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Green beans, chilli con carne, fresh mackerel, olives, zucchini, pork belly stuffed with chilli and garlic – these are some of the things we've been thinking of during our self-imposed Soylent diet. Clearly, we're not the right market for the stuff. We embarked on our medically dubious disruptive experiment to subsist entirely …

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Obviously, you need to combine....

Obviously, you need to combine the Soylent with the alcohol - that way the taste won't bother you as much.

(said as a lifelong teetotaler due to not liking the "taste" (mouthfeel) of alcohol - but one who says "If you want to imbibe, go ahead!").

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Re: Obviously, you need to combine....

> Imagine "lunch" as a warm, wheat-coloured oily liquid that has grainy stuff in it that sticks in the back of your throat, and you're there.

They still make Watneys Red Barrel ?

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. . . Chromium . . .

That did it.

I'm not playing.

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Re: . . . Chromium . . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromium_deficiency

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Re: . . . Chromium . . .

Well, in a tepid defense of this crud, trace minerals like Chromium are likely present in the "natural-ish" ingredients of the mix, like the whey, maltodextrin, or oat powder.

Just because it's not in the list doesn't mean it's not present... I mean, I don't take a multi-vitamin, and nothing I've ever eaten lists Chromium in the ingredient list, yet I'm still alive.

Really, I'd be most worried about the lack of iodine; there's a reason it's added to salt... I don't think any of the listed ingredients have it in adequate amounts.

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@ Piro - Re: . . . Chromium . . .

Spoilsport.

My post was referring to the identically named, Google-developed web browser. This was to create a humorous effect by relating the topically non-relevant but in this forum prevalent definition to this article and showing a strong, albeit artificially fabricated and untrue, dislike for any possible connotation of the word itself.

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Re: . . . Chromium . . .

Chromium deficiency is a PROPOSED deficiency - proposed by the chromium marketing board no doubt!

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Re: @ Piro - . . . Chromium . . .

Doesn't seem to have any Firefoxium or Safarium in it either....(and thankfully none of the highly toxic InternetExplodium either)

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Re: @ Piro - . . . Chromium . . .

No Operarium or Dilloium either.

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not a balanced diet

Entirely lacking in eg uranium mine tailings

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Re: not a balanced diet

Uranium mill tailings you mean :) Best ingredients list ever that, & top book, thanks for the flashback.

"Water, blackstrap molasses, imported habanero peppers, salt, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, axle grease, real hickory smoke, snuff, butts of clove cigarettes, Guiness Stout fermentation dregs, uranium mill tailings, muffler cores, monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, nitrotes and nitrutes, nutrites, natrotes, powdered pork nose hairs, dynamite, activated charcoal, match-heads, used pipe cleaners, tar, nicotine, single-malt whiskey, smoked beef lymph nodes, autumn leaves, red fuming nitric acid, bituminous coal, fallout, printer's ink, laundry starch, drain cleaner, blue chrysotile asbestos, carrageenan, BHA, BHT, and natural flavorings."

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Re: not a balanced diet

"Water, blackstrap molasses, imported habanero peppers, salt, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, axle grease, real hickory smoke, snuff, butts of clove cigarettes, Guiness Stout fermentation dregs, uranium mill tailings, muffler cores, monosodium glutamate, nitrates, nitrites, nitrotes and nitrutes, nutrites, natrotes, powdered pork nose hairs, dynamite, activated charcoal, match-heads, used pipe cleaners, tar, nicotine, single-malt whiskey, smoked beef lymph nodes, autumn leaves, red fuming nitric acid, bituminous coal, fallout, printer's ink, laundry starch, drain cleaner, blue chrysotile asbestos, carrageenan, BHA, BHT, and natural flavorings."

Isn't that the recipe for most American Beer?

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Re: not a balanced diet

I thought it was just ditch water and piss.

(Honestly though, there are some truly great American brews to be had these days, the micro-brewing scene is very much alive in many parts of the country).

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Not gloopy

Soylent Green was a thin flat square 2"x2" in a dark green plasticky finish.

It was eaten as a biscuit and was definitely not a gloopy, gloppy mess.

It was said to have been made from plankton, but was actually made from the remains of euthanised people. The green colouring was to disguise where it came from.

Laboratory animal tests on Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 have revealed signs of causing cancer, CSPI informs. Yellow 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests.

Soylent Green is a copyright name so watch that space.

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Holmes

Re: Not gloopy

Soylent also came in other colors besides Green.

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Re: Not gloopy

"Sebastian Brosig asked for detailed reports from the other end."

Ok this "not gloopy" bizness, are you talking about the gozinta or the gozouta? On a side note I have it on good authority that color depends a lot on bile production and how long it stays in your system. Think of it like a traffic light, green slips right on through, yellow gets delayed a bit and red, let's hope you had beets last night.

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Re: Not gloopy

Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6...

What are those in real money? Nobody else uses those monikers for the compounds.

'E' numbers are more widely used and less confused with others, even better is the common name of the compound.

The FD&C "Yellow 5" is also known as Food Yellow 4, E102...

