I too was concerned about the absence of a “nutrition expert” on the Soylent team. And by that, I don’t mean necessarily a CCN. In fact, I’d want to see a professor of nutrition on your team.
I note that you have a professor of medicine advising you. That’s excellent. However, my experience is that most MDs seem to be horribly ignorant of nutrition in general. One gastroenterologist my wife (who has celiac disease) went to one time told us that he didn’t believe in food sensitivities. WHAT? When I eat soy, I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. When my friend Jim eats soy, his throat swells up, and he can’t breathe. I don’t know what planet this doctor was from. I’ve had other MDs come right out and admit that medical schools do not put any focus on nutrition.
I could rant about all sorts of blindspots many MDs have, but my point is that while having an MD (even better, a professor of medicine) on your team is CRITICAL, that is only one specialization that doesn’t cover every important facet of what the Soylent team is trying to develop. You need expertise on nutrition, digestive function, immunology, endocrinology, and anything else that has overlap with the effects of your food substitute.
Does Soylent include probiotics? A good balance of friendly microorganisms is critical for the health of the human body. And did you know that not all probiotics are bacteria? Several yeasts are considered to be probiotics.
Did you know that serotonin is stored in the mucosal lining of the intestine? This is critical for healthy neural function, and many people have low serotonin because of poor gut health. What impact does Soylent have on this?
I’m not necessarily saying that you need to include all of this in Soylent. Many people don’t have major issues with intestinal flora or serotonin storage, so what they need is specific treatments for those problems. However, understanding the relationship between Soylent consumption and these other factors (positive, negative, neutral) would be very valuable in deciding future tweaks to your formulation.
And, BTW, for people with food allergies are often told to go on elimination diets to work out what’s bothering them. If you could get the major allergens out of Soylent, this would be a great thing for them to use.