As a lady blog (one of several!), we get bombarded with a lot of information about fantastical new diets all the time. For the most part, they’re a repackaging of the same fluffy bullshit that celebrities parrot ad nauseam in gossip weeklies–broccoli and fish! grilled chicken and salad!–but occasionally we encounter something extremely bizarre and new.
Soylent frees you from the time and money spent shopping, cooking and cleaning, puts you in excellent health, and vastly reduces your environmental impact by eliminating much of the waste and harm coming from agriculture, livestock, and food-related trash.
Granted, Soylent isn’t marketed as a diet program–it’s marketed as a nutrition-laden substitute for food (almost altogether), something cheaper and less time-consuming than actually preparing it. It aims to be better for the human body, counterbalance mass food spoilage and perhaps even ultimately address world hunger.
Soylent is the rather unfortunately-named brainchild of software engineer Rob Rhinehart, designed to (cheaply, effectively) meet all of the human body’s nutritional needs. In the words of the company’s website, Soylent is intended to “free your body.” And, thanks to an impassioned crowd-funding campaign, Soylent is aiming to be available to the general public in September. Our question is… do you care?
In its short life, Soylent has already stirred up controversy, tasking Rhinehart with addressing legitimate concerns about nutrition or unnatural ingredients, along with the regular logical fallacies that crop up whenever someone tries to change the status quo. Of the few writers who’ve tried Soylent, however, negative side effects have largely occurred in the first few days (when the body feels shitty while adjusting to drinking meals instead of eating them). After that, positive benefits include weight loss, increased mental altertness and lots of time/money saved.
But we’re curious–does drinking odorless beige slurry instead of eating delicious food appeal to you? While it certainly appeals to biohack-happy tech dudes, we’re curious to see if Soylent catches on–could the positive benefits ever outweigh the joylessness of it all? Could anything ever replace the pleasure of actually eating?