Soylent Bridge Review | Is this the Soylent we needed?

Soylent Bridge is the latest addition for the US superpower Soylent. An unexpected addition and direction, when comparing the rest of the market: an RTD that is even smaller than the usual 400kcal.

Seemingly the 180kcal meal is directed to those who snack unhealthy often and are asking for a healthier alternative. However, one can but wonder if this product is necessary. Let’s find out in this Soylent Bridge Review.

Soylent Bridge Review

Soylent Bridge facts
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Flavours: Chocolate.

Ingredients: Filtered water, soy protein isolate, alkalized cocoa powder, canola oil, high oleic sunflower oil, natural and artificial flavours, isomaltulose, vitamin and mineral premix, modified tapioca starch, cellulose, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, salt, gellan gum, maltodextrin, sucralose.

 

 

Opinion

Overall feeling: Yes, but no, but perhaps more.

What? You might be confused by the statement but it is really simple.:

Yes, I get the idea Soylent: a snack that is not a bar and that it is complete, and different to your Soylent Drink. 

No, I do not think the market needs this product.

And perhaps what we want is Soylent Drink in different variations; such as bridge but in a 400kcal and call it Sport and make it more affordable.

 

What I like

1. Slight changes in macronutrient profile with more protein. There is currently no RTD in the US market with extra high protein. Soylent, Saturo and Huel all give 20g per 400kcal. Soylent Brige packs 33g per 400kcal. I like this.

2. Something different. Even if it is not fully different, there is no 180kcal drink out there. It might be because nobody needs it, but it is something new.

3. It is still Soylent. While I am not a big fan of Soylent’s nutrition (mostly ultra processed ingredients), I must commend them for keeping their philosophy and making it very similar to the bigger sister Soylent Drink.

What I dislike

1. The product, or rather the size. I hope I am proven wrong, but this product could have been a lot better as Soylent Sport. A variation with more protein but still 400kcal. I feel that that 180kcal is useless for most people, and does incentivate snacking.

2. Price. It is bound to happen when the size of the product is so small, that the price per calorie is going to be higher. Plus it has extra protein, often the most expensive of the ingredients.

However, at $4.8/400kcal it is the most expensive RTD of them all, and in all honesty an extravaganza.

3. Single flavour launch. I get it, it is hard to launch a new product in different variations due to the extra cost and extra risk. I am a big fan of chocolate flavour and I do think it is the safest flavour to go with.

Nonetheless, at the size of Soylent and considering the options in the other products, I would have expected at least 2 flavours at launch.

Improvements

1.Bigger Soylent Bridge. I know this is very unlikely to happen, since it will completely change the personality of the product, but I would love it Soylent Sport could become a reality.

2. More flavours. Just an expectation that it was not met at launch and honestly, should be a must.

3. Include one Soylent Bridge in subscription orders to try or give a chance to order single with an standing order. 

Nutritional breakdown

Macronutrients per serving (g)
  • Protein(g)
  • Carbs(g)
  • Fiber(g)
  • Fats(g)

 

% of Energy from each macronutrient
C 21%
Prot 32%
Fats 47%
% of Recommended Intake per serving
  • RI based on 2,000kcal
  • RI based on 2,500kcal

Nutrition Overview

Soylent Bridge Nutrition
Daily Values (US) for Soylent Bridge.

Energy

Soylent’s trademark is to be low in carbohydrates and high in fats, but Soylent Bridge takes this one step further.

47% of the enegy comes from fats; 12-17% more than the recommendations by WHO and US. On the other hand, only 21% of the energy comes from carbohydrates more than 20 points below what is stated in the guidelines.

 

Macronutrient Distribution of Soylent products

% energy from

Fats

Prot

Carbs

Powder

43

19

38

Drink

46

19

35

Cafe

46

19

35

Bridge

47

32

21

Carbs

Per serving:

  • Total carbs: 10g, 3.3% of DV.
  • Sugars: 3g, 12.0% of RI.
  • Fibers: 3g, 12% of RI.

