I was really looking forward to Soylent. I have M.E. and a hiatal hernia, and saw Soylent as a solution to the labor of food preparation, and a good way to control my calorie intake to lose a bit of weight. When it arrived (I think it was 1.2), my husband and I both found it palatable (I somewhat more than he). We started off slow over the course of the week, replacing first one, then two meals with it each day. At first, all was well, except for the gas. This was just horrible, copious, sulfurous gas, not painful gas - I didn’t have any of the issues with the sucralose that I had feared I might.
Just an adjustment period, we figured. Increasingly, however, I began to notice digestive upset, and very high stomach acid production. Eventually, low-grade continual nausea set in, and I had to stop drinking Soylent.
After about half a week or so, it cleared up, and I decided to try again - a bit slower this time. Maybe my intestinal flora just needed longer to adapt, right? So, I started up again - I took an enzyme blend, and beano, and tried half a serving. It seemed okay, but again, high acid. Within two days of replacing just one meal of Soylent, the nausea was back, and my stomach was on fire - extreme high acid, and stomach pain. Keep in mind, I take acid reducers regularly, and chew antacid tablets as needed - and none of it was enough!
I had to quit Soylent entirely. Within 1 day, the fire was gone, and within 2, most of the residual nausea. There could be no mistake about it - for whatever reason, Soylent was dramatically irritating my stomach lining. I won’t try again until the formula changes in some fashion that might fix this. I would be curious to hear from others who have had a similar experience with it.
Everyone’s body is different - some people have no issues consuming Soylent, including no issues with gas - but I’ve found that it’s literally not something my body can comfortably (perhaps even safely) digest. Unexpected, and very disheartening. Perhaps if there are more like me around, we can figure out the cause.
So, if you find Soylent very hard to digest, and find that it causes extreme stomach acid production (even if you don’t have acid reflux issues), please speak up.