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Soylents and meal replacements

How soylents disrupted the nutrition industry

You’ve probably heard of solyents – the liquid diets, full liquid diets or something around that perimeter. Soylents have also become quite popular lately with different variations.

The name “soylent” was originally used to refer to meals made from soy and lentils (soy + lentils = soylent). The original soylents were just a fictional mention in Harry Harrison’s novel ’Make room! Make room!’ in 1966. The name soylent was again mentioned in a 1973 film.

So how did a fictional name grow so big and popular?

Liquid meal replacements were a result of experiments aimed at reducing the hassle of preparing meals. Almost everyone feels cheated when they prepare a meal for hours only to consume it in 10 minutes or perhaps 30 mins. Well, we aren’t the first ones to experience such pain. In the early 2010s, an online community started experimenting with liquid nutrition solutions.

This group of early soylent developers and researchers was not limited to lab scientists only. The basic soylent principle was – to find what the body needs and deliver that in a liquid mixture. So that is how the first versions of soylent were developed. Sodium monophosphate, bicarbonate, potassium chloride, maltodextrin. Such compounds once certified as necessary for the body was formed into a mixture and then consumed. The mixture was then tried and tested for a certain duration after which the soylent formula was refined, this time taking into consideration the required nutrient ratio.

Success stories of people who had survived a month, two, a hike, etc. started spreading. These stories of soylents success gained traction. The company Soylent was founded in such a manner by Rob Rhinehart. The traction it had gained led to Soylent being one of the most heavily crowd-funded campaigns. Now its stands as the giant it is in Silicon-valley food technology.

Soylent has now become a generic name for many meal replacements because it is a pioneering company. Like Cola is to soft drinks.

The original soylents were limited to liquid meals. Now, however, meal replacements are used as substitutes for normal meals. They range from liquid diets, meal shakes, energy bars, soups and different forms of drinks. Initially, also, soylent created in Silicon Valley was highly associated with the tech industry. The people who live like aliens …. glued to their screens deep into the middle of the night and rarely get up to prepare meals. And if they ate at all, it was probably a pizza or a hot dog or anything on the fast-food takeaway menu. Soylent had come to rescue the tech guys who were at high risk of being nutritionally deficient.

Now, soylents are used by anyone, everyone, everywhere. The world has grown busy for every profession, not just computer geeks. Everyone feels fatigued and lazy. So athletes, programmers, sailors, hikers, managers, single moms, vegans and construction workers all consume soylents and meal replacement solutions.

Meal replacements have taken a huge step from the time of inception of this concept, only fictional at first. Innovation, creativity and mass adoption have been the key.

Meal replacement shakes today are not meant just for replacing solid traditional meals. They are meant to deliver complete nutrition which seems to be rarer each day. Complete nutrition soylents quantify all the nutrients included and ensure that every serving provides the required daily intake. Borrowing concepts from multivitamins, bodybuilding supplements and medical treatments, companies have competed to produce the healthiest and most affordable soylents.

Top meal replacement solutions are defined by:

  1.   Completeness

It wouldn’t be a soylent if it wasn’t complete, would it? Vitaminfood contains more nutrients than you regularly get from daily meals. The beauty of it is that, unlike normal meals whose nutritional quantity is not accurately quantified, soylents have their nutritional fact sheet right. Every nutrient included is planned for and added in the recommended ratios so that you aren’t deficient of any specific nutrient.

Normal meals unless very well-balanced and diet options regularly rotated, have the risk of being deficient in one or two nutrients. Especially the micro ones like Vitamin B12, folate and iron. Special groups like vegans and vegetarians are at an even higher risk of being deficient if negligent of this risk.

Including soylents in your food plan can help reduce the risk and even help recover from deficiencies or near deficiencies.

  1.   Flavor and sweetening

Soylents are also known for their flat ground-like taste. A trait that many people dislike meal replacements for. With Vitaminfood however, it is a different and better narrative. Vitaminfood is one of the very few soylents that have great flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, forest fruit and coconut. The list grows even bigger for protein isolates and pre-workout formulas.

Vitaminfood meal replacements use all-natural flavors not the artificial ones that are common in other food products. The natural flavors in our soylents are in accordance with our goal to produce all-natural healthy meal replacements.

  1.   Sustainability

Another great concept and reason to love meal replacements is their “good for the environment” motive. Vitaminfood meal replacements are 100% natural which already reduces the carbon footprint from rearing cattle for meat. It is now a common truth that the delicious steak or the barbecue costs more than what you’re paying for. It has a large negative impact on the environment.

Vitaminfood soylents, however, are sourced organically from small-scale farmers and the entire process of growing and production results in a much lesser carbon footprint.


Vitaminfood – a different kind of soylent

100 % vegan, 100% organic and non-GMO, sugar-free with no artificial additives. What you see on the nutrition chart is what you get…nothing less but probably a little bit more. Top among other soylents developed with International Food Standard accreditation.

Vitaminfood is a soylent designed to deliver the required daily intake amounts of the 27 essential vitamins and minerals. Vitaminfood as a soylent or meal replacement also has to deliver enough carbohydrates and proteins to get you through the day and enough for building muscles and tissue repair. For the meal replacement options, Vitaminfood soylent varieties contain at least 33g of proteins, 27 minerals and vitamins and healthy slow carbs.

Vitaminfood is good fuel that gets you through the day, good days and bad days alike.

Grab your select meal replacement option amongst many soylents – Vitaminfood for added nutrition. Beyond the completeness according to FDA and IFS standards, Vitaminfood is a soylent with more to offer. To begin with, all these nutrients contain phytonutrients and 33g of fibre.

Vitaminfood soylents have Maca root powder which helps improve cognitive function. If you’re looking for soylents that are a decent package of numerous nutrients, affordable and great-tasting…Vitaminfood is the meal replacement for you.