This experiment is about Carbs, Proteins and Fats, but to set the stage I must first relate to Vitamins and Minerals…
Recently, I recently started taking an alternative nutrient solution to Maximol (which I’ve taken on and off since 18).
Maximol is awesome. I could feel the difference it made to my general health and energy levels within 2 months of resuming consumption every time I lapsed and got back on it over the years.
And a year ago I discovered a product that seems to leave Maximol on a dusty back shelf…
And it’s nutritional profile is extraordinary.
So this presents me with somewhat of a dilemma when it comes to choosing meal replacements such as bars or drinks.
Soylent is one such meal replacement drink and it looks very, very good. Especially with the updated 1.4 version.
However, it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.
If IntraMax delivers more than I need in perfect form then I would prefer my meal replacement to focus on other aspects of optimum nutrition. This potential would be more cost effective, but also allow me to control what I’m taking more carefully. For example, Soylent contains Iron. Well what form is that Iron in? I don’t know… but I don’t want to be ingesting ground up metallic rock… I could look into it.. but I’m more interested in looking in to the perfect meal replacement that would accompany my intake of IntraMax.
This boils down to a meal replacement containing optimum carbs, proteins and fats.
Soylent includes those as follows:
- Carbohydrates – the main sources of carbohydrates in Soylent are maltodextrin, oat flour, isomaltulose, potato starch and rice starch
- Soylent’s protein comes from brown rice and contains all the essential amino acids.
- Soylent’s fats (fatty acids) – unspecified source.
- Oh.. and fiber – Most of the fiber content in Soylent comes from oat flour, some in the form of Beta-glucans, xanthan gum and gum acacia.
The Soylent ingredient list minus the vits and mins is:
High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Rice Protein, Oat Flour, Isomaltulose… as main ingredients…. and then way down the list are Rice Starch, Modified Food Starch, Soy Lecithin, Cellulose, Salt, Flaxseed and Safflower Oil Powder, life’sDHATM Oil Powder (Docosahexaenoic Acid from Algal Oil), Xanthan Gum, Sucralose.
Wow once you strip out the long list of vitamins and minerals there really aren’t that many ingredients left, with only the following comprising the bulk of the product:
- For Oil: ‘High Oleic Sunflower Oil.
- For Protein: Rice Protein.
- For Fiber: Oat Flour.
- For Carbs: Oat Flour, maltodextrin, isomaltulose, potato starch and rice starch
Drum roll for the big ‘Perfect Meal Replacement’ question:
If I went to the stores and bought those ingredients, how close to a perfect meal replacement base would that be…?
…in which to add flavourizers (‘things that add flavour’) as I would do with a smoothie, such as berry’s, honey, banana, etc..
Let’s continue with a cost breakdown and some practicalities of mixing up our own ‘perfect meal replacement’: Mix the Perfect Meal Replacement.