From the Verge’s article on 2.0: "But once Soylent is pre-sold in a bottle, it starts to look a lot like existing meal replacement products — Ensure, for instance. Rhinehart disagrees: “It’s really designed in a much different fashion,” he says, noting that Soylent 2.0 will be processed using a newer method than the so-called retort sterilization employed by most drinks. He also blasts their nutritional value. “They’re really not sustainable. I mean, they’re loaded with sugar, they’re just way too sweet, and they don’t really have the macronutrient balance or the glycemic index that I would feel comfortable sustaining myself on or a user on.”
I have a bottle of Ensure Plus right next to me now. I drink this stuff occasionally before workouts, or when I need some calories. Rob is right, way too much sugar, and too sweet. But I have to say Soylent 2.0 bears some serious similarities to Ensure. Here are the first few ingredients of Ensure Plus:
Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Milk Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soy Protein Isolate.
And here are the first few from Soylent 2.0:
Water, Maltodextrin, Soy Protein Isolate, High Oleic Algal Oil, Isomaltulose, Canola Oil
I’m not bashing Soylent 2.0 here, I’m actually into it! I know I can drink at least one or two Ensure Plus per day without unusual gas, so I’m hopeful 2.0 will be easier to digest than all earlier versions of Soylent. And no raw oats in 2.0! And no potassium gluconate. Also glad to see 2.0 will have a lot less sugar than Ensure Plus. I’d like to see a bit more carbs, and a bit less protein as that might be hard to digest, but we’ll see it goes. I’d also like to see 2.0 use D3 like Ensure does instead of D2. Many sources say D3 is best.