I received my order of Soylent last week. Many months ago I watched several videos on Youtube about Soylent, and ran across one that was very critical of it. I recall that the guy thought the whole idea was ridiculous and unhealthy. Anyway, I saw some interesting comments from someone among the back and forth arguing over this video. I copy/pasted these for later, and had forgotten about them until now. I’m reposting these comments in the hopes that people who are more knowledgeable than myself can tell me whether this person has a valid point about Soylent and the ingredients it contains. I cleaned the post up a little to make it more readable.
Allow me to deconstruct Soylent:
maltodextrin: from GMO corn, empty carb, metabolizes into pure sugar, spikes blood glucose levels, contributes to insulin resistance, promotes type II diabetes
rice protein: grown in Asia (China, Vietnam), contaminated with arsenic, cadmium, tungsten, lead (see latest reports on rice protein scandals in the news), poor quality protein, incomplete amino acid profile
calcium carbonate: from mined rocks, lowest quality form of calcium, unassimilable, contributes to formation of kidney stones, calcifies arteries and soft tissues, promotes atherosclerosis and heart disease.
magnesium oxide: lowest quality form of magnesium, poorly absorbed, works well only as a laxative
pyridoxine HCL: lowest quality form of B6, inactive form, poorly absorbed and converted
chromium chloride: low quality form of chromium
folic acid: synthetic form of folate, demonstrated to be harmful to liver and poorly converted into bioactive folate in vivo
potassium iodide: low quality form of iodine, can be used by the thyroid but is poorly absorbed by the other glands such as ovaries, prostate, breasts which need true iodine from food source
sodium selenite: poor quality, inorganic, non-chelated form of selenium, poorly absorbed
Vitamin K1 phytonadione: Soylent does not include Vitamin K2 which is 100% essential for calcium absorption into bones. Without Vitamin K2 Soylent consumers will develop kidney stones and calcified soft tissues guaranteed
Vitamin D2 ergocalciferol: Vitamin D2 is poorly converted into Vitamin D3 which is the active form necessary for the human body to function. without Vitamin D3 Soylent consumers will not be able to regulate osteoblastic and osteoclastic activity in their bones. They will develop rickets and osteoporosis
Vitamin B12 as cyanocobalamin: this is cobalamin bound to a cyanide molecule. It is an inactive form of Vitamin B12 that is poorly converted into bioactive Vitamin B12 in vivo. many people lack the ability to absorb Vitamin B12 in the stomach because they are deficient in Intrinsic Factor. Consumers of Soylent will suffer poor energy levels after extended consumption, their homocysteine levels will rise, and they will become inflamed
Vitamin E as synthetic dl-alpha tocopheryl-acetate: does not have Vitamin E activity in vivo, linked to higher incidences of cancer.
Zinc sulfate: inorganic, poorly absorbed form of zinc
Soy Lecithin: from GMO soybeans, contains toxic solvent hexane from extraction
Artificial Flavors: excitotoxic, mood disrupting compounds
Xanthan Gum: gut irritating thickener
Sucralose: artificial sweetener also known as Splenda, similar chemical composition to chlorinated pesticides, contains covalently bound chlorine that the body cannot break down, this chlorine kills gut bacteria necessary to maintain health, contains toxic contaminants as a result of manufacturing
canola oil: highly inflammatory fatty acid composition, no nutritional value, contains toxic solvents and deodorizers, rancid fats which contribute to heart disease
fish oil: probably highly processed and rancid, probably contains contaminants such as mercury and PCBs
Soylent lacks a number of necessary nutrients such as trace minerals (e.g. copper, silver, gold, boron, silica, strontium, vanadium, iron, etc), phytonutrients (there is no conclusive list of these as research is ongoing), antioxidants (carotenoids, chlorophyll, astaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, resveratrol, research is ongoing), amino acids, saturated fats, cholesterol, fatty acids, and on and on and on.
I can’t wait for the lawsuits that will come out when people start contracting serious medical conditions from consuming Soylent.
but hey, I don’t know anything about nutrition?