It wasn't too hard, I already eat and enjoy a lot of vitamin rich foods, it was just a matter of fitting them all in and making sure I eat enough to hit the RDA. I did feel a bit better and noticed a bit more energy.
This lasted about two weeks, until I realised A) I'd need to be getting all the minerals and proteins too, and B) I don't have the time for this sh*t. It's easier to monitor when you supply your own food and eat at home and can check nutritional values on the packaging/internet, but it takes more patience when you have to constantly check the values when you're eating out or at someone elses house. Apparently throwing a box of Kellogg's Frosties at your best mate because it isn't fortified with vitamin D is NOT acceptable guest etiquette.
Throughout this time I was thinking, what if someone created a range of ready meals or salads or something that contained all the vitamins and dietary minerals? Like 3 different meals a day, with a third of all your vitamins in each. You'd never have to worry about getting your 5 a day, or taking supplements, and essentially start using your body more efficiently. Make them nice enough, could be good for people wanting to lose weight. Or better yet, give it to those starving Africans.
And then I started thinking about Parenteral Nutrition, Soylent Green, and that scene in The Matrix when they eat that goopy gruel sh*t - "A single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals. Everything the body needs." I even researched a bit into Nutraloaf, or 'Prison Loaf'.
Then I forgot about it all. Until today. I was browsing Vice and came across this. A ginger software engineer has developed something that looks like horse semen but tastes very unlike horse semen (probably) and somewhat appropriately named Soylent.
It contains -
|Everything the body needs—that we know of, anyway—vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients like essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and fat. For the fat, I just use olive oil and add fish oil. The carbs are an oligosaccharide, which is like sugar, but the molecules are longer, meaning it takes longer to metabolize and gives you a steady flow of energy for a longer period of time rather than a sugar rush from something like fructose or table sugar. I also add some nonessentials like antioxidants and probiotics and lately have been experimenting with nootropics.|
He's basically stolen my idea, but I'm letting it slide.
It's apparently cheap as f*ck (unlike similar medical food products used in hospitals with feeding tubes) and while he still eats a few normal meals a week, with Soylent his food bills are now a fraction of what they were before. He's had to tweak the formula constantly, like when he had joint pain and realised he needed to add sulfur, and doctors have been advising that he needs to add this and that to the mix.
I believe he's about four months into the experiment, and hasn't died yet. In fact it seems to be doing wonders for him.
|QUOTE (After one month)|
|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. My resting heart rate is lower, I haven't felt the least bit sickly, rare for me this time of year. I've had a common skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris since birth. That was gone by day 9. I used to run less than a mile at the gym, now I can run 7. I have more energy than I know what to do with. On day 4 I caught myself balancing on the curb and jumping on and off the sidewalk when crossing the street like I used to do when I was a kid. People gave me strange looks but I just smiled back. Even my scars look better.|
My mental performance is also higher. My inbox and to-do list quickly emptied. I 'get' new concepts in my reading faster than before and can read my textbooks twice as long without mental fatigue. I read a book on Number Theory in one sitting, a Differential Geometry book in a weekend, filling up a notebook in the process. Mathematical notation that used to look obtuse is now beautiful. My working memory is noticeably better. I can grasp larger software projects and longer and more complex scientific papers more effectively. My awareness is higher. I find music more enjoyable. I notice beauty and art around me that I never did before. The people around me seem sluggish. There are fewer 'ums' and pauses in my spoken sentences. My reflexes are improved. I walk faster, feel lighter on my feet, spend less time analyzing and performing basic tasks and rely on my phone less for navigation. I sleep better, wake up more refreshed and alert and never feel drowsy during the day. I still drink coffee occasionally, but I no longer need it, which is nice.
|A handful of locals of diverse builds have been testing it, but the feedback so far has been segregated. I think I have a good model of the male proportions. For the males, besides the obvious fat loss and muscle gain, quantified-mind.com scores have increased, testers report better sleep and increased focus, and some even improved emotional health. There are many second-order benefits to being healthy and well fed. The women are not as happy, reporting they still feel hungry. Clearly this still needs some tweaking.|
Note - Women are never happy. With anything. Ever.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in it? Do you think it has potential for becoming the food of the future? As a cheap and nutritious food that can be manufactured in any climate (and provided he isn't just in it for the money), could it change poverty and world hunger? Or do you think it's important to eat real food? Do you think it's just a matter of time before this pasty yank spontaneously combusts due to a chocolate deficiency?
I enjoy my food a lot, and it'll be a grim future if we're all eating the same bland slop. But I must admit I like the idea of boosting physical and mental performance. Maybe once he gets the formula perfect, and I find out where the f*ck I'm going to find all this stuff, I'll try it. Actually, I've got a number on my phone for a guy that'll give me a good price on some quality vitamin K...
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