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They were not really kind in their review of Soylent but not because it wouldn’t work. They were critical because it already exists: Ensure was mentioned by name. They were also deriding the lack of rigorous scientific practices in the creation process. Ensure had to go through FDA-approval following standard clinical trial methodology so you can be reasonably sure that it’s safe for long-term consumption.
I really appreciate the work Rob has gone through and the fact that he’s using himself as guiena pig is awesome. One thing that I think is overlooked is that products like Ensure are, I assume, tested under the idea that the person is using it as a last resort and they have no other option: it is formulated to keep you alive and in probably a more sedentary lifestyle. Rob is using Soylent as a primary food source while maintaining a very active lifestyle. I think this is a pretty important distinction. It would be interesting to compare against Ensure with this in mind.
I don’t really have a question, just thought it was neat that Soylent is getting more press.