Charlotte Hannah
March 15, 2013

Man Creates Nutritional Drink, Gives Up Eating For Good

Photo credit: Vice

Rob Rhinehart is a 24-year-old software engineer, a problem solver and a busy guy. After deciding that the arduous process of preparing and consuming food was consuming too much of his time and money, he figured he’d do a little experiment to see if he might be able to make the whole thing more efficient. So Rhinehart decided that instead of staying alive by shoving food into his face like a chump, he’d just drink all his nutrients instead and never have to eat again.

Disregarding a basic activity that human beings have done without question since the beginning of time and actually having it work sounds like science fiction, but … well, it worked. Rhinehart has successfully given up eating entirely.

“Eating to me is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I don’t want to go to the movies three times a day,” he explained in an interview with Vice. Fair enough, Mr. Rhinehart, you crazy SOB.

The key to Rhinehart’s virtually food-free lifestyle is a nutritional sludge he – somewhat unsettlingly – calls “Soylent.” (He insists the beverage contains no people.) The drink is made up of all the vitamins, minerals and macronutrients that modern science has determined the body requires, along with a few bonuses like antioxidants and probiotics. According to Rhinehart, the milk-vomit looking beverage tastes “very good.”

Since he’s started on his new non-diet diet, Rhinehart has saved money on groceries and utilities and saved time he would’ve otherwise spent deciding what to eat, preparing food, consuming it – and yes, going to the bathroom. (He mentions in the interview that he “poops a lot less.”) He’s also discovered a very exact way to manage his weight by varying the proportions of ingredients in his Soylent.

Photo credit: Vice

Rhinehart believes his drink could help more than just overachievers who want to squeeze every last second out of the day – because of its low cost and the wide availability of its ingredients, Soylent could potentially be a boon for people living in the developing world. It could also be great for the environment, since it relies far less heavily on agriculture and other resources as conventional foods.

So, the million dollar question: is it safe? We don’t know. Rhinehart doesn’t even know for sure, though blood tests indicate he’s as healthy as ever, and he says he feels great. Hopefully more testing will be done – this sounds like it could be groundbreaking.

Would you give up food and subsist on a diet of only a nutritionally balanced watery sludge called Soylent? Let me know in the comments.