Confused about what seems an overcomplicated recipe


#1

Most of the recipes and spreadsheets breakdown all the ingredients individually.
Wouldn’t it be easier just to find a few multivitamins to cover the basics to make the recipe simpler.
Ingesting a small handful of capsules with your soylent base of protein and carbs should be just as simple and effective.
Is there some benefit to blending it all together?
I appreciate that you can best control the formula by micromanaging the ingredients but is it really necessary? are there no adequate multivitamins that would give you the micronutrients and vitamins you need?
Just looking at the side of the multivitamin bottle I see things like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, B12, etc… why buy those ingredients separately?


#2

are there no adequate multivitamins that would give you the
micronutrients and vitamins you need?

Sadly, there aren’t.

There are some that come close and deliver 9 out of the 10 needed vitamins and minerals to 80% or more (typically a lot more on the B vitamins), but with almost all multivits something is either not dosed high enough or missing completely.
The reason for this is that all multivitamin pills are designed as supplements, not meal replacements, and the companies producing them assume (rightfully so) that these underdosed or missing components are available through normal food in pretty much every normal diet.

Also, there is of course cost - on a small scale (1 month’s supply) it will not seem that way, but once you are making your Soylent in bulk getting the ingredients pure will be cheaper.

Still, many of us DO use multivitamins - we merely complete our recipes by adding what is missing from those.