Anyone Tried Soylent?

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Anyone Tried Soylent?

Post by Leesbro63 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:11 am

Anyone tried Soyulent? I’d like to sample the 4 flavors, but it seems you have to buy a pack of 12. Maybe there’s a way I can get a sample?

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Post by rebellovw » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:15 am

Green is mighty tasty

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Post by barnaclebob » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:18 am

Someone I am friends on Facebook posted about how he was enamored with it and was going to lose tons of weight after signing up for a 2 or 3 bottle per day plan. His posts lasted about 3 days and he's even heavier now.

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Post by MotoTrojan » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:29 am

Know people that used it during week for cheap meals. I would ensure some regular food is eaten too. Known for causing unpleasant gas.

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Post by Strayshot » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:34 am

Cacao is the best (taste is subjective but I think it is the best). I will use them for breakfast or on days where I know I don’t have time to actually “eat” a lunch and can just chug it so I am not starving. Amazon has had a couple good deals lately with coupons and subscribe and save.

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Post by hicabob » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:38 am

I use the powdered "neutral flavor" type mixed with water and frozen fruit a few times a week. I think it's great - easy, nutritious and delicious. Amazon sells it now and has a variety pack of the pre-mix.

https://www.amazon.com/Soylent-Replacem ... ylent&th=1

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Post by bob60014 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:07 am

Sorry, any brand that has Soylent in it or named, green especially, I will pass on! ;)

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Post by Tamarind » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:15 am

My coworker used it for a while for lunches. He emphasized that it was a healthier and cheaper answer than eating unenjoyable food, whether take out or sad desk lunch, and that if he actually liked eating what he had available for lunch he wouldn't use Soylent. So I'd say it's definitely not for the gourmand.

Also, I observed that the texture seemed a bit gritty.

If it were me, I could make nutrient shakes more cheaply (and probably better tasting) on my own if I wanted to go that way.

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Post by Pajamas » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:27 am

I have tried it but don't really like the macronutrient calorie proportions of 30% carbs/45% fats/20% proteins in the powders and the pre-mixed bottled drinks are weighted even more heavily towards fats. I also think that eating relatively whole, unprocessed foods is generally better both from a nutritional standpoint as well as for the pleasure of eating for healthy people in normal circumstances.

Here's the ingredient list for the powder:

Ingredients: soy protein isolate, high oleic canola oil, maltodextrin, isomaltulose, soluble corn fiber, modified food starch, potassium
chloride, magnesium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, mono & diglyceride, salt, choline chloride, natural flavor, xanthan gum, sodium ascorbate, mixed tocopherol, DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, ferrous gluconate, zinc sulfate, D-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, sucralose, thiamine hydrochloride, copper gluconate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, biotin, folic acid, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, sodium selenite, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.
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Post by arcticpineapplecorp. » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:30 am

here's a podcast that talks about it fairly well:

https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/soylent.htm
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Post by Goal33 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:42 am

It is disgusting.

I read online about how to make it taste better... add bananas, peanut butter... the list goes on.

And then I decided to just eat the things I was adding and skip the soylent...
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Post by Jimbo9911 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:05 pm

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Post by TRC » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:12 pm

"If man made it, don't eat it". But seriously, I wouldn't touch it. I'd much rather focus on eating alive food, not stuff that's made in a lab that's dead on arrival

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Post by bengal22 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:26 pm

rebellovw wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:15 am
Green is mighty tasty
:wink: Who would name a food source soylent?

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Post by bob60014 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:27 pm

The owner, Rob Rhinehart must not have seen the movie. Too young I guess!

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Post by B3GINN3R » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:38 pm

I like the CHai, I usually replace one of my meals per day with one of the drinks (usually lunch) and it keeps me full until dinner.

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Post by Chuck » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:40 pm

I haven't tried it. But at least we have a cheap and virtually inexhaustible supply of typing paper, now that it's made out of Soylent White.

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Re: Anyone Tried Soylent?

Post by tuningfork » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:43 pm

Pajamas wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:27 am
Here's the ingredient list for the powder:

Ingredients: soy protein isolate, people, high oleic canola oil, maltodextrin, isomaltulose, soluble corn fiber, modified food starch, potassium
chloride, magnesium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, mono & diglyceride, salt, choline chloride, natural flavor, xanthan gum, sodium ascorbate, mixed tocopherol, DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, ferrous gluconate, zinc sulfate, D-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, sucralose, thiamine hydrochloride, copper gluconate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, biotin, folic acid, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, sodium selenite, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.
Fixed that for you. :P

In all seriousness that does not look like a healthy mix of ingredients.

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Post by hicabob » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:44 pm

tuningfork wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:43 pm
Pajamas wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:27 am
Here's the ingredient list for the powder:

Ingredients: soy protein isolate, people, high oleic canola oil, maltodextrin, isomaltulose, soluble corn fiber, modified food starch, potassium
chloride, magnesium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, mono & diglyceride, salt, choline chloride, natural flavor, xanthan gum, sodium ascorbate, mixed tocopherol, DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, ferrous gluconate, zinc sulfate, D-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, sucralose, thiamine hydrochloride, copper gluconate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, biotin, folic acid, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, sodium selenite, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.
Fixed that for you. :P

In all seriousness that does not look like a healthy mix of ingredients.
which of the ingredients do you object to?

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Post by b42 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:03 pm

I've tried both Soylent pre-made and powdered, original flavor. Both are good, I don't mind the taste. It's plain, but it's designed to be that way, and you need to try it to see if it's something you'd want to have again. I can see how many would be put off by the taste. I now use the powder because it's relatively cheaper (around $1.50 per serving).

I only drink it for breakfast (no weight-related reasons, just for nutrition). I've been trying this diet change for about a month, and it works well for me. I don't like sitting down and taking the time to eat for breakfast, so I now mix up a bottle of Soylent and eat a piece or two of fruit. It may not be optimal nutrition, but I do know I'm getting something balanced and around 1/5 of my daily nutrition.

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Re: Anyone Tried Soylent?

Post by tuningfork » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:09 pm

hicabob wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:44 pm
tuningfork wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:43 pm
In all seriousness that does not look like a healthy mix of ingredients.
which of the ingredients do you object to?
I said it does not look like a healthy mix of ingredients even though it may be. I realize those are mostly the chemical names of various vitamins and nutrients. I've often wondered why ingredient lists include common names for some chemicals and vitamins (e.g. salt, vitamin B12) as well as chemical names for others (niacinamide aka vitamin B3). Food scientist I am not!

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Post by Ketawa » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:06 pm

I regularly have a bottle of the Soylent drink for breakfast in original flavor. It tastes like bland oatmeal to me and is inoffensive. It's healthier than something like a bowl of cereal and more convenient than cooking breakfast for me.

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Re: Anyone Tried Soylent?

Post by Caduceus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:37 pm

How is Soylent different from other meal replacement products like Ensure?

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Post by Pajamas » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:32 am

Caduceus wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:37 pm
How is Soylent different from other meal replacement products like Ensure?
There are several different lines of Ensure products with different nutritional profiles intended for different purposes.

https://ensure.com/nutrition-products/c ... ent-shakes

The most important differences are in the ratios of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

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Post by livesoft » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:38 am

Even this topic has been discussed before on bogleheads.

viewtopic.php?t=180441
and earlier:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=139114
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