Saturday, June 29, 2013

How Rob Rhinehart Stopped Eating Food

Several months ago, a man named Rob Rhinehart decided he would create a food substitute that contains all of the nutrients needed without any unnecessary "food" ingredients. He calls his creation "Soylent" which is probably named after the science fiction film "Soylent Green". From reading his blog posts, it seems that Rob was most interested in reducing the time and money spent fueling his body, but he claims that he feels much better and is much more healthy.  I love food too much to give it up, but this is a very interesting project.

Source: Rob Rhinehart

I hypothesized that the body doesn't need food itself, merely the chemicals and elements it contains. So, I resolved to embark on an experiment. What if I consumed only the raw ingredients the body uses for energy? Would I be healthier or do we need all the other stuff that's in traditional food? If it does work, what would it feel like to have a perfectly balanced diet? I just want to be in good health and spend as little time and money on food as possible

There are no meats, fruits, vegetables, or breads here. Besides olive oil for fatty acids and table salt for sodium and chloride nothing is recognizable as food. I researched every substance the body needs to survive, plus a few extras shown to be beneficial, and purchased all of them in nearly raw chemical form from a variety of sources. The section on the ingredients ended up being quite long so I'll save that for a future post. The first morning my kitchen looked more like a chemistry lab than a cookery, but I eventually ended up with an thick, odorless, beige liquid. I call it 'Soylent'.