Hi there, I’m new here. I’ve read that Soylent includes sucralose, which was a super sad discovery for me. I spend a great deal of time searching for things without fake sugar in them and it’s getting increasingly more difficult to find with the advent of the Carb-Free Diets.
Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t do this because I’m concerned about the health implications, nor because I’m squicked out by the chemical aspect. I am not an all-natural health food junkie, I am a fervent admirer of such crappy chemical-laden products as Kraft Mac & Cheese, McDonald’s Barbeque sauce, twinkies, etc. No, I avoid fake sugars for a much simpler reason.
They taste icky.
In reading some of the posts on this site and posts that I have seen elsewhere and a few papers, which I’m too lazy to go find right now, I’ve found that the simple fact about sugar substitutes is that people do not perceive them all the same way. And not everyone everywhere tastes them as sweet. In fact, there is sizable contingent of the population that perceive many sugar substitutes to be bitter rather than sweet.
I have friends that assure me that Diet Coke tastes sweet and pleasant. This baffles me, because to me, it tastes like dirt with a faint hint of Coke flavoring.
I know that you are sweetening Soylent because it takes bitter or fishy or something with no sweetener, and I don’t disagree with that at all, do what you need to do to make it drinkable. But I wonder if there would be a consideration in the future of making an unsweetened version where people would just add their own sweetener? I mean, even among the fans of fake sugar, there are devotees of their particular brand of fake sugar that are pretty much willing to armor up and go into battle to defend their preferred sweetener. They are vehement. The entire universe comes to a screeching halt if my grandmother finds the pink packets missing from the table at a restaurant. The blue, yellow and white ones? Not good enough. Pink. She needs the pink.
I’m still considering buying it and just adding actual sugar to mask the bitterness induced by the fake sugar that was added to mask the bitterness induced by the vitamins and whatnot, but that seems weird and unnecessary.
I just thought I might suggest avoiding The Great Sweetener Debate altogether and making Soylent sugar agnostic - just letting people add whichever one they prefer. Like they do with coffee. No one is put out by having to sweeten their own coffee. In fact, if you were to impose a particular sweetener onto coffee, a million voices would cry out in dismay - especially those disturbed individuals who like the bitter, nasty brew all by its lonesome.
Just a suggestion. Have a nice day!