Recently, my boyfriend has been hyped up about a new product he heard about called Soylent. Soylent is a food substitute with all the essential nutrients that you’re body needs like protein, carbs, and vitamins. I’ll post a link for more information.
(Wikipedia does know it all.)
Also, here’s a YouTube link from the Dnews crew interviewing the creator. This will give you a little more background if you don’t want to read Wikipedia.
This blog post isn’t so much about how I want to sell this product to you or anything, but rather to tell you how much the conversation of nutrition isn’t so much about how food is good for you anymore, but rather about nutrients. <em>”Vitamin A can increase you’re lifespan, a key for good eyesight, improves the immune system, and helps fight cancer.”</em> Here’s a pill.
This isn’t a new conversation. We’ve long been discussing nutrients. Beginning with our discoveries of what vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that we have needed are and what they can do for us, and now being created in pill form as supplements.
I’m actually particularly fond of some supplements, like omega 3 fatty acids. Honestly, for me it is cheaper to pay fifty dollars a month for a supplement rather than buying salmon 3 or more times a weeks.
For those who watched the YouTube video, I can say that understand the creators need for something more nutritious and cheap. In fact, I think we American’s have been programmed to prefer this more efficient and convenient method of simply popping a pill.
It can take time to prepare meals, to go grocery shopping and for my home it can just end up being wasteful to buy food since it’ll often become spoiled. It’s so much easier to go to a restaurant and buy prepared food, but also more expensive to do so often. Fast food is the next option, but for a semi-health conscience person like me it’s difficult to allow myself to consume high and empty calorie meals (often). Empty calorie meals meaning not having many nutrients.
So for those that have these weird schedule, where they are away from home for most of the day and left with little time to prepare meals, supplements are really convincing.
But, it leaves me with a nostalgia of those amazing home cooked meals that I know I have had. Where my taste buds have been left with that feeling of “Mmmm” and “Ah”. I can remember it now. The greens, the potatoes, those great blueberry banana smoothies, the pork tacos marinated in achiote or in pineapple, the mole sauce made with chili peppers and chocolate completely submerging the chicken. (I’m sure by some of the foods mentioned you’ve realized I am Hispanic, and maybe also that my parents are Mexican.)
Frankly, if I didn’t have food, I miss the taste, the textures, those good memories that I’ve attached to certain foods. I don’t think know what I would replace my chocolate craving with really.
Edit: I want to add that I understand that the creator of Soylent isn’t trying to eliminate food, but rather wanting to improve his health this way and more cheaply.
This post is more about expressing the dichotomy between maintaining the old idea of foods and replacing foods with the use of technology.