Rob Rhinehart believes that if he wants to then he won’t have to eat in his life again. The 24-year-old computer engineer developed a mixture of substances that replaces of the daily needs of a man 100%, according to his age and weight. He named it Soylent and for months has been feeding exclusively on it. And he still lives.
Rob argues that a man does not need fruits and vegetables or meat – he needs vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients such as essential amino acids, carbohydrates and fat. These are broken down into substances: for example, he uses fat olive oil with fish oil. For carbohydrates he uses oligosaccharides, which are like sugar, but with a different molecule, thus they can be metabolized for longer. The analytical mixture of the drink, that looks like milk, contains about 40 different substances and the reasoning behind it, the dosage and some arguments are analyzed by him in his blog. And what are the advantages? According to him, they are many.
He feeds on balanced food, taking a few calories and avoiding all additives found in processed products. This saves him time from shopping and dishwashing. It has lowered the water bill as well as the electricity one. He says that he feel more energetic and he also claims to have scars on his skin healed, some he had for years, and that the people mistake him for being younger. To prove his words, he has publicized the blood tests he has done. The negative parts are the fact that the mixture goes bad quickly, so he has to make a new one every day and that he must be very careful with the dosages. One could say that the taste would be a problem or that he eats the same thing every day. Rob says that he is not concerned about it, because when he does need to eat normal food out, he will do it. And the most surprising part is that Soylent’s taste seems quite pleasant and sweet.
The issue has unsurprisingly been discused about a lot from critics, curious people and concerned scientists. To answer that, he says he appreciates any critisism, as long as its right on the spot: the human body is a very complex machine. Although what it takes to keep it alive has been analyzed, it is not certain that it has been analyzed enough and the details in this case can actually kill you. The thing he can’t stand, though, is when others call him crazy or tell him that he can not go against nature.
Is he mad? If you get over the shock of the new thing and the complete break with what we know about the food, the allegations can’t be dismissed by non-specialists. If he’s right then he may be close to a breakthrough that could save lives. He hasn’t given up on food completely and he does eat normal food sometimes. His highlight is that he hasn’t given up on food, he’s done so on bad-quality food, to be exact.