According to this guy, drink this stuff and you’ll never have to eat again.
A man from Atlanta developed an all-in-one replacement meal drink filled with vitamins and minerals after becoming tired with the amount of time, effort, and money he spent cooking.
Rob Rhinehart, a software engineer, invented Soylent power drink as a way to get all the nutrients needed by the body and to spend his time and money more effectively especially in preparing food.
Rhinehart developed the formula by researching exactly down to the biochemical level. His formula is composed of lots of vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. He named the formula after a fictional food from the book Make Room! Make Room!
According to him, the beige concoction, which bears a striking resemblance to pancake batter, has a great taste and he has yet to tire of it after six weeks. He believed it contains all the very important elements of a balanced diet but with just a third of the calories.
“Soylent contains everything the body needs in terms of vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as amino acids, carbohydrates and fat. It’s the minerals fruit and vegetables contain that are important, rather than the actual produce. We need carbs, not bread. Amino acids, not milk. It’s still fine to eat these whenever you want, but not everyone can afford them or has the desire to eat them,” he explained.
He started testing Soylent on himself, and found it gave him more energy, weight loss and feeling of fullness. His inspiration for the beverage came from seeing an elderly neighbor who had become ill. He realized his formula might have benefits for other people too.
“I was home for Christmas and saw an elderly family friend get admitted to the hospital after losing an unhealthy amount of weight. He was losing strength in one of his arms and found it very difficult to cook,” he said.
Approximately, consuming only Soylent costs him around $50 a month while spending on groceries costs him $220 and another $250 for eating out for lunch and occasional dinner. He adds that he finds it easy to lose weight by changing the proportions of nutrients in his drink for the reason that he has control over his diet. He hopes his findings could help with the world hunger.
Soylent is currently undergoing testing and modification. In 2013, a crowd funding campaign has offer around US$1,500,000, and venture capitalists Andreessen Horowitz offer another US$1,500,000, to produce and market a commercial version of Soylent. The funding paid for additional research and modification of the formula, which delayed Soylent’s release date. Rosa Labs, a company that owns Soylent that by January 2014 is the first shipment for United States based orders, and mid-2014 for international orders.
Here are Soylent’s full list of ingredients: