Soylent makes you green
Future food firm Soylent has issued a total recall on its food bars after reports that they were giving some consumers upset stomachs. The food bars, launched last month and designed to give 12.5 per cent of the total nutrients needed for a day, have now been withdrawn from sale and the company is offering a full refund. "A …
A quick Google tells me they have 250 calories, which is about 12.5% of the calories needed for a single day (depending on sex & weight) So wow, if you eat those you'll get an average amount of nutrients for the calories you are consuming....however did they manage such an impossible feat?
Surely there are about a million superior alternatives out there, many of which are in the form of 'bars' as well. I think this company sounds like a one trick pony that's basically the ironic name and that's it.
"It's not the first time the firm has had quality control issues"
So they've confirmed this is a quality control issue (meaning that the bars don't contain what they're supposed to contain), and not a design problem (meaning they contain what was intended, but it turns out that's not A Good Thing(TM))?
The Soylent tours were incredibly popular. Unfortunately the cause of this popularity was a slight typographical error in the brochure which read "The Soylent Factory employees will make a very good meal for visiting tourists", instead of "The Soylent Factory employees will make a very good meal OF visiting tourists".
True. I'd also propose old legumes. When they're a few months old, the seed's "skin" produces some polysaccharides that somehow disrupt the gut flora and cause megaton-level farts. "New" legumes don't cause so many farts, but they're usually more expensive.
So this could be caused by a change in providers, a way of cutting corners or a simple lack of foresight by the company.
I also agree with other fellow commentards that pointed to the lack of quality control.
The idea of a "just eat this one thing" for a complete diet without having to shop or balance it is great, but I'd really want some third party body to go "yeah we know our stuff... this is a balanced diet and good long term" or something.
Because I'm not going to take some guy's word for it.
But the other big thing is it's fucking called "Soylent", if the BBC documentaries have taught me anything it's that nice sounding things with happy packaging actually matters to us.
I can't be the only person who thinks this?
I'd really want some third party body to go "yeah we know our stuff... this is a balanced diet and good long term" or something.
They effectively already have that, since they should be working to the RDAs defined by national or trans-national nutritional and food-packaging regulations. I don't know about Soylent specifically, but the nutritional information on the back of a pack of Joylent says that each package contains 100% of the RDA of just about everything.
Long-term is pretty much always a question for anything, but unless you want a 50-year lead time on any new foodstuff, I suppose "it doesn't immediately kill you" is about as good as we can get.
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