I’m really excited about this Soylent as a product and as a idea, and I just had an idea of my own that hopefully was already thought of. Looking at the ingredients list, I can’t help but notice how it might break down into different categories: Flour, Protein, Salt, Flavoring, Sweetener, Oils, other assorted ingredients for mouthfeel/texture, and the Vitamin and Mineral blend I’m sure has taken a good portion of the R&D time to figure out.
My idea actually comes from how you already package the product, which out of necessity comes in a dry packet and an oil packet (which gets mixed with water). I think it would be nice if a future version of the product came more compartmentalized. People have favorites, and I would think being able to mix and match at least some of the major ingredients would lend a sense of individualization and customization that the all-in-one product currently lacks.
For example, I’m not too fond of the idea of using Sucralose as a sweetener. Currently, I don’t have much of a choice but to take the mix as is, but if the Sucralose were in separate sugar packets, that would allow me to sub in a sweetener of my own like honey or agave or raw sugar.
For another example, if the protein were in it’s own protein packet, and someone reguarly uses protein shakes/drinks when they go to the gym, they can mix their current protein drink (which usually has sweetners and some of the other ingredients) and actually be able to modify the percentage of protein in the shake.
If eventually the Vitamin and Mineral mixture were sold separately, I think this would allow for the ultimate ability to mix and match for a consumer market because this is the core of what I consider to be the idea behind Soylent. Many of the other ingredients can be purchased separately at a supermarket easily, and the separation allows people to make their own substitutions where they might want to. There could even be an experimental group that finds good mixes with other ingredients that would taste as good as the finished product Soylent will be, and include it as a sort of cookbook with the Vitamin/Mineral mix.
I apologize for my first posting being an idea like this, but I am really excited by Soylent and I wanted to share my ideas in case it hasn’t been thought of yet.