From this week it is now possible to live without ever eating any food again as meal alternative ‘Soylent’, a nutritionally-rich drink, has started to ship.
After raising in excessive of $2m dollars in a crowdfunding campaign, its supporters will now be rewarded with the food replacement.
A three-serving bag of Soylent, which is made of a powder and special oil, contains more than 2,000 kcal and means that those who don’t want to eat food can substitute meals for the portions.
With more than 13,000 crowdfunding backers, Soylent contains all the components of a balanced diet but with the added bonus of only a third of the calories.
Another added advantage is that, not having gone through traditional manufacturing processes, it doesn’t contain any toxins or preservatives.
It’s also cheaper than full meals with a $65 order being able to replace a full week’s worth of meals, which equates to $3.10 a meal.
In a blog post on the company’s website, Soylent stated that starter kits have started shipping this week and the rate of shipping will be scaled up over the next two weeks. This is as well as product shipping starting from today.
The process has taken a year since the 30-day crowdfunding campaign was launched, causing some criticism in from backers in the past.
Shipping is currently limited to the US but in coming months will be spread to international destinations.
It’s founder Rob Rhinehart, previously a computer engineer, posted a famous blog post that described how he only ate what has gone on to become Soylent for a 30 day period.
In his original post he wrote on how the idea came about: “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.”
The original crowd funding campaign provided funds for the upfront manufacturing costs manufacturing costs.
The campaign designed Soylent as: “For many people, on many occasions, food is a hassle, especially when trying to eat well.
“Suppose we had a default meal that was the nutritional equivalent of water: cheap, healthy, convenient and ubiquitous.
“Soylent will be personalized for different body types and customizable based on individual goals. It allows one to enjoy the health benefits of a well balanced diet with less effort and cost.”