The little carbohydrate in Soylent Bridge comes from isomaltulose (3g), tapioca starch and soluble corn fiber (3g). Isomaltulose is a common ingredient in the industry, classified as a sugar, but with slow absorption rate.

It is due to isoamaltulose that the added sugars in Soylent Bridge are higher than the recommended.

Fats

Per serving:

  • Total fats: 10g, 15.4% of DV.
  • Saturated fats: 1g, 5% of DV.
  • Monounsaturated fats (MUFA): 6g. This is 30% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA): 2g. This is 10% of the calories per serving.
  • Omega-3 (ALA): ?.
  • Omega-6: ?.

As discussed, most of the energy comes from fats. Despite that, Soylent Bridge is low in saturated fats and cholesterol (both below the upper limits).

Instead, Soylent contains a lot of monounsaturated fatty acids in the form of oleic acid from sunflower oil. The other fat source is canola oil, which is usually higher in omega-3 fatty acids. Nevertheless, Soylent has not disclosed the omega-3 content yet.

Protein

Per serving:

  • 15g, 30% of daily value.

Protein quantity in Soylent Bridge is the main distinctive property when comparing to the older bother Soylent Drink. In fact, for many this was a welcome addition and preferred to the original formula.

The source of protein is still the same, soy protein isolate. Soy protein is, perhaps, the most popular plant-based protein due to its availability, absorption coefficient and reasearch done around it.

Micronutrients

For every Soylent Bridge bottle you will get 15% of all your vitamins and minerals, except for calcium (10%) and potassium (10%). This makes this shake a good way to top up your daily micros.

Here is the micronutrient mix used by Soylent:

*Magnesium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, ascorbic acid, dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, niacinamide, ferrous bisglycinate chelate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflaving, vitamin A palmitate, potassium iodide, folic acid, chromium chloride, vitamin K1, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate, biotin, cyanocobalamin and ergocalciferol.

Allergens

The only major allergen in Soylent Bridge is Soy.

Soylent Bridge Testimonials

What are people saying about Soylent Bridge?

Reviews on the site are lower than for Soylent Drink (Cacao)
Soylent Drink Cacao Reviews
Soylent Drink Cacao Reviews.
Soylent Bridge Chocolate Reviews
Soylent Bridge Chocolate Reviews.
But people seem to find it to be a good fit for Soylent

As opposed to my personal opinions; many seem to find Soylent Bridge an adequate addition to the line up. A “good complement” or an “ideal snack to grab on the go” are quite popular comments:

By Tood (verified buyer):

Also super happy with the amount of protein (not too much) and calories (totally enough). Way easier to open than the bottles. Will buy again.

Or other users:

 

By David:

 

Great snack in between meals. Seems a little lighter (more water) than the standard chocolate Soylent which I actually liked for snacking.

Some users complain that the flavour is more “watered down” than Soylent Cacao

By Phillip:

I love the packaging of bridge, but the flavor tastes like the cacao was just watered down. I’ll finish the box I got but I don’t think I’ll be buying more..

Or

By David:

After drinking a lot of Cacao, Bridge just tastes like watered-down Cacao. I’d rather have 1/2 of a Cacao.

People at Reddit/r/Soylent were more critical about the concept and the price

The most voted comments were critical on the concept and the price of the product, suggesting that it would be more practical to just consume half the bottle and safe money that way.

By u/asteriskYoure:

Cool concept, but you’re better off drinking half an RTD and saving the rest for later (Bridge is ~$2/bottle, RTD is ~$3 with more than double the calories).

Similarly;

 

u/ChouPigu (most upvoted):

Super disappointed. I was expecting something to compete with Sated, not half a bottle of Soylent for 75% of the price.

I would kill for an actual low carb ‘lent that’s not sickeningly sweet, but more neutral, like Soylent.

It seems that many were expecting a Soylent version low in carbohydrates and high in protein, similar to Soylent Bridge, but in a bigger bottle.

Soylent Bridge vs

So how does Soylent Bridge compare with its competition?

Truth be told, there is no RTD with so little calories; thus, it does not have such a direct competition.

