|Amount||Ingredient||$ / day||Source|
|125||g||Brown Rice Protein Isolate||$4.39||Amazon|
|15.75||g||Potassium Gluconate||$0.41||Amazon (S)|
|6||g||Soy Lecithin||$0.11||Amazon (S)|
|0.2||pill||Retinyl Palmitate||$0.01||Amazon (S)|
|0||g||Sodium Selenite||$0.00||The Lab Depot, Inc.|
|60.87||ml||Canola Oil (not recommended - see notes)||$0.20||Amazon (S)|
|5.33||pill||Fish Oil||$0.20||Amazon (S)|
Total Daily Cost:
|$7.44||Add Ingredients |
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For the sake of "authenticity," I have not attempted to group together or otherwise optimize the ingredients -- steps such as using a pre-combined vitamin supplement would make this significantly more suitable for assembly in a DIY context.
To be clear, I'm putting this together for "fun," and I do not recommend that anyone actually use this recipe. You'd have to be nuts to try to measure out fractions of micrograms of individual vitamins at home.
For a more realistic DIY recipe that still hews close to the "official" Soylent, please see: https://www.completefoods.co/diy/recipes/quidnycs-significantly-more-realistic-diy-rendition-of-the-official-soylent
That said, I don't actually think it's a good idea for people to consume canola oil on purpose. For my recommended "Superfood" DIY formula, please see: https://www.completefoods.co/diy/recipes/quidnycs-superfood-for-him
If you're particularly concerned about costs, you might want to take a look at my "Cheaperfood" recipe, which cuts some corners without crossing any nutritional red lines: https://www.completefoods.co/diy/recipes/quidnycs-cheaperfood
- January 28, 2014: I'm dropping the xanthan gum, since it seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the Applications Overview blog post.
- January 13, 2014: I have updated the formula according to the "Applications Overview" posted today with details on soy lecithin, xanthan gum, gum arabic, vanillin, and sucralose.
- January 10, 2014: The values for oat flour, maltodextrin, rice protein, and canola oil have been updated per Rob's recent post in the Soylent Discourse forums.
On "Vegetable" Oils and Oxidative Stress:
My primary concerns about soybean oil and canola oil have to do with the role of oxidative stress, which may be particularly acute in circumstances where degraded polyunsaturated fats represent a large proportion of one's total lipid intake: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215974/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3126710/
I have chosen to substitute olive oil in particular in my own recipes since there is evidence that it actually has a protective role in terms of oxidative stress: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22236145
If I had to sum up the basic organizing principle of my "Superfood" recipe, it is to ensure that all sources of polyunsaturated fat have been degraded as little as possible -- i.e., that they are fresh, minimally processed, and carefully stored. I believe industrially processed seed oils like soybean and canola are highly suspect in that regard.
I see a number of red flags when it comes to the production of canola oil (and of other seed / "vegetable" oils). The GMO seeds are heated and crushed to extract the oil, a process which immediately turns it rancid (due to oxidative damage to the polyunsaturated fats). The oil is then "refined" with hexane, bleached, and deodorized. Then, bon appétit. It's unclear to me how much that process is truly mitigating the oxidative damage that is done to the lipids, or how much it is simply covering it up. Either way, it seems prudent to get your lipids from a source where none of that is even part of the equation.
In the end, it's your call. Maybe canola isn't that bad. But personally, I'd rather consume something that has been demonstrated as safe -- and even beneficial in terms of human health -- over a period of thousands of years (i.e., extra-virgin olive oil).