Soylent is a futuristic food that promises to be simple, healthy, and affordable. Find out everything you need to know about Soylent today in our review.
What is Soylent?
Soylent – not to be confused with Soylent Green – is a new food product that uses ingredients like soy protein and algal oil.
The food product was designed with the goal of being simple, healthy, and affordable. Soylent 2.0 was just released and is now available across the United States and Canada.
Soylent originally came in the form of a powdered meal replacement with Soylent Powder 1.5. With Soylent 2.0, the formula has been delivered in liquid form.
Soylent began its life as a crowdfunding sensation in 2013. Before long, the project received backing from Silicon Valley giant Andreessen Horowitz. Today, the product is making headlines for its ability to give you the nutrition you need in simple, affordable, and accessible form.
And yes, the name of the product, Soylent, is a reference to the 1973 film Soylent Green, where a futuristic new food is discovered to be made from people.
As far as we know, Soylent contains no human byproducts or parts. So how does it work? Let’s find out.
How Does Soylent Work?
Soylent consists of four separate ingredients and ingredient categories, including:
— Soy Protein: Soy protein isolate “adds improved digestion, smoother texture, and a more robust amino acid profile.” This soy protein isolate was improved and expanded in Soylent 2.0.
— Algal Oil: Algal oil is produced efficiently in bioreactors, making it a popular and sustainable food product. It’s also prized for its energy-producing ingredients and essential fatty acids.
— Isomaltulose: A “slow-metabolizing disaccharide synthesized from beets” that promises to give you sustained energy without spiking your blood sugar like refined sugar.
— Vitamins and Minerals: One-fifth of your essential micronutrients are delivered in each bottle of Soylent2.0.
Soylent is available to order online from Soylent.com as well as from online retailers like Amazon.
On Soylent.com, the formula is available to order in packages ranging from 12 to 144 bottles, including the following prices:
— 12 Bottles: $34
— 24 Bottles: $68
— 36 Bottles: $102
— 144 Bottles: $408
As you can see, the price never changes from $34 for each 12 pack, regardless of how many bottles you order.
You can, however, save money by ordering a monthly subscription. Ordering repeat orders monthly will save you 15% off the retail prices listed above.
Each bottle contains 400kcal.
Meanwhile, on Amazon, here’s the price you’ll pay:
— Soylent Powder (One Day – 3 Meals): $9.99
— Soylent Ready to Drink Bottle (Soylent 2.0 – One Meal): $2.50
So what’s exactly in each bottle of Soylent? Here is the ingredients list provided by the manufacturer.
Meanwhile, here’s what the vitamin content looks like for each bottle:
Some of the key nutritional factors to get from this information include the fact that Soylent contains 20% of your recommended daily intake of a variety of vitamins and minerals.
The formula also contains 20 grams of protein along with high levels of potassium, sodium, fiber, and fat – all essential ingredients your body needs to survive.
Soylent also claims that the formula is vegan-friendly and free of animal products and byproducts. It’s lactose-free, nut-free, and made in the United States.
The formula is not 100% organic, nor is it gluten-free, GMO-free, or allergen-free
Soylent 1.5 Powder
All of the nutritional information listed above pertains to the latest version of Soylent, which is the Soylent 2.0 liquid.
The Soylent 1.5 powder, however, is still being sold. That formula uses a slightly different blend of ingredients, including brown rice protein, oat flour, sunflower oil, and vitamins and minerals.
Just like the Soylent 2.0 liquid, Soylent 1.5 delivers 20 grams of protein and over 20 grams of lipids in each serving. It also contains about the same amount of vitamins and nutrients (20 to 30% RDI) in each serving.
Can You Actually Live Off Soylent?
One of the key promises made by Soylent is that you can live off of it. It’s designed to replace your meals and provide you with a healthy, nutritious meal that takes no time to make.
The creator of Soylent, Robert Rhinehart, actually claims to have switched to Soylent for most of his meals. In an interview with The Verge, Rhinehart says,
“I’ve largely switched to the drink. Actually, I got rid of my refrigerator, and the problem with the powder is you need to keep the pitcher in the refrigerator.”
Rhinehart isn’t the only one brave enough to live mostly off Soylent. Other reviewers online have decided to consume only Soylent for 1 to 2 months. Here are some of the experiences they’ve described:
TheHustle.co Writer Goes 30 Days Without Soylent
Josh Helton, a writer at TheHustle.co, went 30 days consuming only Soylent. Josh claims to run 70 miles per week and is also an entrepreneur – he runs a video editing business with his partner.
So what happened to Josh’s productivity, running, and health when he took Soylent for 30 days?
Josh claims that he lost a lot of weight while taking Soylent, which makes sense when running 70 miles a week. He claims he went down to his lightest weight since middle school (133 pounds).
After losing energy and feeling nauseous for the first few days after taking Soylent, Josh started to notice a difference. By day 9, he was reportedly “getting more energy, alertness and productivity.” He claims that receiving so many nutrients on a daily basis has helped his body “execute better physiologically.”
Josh, however, did claim that he was starting to feel tired – like after spending 3 hours running under the hot Tennessee summer sun. Eventually, he added peanut butter to his diet to get more protein.
By day 30, Josh was craving food badly. However, he claims that after the experiment, he’ll continue using Soylent for the occasional lunch. He feels slightly better after 30 days of eating only Soylent and says his running times and energy have improved.
Interestingly enough, Josh also got a blood test before and after taking Soylent for 30 days. The first blood test showed that several of his categories were outside the range of normal. After the experiment, Josh’s new blood test “showed that everything was back to normal.”
Ultimately, Josh had a good experience with Soylent and it seems to have legitimately changed his productivity and lifestyle. You can read his full story here.
And in case you think Josh is exaggerating his story or was paid off by Soylent, that linked story actually posts his blood work results.
Two Months of Soylent
Another reviewer, Dan Wang, decided to take Soylent for two months to make his life at the University of Rochester more convenient.
Dan didn’t replace every meal in his life with Soylent: he simply replaced one meal per day with Soylent.
Dan didn’t have the same life-changing experience as Josh did above. Here’s what Dan had to say:
“Has it been life changing? Not really. The positive take is that Soylent is great if you’re not expecting a lot out of it. I’m little affected health wise. I don’t find that I have a lot more extra time. That said, it is nice not to have to think about what to do for lunch.”
Dan also described the taste of powdered Soylent as being extremely gross when it’s made at room temperature, but not bad when refrigerated before consuming (the creators of Soylent recommend making Soylent the night before and leaving it in the fridge overnight).
Soylent was created by a guy named Robert Rhinehart and his team of researchers. The team claims to have developed the idea for Soylent “after recognizing the disproportionate amount of time and money they spent creating nutritionally complete meals.”
Basically, the goal of Soylent was to help people become more efficient: if you don’t want to take time out of your day to make a healthy, nutritionally complete meal, then Soylent is an easy grab and go option that lets you keep working, studying, or whatever without taking a break.
Soylent is classified as a food, not a supplement by the FDA and is designed for use as a staple meal by adults (not exclusively as a meal replacement).
You can contact the company by emailing [email protected]
The Soylent brand is owned by a company named Rosa Labs located at the following California address:Rosa Labs
207 S Broadway Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Soylent is currently available to ship to Canada and the United States, but the company has plans to expand internationally in the future.