I didn’t find entirely fit any existing topic to share this, but please let me know if you think otherwise. This thread is not about tips for flavor, but rather the discussion on why neutral flavoring in 1.4 could be problematic.
Basically I went shopping today for flavoring stuff and since I recently have tried to become more educated on nutrition I encountered a very simple problem with the neutral flavor idea: you are at a high risk of introducing negative elements in your soylent through the process of finding a flavor that works for you. From significant amounts of sugar, to doubtly healthy foods with gluten, oxidized or trans fats and sweeteners that could cause cravings or even affect insulin sensitivity.
When you buy Soylent you trust the dedication of the team to have balanced nutrition and strong science involved in the formulation of your food. It’s just not that simple to do that with the ingredients you find in the grocery store or the lesser knowledge you are likely to have compared to the Rosa Labs team. I’m mostly concerned about negatively affecting my sugar levels, causing food cravings, risking weight gain and turning Soylent in the opposite of good nutrition through the excess of some ingredients.
It’s not hard to argue that taste cannot be entirely ignored because it could have appeared as a protective measure to avoid bad food, we might be (to some extent) wired to react to flavor. From this the taste of 1.4 which can be very salty results in an imposibility to drink it for lots of people. It’s not like it doesn’t taste very well, it sometimes comes close to vomit inducing. Of course this differs widely, but the general impression I find on the forum isn’t very positive about 1.4 flavoring. So it’s not like we can make widely extended asumptions about the viability of taking soylent as it comes, hence the topic on flavoring which are quite active.
I perfectly understand why neutral flavor sounds great, but understanding what this implies in consumer behavior is not that good (diy flavoring and the afore mentioned risks). This made me think that fixing the salty flavor is a must so that actual neutral flavor can be obtained. This is probably the only thing missing to real neutrality in flavor. Connected to this two paths appear in my head: to leave soylent entirely neutral and promote diy flavoring, or to offer a small set of individual flavoring bags that you can add to your neutral soylent. This means soylent bags remaing neutral buy the flavor bags could be also offered. This means you could buy official balanced and well known flavors that may not be as good as Hershey’s sugar filled syrup for you sugar craving mind but certainly enjoyable and healthy.
I have tried DIY, official Soylent and Joylent. From all three, Soylent is the worst by far and I haven’t come to peace with the notion of having to take 1 entire month of 1.4. I will start my flavor journey tonight and one month of potentially affecting the glycemic index of my soylent or some similar downside is not very bad because of the reduced time, but hopefully you agree this is not ideal. Comments and positive discussion on the behavioral risks of diy flavoring would be awesome, I hope to continue being an official Soylent customer but some changed are certainly required to make this viable and I want to contribute to positive change inducing discussion.
Please let me know if you think this go in so other thread, BTW