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In the latest attempt by denizens of Silicon Valley to free themselves from the shackles of normal life, a startup has created a meal replacement substance named "Soylent", and this Reg hack is going to spend the next seven days trying to live entirely off the stuff. Soylent Corporation launched in May with a funding campaign …

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Sounds like Complan...

Except repackaged for the morbidly curious sickos who think they may be eating people.

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Re: Sounds like Complan...

Soylent Green is people?

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Nooooooo

The ocean's dying. Plankton's dying. It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing, they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!

You tell everybody. Listen to me. You've gotta tell 'em! SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE! We gotta stop them! Somehow! Listen! Listen to me… PLEASE!!!

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Living off it for 3 months?

Put a steak in front of him and watch him cry like a baby.

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Re: Nooooooo

Darn thermal dynamics! We are going to make people food out of people!

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Re: Sounds like Complan...

It's exactly like enteral feeding stuff only much more expensive.......

You can get complete feeds for people who are unable to eat for a lot less than this stuff, a quick google gets you:

http://www.allegromedical.com/dietary-supplements-c522/nutren-1-0-fiber-p548658.html

24 'drinks' for $31, nutritionally complete including fibre.....

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Linux

Soylent = Soya + Lentils ?

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Yes

I believe that was the portmanteau.

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Well in that case, he can go fuchims, 'cos that soylent looks blonast. Fischip for suptoni, I think...

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Crikey! Just thinking about living on that is making me fart uncontrollably.

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Devil

Don't worry

It's brainfarts.

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The big 3

There are 3 important tests that you need to do to verify this as a food substitute:

1) Does it have the same effect as a kebab after a night of booze?

2) Does it have the same effect as a bacon sarnie the morning after a night of booze?

3) Can you have it for lunch at your desk without looking like a plonker?

One more thing to watch out for, the after effects of an all Soylent diet. There's no polite way to put this, but how horrific is it on the way out?

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Boffin

If you can't fry it, it's not food

So that's the obvious experiment...

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Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

It's still new, give it time. It probably hasn't made its way to Scotland yet.

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Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

It's still new, give it time. It probably hasn't made its way to Scotland yet.

Ach, this isn't even a challenge, you can obviously use it as a batter so we'd probably use it to coat something else a bit more exotic (Mint Poppets anyone?) before the obligatory inadvisable deep frying...

Mind you, for the record, Google deep fried Oreos, deep fried twinkies, deep fried snickers.. The US also has a history of slapping batter on some foodstuffs not normally associated with the antient and noble art of deep frying and just going for it.

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Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

Definitely suggesting deep fried mars bars + soylent. :D

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Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

"Mind you, for the record, Google deep fried Oreos, deep fried twinkies, deep fried snickers.. The US also has a history of slapping batter on some foodstuffs not normally associated with the antient and noble art of deep frying and just going for it." -- Youtube:Fried Butter on a Stick!

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"Mind you, for the record, Google deep fried Oreos, deep fried twinkies, deep fried snickers.. The US also has a history of slapping batter on some foodstuffs not normally associated with the antient and noble art of deep frying and just going for it."

Oh, that's not the US, that's Texas. They'll deep fry anything down there, including their prisoners.

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Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food

I was once given a pointer by a Scotsman on the proper way to consume porridge (porage).

Boil it up as usual, probably with a lost more salt than you would normally us, and pour it into a drawer. Then when you want to eat it, cut squares of it out of the drawer and fry them.

Can't say it would appeal to me unless made with plenty of chillies.

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"Why, in my day you could buy meat anywhere. Eggs, they had. Real butter. Fresh lettuce in the..."

Can you cook it at all? it looks like batter, so can you make pancakes out of it?

Then you could spice the flavour up with some fried bacon, and sausages, and tomato, scrambled egg, muschrooms, beans, a couple of slices of fried bread, ketchup and HP sauce. Could be a really tasty breakfast. although might be better to leave out the weird-pancake and just have the other stuff :)

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Re: "Why, in my day you could buy meat anywhere. Eggs, they had. Real butter. Fresh lettuce in ..."

spice the flavour up with some fried bacon, and sausages, and ...

then hold the soylent, cos you've already got your meal right there.

