QuidNYC's Significantly More Realistic DIY Rendition of the "Official" Soylent

Last updated September 11, 2014 Copy
AmountIngredient$ / daySource
150gOat Flour$0.36Amazon
150gMaltodextrin$0.41Amazon
75gBrown Rice Protein Isolate$2.63Amazon
20gPsyllium Husk Powder$0.23Amazon (S)
9gCalcium & Magnesium Citrate$0.36Amazon
6gPotassium Citrate$0.17Amazon
6gSoy Lecithin$0.11Amazon (S)
4gSea Salt$0.01Amazon (S)
1gCholine Bitartrate$0.04Amazon
50mlCanola Oil (not recommended - see notes)$0.17Amazon (S)
1pillKirkland Signature Daily Multi$0.03Amazon
1portionThorne Research Vitamin D / K2 Liquid$0.02Amazon
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This is an attempt to create a DIY recipe that approximates the "official" Soylent as specified here, here, and here.

In this version of the recipe, I have attempted to optimize the ingredients -- such as using a pre-combined vitamin supplement -- in order to make it significantly more suitable for assembly in a DIY context.

For the more authentic / "overly faithful" rendition of the "official" Soylent, please see: https://www.completefoods.co/diy/recipes/quidnycs-overly-faithful-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


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).

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Day
52% Carb, 18% Protein, 30% Fat
Calories2004
% Daily Values*
104%
Total Carbohydrate259g
102%
Dietary Fiber 29g
104%
Protein89g
103%
Total Fat67g
Saturated Fat7g
Monounsaturated Fat36g
Polyunsaturated Fat20g
223%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids5g
2311%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids15g
Cholesterol0mg
Calcium
110%
Vitamin A
117%
Chloride
109%
Vitamin B6
168%
Chromium
100%
Vitamin B12
250%
Copper
173%
Vitamin C
100%
Iodine
100%
Vitamin D
217%
Iron
443%
Vitamin E
200%
Magnesium
266%
Vitamin K
142%
Manganese
362%
Thiamin
212%
Molybdenum
100%
Riboflavin
145%
Phosphorus
112%
Niacin
139%
Potassium
104%
Folate
137%
Selenium
193%
Pantothenic Acid
206%
Sodium
106%
Biotin
100%
Sulfur
201%
Choline
115%
Zinc
144%
 
* Percent Daily Values are based on "U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 2000 calories (fixed fiber requirement, ω-6 & ω-3 PUFA requirements)". You may use the Nutrient Calculator to personalise your own profile, then select it from the list on the Recipe Editor tab.
Nutrient Profile: U.S. government DRI, male 19-50, 2000 calories (fixed fiber requirement, ω-6 & ω-3 PUFA requirements)Change

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