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posted by martyb on Friday May 30 2014, @09:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the needs-a-spoonful-of-sugar? dept.

Some soylentils have an interest in the Soylent food product, which claims to be complete, scientifically-based nutrition. Now Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times has spent a week and a half living off of it, and found it disappointing:

I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS.

Read the rest at the NYT: The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by romlok on Friday May 30 2014, @10:06AM

    by romlok (1241) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:06AM (#49086)

    Are you sure you RTFA?

    note that he didn't try to mix in different flavorings into his Soylent

    FTFA, emphasis mine:

    Soylent's instructions suggested adding peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings to the drink. I did, but still, Soylent tasted pretty much the same from day to day - like gritty, thinned-down pancake batter, inoffensive and dull.

    nor did he mention taking a break from Soylent and eat with friends when he craved for the dining experience

    FTFA:

    During the last week and a half, I consumed Soylent for most, but not all, of my meals. There were a couple of days when more than 90 percent of my calories came from the powder.

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  • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:32AM

    by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:32AM (#49088) Journal

    yep, those instructions sound terrible, how about some good flavours? bet he didn't actually try fruit, that would likely be decent, even mixed with cement fruit is good.

    • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Saturday May 31 2014, @08:00AM

      by Magic Oddball (3847) on Saturday May 31 2014, @08:00AM (#49492) Journal

      According to the article, fruit was on the 'recommended' list he tried: "peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings."

      I had to take bland, thick 'liquid' nutrition (which is extremely close in ingredients to Soylent) as a kid, and can attest that flavoring it is extremely difficult at best; it tends to either be untouched by a flavoring, or become nasty, sometimes gag-inducingly so. If you were to mix original gritty Metamucil, oatmeal, Bisquick, and heavy (liquid) whipping cream together, you might get a good approximation of it just for the challenge. You might want to have a quick-acting nausea pill nearby, though... ;-)

      That said, Farhad Manjoo is such an ignorant, smug little twat that I stopped reading the tech section at the last two sites he wrote for. Given they both hired him just when they switched over to printing a lot of trollish clickbait (like that article) and ads disguised as reviews, his presence at the NYT is probably a very bad sign.

  • (Score: 2) by khchung on Friday May 30 2014, @11:21AM

    by khchung (457) on Friday May 30 2014, @11:21AM (#49095)

    Soylent's instructions suggested adding peanut butter, fruit, vanilla extract or other flavorings to the drink. I did, but still, Soylent tasted pretty much the same from day to day - like gritty, thinned-down pancake batter, inoffensive and dull.

    I honestly missed that, even though I can remember reading it when seeing it in your reply. I guess it must be the effect of reading a "but", which cause people to mentally write-off whatever was said before that (something I heard from almost every communication class).

    OTOH, how *could* it still taste "pretty much the same" if he tried to add different flavorings?

    However, the second part. Yes, I did notice he wasn't doing a All-Soylent test, but obviously he had set a quota for himself and forced himself to went through it, even through meals where he wanted something else. "Feel like a chore" was HIS words, how would any normal customer keep eating Soylent when feeling like going through a chore?

    • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:04PM

      by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:04PM (#49328) Journal

      hey, that's interesting about the 'but'...but...