As requested by @soylentnoight in the Let’s be honest: Soylent 1.0 has problems for many people thread, I am creating this thread to compile my own experiments and reports in one place, and invite others to share their findings here as well.
So, there are a number of side effects that have been reported by customers of Soylent 1.0 so far. Most notably:
Gas is by far the most common, but headaches have been reported by quite a few people as well, including myself. Personally, the gas and bloating was enough for me to sell off the remainder of my month’s supply of Soylent, since I do much better on my own DIY.
For me the aftertaste is comparable to that of eating any sugary or starchy food, triggering the growth of yeast on my tongue which leaves a whitish coating and a sour taste. Apparently yeast love maltodextrin, the primary ingredient in Soylent.
Because I’ve experienced no side effects with most of (but not all) my DIY, I decided to individually test each ingredient used in Soylent which I do not use in my own stuff, to see if I can pinpoint a single culprit.
These four ingredients are…
- Gum Arabic (aka Acacia Gum), 4.5g in 2000 calories of Soylent
- Vanillin, 1.8g in 2000 calories of Soylent
- Sucralose, 0.06g in 2000 calories of Soylent
- Soy Lecithin, 6g in 2000 calories of Soylent
Measurements come from this official blog post on Soylent additives.
I will follow up with a log of my own experiences.