Changing the World with Soylent
The next time you reach for a snack or prepare yourself a meal, you’ll have a hard time not thinking of Soylent after reading this article. That’s because the food company is literally looking to change the world with its new product, Soylent.
Everything the Body Needs in a Glass
The idea came from a man named Robert Rhinehart, though it’s technically nothing new. He essentially wanted to find a quick and easy way to get all the nutrition his body needed, but in a manner that was also affordable.
Coming from an engineering background, Rhinehart knew how to achieve his goal. He set out to discover what the human body actually needed every day as far as nutrition was concerned. He then went about reverse engineering these necessary nutrients into one simple source. The result was a powder called Soylent. Mix it with water, drink it down and your body has everything it needs for the day.
Food for the World
But that’s far from where Soylent stops in terms of its potential. When you think about it, yes, Soylent is plenty convenient for those constantly on the go who don’t have the time to stop and prepare an ideal meal as much as they’d like. It’s also great for those of us on a budget, as Soylent only costs around $10 a day.
However, one of the most compelling reasons to get excited about Soylent is that it could be the key to ending world hunger. For a fully nutritional meal, it’s incredibly cheap. Much of the world’s hungry populations are fed meager rations of grain-based gruel that is the nutritional equivalent of eating cardboard. The gruel stops the hunger pangs, but those bloated bellies on stick-framed people convey not just hunger, but malnutrition!
Another benefit is Soylent’s shelf life. Unlike other options, though, Soylent can be transported all over the world without the need to be frozen or kept at a certain temperature. It’s essentially a non-perishable food item, which means transports can take their sweet time getting to the intended recipient. Once received, those who need it can also store it for weeks or even months without fear that it will go bad.
Nutrition for Every Need
Soylent was designed to meet the nutritional needs of both men and women, meaning there isn’t a different product for each gender. Furthermore, the product is vegan, so anyone can eat it without fear of their dietary restrictions being violated. Their old blend does come with fish oil in it, but this can be left out for vegans who provide their own vegan friendly oil to the mix.
While it was an idea born out of convenience, Soylent may have what it takes to truly change the world.