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The new improved vegetarian Soylent Green


I came across this blog the other day in which the author has created what he believes to be the optimal meal replacement using basic food stuffs, vitamins, and minerals. He calls it “Soylent” of all things. I hesitated before sharing this with you but I know that you’re smart enough not to go trying to make your own batch at home. Right? Right.

As any dietitian worth their salt will tell you, we don’t know for certain that its individual nutrients providing certain benefits or if it’s a more complicated effect of various nutrients in a food (or foods). This is why we promote varied and balanced diet. Long-term consumption of a meal replacement containing primarily synthetic vitamins may have dangerous consequences.

As the author himself points out, “I am not fully convinced of the diet’s safety for a physiology different than mine. What if I missed something that’s essential for someone of a different race or age group?”. This is a very important point: nutrient needs are different for women and men and for different age groups, lifestyles, etc.

I think that most of us enjoy food so a supplement like this would not be a suitable option. It’s nice that he’s being his own guinea pig (although it makes me exceedingly nervous that he’s sharing the supplement to others). Perhaps if this works for him it will be useful in feeding certain patient groups such as those suffering from anorexia nervosa. Or it might be an improvement on many of the “meal replacements” currently on the market.


Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

2 thoughts on “The new improved vegetarian Soylent Green

  1. Hi Diana, I just recently saw the Soylent website selling this stuff so I naturally decided to come by and see if you’ve written something about it. Looks more like a big product now. Would you revisit the topic? Thanks, Chuck


    • Hi Chuck! So glad you thought of me.His site definitely looks a lot more prodessional than it did last year. I’ll take a look and see what’s new.


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