Or better, Tartrazine. It is associated with hyperactivity and at higher doses, random heart attacks.

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Pancakes??

Can it be made into pancakes rather than a drink ?

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'pork belly stuffed with chilli and garlic'

I require more information on this subject.

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Is this brave hack drinking or eating something else besides this thing?

If not, does it really satisfies the hunger? I would have though that drinking a glass of whatever would do f*ck-all to keep the person from starving.

<--- I'd prefer THIS liquid diet, thank you very much

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Soylent all the way

Mr Coatsworth - my daily diet consists of Soylent for breakfast, Soylent for lunch, and Soylent for dinner. Along with this, I've been having coffee every now and then, and on the weekends lashings of beer/spirits/dubious alcoholic concoctions.

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Liquid diets

A study a few years back addressed the "drinking water staves off hunger" myth (which we all knew was untrue from experience anyway) and showed that the stomach can detect the difference between "empty" water and food. They then went on to investigate the quantity of solid matter that needs to be suspended in the water for the body to detect it as food, and determined a very fast shelf between the body's distinction between "food" and "not food". As I recall it, the conclusion was that having meals bulked out with water (thick sauces and soups, stews ets) would trigger a "full" response in fewer calories than equivalent meals with a lower water content, but thin soups, soft drinks etc would supply calories but would not be recognised as "food" and would therefore not reduce your appetite.

Hence also why posh restaurants prefer thin soups and consommées as starters, and potato soup is a lunchtime pub meal.

I have had meal-replacement shakes a couple of times in the past (not on diet grounds, but instead due to having dental work carried out shortly before lunchtime and not being able to chew) and the solid content is definitely enough to trigger the "full" response. From the description of this crud, it sounds solid enough by miles....

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How does one "add" Chloride... and Sodium? Really?

I expect the ingredient list was meant to say Sodium Chloride and Potassium Chloride. Chloride alone is an ion and isn't something you can just put in a baggie. And it's rather unlikely he added metallic sodium or potassium to the mix, given their bothersome tendency to react when exposed to air. (And more so if you get the stuff wet.)

Certainly both Sodium Chloride and Potassium Chloride are rather common and well-understood food additives. (As a side-note, I hope there's some other source of Potassium in there, because it's going to be right nasty stuff if the only Potassium source is Potassium Chloride.)

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Re: How does one "add" Chloride... and Sodium? Really?

Quite easy to add Sodium to something... and rather spectacular if you drop a big lump of the stuff in a beaker of water.

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Taking a hint from Gin & Tonic ...

Tonic was, IIRC, originally developed as a palatable way of taking quinine, which helped the Brits in India and elsewhere deal with malaria. Adding gin made tonic more palatable. So, perhaps the solution to the general blech of Soylent would be to add the proper alcoholic additive. I've always assumed that the famed mythical Ambrosia was basically a tasty nutrient-filled concoction with enough alcohol (and perhaps other mood-modifiers) to give one's environment that pleasant pinkish glow of happiness.

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Re: Taking a hint from Gin & Tonic ...

What with it being gloopy and oatmeal like, I can only think the proper alcoholic additive is mead. Sounds almost appealing.

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Re: Taking a hint from Gin & Tonic ...

Why not make it absinthe?

High alcohol content, combined with the thujone from the wormwood, would not only make it more palatable, but the thujone and green colouring could actually make you believe you were eating true Soylent Green.

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Bah!

Not as nice as food? Big surprise.

I had a pal back in the last century while I was at the University of Global Warming who spent all his vacation earning good money, then on first day of term -1 would blow the entire stash on some piece of outrageous Hi-Fi gear (the as-used-on-stage-by Phil Manzanera Revox tape deck stands out in my memory).

The result was that he would have approximately 85p to last him ten weeks, and that had to cover beer as well as food.

He would deal with this extreme cash shortage by consuming only a soy-based product intended to pad out minced beef. Naturally, he could not afford any beef.

After three years of this he graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences and thanks to his diet he looked the part. Seldom have I been that close to someone so obviously dealing first-hand with hard radiation or toxic waste (to judge by the complexion, hair and so forth).

This whole experiment is madness of the first order.

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"if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

Sounds like Australian beer.

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Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

Ironic given the Wattney's [SHUDDER] Red Barrel comment above...

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Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

That's what you get for being silly enough to drink the stuff we export. Beer manufatured by Carlton United Breweries really isn't intended for internal use.

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Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

"Ironic given the Wattney's [SHUDDER] Red Barrel comment above..."

I'm guessing the book will called 'The Red Barrel of Courage'.

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Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

If you are talking about fosters then you should know that it is made in Britain. So you can blame the UK for that one.

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Re: "if it's not chilled, it's utterly disgusting"

A country's beer being disrespected, and it's not the US?

Inconceivable!

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Bah!

[G&T] Met a bloke once, friend of my dad, who was in Burma during WWII, and whose unit had run out of quinine. He was the only man to not go down with Malaria, and it drove the doctor mad trying to figure out why. Until demob day, when they ran into each other and doc saw dad's friend munching on a lemon. Turns out the one thing they had in abundance over there was lemons, and dad's friend ate 'em like others eat apples (if they like apples *a lot*).