Furthermore, this shake by Soylent is the RTD with most protein content per calorie in the US market (in EU it would be YFood).

Therefore, I will compare it to other RTDs in the market:

Soylent Bridge vs Soylent Drink

Perhaps, Soylent Bridge will be most popular among those who are used to drinking Soylent. It can be another alternative for those occasions where you are looking for the extra protein (after sports) or less calories (between meals).

Flavours Available:

Soylent Bridge: Chocolate.

Soylent Drink: Original, Cacao, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cafe Mocha*, Cafe Vanilla*, Cafe Chai* (*contains caffeine).

Price:

This is a very deceptive feature, since Soylent Bridge is cheaper per meal, but significantly more expensive per calorie.

Price ($)
Soylent Bridge
Soylent Drink
per meal 2.16 3.25
per 400kcal
4.80 3.25
per meal (with subs)
2.06 3.09
per 400 (with subs)
4.57 3.09
per kcal
0.012 0.008

Prices for anything but Original for Soylent Drink, which starts at $2.83 per bottle.

Nutrition:

per serving Soylent Drink DV (%)
Soylent Bridge
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F) 35/20/45 21/32/47
Energy (kCal) 400 20 180 9
Fats (g) 21 32 10.0 13
Saturated (g) 2.0 10 1.0 8
Monounsaturated (g) 15 6.0
Polyunsaturated (g) 3.5 2
Trans fat (g)
0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0 0 0.0 0
Carbs (g) 37 13 10.0 4
Sugars (g) 9.0 3.0
Added Sugars (g) 9.0 18 2.0 4
Fiber (g) 3.0 12 3.0 11
Soluble fiber (g)
Protein (g) 20 40 15 30
Sodium (g) 0.3 13 0.23 11

 

 

Soylent Drink Only Ingredients
Soylent Drink ingredients.

 

Soylent Bridge Ingredients
Soylent Bridge ingredient list.

 

In terms of ingredients, Soylent Drink has maltodextrin as carbohydrate source, which Bridge does not. It is because of this, that the GI of Soylent Drink is higher.

The other differnece is that the original shake uses oat fiber instead of corn soluble fiber.

Regarding the nutritional output, Soylent Bridge is higher in both saturated fats and but lower in added sugars (isomaltulose). Besides this, and the protein content being also higher, Soylent Bridge is very similar to Soylent Drink.

I must say, that even if I dislike the high fat content and the low carbohydrate content, I would go for Soylent Bridge due to the protein.

So which one is the better; Soylent Bridge or Soylent Drink?

Nutritionally they are very similar (ingredients), the most significant difference being the higher protein content in Bridge.  Despite the fact that I love protein, I would not buy Soylent Bridge as meal replacement; unless I am looking to snack on something.

Even then, I would probably look elsewhere (protein bars, nuts,…) due to the price.

Which one should you buy?

Soylent Bridge

  • You are looking for a postworkout snack.
  • You tend to snack often between meals.
  • You really want the extra protein and you do not care about the price.

Soylent Drink

  • You are looking for an actual meal replacement.
  • You want to be cost effective.
  • More flavour options.

Soylent Bridge vs Saturo US

Saturo is an Austrian brand that offers 330ml shakes (330kcal); which are the second smallest option.

Saturo 330ml

Saturo is the European Soylent. It follows a similar macronutrient distribution and shares many of the ingredients with Soylent.

It took Europe by a storm by focusing on RTDs over powder and offering tons of flavours.

After a cash influx, Saturo decided to make a jump to the US. However, this has been a partial invasion; since it uses the Amazon distribution to fulfill the orders and has only brought a part of their line up.

Saturo 8 Pack
There is currently a limited amount of 8packs available in Amazon.
  Soylent
Saturo
From US AUT
Ships to US & UK EU &US
$/400kcal $$$$ $$$
C/P/F 21/32/47 36/20/44
Allergen Soy Soy
kCal/meal 180 330*
Serv/day 9 6
Suitable Vegan Vegan
Flavours 1 2
Products 3 4
Subscription 5% 5-15%

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$– $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Flavours Available:

Soylent Bridge: Chocolate

Saturo US: Chocolate and Vanilla.

