I have three separate response to the argument that “you may be missing out on something you don’t know we need.”
- I’ve looked at lots of diets, including mine, and when I’m not doing soylent, I’m missing out on things we know we need. That’s also bad for us, right?
- When I’m not doing soylent, I’m also getting too much of things I don’t need (like excess calories.) That’s also bad for us, right?
- Other foods also contain a lot of things that are toxic to us, and soylent makes it easy to avoid them. Why run the risk of eating a whole lot of toxic and carcinogenic things?
The last one can make people think.
Everything has a mix of good and bad. What bad stuff is in your food that hasn’t yet been discovered? Or even that has been discovered?
A cheeseburger, for example, contains multiple carcinogens.
Or even think about potato - the tuber of a nightshade plant. And a tomato - the fruit of another nightshade plant. You may also have heard of “the deadly nightshade,” because nightshades are toxic. The leaves of potato or tomato are toxic and can make you sick. In fact, if potatoes are exposed to light and develop green shoulders, don’t eat them - they can make you sick.
Plants do not have a goal of being nutritious for us! They do best when not eaten, and have evolved chemical defenses against being eaten. We’ve learned to pick and choose the parts that don’t kill us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of unhealthy things out there “in the mix.”
And which is more likely to give me food poisoning? Fresh chicken or fish? Spinach? Or a dried, powdered, processed food? I’ve had food poisoning (leftover restaurant chicken ramen), it’s no fun!
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away…” as long as you don’t eat the seeds, which contain a cyanide compound. Natural is not harmless.