The problem is that most of these disease states are not avoided by a special diet… they’re avoided by a healthy diet. And Soylent is already designed to be a healthy diet.
If you wanted to come up with a diet to cause these diseases, we’d have a clear approach - different excesses or deficiencies lead to different problems. But if you remove those excesses and deficiencies, you come to a healthy diet.
Even the DASH diet is pretty close to Soylent:
Low sodium and saturated fat, rich in potassium and fiber… add whole grains, avoid red meats… it’s fairly well Soylent until you hit the part about emphasizing fruits and vegetables.
The macros for the DASH are based on eating a lot of veg… so to make Soylent’s macros look like it, you’d reduce the protein a little bit, reduce the fat a bit more, and increase the carbs a lot to compensate for both. This would exacerbate the gas/sugar issues for a lot of people, because in liquid form, it’s passing from stomach to intestines quicker than all those vegetables and whole grains in DASH.
Daily Nutrient Goals Used in the DASH Studies (for a 2,000-Calorie Eating Plan)
Total fat 27% of calories
Saturated fat 6% of calories
Protein 18% of calories
Carbohydrate 55% of calories
Cholesterol 150 mg
Sodium 2,300 mg*
Potassium 4,700 mg
Calcium 1,250 mg
Magnesium 500 mg
Fiber 30 g
- 1,500 mg of sodium was a lower goal tested and found to be even better for lowering blood pressure. It worked very well for people who already had high blood pressure, African Americans, and middle-aged and older adults.