A little food issue - Soylent

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There is a company - Rosa Labs - that makes an all-in-one nutritional drink. From their website:

In 2013, Rob Rhinehart set out to develop a simple and affordable nutritional drink that possesses everything the healthy body needs. That drink is what we now recognize as Soylent, the first macronutritious food replacement beverage customized for you.

Rob lived on it for 30 days and felt better so he started making it for friends and then grew it into a business. I love cooking and eating so this is unimaginable to me except during emergency conditions but there are a lot of people out there who really like the idea.

Rosa Labs recently started making a new snack bar and are having some problems - from Ars Technica:

People get “violently ill” from Soylent bars; company stumped
Soylent’s new snack bar, packing 12.5 percent of your daily nutrients, supposedly “makes the afternoon slump a thing of the past.” But that may only be true if that “slump” doesn’t involve you over a toilet.

According to a discussion on Soylent’s website and several Reddit threads, customers say that some of the bars caused them gastrointestinal distress, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. On the Soylent thread, user Raylingh has tallied 33 reports since September 7, just two months after the company started making the bars. Generally, customers say that stomach problems arise a few hours after eating a bad bar and pass within a day or two with no other symptoms. These shared illnesses easily meet the description of food poisoning, and many users have ruled out the possibility of food allergies, noting that they had eaten the bars and other Soylent products in the past with no problems.

Best wishes to Rob and his customers - this will be a curious one to track down as this kind of nutrition is very much cutting edge.

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