The doc opined that the reason he had not been infected was that his sweat was so acidic the mossies wouldn't come near him.

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Re: Bah!

I grew up in New Guinea, back when it was spelt that way and the only thing standing between you and a (short) lifetime of sweating and farting was a little yellow quinine pill. I can still taste the bastards thirty five years later. For a decade or so after we moved to less malarial climes I didn't get bitten by mosquitoes - my theory is that quinine has sod all effect on a the actual malaria beasties but it makes your blood taste so foul that the mozzies won't touch you.

Another G&T? Don't mind if I do - Fever Tree and Cadenhead Old Raj for preference.

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Re: Bah!

I spent yesterday visiting a research orchard and sampling multiple varieties of citrus fruit. By the end of it, I smelt more like a fruit than an animal, but that was more down to the juice and the oils -- and not just because of the juice running down my fingers: when you tear open a citrus fruit, you generate lots of aerosols from the oils in the skin, and if you burst a segment (rather than eating it whole), you aerosolise juice, too. Spend long enough in a mist of lemon aerosols, and the mozzies probably can't smell you at all....

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Re: Bah!

Malaria is for wimps.

You should try Dengue - just like malaria but the fever cycle is four times as fast, and if you're *really* lucky you can get the variety that dissolves all your insides, too.

I was losing 4kg a day when I caught it in an outbreak in Rio a few years back.

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Re: Bah!

"I was losing 4kg a day when I caught [Dengue] in an outbreak in Rio a few years back."

Pah! Y' soft Jessie! You want real discomfort, what you need is a bout of Chronic Recurring Pancreatitis!

Not only do you feel like you are being repeatedly stabbed by someone with the attention to detail of a Hanibal Lecter, not only is the pain mitigation done with Demerol - which is addictive and doesn't actually stop the pain, it only makes your brain forget to care about it for the moment - but the doctors will never believe you didn't get your Pancreatitis from long-term chronic alcoholism and will keep hoving into view with gleeful expressions as they run a pool on when you will begin the DTs.

And they will keep asking about your drinking habits and won't believe your answers because the most well-known fact about alcoholics is their propensity for lying about their drinking habits.

So to recap: Not curable, wait-it-out "treatment" regimen, drugs that addle one's wits but do nothing in the way of pain mitigation and earns you a reputation as an alky even though your wife made you quit drinking years before.

Then, when they let you out of hospital and you go to work, shuffling through Pennsylvania Station during the Democratic National Congress, a couple of hundred police officers will eye your zombie-like mein, your pallid, jaundiced complexion, your needle tracks ascending both arms and your prominent phlebitis from the intravenous feeding rig you've been subjected to for a fortnight in entirely the wrong light and label you as a habitual abuser of narcotics instead of a victim of genetics and Mars bars.

Dengue fever? Luxury!

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Feet, stones, pounds...

I'm afraid I don't understand medieval measuring units. What do those numbers mean in modern ElReg units? (or at the very least in the now outdated SI units...)

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Re: Feet, stones, pounds...

I've weighed 255 pounds for a while. I probably need to get rid of that 8-bit scale.

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Re: Feet, stones, pounds...

That's funny. I just assumed my hex scale hated me since it labeled me FF for Fat Fuck.

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Re: Feet, stones, pounds...

@Gene Cash

You bastard! You owe me half this icon and the one to the right of it.

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Re: Feet, stones, pounds...

Indeed: how do elephants fare with this muck?

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It's no wonder...

That they invented suicide booths in the world of Soylent Green. The only surprise it that, with a diet of this type, they weren't standard fittings in every kitchen.

'What's for dinner tonight, honey?'

'I'll just take a look in the suicide booth, dear.'

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Vulture West?

"By Jack Clark in San Francisco"

"That's 175 pounds to you statesiders—Ed."

The only conclusion being that the San Francisco office is actually located in one of the San Franciscos not in the U.S. Is it Tlaxcala, Mexico or El Petén, Guatemala? How about Putumayo Colombia? I have a friend who retired near San Francisco de Dos Ríos District in Costa Rica, should I ask him to drop in for a pint?

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But does it blend?

Toss in blender with a shot of Frangelico + whatever other medicine the doctor ordered, add ice, liquefy for a bit, et voila -- frozen mudslide that's good(-ish) for you. Surprised they have ginseng and ginkgo in the ingredients, nice bonus.

<-- might not work with beer, so plan on a side dish

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"The gloop's ingredients include carbohydrates, protein, fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, chloride, fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, biotin, panthothenic acid, lycopene, omega-3 fatty acids, ginseng, gingko biloba,lutein, alpha carotene, and vanadium."

Soo no flavour then? At least it's marginally better than a Pot Noodle - it passes on the soya protein bits...

Besides, this sounds like those 1-a-day multivitamins in shake form...

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No one cares

Of all the pseudo-science projects you could get involved with this is both the least interesting and the least amusing.

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