Food is bullshit. Convenient food is terrible for you (and is causing a major worldwide health crisis, if you didn't know), and healthy food is a real time sink. Why can't we just stop eating altogether?
Turns out there is now a product that promises just that: Soylent
Motherboard: How I Ate No Food For 30 Days
Soylent is an open sourced nutritional drink. Its creator, software engineer Rob Rhinehart, researched nutritional requirements and developed the formula by self-experimentation based on his own research online and through textbooks, and scientific journals.
A commercial version of Soylent has been financed by a crowdfunding campaign and venture capital which raised funds in excess of US$3,500,000. The funding paid for additional research and modification of the formula. The first shipments of U.S. orders began in the first week of May 2014.
That night I went out for drinks with the crew, at a bar and grill where people were chowing down on burgers and fries. Weirdly, I wasn’t interested—Soylent had me entirely gastronomically satisfied.
Days four and five got a little easier. I still felt a little unsettled and gut-tight, but was starting to wonder if that was mostly psychological. I called my father, who’s a physician, and he told me that indeed, my body could take some time to adjust to a radically different diet.
After I got back to New York, I didn’t lust after food. I didn’t go hungry, and I didn’t curse Soylent. I was still anxious, sure, as I missed lunch hours and dinner dates and nights out drinking. I found that my new Soylent-fueled body wasn’t well-equipped for drinking. I’d get dizzy, a little ill, but not exactly drunk, if I downed more than two or three drinks. Long, intensive physical activity seemed an undue strain, and I started to lose weight.
Yet I felt fine—even good. Some days I was downright grateful I was on Soylent; a packed day with deadlines, interviews, and edits to finish blew by seamlessly, and I never had to leave my desk. Those days, I embraced Soylent wholeheartedly.
I kept a diary. This, for instance, is from Day 9:
I still wouldn't say I'm desperate for food or anything. Far from it. It's already almost become a bit of an abstraction; an option. Food. I don't know if it's because I can't allow myself to need it, but I really and genuinely feel like I don't need food right now.
Is this something that could catch on, or is it just a curiosity that few people will ever really go for? Could their be unforeseen side-effects to subsisting on a completely artificial food substitute, or could it truly turn out to be the ultimate in nutrition? If it really is all its promised, could Soylent have applications in supplying nourishment to famine stricken populations and treating obesity? Could this be the ultra-efficient, eco-friendly food of the future?
When I consider the mess re-engineering and processing actual food has made of public health I can't help but be skeptical of an attempt to remove human nutrition from the natural world completely (especially since we really understand very little of how the body works). The informational video alone seems like something you would see in the opening scene of a science-fiction movie (just before you find out it caused the zombie apocalypse or whatever). I will admit that I am curious and leaning towards trying Soylent, and I wouldn't be against turning it into a staple "food" of my diet if it were truly safe.
Anyone here tried it?