Price:

Saturo’s price has been lowered recently from $25 the 8 pack to $15.

Price ($)
Soylent Bridge
Saturo
per meal 2.16 1.89
per 400kcal
4.80 2.30
per meal (with subs)
2.06 1.8
per 400 (with subs)
4.57 2.19
per kcal
0.012 0.006

Nutrition

per serving Soylent Bridge DV (%)
Saturo DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F) 21/32/47 35/20/44
Energy (kCal) 180 9 330 16.6
Fats (g) 10 13 16.0 21
Saturated (g) 1 8 2.0 10
Monounsaturated (g) 6 12.0
Polyunsaturated (g) 2 2.5
Trans fat (g)
0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0 0 0.0 0
Carbs (g) 10 4 29.0 10
Sugars (g) 3.0 8.0
Includes Added Sugars (g) 2.0 4 8.0 16
Fiber (g) 3.0 11 4.0 16
Soluble fiber (g) 1.0
Protein (g) 15 30 16 33
Sodium (g) 0.23 10 0.25 11
Main Ingredients:
  Soylent Saturo
Fats Sunflower oil, canola oil Sunflower oil, canola oil
Protein Soy protein isolate Soy protein isolate
Carbs Isomaltulose Maltodextrin, Isomaltulose
Fiber Soluble corn fiber Gluten free oat fiber

The differences between Soylent Bridge and Saturo are similar to those between the Original and Bridge:

  • Soylent Bridge has significantly more protein than Saturo, even if both use soy protein isolate.
  • Added sugars are higher in Saturo, which means that has more isomaltulose. They also add more maltodextrin (more carbs in general) which means Saturo’s GI will be higher (both low though).
  • The fiber source is different.
  • Soylent Bridge has a similar micronutrient content to Saturo.
Which one should you buy?

Soylent Bridge

  • You are looking for a postworkout snack.
  • You want the extra protein.
  • You want to support the US product.

Saturo

  • You have Amazon prime.
  • 180kcal seems too little for you.
  • Cheaper option.

 


Other alternatives that might interest you:

  1. Huel RTD. The only ready-to-drink meal replacement without soy in the US (See comparison with Soylent in the review).
  2. Plenny Drink. The RTD developed by Jimmyjoy.

 

Soylent Bridge Extra Info

Soylent Bridge is available currently only via the Soylent website. Other Soylent products are available also in Amazon, but this is not currently the case.

Packaging:

Boxes of 12 bottles

Soylent Bridge comes in packages of 12 bottles. Each bottle is a small tetra-brick container, handy and easy to take around.

Soylent Bridge pack
12 pack

Tetrabrick is recyclable, but not easy to do so due to the multiple layers that is composed by. This is without a doubt the least environmentally product out there, due to the low volume that each bottle has and the material of choice.

Pricing

Soylent Bridge’s mayor issue is the price. It is price as a snack, a premium one, that is. 180kcal for $2.16 is really expensive. Particularly when we think about snacks or other alternatives.

If you are used to protein bars and you are looking for something different, then it might be something that will fit your budget, otherwise, I you might find it expensive.

You can get 5% off with the subscription, but this is one of the worst discounts in the market, and a shame considering Soylent used to give 10%.


Other RTDs and prices in the US.

  $/400kcal $/meal Cheapest meal($)
Soylent Drink 2.83 2.38 2.69
Soylent Bridge
4.8 2.16 2.06
Huel RTD
4.5 4.5 3.19
Plenny Drink 3.25 3.25 2.76
Saturo 2.30 1.89 1.8

 

Soylent Bridge FAQ

1- Can I live solely of Soylent Bridge?

In theory, yes. Soylent products are designed to give you full nutrition, aka all you need for that set meal.

However, I would strongly recommend against using Soylent Bridge as sole source of food. Not only because it would be really expensive, but because Soylent diet might not suit you (high fat diet).

