The Food Report: Liquid Diets might Save the World?
As food enthusiasts, we dedicate our time to seeking out the newest, most delicious foods on this earth. We search online, scour bazaars, and plan trips to discover the next yummy thing that will fill our insatiable tummies. Even those who are not self-professed foodies will not deny the pleasure of sitting down to a well-cooked meal, in the company of good friends and good conversation.
Well, meet 24 year old programmer Rob Rhinehart. Rob, who hails from Atlanta, writes on his blog:
“In my own life I resented the time, money and effort the purchase, preparation, consumption, and clean-up of food was consuming…I don’t want to lose weight. I want to maintain it and spend less energy getting energy.”
It seems hard to believe but when Eliza Barclay of NPR did an informal poll, she found that “a few…could relate to Rhinehart” and that “these were all young men.”
So as an experiment for the past 90 days, Rob has consumed, almost exclusively, his own homemade liquid cocktail of “vitamins, minerals,
macronutrients…antioxidants, probiotics and nootropics,” monitored his lab results and concluded that through this diet he has become healthier, happier and even better-looking: “I feel like the six million dollar man. My physique has noticeably improved, my skin is clearer, my teeth whiter, my hair thicker and my dandruff gone.”
Jay Mirtallo, a professor of pharmacy at Ohio State, states that Rhinehart “basically made [his own version of] medical food,” the commercial, hospital-grade liquid that is “intended to be used by patients under medical supervision and administered intravenously, orally, or through an incision in the stomach.”
Mirtallo adds that it is possible to have a healthy life on medical food: “You can completely,” he says. “But I don’t know why you’d want to. There are so many social aspects to food in what we do.”
In a Vice magazine interview, though he doesn’t quite address if he misses actual, solid food that he can chew, Rob states that “eating…is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I don’t want to go to the movies three times a day.” He also adds that “right now I only eat one or two conventional meals a week, but if I had any money or a girlfriend, I would probably eat out more often.”
Nutritionist Stella Metsovas, in the Business Insider, warns: “I see a red flag for a potential eating disorder.”
Rob does admit that his Soylent is not perfect. In month two he recognized that he was not consuming enough calories, while in month three, he was beginning to see some joint problems and a sulfur deficiency. If he becomes successful in tweaking his recipe, Rob envisions his food replacement as a potential way to alleviate world hunger.
Rob is not a doctor, but if you are interested in becoming a test subject or want to learn more about his soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project, check out his blog here: http://robrhinehart.com/?page_id=184 In his blog you’ll also see Soylent’s ingredients, his lab results and general musings on life.
A month of Soylent (named after the ominous, literary and cinematic Soylent Green) costs $154.82 plus the time and effort it takes to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab.
The idea of a liquid or meal-replacement diet (Slim-fast, anyone?) is not entirely new, but the idea of making it permanent, along with its long-term health repercussions is something that I would like to see.
For an interesting take on liquid diets that is closer to home, check out local blogger Sanju from Table for Three as he recounts his experience on the Velocity Diet
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