Soylent Review

by The Diet Critic on August 10, 2016

Soylent Review
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Soylent is a meal replacement food product from Rosa Labs. It was created by a team led by Robert Rhineheart, who felt there was a need for “a simpler food source” after recognizing that many people spend a lot of time and money creating meals that are nutritionally complete. Soylent has been designed to be used as a staple meal by all adults. Every serving of Soylent supposedly offers users “maximum nutrition with minimum effort.”

Soylent is available in both a pre-made drink and powder form and the claim is that it has been optimized for nutrition. The pre-made drink is composed of a variety of ingredients but is primarily made up of soy protein, algal oil, isomaltulose and vitamins and minerals. Each bottle contains 37g carbohydrates, 21g lipids, 20g protein, which equal 400 calories, 25 micronutrients, 0g trans fat, 0g cholesterol, 2g saturated fat, 300mg sodium and 3g fiber.

On the other hand, the powder contains a variety of ingredients including brown rice protein, oat flour, sunflower oil and vitamins and minerals. Each serving has 57g carbohydrates, 23g lipids and 20g protein. Combined this equals 500 calories, 23 micronutrients, 0g trans fats, 0g cholesterol, 2.5g of saturated fat, 280mg of sodium and 3g of fiber.

If using the powder, Soylent should be prepared according to the directions on the package. The powder is added to water and stirred until smooth.

A single serving of Soylent is used to replace a full meal. It is up to the user how often they use the product to replace meals. Some people drink it exclusively as a diet while others use it to replace a meal once a day or occasionally.

Pros

Soylent is convenient fast and affordable, costing about $3 a meal. It does contain protein,
carbohydrates, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals but lacks excess amounts of sugar, cholesterol and fats. The taste is said to be smooth and delicious.

Although not officially approved by the FDA, it is considered to be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. It is Vegan friendly.

While Soylent doesn’t claim to be a product for weight loss, it can provide a balanced meal that will satisfy hunger. Therefore, it may help some people – who have trouble controlling portion sizes or who tend to eat meals high in fats, salt and sugar, obtain better nutrition, less fat and fewer calories – manage their weight. That being said, if a person were to attempt to use this product with weight loss in mind, they should first consult their doctor and should also be advised that in addition to taking a meal replacement, regular exercise would be necessary to assist in weight loss efforts.

Cons
While vegan friendly, the product is not gluten-free, organic, GMO-free or kosher. It should also be noted that it contains soy. Therefore, this product is not suitable for anyone who has an allergy to its ingredients, particularly to soy or gluten.

While it is low in sugar it contains sucralose, which some research suggests can reduce good gut bacteria and limit drug absorption depending on the size of the dose.

Some people who have tried Soylnet have complained about the taste and also about excessive gas. However, this seems to be a potential side effect but not a common one.

Finally, be advised that there is no guarantee that taking Soylent will meet everyone’s nutritional requirements. What one person may require to the next could vary widely depending on a variety of factors. Furthermore, some people argue that meal replacements, no matter how healthy, are not as nutritious as ingesting whole foods.

Prior to using Soylent, you should first consult with your doctor, especially if you intend to make an exclusive diet out of it or use it regularly.

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