Kind of a rant of thoughts. I don’t even know what I want to explain or what my point is yet… Hopefully I find one.
So we often look at soylent and try to make it as complete and as perfect as possible and always compare it to eating regular food. We try to standardize a formula to be used by everyone. Why? When I think about it, throughout hundreds, if not thousands of years of human history and across dozens of cultures, climates, and demographic regions, humans constantly eat different crap. Eskimos adapted to eat nothing but animals, certain races have a higher chance to be lactose intolerant, some races can breakdown alcohol where others can’t as well, some cultures survive on massive amounts of veggies compared. However, in the end, humans survive and thrive, and adapt.
I"m not talking about blood type diet, or anything crazy, but the human body is an amazing thing. If science claims that “insert diet” is the optimal way to eat for everyone, and we try to make a soylent formula based on that and compare it TO that, I often wonder, has anyone compared it to actual varied diets around the world? I see so many discussions on things like, ratio of omega 3/6, and how Chia/flax is HORRIBLE for you, so eat fish or take fish oil, but what about people who are allergic to fish? Even if they ate regular food, they would never be able to get their omegas balanced, so why should they worry about balancing their omegas if they choose soylent?
Things like calcium; dairy, green leafy foods, but what about cultures that don’t historically eat that? How did they survive in winter? We didn’t always have domesticated cows everywhere, and some regions do not support the growth of said leafy veggies.
We as humans adapted, we as humans have a wide variety of needs… I don’t expect anyone to answer these questions, but I just wanted to articulate my thoughts. I don’t see many discussions about this.
Before I started soylent, I never really thought, "O, I better make sure to eat x and y today to get my vitamin q, since i ate a b this morning. Until recently, and the availability of supermarkets, foods were less varied… We ate the same crap. Its not like if you lived in Europe somewhere 200 years ago, and started to catch a cold, you could just go drink a gallon of orange juice. Even mainstream, healthy diets don’t say exactly which foods and what quantity to consume them. Its just, “eat lots of fruits and veggies!!!”, not, "Don’t eat too many carrots, cause you could get vitamin x poisoning!
I guess, in the end, the conclusion I was able to come to, is that I think we over think this too much.