Here’s an email I had with Julio discussing this, his reply is at the top though:
From: Soylent [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 30 April 2014 00:58
Subject: Re: Can you confirm what nutrients we’ll be lacking.
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Julio Miles (Soylent)
Apr 29 22:58
Thanks for bringing this up, it’s something that we will definitely address in our FAQ.
We encourage our users to experiment with the ratio of Soylent and water, as Soylent provides a great experience over a range of viscosities and we’ve seen our beta testers adopt a pretty wide range of preferred viscosities.
Of course, we need to provide each user with a framework for preparation that is efficient and easy – the pitcher and the scoop both accomplish this. The measurements and instructions we’ve provided have been simplified to a degree, in the interest of making them easy and simple to follow. Here are some further details:
The custom Soylent scoops are 135 ml. A “meal” as defined by the scoop is about 560 calories, which is less than the official serving size (670 calories), because we feel it better represents an actual meal size for users. There will be more details on the instructions you will receive with your order.
Each pouch contains about 6-7 scoops of Soylent. The exact amount varies due to settling. This means that there’s slightly more than 3 “meals” in a single pouch of Soylent.
The oil bottles contain 480 calories and are 58.2 ml (11.8 tsp).
When preparing in the pitcher, 900-1100ml of water is mixed with a pouch of Soylent and the contents of an oil blend bottle (58ml). The total volume of Soylent prepared in the pitcher is about 1.95 liters, and has a concentration a little over 1 calorie/ml.
Most people drink their Soylent immediately, in which case we recommend adding 1-2 cups ice for rapid chilling. This would lower the volume of water initially added, and increase the initial caloric concentration slightly.
When preparing with a scoop and following the recommended ratio of 1 scoop : 1.5 tsp oil blend : 1 scoop water, the resulting 277 ml of Soylent contains about 280 calories. Using 1.5 tsp of oil blend per scoop may result in a small amount of excess oil blend, because we didn’t want to ask our customers to worry about using something like 1.62 tsp per scoop.
Please let me know if you have any further questions about the above!
We’ll be shipping out pitchers soon. They should be going out by early next week.
Apr 29 17:26
I think there may be some confusion or maybe my math is way off or something… the scoop suggests that it is one half of a meal and is 135ml, a one day pack of Soylent suggests that it contains three servings (three meals?) and thus for a day worth of Soylent you’d need 6x135ml scoops of water which equals 810ml. Then you guys have suggested that you can pour the entire contents of a whole day bag and fill up the rest of the 2 litre pitcher with water, unless 444g of the powder (+the oil) equals 1190ml in volume it would seem that one of the calculations was off.
Perhaps 444g of Soylent + the oil does make up the rest of the volume in the pitcher and that’s what I am missing but then given the fact that the back of the scoop says one scoop Soylent and one scoop water, that would mean that 444g of Soylent should equate to 810ml as well, leaving 380ml to the oil.
However, looking at the packaging it suggests that the oil is 58.2ml which doesn’t add up.
Finally my additional three airtight pitchers didn’t arrive with my starter kit, are they going to be delivered with my Soylent? If not that would suggest they are coming in an entirely separate package which we’ve had no notification on when they’ll be sent out so please let me know where we stand on that.