Will you switch from DIY to "official" Soylent when the final product is released? why? Why not?


#1

After reading all the DIY posts it looks like it is not as easy as one would think to just mix up a batch in the kitchen. I see problems with sourcing products in quantities and at prices that are reasonable. I also see several people struggling just to find the right balance. So will you be inclined to switch to the product from team Rob? At what price?


#2

I think it’s going to be a bit of a mix for me. I don’t think Soylent 1.0 is going to have the amount and balance of macronutrients that I happen to need, so I’m probably going to have to add carbs/protein/fat as needed.


#3

I find a little more protein and fat in the morning to be helpful also. I love peanut butter so I add a teaspoon and blend it in for my morning serving. I think that is one of the nice things, Easy to customize…


#4

I’ll at least try it, when it’s available.


#5

Depends on cost and ingredients. With the high carbs and oat powder currently in I doubt it. I also quite like tinkering with my own recipe :wink:

If they released a lower carb version and the price was good (and if shipping wasn’t too bad and no issues with UK customs) yeh for sure.


#6

It’s not so hard to come up with something great that is nutritionally complete. For me it’s actually quite fun. Now the process is about 10 minutes of work a day.


#7

I’m going to try coconut flour. It smells good, here’s hoping it tastes good. The bonus is that is has fibre and protein.


#8

Price will probably be the point for me. I like being able to adjust and experiment. Right now the cost is fairly similar to mine, so I only ordered a weeks worth. If the price were to go down a ways I would probably use up most of my ingredients and then switch.


#9

The price would be the main factor for me. At the minute it’s costing me £100 per month ($150). So unless it’s cheaper than that (including shipping) what would be the point?

I think that, for most people, once the ball starts rolling; if they can make their own recipe for a cheaper price than Rob’s recipe then why would anyone bother buying it?


#10

On balance I don’t think I would switch. I’ve already achieved solutions of my own that I find far more satisfactory; but I’m very grateful to Rob for setting me on this path and I definitely wish him all possible success with the Soylent product. If and when my personal finances improve I might yet give official Soylent a try with a week’s supply, just to know about it from direct experience. Yet I can’t escape the feeling that as the formula evolves towards practicable industrial production status that compromises are being and will continue to be made that will place the commercial product at a disadvantage to what I’m already doing at home.


#11

I thought I would switch, but by now I’m pretty good with my own formula, and have started “selling” it to a number of friends - enough friends so that I’m ordering over 100kg of Maltodextrin per month.
At this point I think it is just more efficient to stay with my own.


#12

Convenience. The same reason many people are interested in Soylent in the first place. Each day is divided up and ready to go- pour and blend. It’s also why a subscription purchase model is so appealing to many here.


#13

Honestly I can’t wait for the real version to come out.

I think that I still have a lot of problems with mine, even though I am getting closer.

I really hope that v1.0 comes with the micro and macro nutrients separated. That way I can adjust the macro nutrients to fit my needs. Although if they all come mixed together I will probably just add protein to v1.0 to hit my caloric needs.
My biggest concern with my recipe is that I am butchering the amount of micro nutrients that my body needs. Macro’s are the easy part, the micro’s are what has me worried.

Also I like the idea of the add on packages such as the nootropics.

In the very end I will probably go with a mix between the two. But it would be awesome if we could build our own using the things that Rob has sourced, and have custom powders shipped out.


#14

As others have said, it mostly depends on cost. If Soylent ends up in “real” stores and can be bought with food stamps, I’ll probably do that just because there are a lot of individual ingredients that can’t be bought on stamps. But for now, I have my formula at less than five dollars a day and I’m slowly beginning to buy all the components of it. I plan on starting Soylent next month.


#15

If they’re using rice protein, it just won’t meet my nutritional needs.


#16

I have just posted again on the AA profile of rice protein to see if I can get an answer.
Rice protein could work for me if there is something else to complete the AA profile to make a complete protein. But as of right now I just don’t see it.


#17

I use rice, pea, and whey and hand mix them right now, but I just ordered 3 pounds from TrueNutrition that’s a blend of 50% whey and then it has rice, pea, egg white, and a bit of soy. The price per pound is much lower than I can get it from Amazon or any other place I’ve found, and the AA profile is well pass 100% for each amino with the mix. The price per pound with that max was about $9.00 and some change.

While you’re building your mix they give you a real-time breakdown of nutritional information in the mix. I’m watching cholesterol so I could ensure I only picked sources that didn’t jack it up.


#18

I’m doing something similar. Most of my protein is whey, and then I added I think 5 or 10% of pea and rice protein.

My concern is that there is no mention on the pea protein to make it a complete protein, they have just listed rice protein.

I’m actually starting to be concerned about the changes that are being made. I hate to say this, but I feel as though corners are being cut. But then again that is just a feeling as until we see the completed recipe we won’t know what tricks they have in place.


#19

I don’t think there is much reason to think that. This is extremely early stages of a new food source. They are bound to be extremely busy and they have thousands of meals to get sent out soon. A lot on here are not paying customers either. So why should we get preferential treatment? But even if you are paying you have to give them a chance to get the work done.

All I am saying is try to be a little bit more patient and I’m sure all the info will come in time…maybe a bit later than hoped or expected but I’m sure it’ll be here.


#20

I think that I am just jumping to conclusions, or maybe my recipe is causing paranoia.
But I miss back in the good old days when there was a blog post detailing a change and why the change was made. I have a feeling that Julio will respond to my quandaries sometime on Monday. In theory he will resolve all of my worldly questions and issues, but dag nab-it patience is not one of my virtues.