If there’s one thing I hate more than anything, it’s eating. From having to choose what to eat, to getting the food, to swallowing and digesting the meal, eating is an entirely too lengthy process that I could do without.
Don’t worry, I’m just kidding. However, Rob Rhinehart, a software engineer from Atlanta Georgia isn’t.
Seeing consumption as one’s need to keep the body functioning, Rhinehart invented a mixture deemed Soylent, which provides all the necessary nutrients required to stay healthy.
Through physiological chemistry textbooks, Rhinehart began experimenting with powdered substances the body needed like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and carbohydrates. For other essential components, Rhinehart had to be more creative.
In an article in Vice magazine, Rhinehart was quoted as saying: “For the fat, I just use olive oil and add fish oil. The carbs are an oligosaccharide, which is like sugar, but the molecules are longer, meaning it takes longer to metabolize and gives you a steady flow of energy for a longer period of time.”
After the mixture was completed, Rhinehart simply added water and was ready to test the final product.
“I was a little worried it was going to kill me, but decided it was for science and quickly downed the whole thing,” said Rhinehart.
After the initial consumption, Rhinehart immediately felt energized and complete. He then completely lived off of Soylent for the next 30 days.
Rhinehart found that he no longer worried about groceries or dishes and saved hundred of dollars each month in power and water bills.
On Aug 7, 2013, a mere five months after Soylent was first discovered online, Rhinehart has since taken the product to new heights.
Through a fundraising project, Rhinehart managed to raise $800,000 in under 30 days. Rhinehart became the CEO of The Soylent Corporation with FDA approval. Soylent has over $1,000,000 in preorders for the product.
Rhinehart hopes that in the future, Soylent will be able to provide solutions for monetary concerns, weight loss, and even world hunger as the population continues to grow.