We aren’t sure about the pesticides; we don’t even know who Rosa Labs’ biggest suppliers are, but it isn’t a major issue. Organic food is also grown with pesticides, and not all pesticides are created equal. We are using 100% of the available agricultural land on Earth and still struggling to feed our population, so I strongly encourage you reconsider this “natural” ideology. It would be a tremendous sacrifice both to productivity and the desperately hungry if we were to abandon our most advanced practices. Modified food starch is perfectly safe. There is a book length PDF on the article labelled “GMO” on Soylent’s site. It goes very in-depth, explaining which GMO’s are known to be safe and which are still being researched.
140% fat is quite a lot, but most of it will be used for energy. The inclusion of a high number of fats means less weight overall, as fat is extremely energy dense. This won’t affect the 2,000kcal a day diet, it just means Soylent can use less.
i would hope and expect that the official soylent recipe will add a broader array of micro-nutrients
As it stands, Soylent has no need to do so. All known vitamins and minerals essential to life, and essential to keeping [nutrient deficient] disease at bay, have been included at the recommended levels, some slightly higher or lower (sodium is a tad lower because it is assumed that even 99%ers are going to snack). There are a few nutrients that might possibly be added in the future (PKK for example), but there isn’t yet a consensus on their necessity.
kids today being mostly indoors miss out on certain micro-nutrients
Aside from sunlight, which itself isn’t essential if you get enough Vitamin D in your diet, this is highly doubtful. If you can find the study I’m sure plenty of people here more research-savvy than I would be happy to take a look for you, but it’s more likely just poor science journalism misinterpreting the data.
Soylent contains many natural anti-oxidants already. The world is certainly overflowing with carcinogens, but it always has even pre-industrial era. Breathing in exhaust is bad, of course, but 99% of the materials around you contain carcinogens in one form or another. In a healthy adult, the body is equipped to fight quite a lot of these on its own. Having a good diet and regular exercise will help, but most cancers arise from sheer chance. You shouldn’t worry about something you can’t control.
Living greens do have phytonutrients in them, and if you want to include them that’s your prerogative. From some of our 100%ers here on the forum we know that they aren’t immediately necessary for survival, but research shows many of them do perform certain functions in the body. Some of them are actually bad for you, so be wary of claims. Phytonutrients and most other “health” supplements are not regulated by the FDA.
Because Ambronite uses solid foods, they are not using a bottom-up approach to nutrition and so you’re going to have some imbalances. They aren’t as bad as they were initially (some of the nutrients were nearing 1000%, and not the safe upper limit ones), but they still can’t hold a candle to Soylent… just sayin.
You seem extremely concerned with your dietary health. I admire that. It’s a good thing to take care of. But Soylent is not generally for that demographic. It is meant for people who want a balanced, simple diet that won’t spoil or require a lot of prepping. It would be more personalized if it were for the health-focused, as most of your health considerations beyond the baseline come down to who you are as a person. I think Soylent is a fantastic baseline to use, as Rob puts it “everything you need, nothing you don’t”, followed by your own additions as you see fit. It’s up to you and your wife, but I can tell you my personal experience has been fantastic. I haven’t regretted a single dollar I’ve spent on it.