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Soylent: Diet of the Future

Soylent, founded by Rob Rhinehart, is a powdered source of energy and nutrients that can be mixed with water to create a liquid meal that contains only a third of the calories of an average meal.

Of all the food produced globally, 50%  is wasted. This is largely due to spoilage, in addition to the habits of consumers. Despite the abundance of food waste, resources are not distributed equally, and many countries don’t have such glutenous portions at their disposal. One-seventh of people across the globe are malnourished, while one-third of people living in developing countries suffer from nutritional deficiency. If soylent were to become globally accessible, it could be a key nutritional staple in the fight against world hunger.

The actual soy content of soylent is minor. Nonetheless it is a playful jest and nod to “soylent green”, the human derived ration featured in the film by the same name. Soylent comes in both female and male-suited varieties. At present, the formulas are vegetarian, with plans for a vegan alternative in the future. This would likely contain protein derived from  a source such as pea protein isolate.

To test out the kinks during soylent’s early stages, Rhinehart  subsisted on a sole diet of soylent for an entire month. Others have sampled the soylent based diet themselves and some customers have even received discounts for charting their health while doing so.

Soylent is not meant to deprave food enthusiasts the texture and taste of traditional cuisine. Rather, it is meant to be consumed as a primary source of nutrients. Doing so on a regular basis enables one to save more complex meals for special occasions and gatherings. In doing so, this returns cooking to an art form and increases one’s appreciation for finely crafted meals.

The uniformity of a primarily soylent-based diet also increases your ability to detect when you are actually hungry, and may prevent you from eating out of boredom or from the impulse of cravings. At least we can assume such due to the lack of variety, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Too much variety tends to create an overload of possibilities – which you’ll often want to try, all at once. It is sometimes better to have a set amount of fewer food types to ensure your eating habits are balanced and driven by need rather than want.

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