Did you ever bite into a juicy burger or twirl savory pasta around a fork and think, “food is such a hassle, I wish there was another way?” Well…maybe not. But a new food replacing drink called Soylent (yes, it’s named after the 1970’s cult classic about eating food that is actually made of “people”) recently hit the market and has many questioning the future of the product and the way we consume foods.
The New Yorker recently reported about Soylent and spoke with the makers of the product about their vision of how people may soon replace breakfast, lunch and dinner with a quick powdered drink. Rob Rhinehart, one of the entrepreneurs involved in creating Soylent, explains how he was living in a cramped apartment, broke and eating the cheapest foods he could find to get through each day. Rhinehart says, “Food was such a large burden. It was also the time and the hassle. We had a very small kitchen, and no dishwasher.”
In order to get rid of the “hassle” of eating food and to try out an experiment of sorts, the electrical engineering major began studying nutritional biochemistry. What he came up with was that we need essentially 35 nutrients in order to survive. After ordering the powdered or pill versions of these nutrients on the internet, Rhinehart put them all in a blender and began drinking these sludgy drinks he called “Soylent”.
After drinking the mixture for a month Rhinehart posted his results on his blog writing, “I feel like the six million dollar man. My physique has noticeably improved, my skin is clearer, my teeth whiter, my hair thicker and my dandruff gone. I haven’t eaten a bite of food in thirty days, and it’s changed my life.”
Through crowdsourcing Soylent has now hit the market and has many curious consumers placing their first orders. Whether or not Soylent is safe to consume on a long term basis is not yet known, but the site assures customers that all of the ingredients in Soylent are considered safe by the FDA. Rhinehart has been drinking his concoction for over a year now and reports feeling and looking better than ever.
What do you think of the new powdered drink meal replacer?
Does Soylent sound like something you would like to try?