Soylent has been doing exceedingly well since it’s release. The folks at Rosa Labs appear to be a little inundated with orders for the meal replacement powder, but have found time to come out with a new version that lowers the amount of sucralose and tries to solve the ‘gas’ problem some customers* were experiencing.
Interestingly, given the success of the new business, little attention has been paid to health consequences of consuming the stuff. Soylent’s founder says that he “looks forward to being able to share some more quantified data” and that they “are setting up processes for gathering and sharing health data as it relates to Soylent consumption.” He says that people can rely on the self-reporting of consumers for the time being, which, to be honest, sounds a little iffy. Surely they had to do some initial testing to become FDA approved, but what are the long-term consequences of consuming a non-solid diet?
* This gut flora issue was only experienced by occasional drinkers of Soylent. If your whole diet consisted of the grey stuff you would have no problems with the original version.
From Lee Hutchinson at ARS Technica.