I’m hoping someone can tell me where the omega 3 comes from in soylent (and, for that matter, where the omega 6 comes from); reading through the FAQ, it seems to comes mostly from canola oil powder, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA and DHA. From what I understand though, this conversion is miserably inefficient in the body, and even very high amounts of ALA produce only very little EPA and DHA (eg, http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09382.html & http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875260/). So something like Canola oil may appear to have a lot of value as a complete omega 3 source when, in fact, it’s value is only partial because everything is coming from ALA (look in the “lipids” section of http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/695?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=35&sort=&qlookup=canola+oil&offset=&format=Full&new=&measureby=). Am I missing something?
There’s also the algae oil.
Yes; used to be fish oil for the omega 3 in the earlier versions, was changed to algal oil to keep the profile while becoming vegan and lower-footprint.
SYKE: the document you linked to is titled “Soylent 1.4” when you open it. Also, it lists no value for 20:5 n-3 (EPA) and what appear to be a minimal value for 22:5 n-3 (DHA), which are the main Omega 3s, if I’m not mistaken; it does list a value for ALA, but, again, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA (and DHA) is not smart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-Linolenic_acid#Potential_role_in_nutrition_and_health).
ASYMPT & HORSFIELD: From what I understand, algae oil is a good source of ALA, but not of EPA or DHA. Again, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA (and DHA) is not smart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-Linolenic_acid#Potential_role_in_nutrition_and_health).
Either I’m missing something, or Soylent needs to add some sources for EPA and DHA Omega 3s.
Thanks for your replies.
Not sure of sources.
Yeah, they put the 1.5 sheet into the same file. Just switch to the 1.5 tab. I showed the relevant cells in the image I posted.
Omega-3 ALA (18:3) - 2.24g
Omega-3 DHA (22:6) - .22g
Omega-6 LA (18:6) - 15.61g
EPA would be very good to include, but they haven’t found a good source that’s stable in a powder form yet.
The algae oil is a source of DHA.
Syke: Thanks very much, that answers my question. I guess I will keep up with the fish oil supplements until Soylent is able to add a stable, powdered substitute.