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Can Soylent Replace Food?

A new product claims to make eating a thing of the past. Are you ready for life without food? 

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
5-minute read
Episode #291

Pros of Soylent as an Alternative to Food

1. Cost. At present, existing on Soylent will cost you about $10/day, although Rhinehart would eventually like to get the price down to something like $5 a day. Depending on what you currently spend on groceries and eating out, this could save you a significant amount of money.  

See also: How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

2. Time. Replacing food with Soylent also cuts the amount of time you spend shopping, cooking, Shopping at Grocery Store eating, and cleaning down to about 15 minutes a day. Depending on how much time you currently spend on these tasks, this could free up many hours a day that could be used for other pursuits.

3. Environmental Impact. Food production and distribution also consumes a lot of water and fuel and is a major source of greenhouse gasses and other forms of environmental degradation. Soylent has a considerably lower environmental impact than almost any other diet.

4. Reduced Waste. As I discussed in a recent podcast, a shocking amount of food that we produce is wasted, at considerable human, environmental, and financial cost. Soylent is shelf-stable without refrigeration and reduces food waste to almost nil.

See also: 9 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

5. Simplicity.  For those who are overwhelmed by the amount of information and the number of decisions involved in putting together a healthy diet, Soylent is simplicity itself. There aren’t even any flavors to choose from. The only decision you will ever need to make is how much you want to consume every day and when you want to consume it. 

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.