I was 2-week supply purchaser, so I got my official Soylent 1.0 just a few days ago. I had read of the bloating and smelly gas problems some people experienced, so I decided to ease in with two half days of Soylent, then switch to full days for the remainder. I figured that would be a gentle enough introduction since I already eat a fairly high fiber diet.
I whipped up half a batch at night, following the printed instructions, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I figured for the first two days I’d have Soylent for breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack.
A large glass for breakfast. I was surprised at how gritty it was. It was also much sweeter, and a stronger vanilla flavoring, than I expected. And not in a good way. A couple hours later I had a smaller glass as a snack. The sweetness and vanilla flavor stayed with me longer, and I was not looking forward to lunch. For lunch I had a bigger glass. By now the taste and smell was becoming cloying. I sipped for about a half hour, and near the end of the glass I felt I was going to get nauseated if I had to sip any more. I dumped out the last quarter of the glass, and the remainder in the pitcher I was keeping as an afternoon snack. I was very disappointed in the taste, and mildly disappointed in the texture. I was surprised though that I felt fairly satiated.
I had mixed up the second half batch the night before, and added in a tablespoon of cocoa powder. The taste was a little improved, though I still did not look forward to each glass. I did, however, make it through to the mid-afternoon snack. So far I had had no gastrointestinal issues, so I felt ready to try for a full day of soylent for day 3.
I had mixed up a full batch the night before, with no additions, figuring I would add cocoa to the glasses in the first half of the day, and other flavorings the later half (didn’t want cocoa too close to bed). Found out cocoa does not mix into already-made soylent. It just floated on top no matter how much I stirred it. Tried cinnamon for lunch. It did not mix well either, and did not much help the cloying sweetness. Had it with no additives for the afternoon snack. Tried mixing in a tablespoon of peanut butter for dinner. Still not pleasant. Did not have increased gas, but did have some mildly smelly gas in the evening.
Had mixed the full batch with cocoa the night before, since that seemed to cover the sweetness the best. Made it through lunch, dreading each glass. In the afternoon, my intestines started rumbling, and the gas was horribly smelly. Each toot for the rest of the day. Strike three, the experiment was over.
I understand some people love their Soylent, but for me it was an unpleasant texture, very cloying taste/smell that made me dread each glass, and produced noxious gas.
Now I’ve got 11 days worth left over. I guess they go into the hurricane supplies.