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Cheap supermarket copies will be called

Replent, and advertised by CGIed Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah

That's my brainstorming done for the day, beer o'clock ahoy

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WTF?

Delete the lumps?

My kitchen doesn't have a "delete" button.

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Re: Delete the lumps?

Mine didn't either, so I upgraded it with a dog I call Delete.

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keen.

I like eating as much as the next guy, but this really appeals to me. In true hipster fashion: I have been following this guy's exploits for a while before he went commercial and it really seems he has a point. His plan is to solve malnutrition in one product and it looks like he has it. But it doesn't replace all eating, he says he likes to have A couple of meals a week and enjoy them rather than being slaves to eating three times a day.

Once he launches in Europe I will be going for it!

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Re: keen.

Quite frankly, I am amazed that there are people so lazy or lacking of taste so severely as to voluntarily forgo the joy of eating proper food in favour of drinking that baby-milk formula for adults. Maybe the next step is to skip the whole drinking inconvenience and feed it directly over an IV?

Food is not a gas tank refill and nobody is so time-challenged that they can't spend 20-30 minutes a day to prepare proper meals for themselves.

I can understand the utility of this as some kind of emergency rations on ships and space stations, humanitarian supplies to famine zones etc. But as a voluntary food substitute?

Losing the taste of food is losing a part of our humanity IMHO.

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Slaves to eating?

Eating is a pleasure. If you're a slave to it then you're doing it wrong.

And yes, even when it's salad it can be delicious.

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Re: keen.

Thanks ever so much for telling the rest of us how to live our lives. Do you have any other pearls of wisdom for the rest of us?

Food is exactly a "gas tank refill" - it is digested and provides energy to keep your body going. That some people choose to make a hobby of it is their own choice.

I hope that you grow your own veg and hunt and kill all your meat by hand. After all, food is the most important thing in life so you'd better do a proper job of it.

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Re: keen.

>> Food is exactly a "gas tank refill"

And sex is a mechanical function that serves only to reproduce, right?

I pity people that think like you.

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Re: keen.

I like eating as much as the next guy, but this really appeals to me. In true hipster fashion: I have been following this guy's exploits for a while before he went commercial and it really seems he has a point.

If you're a true hipster you won't want anything to do with it now he's went 'commercial'

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Re: keen.

"His plan is to solve malnutrition in one product and it looks like he has it. "

How can this solve malnutrition in famine-struck tracts of the Third World? It seems to need clean water and a means to refrigerate the final mixture to make it drinkable.

Will the maker be funding such developments with the profits from this gloop?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Colin

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Re: keen.

You always chuck something in about the Third World when you're doing some sort of food science and looking for publicity / cash.

He's actually a bit out of date, he should have said something about how the more efficient use of agricultural land will prevent global warming.

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Re: keen.

With the caveat that PBR is a perfectly acceptable commercial product for them.

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Malnutrition isn't always about the third world, to quote the Time article:

"On a trip home to Atlanta, Rhinehart says he came across an elderly neighbor, who had become gaunt with age as he grew too old to continue properly cooking. He realized Soylent might have benefits for other people too."

"“It seemed ridiculous that things have gotten so efficient and streamlined and we have come so far, but we haven’t figure out how to get healthy food to everyone,” says Rhinehart. “In San Francisco, the food and health differences between the poorer and more affluent areas are so clear. It’s not that people don’t know what things are healthy and unhealthy. They don’t have the means.”"

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/06/10/soylent-is-the-food-of-the-future-really-a-nutrition-solution/#ixzz2WCdThNUM

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Re: keen.

It’s not that people don’t know what things are healthy and unhealthy. They don’t have the means.

It's exactly the opposite. Poor people do have the means to eat healthily, they either choose not to, or more likely, don't know how to cook.

£15 - £20 a week ought to be able to feed you quite nicely. Particularly if you've got time to shop around for bargains and make stuff. You won't be eating meat every meal of course, but you should be able to get a balanced diet and have some nice stuff too. That wouldn't get you far in ready meals, or turkey twizzlers - but real food goes a long way. Most of my evening meals come in well under £2 a portion. And if time's tight, it takes the same 20 minutes to make a casserole for 6, as it does to make it for 1, and then you've got 5 frozen ready-meals that are quite healthy.

