I come at this from a different angle than a lot of people, since I’m interested in using soylent as a health restorative more than a long term food source, exclusively. I’d eventually like 1/3 of my diet to include real, high quality food. I do believe in whole foods and their health effects. I do believe that soylent is going to end up missing something essential for long term/generational health, simply because there is just still so little that we know about how the human body works, and how we interact with food. The list of nutrients that we have to go on to put these recipes together, can NOT be the end all be all for what the body needs to thrive.
The thing is, is that the diets that people are living on now? Don’t even include much of what is in soylent. Between what they aren’t getting, and the crap (toxins) that they WERE getting in their pre-soylent diets, it’s no wonder that those who are currently consuming soylent are feeling better! For a lot of people, even if incomplete, it will still be a better diet than what they have access to, or have been feeding themselves.
The body is a remarkably resilient organism, and as such, adapts to nutritional deficiencies. And sadly, from the research I’ve done in the past, it seems as though the RDA itself is simply a low benchmark for a lot of nutrients. For instance, the level of Vit. C recommended is the threshold for rickets. X is how much you need to not get rickets. That’s not taking into account the lower level deficiencies which occur before that. That’s why with a lot of nutrients, if you go looking for therapies involving them, the dosages that get used are much higher than the daily recommendation. Vit. D is a good example of this. I believe it’s the Vit D council which has done a ton of research these last couple of years showing that the majority of people are low in Vit D, (even the ones that live in sunny climates) and that the dosages to get you to where you should be if you are low, are way high.
There’s research that shows that there are nutrients that virtually no one is getting enough of, either because of the area that they live (the soil being devoid of those nutrients) - or because of their economical situation. And whoever mentioned generational issues when it comes to long term effects is exactly correct. Women can very easily pass along their own nutritional deficiencies to their children. It’s thought that THIS could be the cause of a lot of illnesses (esp. mental illnesses) that have previously been thought to “run in families”. My anxiety and depression issues? It’s entirely possible that I’ve had a nutritional deficiency from birth that my mother passed down to me.
So my thoughts, are that soylent is better than what most of us are consuming, but should definitely (for those who are worried) be paired with a whole food diet.
There has been a lot of talk about the money that Soylent will be generating being put back into the product in the form of research, and I think that’s fantastic and hope very much that that actually takes place. I think there’s an incredible opportunity here considering how many soylent users are willing to put themselves on the line for this product (or ones similar to it). If done and used correctly, there could be vast amounts of data available to be used to not only continuously evolve soylent, but to also learn more about our relationship to food. Hopefully there will continue to be a significant portion of soylent users who treat their experiences with it as exactly what it is…a science experiment, and as such, are faithfully observant to their health. (Anyone nervous about using soylent will be anyway) but hopefully they also pair it with tests and recording information (which is why I was interested in an easy way to gather that data like an app)