Introducing Soylent 1.2


#1

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.

Click here to view the Soylent 1.2 nutrition facts panel.


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#2

First!!! On a thread introducing a new version. It feels amazing :smile:

Very nice changes. My first hope was the enzymes would be removed in the next versions, when i read about them in 1.1. And it has been done. Really glad.


#3

Was also looking forward for more bio-avail versions of vitaminerals as they digest even better. But its allright…i am sure now that will be done in the next versions :smile:


#4

This is really exciting news :slight_smile:

@vanclute seems like they’ve been listening after all.

Thanks for the update @Soylent! Looking forward to eating that delicious algae.


#5

The oil change is cool and all, but I imagine the largest complaint is the gas. If the enzymes were not helping enough people, OK remove them in favor of satiety. But is something else being worked on to address the death cloud?

Edit: All that reading was a bit much to get through and clearly I glossed over something. Thanks @nwoll27 for pointing it out:

We are currently testing new enzyme blends (among other options) to further address user digestive issues.


#6

My thoughts too exactly.


#8

Rob mentioned in his recent interview (and they’ve alluded to it here) that they’ve identified some potential solutions to the gas and plan on getting it completely resolved following some testing and reformulation. I think they’re just hesitant to come right out and say it due to the risk of raising expectations.

I can say that the gas issues from 1.0 to 1.1 were SLIGHTLY ameliorated for me but that it was still present and only a little bit better than it had been after the adjustment period. There’s something else going on here (maybe something to do with Grintor’s post from awhile ago, I think you’ve seen it.

Your question, @Eleven, is basically answered in the last paragraph:


#9

Also, @Soylent, this probably doesn’t need to be said, but just for posterity: Make sure that you bring in NEW testers whenever possible when you make formula changes to address the gas issue, so that the results aren’t skewed by your testers having become acclimated to the Soylent.


#12

Using algal oil allows Soylent to be completely animal-free, so someone with a vegan diet can now have a complete omega fatty acid profile in their meal.


#13

This is good news, and a step in the right direction. Why no increase in sodium, though?

As for the new algal oil, the nutritional facts sheet says they’re using “life’sOMEGA” algal oil, produced by Schizochytrium sp.. DHA oils from Schizochytrium are GRAS. It’s nice to not have any more animal products, though I suspect this is more expensive and may affect the lower price limit unless the algal oil industry really takes off.


#14

I would be sooooo ecstatic if this dang gas was finally gone! The benefits of Soylent far outweigh my discomfort and I have started taking Beano and Gas X together which seem to help, but do not completely rid my body of the gas. This would be a dream come true!


#15

It’s nice to see the move to plant parts instead of animal bits, but my household is still waiting for Soylent to be Gluten Free. My roommate has celiac, so I can’t use the blender without extensive cleaning, and my arms are getting tired from all the shaking.


#16

Boo!

I’ve been on 1.1 for about four days now. I don’t have any problem with it being thinner (none). Now I have to go back to adding about 5400 Galu of fake Beano to every pitcher ( and that still does not solve the gas problems)

I hope version 1.3 comes soon.

Thanks alot @vanclute.

P.S. never cared about the vegan/fish oil either. I also had no issues with satiation on 1.1


#17

Use an immersion blender, less work than cleaning a glass.


#18

These formulation changes don’t impact shipping. Think of the packing and shipping process like a big machine. It’s just changing the input materials, not the mechanics of that machine. The machine keeps processing at the same rate. That rate will go up as processes are improved and more capacity is added.


#19

That helps me, and I’ll take your advice. Still doesn’t let my Roomie try it, though. For that we’ll have to wait until we can get it to be Gluten Free.


#20

Yeah, I highly recommend the immersion blender. Soak the dry mix overnight, add in the oil, mix with the blender, run water over the blender back into the jug to both clean the blender and top off the water mix in the Soylent. Takes a few minutes longer that way, but the result is a much improved, almost creamy texture.


#21

When 1.1 was introduced, I received an email almost immediately stating there was another 4-6 week delay. I know correlation does not equal causation, but many on the forum seemed to believe the delay was due to people reordering the new formula despite having an ample supply of 1.0.


#22

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.

Is it possible to see the release notes for 1.2 before receiving it?
Do you guys have a .pdf we can look at?


#23

I also second the use of an immersion blender. Shaking seems so ineffective, granted I don’t have the official pitcher, just some plastic junk I bought on the cheap. Greatest danger with the immersion blender is being bored.