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Re: keen.

@Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"Losing the taste of food is losing a part of our humanity IMHO"

Don't worry, we'll all be Borg drones before long, so you won't notice.

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Re: keen.

> And sex is a mechanical function that serves only to reproduce, right?

How are we supposed to know? This is an IT site. :(

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Re: keen.

Food is not a gas tank refill and nobody is so time-challenged that they can't spend 20-30 minutes a day to prepare proper meals for themselves.

Food is a gas tank refill, as far as our body's concerned. Taste is all about us searching for the best energy-packed food, usually. As for the time-challenged, this is a good option for some types who have jobs where 30 minutes is all you have for eating. Technically, this might be healthier than eating at McD's. Though I'd agree that I'd use it more for emergency rations than everyday eating!

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Re: keen.

"Quite frankly, I am amazed that there are people so lazy or lacking of taste so severely as to voluntarily forgo the joy of eating proper food in favour of drinking that baby-milk formula for adults"

It amazes me that some people assume the whole of humanity is as able as themselves in every respect. It amazes me that some people think their second-rate cooking is worth the time and effort just to get some fuel. It amazes me that some people are so rich in time and money they assume everyone can afford to taste the best food in the world without making some sacrifices.

Not all of us are rich, successful gourmet chefs -- some of us can't eat what we love every day and, instead, choose to fuel our bodies whilst we save the time and money to enjoy things.

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Re: keen.

Food is much more than a fuel tank refill. An easy example that shuts down the biological imperative for energy density idea is to look at a child. Even a baby dislikes certain things, regardless of nutritional content. Same with dogs, horses and cats.

Sometimes it is best not to over think things. Life as a whole is pretty straightforward, and although scientist types hate it, not everything has a reason or underlying cause.

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I am in total agreement, Vladimir! It is almost as though different people have different views and different opinions. Crazy!

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Re: keen.

Professional Bull Riders ... Na

Petroleo Brasileiro ... Maybe?

Pabst Blue Ribbon ... Ah, the must be the one.

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'Food is exactly a "gas tank refill" - it is digested and provides energy to keep your body going.'

Thank you, Mr.Logic.

http://tinyurl.com/mn2p5e5

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"Quite frankly, I am amazed that there are people so lazy or lacking of taste so severely as to voluntarily forgo the joy of eating proper food in favour of drinking that baby-milk formula for adults."

Lacking in taste, or lacking in time and/or skills? The first example to spring to mind: I don't know what proportion of people eats a ten-minute lunch at the desk, but it's probably pretty high (in certain professions, at least).

"Maybe the next step is to skip the whole drinking inconvenience and feed it directly over an IV?"

This is something many people would go for, I'm sure, assuming an IV can actually be made convenient rather than highly invasive.

"Losing the taste of food is losing a part of our humanity IMHO."

But that's not really the point of Soylent, I gather - the point is to get rid of mediocre food so that when we do eat, we eat really well. As Rob himself says, I may enjoy beer, but I don't want to drink it twenty-one times a week.

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I really hate to think of the long term damage that would do to the gut unless there are significant amounts of soft fibre in it.

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> If you're a true hipster you won't want anything to do with it now he's went 'commercial'

If you're a true hipster you won't want anything to do with it unless it has a picture of a half-eaten fruit on the packaging.

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Non-nomnomnom.

Will your teeth fall out in protest if you eat just this?

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"Technically, this might be healthier than eating at McD's."

Technically, eating the packaging from a supermarket ready meal is probably healthier (and more pleasant) than eating at McD's...

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@ " I am amazed that there are people so lazy..."

I know someone who is in his fifties and runs his own business successfully (and therefore presumably isn't a total fool). He exists almost exclusively on low-preparation processed crud: crisps, value brand pasties and nasty microwave meals. He is hugely averse to cooking. I was present the first time he chopped up an onion a couple of years ago and last week he successfully cooked some rice under my instruction, but it's unlikely he'll ever get into the cooking habit and I could see him downing gloop instead and paying handsomely for the "convenience".

Yes, it's pathetic, hence the icon.

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