In the light of my CRON knowledge and experience, I too was concerned about this issue, particularly when I saw people trying to deal with the maltodextrin and experiencing rushes, crashes and the like. I don’t own a monitor, have resisted thus far the intensive quantified-self approach that seems to suck a lot of CRONies into what I feel is an unhealthy preoccupation with their own biomarkers.
But as I’m winding up my second day entirely on my own RealFoods Analogue Soylent, I’m feeling less not more concern about my blood sugar and associated effects! So far, much to my own surprise and consternation, I’m experiencing considerably improved stability of my overall energy levels and fewer symptoms of hunger and low blood sugar. I attribute this to a couple of different things (to the extent that I understand what’s going on): first, a variety of distinct protein sources rather than a single source like whey protein: I’m getting protein from dried milk, peanut butter, egg solids and whole grains, plus additional smaller quantities from cocoa, yeast culture and banana. That’s a very substantial and diverse protein portfolio! Second, my carbs are also multiply sourced: milk, oats, buckwheat, table syrup, molasses and banana each contribute a substantial share, with support on a lower level from several other ingredients. Small wonder, then, that I’m experiencing extended satiety, very few hunger problems, and no evidence of glucose spiking.
BE, I can only recommend that you give it a try and have a serious go at the RealFoods Analogue approach! I realise that some people here probably think it just isn’t cool, it isn’t even SOYLENT because I’m just making a smoothie. I might have tended to agree with them initially, but no longer. I’ve had a chance to ponder the questions involved and I’ve become convinced I’m onto something that is more significant than a casual smoothie. People don’t worry about balancing the nutrition in a smoothie or making it nutritionally complete, do they! Yet there are smoothie principles in operation here that have proven valuable: ad hoc things like chucking in a banana, using a milk base and so forth. Also in operation are the perfection of milk and egg proteins. And several other familiar nutritional building-blocks or Lego pieces.
I would say to you, @bigepidemic, just TRY IT. This is more powerful than it looks or sounds, I guess because it has been balanced as a soylent. And the definition mooted here in the forums the other day definitely applies: it IS a soylent because its intent is to supply complete balanced nutrition in a single easily absorbed package. It’s the principle that counts, and the principle can be fulfilled with quite a wide variety of possible ingredients and building methods.