Announcing Soylent 1.2
Development of the Soylent formula is ongoing as we work to engineer the most healthy, affordable, and convenient staple food ever produced.
Today, we take another step towards achieving this goal with the launch of Soylent 1.2. All shipments leaving our facilities now contain the updated formula.
Soylent 1.2 no longer uses fish oil as a source of omega 3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients are now provided by algal oil, which results in a formula produced with increased efficiency and without the use of animal products.
After further evaluation, the enzyme blend introduced in Soylent 1.1 has been removed from the 1.2 formula to increase satiety.
Oil Blend Changes / Soylent Now Animal-Free
Efficiency in all areas has always been a core principle of Soylent’s product development. Animal-based products are inherently less efficient than plant-based products due to the greater amount of resources required in their creation.
A perfect example of the inefficiency of animal-based nutritional compounds is fish oil, used in Soylent 1.0 and 1.1 as the source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
The fish oil used in those versions of Soylent is manufactured from Icelandic herring, mackerel, and anchovy. These animals have a natural diet of algae, which results in high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in their flesh. After being harvested from the North Atlantic by large fleets of fishing vessels, these fish are transferred to processing facilities where they are turned into fish oil through an energy-intensive process which includes application of heat, pressure, and centrifugal force.
For Soylent 1.2, we eliminated fish from the production process entirely. DHA and EPA are now harvested directly from algae cultivated in large fermentation tanks. This leads to a much more tightly controlled process with increased efficiency and sustainability.
An added benefit to this increased efficiency is that Soylent is now 100% animal-free, meaning that we will no longer need to offer the “vegan” formula which required users to supply their own oil blend. We are excited to simplify the user experience for these customers and appreciate their patience over the past several months as we have worked towards this goal.
Digestive Enzyme Removal Improves Satiety
Soylent 1.1 included enzymes that were hypothesized to help with digestion. While a small group of users reported that these enzymes improved digestion, a larger group indicated Soylent 1.1 was thinner in consistency, giving a less filling experience. These enzymes have been removed in Soylent 1.2 to improve the blend’s thickness and satiation.
For customers that felt Soylent 1.1 helped with their digestion compared to 1.0, please see the Release Notes in your shipment of Soylent 1.2 for information about over-the-counter enzymatic blends that best emulate the experience of 1.1.
We are currently testing new enzyme blends (among other options) to further address user digestive issues. We have identified potential adjustments to the formula that we are excited to bring to customers once testing is complete. This aspect of Soylent’s development remains a top priority for our product team as we continue to iterate on the product.