"I Spent One Nightmarish Day on Nothing but Drinkable Superfoods — Here's What Happened"

Article from Science.Mic.Com: “I Spent One Nightmarish Day on Nothing but Drinkable Superfoods — Here’s What Happened


As I left my apartment, the first immediate drawback of Soylent 1.5 became apparent, it was not mobile…it can’t be placed in any kind of to-go container.

I think the problem this guy had was that he confused Soylent with hydrochloric acid, and even then a nice polyethylene cup and you can run around the city with it. Can’t be placed in a container is at least a new and creative, if totally false, complaint regarding Soylent.


Soylent 2.0 comes in single-serve bottles. The powder needs to come in either single-serve bags or a multi-day tub. The one-day bags are a disaster.


I saw that and thought the same thing.

How impossible is it to pour the liquid into a carrying container of some sort? Does he think it needs to be consumed directly from the pitcher?

Also, he doesn’t even mention 2.0, which is even easier to carry. There is no room for comments at the bottom, but his email, Twitter, etc. are provided for anyone wanting to communicate with him.


The odd thing is that he does mention it, at least twice. Early in the article he calls it “a ready-to-drink bottled version called Soylent 2.0”. A bit later he quotes somebody who gives the usual Cheerios-milk description of the taste.

Maybe he’s just not used to the concept of splitting separate servings off from the whole. Do you suppose he thinks that he’s required to carry a loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter around, if he wants a peanut butter sandwich away from home?


ikr? It’s practically IMPOSSIBLE to pour one serving from the free pitcher to a protein shaker. For shame, Soylent. /s


Why would I make up a full pitcher worth? It would go bad before I finish the whole thing.

The author is right, Soylent is just impossible to actually put into your body. It just falls right thru my fork!


On the plus side, it is very tender the knife just slides right through it.


It keeps for three days right? You consume less than a serving a day?


I think just having more packaging options would make everyone happier. Imposing a standard on everyone equally isn’t fair. Personally I make a full 2000kcal pitcher at a time and finish it within a day so the daily bags aren’t too bothersome for me. But for people who want individual meals and don’t want to screw with measuring cups and math, smaller serving sizes should be accommodated.


First, it only keeps well when refridgerated. I travel often without refridgeration.
Second, I’m trying to lose weight so I try to consume well under 2000 calories per day.
Third, my taste buds are very well developed, and I really enjoy real food for most meals.
Fourth, the protein levels are low for me in 1.5, so I add significant protein to the powder.
Fifth, I like it thinner so a single 2L pitcher doesn’t work at all.

Need I go on?


I agree that would be nice, but adding something to the packaging process would likely increase cost. You and I would have to pay more to accommodate the people that don’t want to consume three servings in three days. I guess it really depends on how much of a cost increase there is. If it’s a penny, I say go for it, I’ll throw in for that. $0.50 a bag? No body wants that.

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I liked Jon Levine’s glowing review of Ambronite:

[quote]I dodged into a café restroom to assemble my first Ambronite drink.

It tasted like mud. And for such a bad-tasting mashup of fruits, herbs and grains, the $10 per bag/meal price tag seemed that much more off-putting. (Soylent, by comparison, comes in at less than $2 per meal). The final result was a granular, earthen soup that looked considerably browner than I had imaged. It became rapidly apparent the green container was just a clever marketing ploy to give the drink a mystical wheatgrass-like aura. It was all very far away from video like this posted to the company website.

The product claims to eliminate hunger for four to five hours in two minutes. In fact however, the sludge was so vile that it took me closer to 30 minutes to finally choke it down. I put the container in my backpack afterward without even washing it out and headed home. Whatever nutritional benefit offered was more than offset by the slightly vomitus feeling I had as I left the café.[/quote]


I’m in no hurry. They have been promising to fast track their scaling up and seem to be meeting all their deadlines with a respectable haste.

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They didn’t seem to mind Soylent at all. Their only real complaints were A) it “can’t be placed in a container”, which we’ve established is a user error, and B) it’s not filling for long enough, which is difficult to judge since the serving size was “two mugs full” of unknown volume. So I don’t get why they’re so dismissive of it. Really seems like they’re just searching for reasons to dislike it. (On that note, they did have legitimate reasons to dislike Ambronite!)

I hate seeing the social aspect of food brought up so much all the time too. Nothing is stopping anyone from consuming Soylent in a social setting; many people do. And most other people aren’t replacing social meals with Soylent, but rather the sitting-alone-at-a-computer-desk-busy-working meals(or similar). It seems like every blogger on earth gets all their socialization at meal times and never interact with other humans at any other time.


Perhaps because of Soylent’s concoction of “cheap, artificial ingredients,” by 4 p.m, I was starving.

If only Soylent contained expensive, natural ingredients. :joy:


I think this idea about socialization and meals is a complete urban legend. Start surveying normal life and notice how often people aren’t eating the same meal at all. Johnny is eating Lucky Charms and mom had something else a few hours earlier. Various people go on special diets. Some people are going out to dinner and others aren’t. I would truly like to see statistical data on what happens at meal time In typical households. My suspicion is that in many households there often isn’t a single identifiable meal time. Even when you go out to dinner the people usually don’t eat the same food. Why can’t one of them be drinking Soylent?


Bloggers don’t live normal lives, clearly. They spend most of their day in Starbucks updating their blogs, leaving only at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pm for their three perfectly timed social meals. To get enough social interaction to sustain themselves, they either drive around until they see a birthday party and join in acting as if they know everyone there, or go to the nearest Denny’s and sit at a table full of seniors hoping they have Alzheimers and will accept them as family.

Personally, I prefer to get my socialisation by calling up my friends during my free time(or just challenging them to a pokemon battle), and eating whatever I want whenever I get hungry.

(in case anyone needs to be told, I am entirely joking about the blogger thing)


Honestly youre probably closer to the truth than you think.