bf72cf644fec014b8964c2884f

on June 03, 2013
at 02:29 AM

I'd consider trying to make a Paleo version for those times when I need to eat something on the go or for an emergency bag. There are times when I'm at a restaurant and I just can't find anything on the menu that is Paleo. If I had something in my backpack that is shelf stable for a long time, that would be great. Just throw it in the backpack and forget about it until I'm in a non-Paleo eating experience.

Pemmican in a mason jar comes to mind

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4c532b027a267e60b1d53744ebac35ca

on March 20, 2013
at 01:28 AM

This is so amazing...seriously, I hate cooking and being in grad school has made me really poor and I have no time to cook. If this was on the market I would probably replace 90% of my meals with Soylent!

Moonablaze...is there anything like the products you listed that are not for hospital use (and are cheaper?)

0
0a5a61babade633118dc4546b779a3a5

on March 17, 2013
at 04:40 PM

I'm not sure about Soylent, but I think I could give up food if I knew whatever I was doing to replace it was safe. I mean I do enjoy food, but like that guy I also find it a huge hassle.

0
2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on March 14, 2013
at 03:40 AM

does he wonder where he got the "raw ingredients" from, and that perhaps some are food sourced in the first place?

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Not only are some of the additives her uses totally food based, but he admits he has to make it every morning yet claims to enjoy the "freedom" from the "hassle" of cooking... totally contradictory.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:18 PM

Not only are some of the ingredients totally food based but he admits he has to prepare it every morning yet claims to enjoy "freedom" from the "hassle" of cooking... contradictory to say the least

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 18, 2013
at 03:44 AM

paul, i think he's referring to not having to make constant trips to the grocery store, spending time chopping/cooking ingredients, etc. he obviously buys in bulk, and yeah he spends 15 minutes making a drink every day but then he doesn't have to even think about food for the rest of the day.

0
0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on March 14, 2013
at 12:13 AM

No, I don't eat soy.

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