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With Soylent, We Might Never Have To Eat Again

For years science fiction writers have imagined a drink or pill that could replace food, but the closest we've come so far are gross diet shakes that taste like chalk.

But a new product is promising to revolutionize the way we eat. Soylent pitches itself as an "engineered nutrition" product. It's basically a powder that mixes with water, but unlike weight-loss shakes or protein smoothies Soylent is designed to give you all the nutrients your body needs.

Some people are skeptical, but the company has been funded by big names like Google for millions of dollars. Still, there's evidence that Soylent hasn't perfected their recipe yet, so there's a chance this company could become the next Juicero.

Since the company launched in 2013, there's been no shortage of news stories about nasty health effects and production problems with Soylent.

Some customers say it causes uncontrollable diarrhea, and the company has had to recall their line of protein bars after the algae inside them made people sick.

If that's not enough to keep you from trying Soylent the company has a range of products for you to try.

There's the coffee replacement Coffiest, three flavors of the basic Soylent drink (original, cacao and nectar) plus Soylent brand protein powder and bars. Each costs about $2 and is only available on Soylent's website for now.

According to Soylent's CEO Rob Rhinehart, soon you'll be able to try the drink "anywhere you can get a coffee," but people are having trouble adjusting to the idea of giving up food.

When Rhinehart appeared on Stephen Colbert's TV show, the comedian asked him "what was the inspiration for this? Did you see someone in a coma with a feeding tube, and you thought, ‘I’ll have what he’s having‘?”

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