Has anyone actually looked at the spreadsheet at https://faq.soylent.com/hc/en-us/articles/204197379-California-Proposition-65
Trace amounts of heavy metals are present in nearly all types of food. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration published a five-year study of heavy metals in grocery store items. To demonstrate the prevalence of daily heavy metal intake, we have included the following graphic based on that study:
Meal data can be found in this spreadsheet.
Transparency is a cornerstone of our business, and we endeavor to provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding our product and our business.
Well, that settles that: as you can see from the infographic, all foods contain these heavy metals. In fact, foods contain absolute shitloads of heavy metals; Soylent is surprisingly light on–wait, what?
Rosa Labs also published an infographic and spreadsheet based on an FDA study of heavy metal content in common foods, comparing two proposed meals to similar servings of Soylent. Both reference foods include high levels of cadmium and arsenic, along with levels of lead similar to those of Soylent; although one food includes tuna and the other includes salmon, providing over 97% of the arsenic in each proposed meal, with spinach providing a significant amount of cadmium in the salmon-based meal.
It turns out there’s approximately no heavy metals in any of the foods used. Fish and spinach concentrate heavy metals, and allow quick-and-dirty engineering of favorable infographics and statistics to show what you want to show.
You see, transparency is great. Once people trust you, they stop questioning you. Once they stop questioning you, you can post all the data for everyone to see at your office, and nobody will bother to come and look too hard.
I’m not saying the heavy metal content of Soylent is dangerous–it’s not. I’m just saying this brand of marketing is horse shit.