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Super Soylent Me

VICE, being VICE, decided to send Brian Merchant to Oakland to meet Rob Rhinehart, the inventor of food substitute Soylent, and start a thirty-day diet of nothing but Soylent. Here’s his story at Motherboard:

It was my second day on Soylent and my stomach felt like a coil of knotty old rope, slowly tightening. I wasn’t hungry, but something was off. I was tired, light-headed, low-energy, but my heart was racing. My eyes glazed over as I stared out the window of our rental SUV as we drove over the fog-shrouded Bay Bridge to Oakland. Some of this was nerves, sure. I had twenty-eight days left of my month-long all-Soylent diet—I was attempting to live on the full food replacement longer than anyone besides its inventor—and I felt woozy already.

We were en route to Soylent HQ, where the 25-year-old Rob Rhinehart and his crew were whipping up the internet famous hacker meal—the macro-nutritious shake they think will soon replace the bulk of our meals.

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Soylent May Not Be So Bad: The Whole Food Fallacy

Photo: BenKovitz (CC)

Photo: BenKovitz (CC)

There has been a tremendous amount of skepticism since Rob Rhinehart invented his Soylent drink and claimed he’d been living on it 90% of the time for seven months. He defends himself and his invention against criticsm from Four Hour Work Week author Tim Ferriss at his blog:

This is a response to:
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/08/20/soylent/, as well as some of the comments

In 1828, a young organic chemist named Friedrich Wöhler committed heresy. Wöhler accidentally synthesized Urea, a component of many lifeforms, from inorganic components. At the time everyone knew there was a special “life force” that separated organisms from other matter. It was a long uphill battle to convince the scientific community, but eventually the evidence won out. Regardless, even today many laymen tacitly assume that the holistic makeup of lifeforms such as food rise magically above their constituent chemicals.

Everything is made of parts.

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The Inventor Of Soylent Speaks

soylentIt’s hard to imagine eating this stuff more or less exclusively for more than seven months can be remotely satisfying, even if it meets human nutrition needs, but Soylent inventor Rob Rhinehart tells VICE that he’s lovin’ it:

Remember Rob Rhinehart? I’m sure you do because it’s hard to forget about a guy existing solely on vitamin puke. A few months ago we wrote about Soylent, an incredibly nutritious “food replacement” smoothie that Rob, a 24-year-old engineer, had been making and consuming as his only food source for almost five weeks. On one hand, it did look a bit like semen—but on the other, Rob claimed that by drinking it every day he’d never have to eat again. Given that starvation is a fairly major problem in the world at the moment and the planet’s population will likely surpass 9 billion by 2050, Rob’s invention seems like an important one.

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Is Soylent The Future Of (Not) Eating?

Tired of spending time, money, and emotional energy on food when you could be fully sustained by quickly gulping down an odorless liquid? 24-year-old software engineer Rob Rhinehart is the creator of a substance called Soylent. His crowd-sourcing page to fund its mass production has raised nearly $800,000 in a few weeks:
I haven't eaten a bite of food in 30 days, and it's changed my life. I hypothesized that the body doesn't need food itself, merely the chemicals and elements it contains. I just want to be in good health and spend as little time and money on food as possible. I researched every substance the body needs to survive, plus a few extras shown to be beneficial, and purchased all of them in nearly raw chemical form from a variety of sources… I eventually ended up with an thick, odorless, beige liquid. I call it 'Soylent'.
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