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Soylent Shakes Contain Everything You Need To Stay Alive

If you’re monumentally bored with food, and willing to take on some rather high stakes nutritional poker, it’s possible to keep yourself alive with a simple shake that its inventor rather wryly calls “Soylent”.

Before anyone goes down the Harry Harrison route with me, no, it’s not made of people; instead a mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, and fat. Mmmm… just like mum used to make, you know?

Speaking to Vice, Rob Rhinehart notes that it’s a combination of boredom with food and concern for his health that led him to abandon regular food sources. He makes the good point that a lot of the first world’s health problems relate to convenient but unhealthy food, although the current state of Soylent means he has to prepare it carefully each day — he also notes that “Hacking the body is high risk, high reward.”

I’d want to see some longer term studies into the effects of eating this kind of diet before switching over myself. Reinhart notes himself that there’s “precious little good data in nutrition science”. In a world with limited resources and a heck of a lot of waste one way or the other, it’s fascinating stuff. Would you give up regular food in favour of a nutritional shake instead?

This man thinks he never has to eat again [Vice]

Image: Simon Wright


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