Soylent, The Food of Your Future?

By Ted

Does anyone remember that 70’s film, Soylent Green? It was about a revolutionary new food called soylent green, which was really just ground up dead people! (Sorry to spoil the ending.)

Well, it seems that Soylent is becoming a reality, minus the whole ground up dead people ingredient I hope. 24-year-old software engineer Rob Rhinehart, recently lived for 30 days on nothing but Soylent and is now raising money, so he can sell it to the masses and change the world as we know it.

What’s in Soylent?

They’ve been tweaking the formula, but according to their website Soylent contains the following ingredients:soylent

  1. Maltodextrin
  2. Oat Powder
  3. Whey Isolate
  4. Grapeseed Oil
  5. Potassium Gluconate
  6. Salt
  7. Magnesium Gluconate
  8. Monosodium Phosphate
  9. Calcium Carbonate
  10. Methylsulfonylmethane
  11. Creatine
  12. Powdered Soy Lecithin
  13. Choline Bitartrate
  14. Ferrous Gluconate (Iron)
  15. Phosphorous
  16. Iodine
  17. Zinc
  18. Selenium
  19. Copper
  20. Manganese
  21. Chromium
  22. Molybdenum
  23. Vitamin A
  24. Vitamin B6
  25. Vitamin B12
  26. Vitamin C
  27. Vitamin D
  28. Vitamin E
  29. Vitamin K
  30. Thiamin
  31. Riboflavin
  32. Niacin
  33. Folate
  34. Biotin
  35. Panthothenic Acid
  36. Lycopene
  37. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  38. Ginseng
  39. Gingko Biloba
  40. Lutein
  41. Alpha Carotene
  42. Vanadium

Is anyone’s mouth watering yet? They say that some meals can be fun and social, so still enjoy those. But, for all your other meals simply use Soylent.

Would you eat Soylent?


  1. Kristen

    Can’t say that I wouldn’t try it if there was some data saying it was helpful, but it’s intensely frightening to me to think of eating ONLY something like this. What happened to all those things that naturally grow outside and are full of the same great nutrients in ways that were created for our bodies??

    • Ted

      There is no way they could mimic all the antioxidants and plant sterols found in fresh vegetables and fruit. I’ll be sticking to my whole foods diet even if it does take an hour out of my busy day to prepare 🙂

  2. Diet Elixirs

    Well, it looks just like any meal replacement powder to me, but I would like to see the ingredients a little bit different:

    – I would drop the maltodextrin and leave just oat powder as carb source or add some other quality carb source
    – Maybe add some EFA oil instead of grapeseed oil, like olive oil or something similar

    I just don’t know how whey isolate is affordable, quality whey isolate is really expensive. 🙂

    • Ted

      I didn’t like seeing whey as an ingredient because producing whey relies on dairy farming, which is hard on the environment and one of the issues the developers of Soylent say they care about.

  3. Jim

    This looks like the kind of thing that 3D printers will be able to create. My mouth is watering in anticipation…

  4. Elle

    Ted, I have to admit that I have never seen that movie.

    I really do hope that this Soylent does not contain any ground up people. The only way I see that as being a selling point is if there truly is a zombie apocalypse.

    Anyways, I’m not so sure this is something that I would want to be eating on a daily basis. Where is the flavor and variety that we rely on?

    I like having a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and all of the wonderful flavors that accompany them. I really doubt that Soylent can ever take the place of that for me.

    Maybe this would be something good to have on hand though, just in case there ever is a zombie apocalypse, or some other catastrophic disaster.


  5. German

    I want see some flys died before I try.

  6. Spectra

    No. I’d rather eat ground up dead people.