@geneven First of all, I can refer you to my original question, to answer your first two questions with a question. I came here to ask about those two things. I was also seeking answers, if anyone had answers to give.
Secondly, I’d bet good money that the “typical American” is not eating a diet similar to what I referenced. I’m not particularly interested in mimicking the standard of the “typical American” or even most Americans. The typical American has a poor diet and is at higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome than me.
Thirdly, I didn’t recommend anything. I just loosely referenced a relatively general outline of what I remember from learning about maintaining healthy gut flora in school. By the way, I think I misspoke, the amount of natural carbs and grains one would eat would be a bit higher, more similar to the amount of veggies consumed. The diet is relevant because there is a growing body of research that shows that consumption of a greater amount of vegetables and grains supports a more healthy subset of microbiota, whereas eating a lot of meat and more sugar promotes growth of more volatile gut microbiota.
Research has shown definitively that colonies of microbes in your gut are very sensitive to the foods you eat. The current trend in research is also demonstrating that these colonies have a greater effect on our health than we previously thought.
The 2000 calorie diet and %DV recommendations of the FDA are guidelines but they also don’t account for the appetites of your gut flora. With Soylent you have a really unique scenario where people are relying heavily (up to 100%) on a singular food source. We know that there are things that we don’t understand about nutrition, gut flora included.
Soylent does not directly address the needs of gut bacteria, which play a role in preventing infection, inflammation, cancer, and creation of some nutrients like vitamin K ( the list grows with current research efforts). If they have released statements or research about this, I would love to hear it. That would help to satisfy my original curiosity.
Soylent is a progressive forward-thinking product. I would hope that the Soylent engineers would spend time looking into its effects on gut flora since many people are replacing such huge portions of their diet with Soylent. Additionally, I hoped someone on here may have some good information. I appreciate your opinion that probiotics aren’t necessary. It’s possible that you are right but its also possible that you’re wrong.