Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Soylent Is Not People

A pitcher of Soylent.
A pitcher of Soylent.
Credit BenKovitz / Creative Commons

  In the 1973 movie, Soylent Green, the earth is devoid of fruits, vegetables and meat, and people are obliged to eat a powdered food made with plankton from the ocean.  The movie takes place in 2022, 8 years from now.  And these days, much to the chagrin of chefs and foodies everywhere, a real product named Soylent is available for people who want to have a diet that meets their nutritional needs in as efficient a manner as possible.

This morning, a conversation with the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, about whether or not a diet consisting only of Soylent is actually a viable alternate to eating real food.  Monica Reinagel joins Tom Hall in the studio, along with our intrepid Senior Producer, Matt Purdy, who tried the "Soylent" diet for a week.

You can find the People Chow 3.0.1. recipe that Matt used here. For more on Soylent, check out this long-read in The New Yorker.