Dear Rob Rhinehart and everyone in the @Soylent company,
Soylent is a dream come true for me. I waited 5 months to receive my first batch after ordering, and about about 2 years total from seeing Rob’s initial blog post. Right now, I am on a 90 meal plan per month subscription.
However, while I love soylent, not all of its customers experience the same ebullience. I recently talked to a seller on craigslist (I convinced my buddy to buy the batch - it was a great deal - 2 weeks supply for $40) who gave up soylent because he said it tasted like oatmeal and gave him gas.
I see on the forums the gas is a common complaint and I assume many people are simply stomaching the grittiness. If you are on the forum you know that gas is because of the fiber content and should subside after a few weeks. But if you were a regular customer (and not a member of this forum) you might not know this and be therefore tempted to give soylent up, thinking that it is a weird chemical concoction which your body could not digest.
Also as far as the grittiness goes…I cannot drink soylent directly after mixing it, yuck! I have to let it sit for several hours (usually overnight) in the refrigerator after mixing it. This way the grittiness goes away and it becomes very smooth like a milkshake. How would a new customer know to do this? They wouldn’t! They might try soylent, perceive its gritty texture, and give it up.
I think soylent needs to educate its customers about how to alleviate both of these problems. Or else just like the craigslist seller, new customers may want to give it up. I understand everyone might not share my love of this drink but I would hate for interested people to be dissuaded because of a bad initial experience. Get on it, soylent!!!
P.S. I e-mailed the craigslist seller after I bought it and explained to him what to do. Hopefully he comes back to the family.
Unrelated - Does anyone else add canola oil to their soylent? I add about 3/4 cup per day. I burn a lot of energy and it helps make it more satiating as well. This puts it at about 3,000 calories for me. Also if anyone is a polyphasic sleeper you will find that soylent helps with this too. I can polyphasic sleep with almost no problems when I don’t have a heavy meal making me groggy whenever I try to wake up.