I first heard about Soylent near to when the first press coverage started to emerge, and I immediately saw its potential as a way to help with my IBS symptoms. Now that its nutrition facts have come out and shipping appears close, I’ve become extremely interested in investing in a test week for myself.
For the past two years (versus 6-8 years of experiencing IBS) I’ve been managing symptoms with a combination of probiotics, in particular the Kroger 4X variety which is a knock-off of Align, and a somewhat new kind of treatment called the low-FODMAP diet. You can google that and get a variety of pretty similar lists of foods to avoid, which for the most part lines up with what I can and can’t have. It works on the principle that certain carbohydrates tend to be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, causing gas. They also draw water into the bowel which tends to dehydrate me and give unpleasant movements.
However, it’s extremely difficult to eat well on this diet. I don’t follow the list perfectly, because if I wanted to, I would have to eat many of the same foods repeatedly or spend a lot of extra money that I don’t have, as a student. Some days, I feel hungry constantly because I’m still recovering from the previous day’s excess. It becomes a cycle as I try to eat more again the next day and just make myself sick. So, a product like Soylent seems ideal to me, right? Right.
I’m wondering if anyone else has any idea if Soylent is compatible with this sort of diet. From what I can tell, it looks pretty tolerable, but if someone had experience with this or someone with more intimate knowledge of the nature of Soylent’s ingredients could tell me if anything lines up.
Part of my concern comes from this this thread. I’m concerned about the long-term effects that a completely undifferentiated diet does have on gut bacteria. Sure, I could eat soylent the rest of my life, but this idea of " “dependence” bothers me. That thread hasn’t been updated in a while, but I wanted to check back to see if there was any other input to give on this. Have there been any developments on this potential issue? This is a big concern and one of my only concerns with buying it all, since a week test wouldn’t tell me about long-term effects on my body.