Yes, @dualhammers after I reviewed the thread I realised that it was Rob’s own formulation you referred to, and that gives me some concern. I hadn’t realised – because Rob was not in the habit of posting details like quantity – that he proposed to use so much oat powder. Although personally I am quite fond of oats in almost any form, I’m painfully aware of the phytate problems and I was not happy when the formula changed to include oat powder; I thought it was a step backward at the time and I’m even more uneasy now. I wish Rob were more available for feedback; I understand how busy he must be, but we hardly even see John here and this is supposed to be his bailiwick. It creates a feeling of unresponsiveness. The “campaign” is, if anything, gathering momentum, $423K just now when I checked and it only turned over $400K this morning after backsliding last night – I guess some of those double-billings got ironed out then. But this is getting big, and I think it is attracting quite a few people with medical problems and touchy digestions who hope Soylent will solve digestive issues. Hence my worries about oat powder – raw oat powder at that. When I make my personal Soylent “realfoods analogue” here, I soak the starches and then cook them into a thin gruel before combining with other ingredients, all on account of phytate and digestibility issues.
Also it has occurred to me that with almost 7,000 weeks’ worth of Soylent presold to people who have never had a chance to taste it – IT HAD BETTER TASTE GOOD or there’ll be all kinds of complaints and bad press! I can’t imagine how the current formula must taste with half a kilo of raw oat powder as the major ingredient, not to mention the Alive vitamins which people say is foul tasting. Sigh… of course it’s no business of mine (and I have to admit I’m relieved to have no personal responsibility for any of this), but I would love to see it succeed and I can only speculate whether and to what extent Rob and his team are or aren’t attending to any specific issue discussed here on the forum, as there’s an almost total lack of feedback from them. Well, they have two months to iron it all out. I should think that half a million to a million bucks’ worth of preorders ought to create quite a bit of pressure to perform. We shall see, in due time.