Soylent Update 1/21
Last week we released the final post in our ingredients update series, which summarized the applications ingredients in Soylent 1.0. The update spurred a vigorous discussion on the Soylent Discourse, and if you have any remaining questions about our applications ingredients, we strongly encourage you to browse the thread here.
According to RFI, we are still on track to meet our late-February shipping deadline.
As stated in our October 21 post, the male and female formulas are identical other than caloric content (2200 and 1800, respectively). After much discussion, we have decided that at least for this initial manufacturing run, we will be offering a single 2000 calorie package. From our beta program we observed that virtually none of our testers consumed more than 2000 calories of Soylent daily, and we will be including a measuring scoop to facilitate preparation of smaller batches for individuals who have lower caloric requirements or simply prefer to prepare their meals individually. We look forward to offering a wide range of customized formulas for our customers, but have also realized that keeping this initial manufacturing run as simple as possible is essential to getting everyone’s preorders shipped quickly.
This week we received confirmation from RFI that all of our ingredients and manufacturing processes meet or exceed Kosher standards, and that Soylent 1.0 will be certified Kosher.
We are still waiting for confirmation of Soylent’s gluten-free certification. The issue is that our Oat Flour is not certified gluten-free (defined as gluten content less than 20 parts-per-million), and may contain small amounts of gluten. While no ingredients in Soylent naturally contain gluten, trace amounts can be present due to shared production lines with glutenous materials. Fortunately, since the Oat Flour is the sole ingredient that may contain gluten, and only represents 20% of Soylent’s total mass, there is a very good chance that the overall gluten content of Soylent will end up under the 20 ppm standard. We don’t yet know the exact gluten content of the Oat Flour, but once we have more information we will be sharing it here. Minimizing Soylent’s allergenic content has always been one of our highest priorities, and we are doing everything possible to ensure that Soylent represents a viable source of balanced nutrition for as many people as possible.