2- Can I lose weight with Soylent Bridge?

Yes, you can use Soylent Bridge to replace certain meals and keep your calories reduced. For more in how to incorporate Soylent Bridge read the how to lose weight with meal replacements guide.

Soylent Bridge can help you keeping yourself satiated and avoiding too many extra calories.

3- Is Soylent Bridge better than Soylent Drink?

Not really. Make sure to read the comparison above, but Soylent Bridge is just a smaller version of Soylent Drink with some extra protein. Thus, it would be more appealing to those who are active and want more protein for their workout meal.

However, Soylent Drink will be cheaper, a better “real” meal and has more flavour options.

4- Is there only one flavour available?

Yes, currently Soylent Bridge is only available in Chocolate flavour.

5- What is the shelf life of Soylent Bridge?

It will vary depending the manufacturing date and are marked with Best Before and an expiration date. However, Soylent recommends to consume the meal within 1 year of the manufacturing date; before the vitamins start losing potency.

6- Does it need to be stored in the fridge?

No, it can be stored at room temperature. However, you might consider chilling it before consuming for a tastier experience.

7- What is Soylent Bridge’s GI?

There is currently no information on the GI of Soylent Bridge, but it will probably be low (under 30) and definitely lower than Soylent Drink’s.

 

Verdict

In this Soylent Bridge review, we have discussed that the ultimate addition to Soylent’s line up is a weird one. Not big enough to be a meal, it is designed to be a liquid snack (as opposed to the trend in EU, bars). I personally find little appeal to the product due to the price and macronutrient profile (really high in fats). The extra protein, however, is welcome. Who is this product for then? For those who are looking for a fancy snack, or something small to have after their workout (instead of a protein shake).

Check out other alternatives


Other Alternatives

Other RTDs in the market include Huel RTD, Saturo 330 and Plenny Drink. However, if you are looking for something different, you could try meal replacement bars (only delivering from Europe) or if you are looking for a keto RTD, Sated will offer one in the future.

 

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4 Comments
  1. JB says

    I’m confused as to why they “rebranded” this as Soylent Bridge. They had already been selling 4pk tetrapaks of their cacao & french vanilla at department stores anyway. Many say bridge tastes like watered down cacao, which would explain the kcal difference (180 vs. 320) between bridge and tetrapak, though they are the same 330ml size. Just think it would have been better to miniaturize the tried and true current flavors and market them as the in-between meal, perhaps 240-300ml.

    I think their next frontier should be (or should have been) a new bar of some kind, or variations of their formula for higher protein, or keto. I think that super body fuel does an excellent job of differentiating while keeping costs in line, which is why its so popular.

    1. Enaut Irazabalbeitia says

      Great insight as alwyays.

      Fully agree that I do not think they hit the mark on the product and that they should have gone for something different. I was working on an article with extended thoughts on that. As you say, there are smaller brands already doing this.

      Bridge is different to normal Soylent (more protein less carbs); so it is not the same as the 4pk tetrapacks (at least in content). Not sure why they have changed the formula and everything; “only” to release a snack product. As you say, they could have made miniature Soylent Drinks. I guess Protein sells, thus the choice.

      I would love if they came up with a bar. So many options from EU brands but not many from US.

      1. JB says

        They may have been burned by the previous bar. Read they had one but it was causing so many digestive issues they just walked away from it. They’ve come along a way, and have basically become the market here in the US, so I hope they revisit the idea one day.

        Read a few reviews, and most seem to be positive. It has provided a cheaper more accessible means to introduce newbies the product.T hough I have also noticed that the most critical negative reviews, are those that are familiar with the original cacao and noticed Bridge is very different tasting….not in a good way lol.

        Curious if it takes off, or fades to black.

        1. Enaut Irazabalbeitia says

          More accessible perhaps. In my opinion this is best as a post-workout meal of some sorts.

          I don’t know, the 180kcal territory is an odd one for me. But as you say, there are positive reviews out there praising the size of it. Thus, there might be a market that likes it.

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