I’ve had a similar negative physical reaction as several other posts in this thread, so I thought I’d add my experience to the mix.
I actually wound up in the hospital.
Info below is from the notes I took after the incident:
I had a bar for the first time the night of 9/13/2016:
I had a bar before going to a birthday party for a friend’s daughter. Started to feel somewhat nauseous during the party, and wound up throwing up once I got home, about 2-3 hours after consumption.
Had a bar for the second time the morning of 9/21/2016:
This is the one that sent me to the ER.
Thinking that the first incident must have been something I ate or drank at the party, I had a bar for breakfast with some Starbucks iced coffee on the way to work.
About 10 minutes after consumption i was feeling so bad I had to pull over to the side of the road to throw up. Thinking I had it out of my system, I started driving again and made it all of about 3 minutes before I had to pull over to retch again. After that, I pulled into a gas station, thinking to get some Gatorade to settle my stomach. Then I just started throwing up more and more violently. I started burning up and sweating profusly, and started getting very dizzy, lightheaded, and weak. I continued to throw up untill there was nothing to throw up, and then I just kept dry heaving for about half an hour. I’ve never vomited that much, that hard, or for that long ever in my life. After the vomiting FINALLY subsided, I was still sweating, dizzy, and lightheaded, and it wasn’t getting better. After about 45 minutes in this gas station parking lot, the attendant came out to check on me and convinced me to call 911 because I couldn’t even stand up to get out of the car, no less drive myself anywhere.
I was admitted to the emergency room with a blood pressure of 202/139 (For those that don’t know, that’s crazy high. Like dangerous, you could die, high) and spent the next 26 hours getting stuck in practically every machine they had there and having every bodily fluid possible sampled for testing, to try to determine the cause and to make sure I didn’t have a stroke/anurism from the dangerous blood pressure I came in with. (CT scan and MRI clear, btw. No brain damage. And, after they got me stabilized, my blood pressure went back to normal and stayed there. I’m 100% okay now, AFAIK)
On leaving the hospital, the ER doctors’ best guess as to cause was “acute food poisoning or stomach bug”.
So… three days of work missed (thank goodness for sick days) and Thor only knows how much in medical bills (thank goodness for health insurance!)
Code from the box:
BEST BY 1976 14JUL17 0716
Also, I had given a box to a friend to try before all this, and he reports that the bar he ate gave him a pretty upset stomach. The code from one of the bars in his box was:
11 : 34 B.B. 14JUL17 F3 1976
Other possibly relevant details:
•I am a 30 y/o male, with no medical history of related health problems
•My blood pressure is normally within or close to the normal healthy range; 125/76 was my last reading
•I had been drinking the Soylent 1.5 and 1.6 powders for several months now with no previous problems.
•I live in North Alabama, and it has been very hot this summer. That day was neither unusually hot nor cold, though. It’s possible the bars were exposed to the summer heat during delivery, though.
•I normally have a pretty strong stomach, and the few times I have thrown things up it is usually a one-and-done affair; I get it out of my system and I’m fine. This was like getting repeatedly punched in the gut while being ducktaped to a tilt-a-whirl after drinking two gallons of milk and a bottle of ipecac. Two days later my abdomen was still sore from all that violent dry-heaving into the gas station parking lot.
I’m a big fan of the concept of Soylent and their products, however, these bars seem to have a serious health problem that needs to be addressed pronto.