I’ve been following soylent for the last year, and now that Rob posted his nutrition breakdown, I’ve decided to go with my own version for the Bulgarian market. So in the past 10-12 days I’ve done a lot of reading on what is what and what does what in the world of food, and I feel pretty confident that I’ve made a good formula with the available products in BG.
That being said, I still have several questions that I need to clear up.
With my recipe, I tried to use as little ingredients as possible. The daily vits were particularly good since they gave me 100% of pretty much everything.
- One problem I had is that the Manganese went over the UL when using more than 200gr of Oat Flour as per this site. So I had to cut on the oats and compensate with malto. Still, it’s quite close to the UL so I’ll be glad to hear from someone that is using this much oats or Manganese.
- Next are the fibers - since I’ve cut on the oat flour I got even smaller amount. I wonder how rob is getting it all from 230 gr of flour. Is he using a different number to calculate it? Anyhow - at the moment I think to just start with the current value and maybe increase them to gradually if needed. So my question is - what to watch for if the fibers are low?
- As for the omegas - I was able to combine Olive oil and Flax Seeds in such way to get all the fats and to preserve the required 1:2.5 ratio of omega 3:6. But the omega 3 is above the Rob’s recommendation and I couldn’t find some definitive source about the upper limit. Should I be worried about this much omega 3 long term?
- The Iron is lower than the target, but that’s because they aim for the women intake. 8 mg should be enough for men.
- The sodium is also lower, but I’m not sure if I should add some salt to increase it since it will get my Chloride level very high. The US DRI already put it in overdose. Should I be worried for any of those?
- And finally - the sulfur. I’ve read couple of threads, where people raise concern about the definition of this value - should it be pure sulfur, or should it be sulfur-containing amino acids (SAA) (source). If it’s the second I think I have enough from the proteins and the oats to fulfill the SAA requirement. Anyone with advice on this one?
So in conclusion - I’ll start gathering the ingredients in the next week or so and hopefully will start living mostly on soylent very soon. I would also be glad, if other bulgarians come forward so we could start a local discussion