For as little as $1.82 per meal (400kcal serving), you can enjoy one of the successful meal replacements in the market. Notice how I said successful and not best. Soylent is one of the first and most influential complete food brands in the US; and the powder version is the original product. However, being first does not always mean to be the best. In this review, I’ll explainall the facts about Soylent Powder, why it might have fallen in the rankings of many and why, even then, many still love it.
Soylent Powder in a glance
Flavours: Original, Cacao and Cafe Mocha (contains caffeine).
Ingredients include: Soy Protein Isolate, Isomaltulose, Maltodextrin, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, High Oleic Canola Oil, Soluble Corn Fiber, Modified Food Starch, Cellulose, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Soy Lecithin, Mono- and Diglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherol, dl-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Gluconate, Zinc Sulphate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Sucralose, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Copper Gluconate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Phytonadione, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Macronutrients per serving (g)
% of Energy from each macronutrient
% of Recommended Intake per serving
- RI based on 2,000kcal
- RI based on 2,500kcal
- Each serving provides with 1/5 of your daily needs (based on a 2,000kcal diet).
- 400kcal, 20g of protein (40% of RI), 41g of carbs (15% of RI), 15g of sugars (30% of RI), 20g of fats (28.6% of RI), 2.5g of saturated fats (7.5% of RI) and 6g of fiber (21%).
- Soylent has a low glycemic index, which means is slow to digest and it has a more steady energy release.
- Main source of fats is high oleic sunflower oil, notoriously low in omega-3. Hence, the recommendation to ensure you get enough.
- The carbohydrates are lower than the recommended by the international food agencies (US, ESFA and AUS), but not low enough to induce ketosis in your body.
- Soy Protein Isolate is the main protein source. We find this slightly lower quality than whey, but still a good source.
- Allergens: Soy.
Who is Soylent Powder for?
Soylent fans that have the “luxury” to be able to prepare their shakes or those soylenters that are on a budget. It is also a great product for the average Joe, that looks to replace his meal deal or midday Subway with something more healthy.
Does it taste good?
It is OK. The Cacao version is our favourite. Do not expect anything out-of the world. If you enjoy eating and taste is important to you, we would recommend trying other products, such as, Queal or Jimmyjoy. They offer non-vegan and vegan versions.
Will I get all the nutrients I need?
This might be the only positive thing here. Yes, you will be able to get 1/5 of your diary needs (based in 2,000kcal diet). At least 20% of the vitamins and minerals and good ratio of macronutrients. You might want to look to add some fiber and omega-3 to your diet, though.
I want to buy it. How much will it cost me?
Another up-side, if comparing to the ready-to-drink Soylent products. A meal should cost you around $1.8, which is a great price if compared to a sandwich or other meal alternatives.
Wait a moment, is it perfect?
It is average. Maybe, perfectly average. Good nutrition, good price, good taste, good shipping time (only US) and easy to buy in many platforms. Everything else? Meh.
Soylent Powder is the king of averageness. The price is lower than the ready-to-drink Soylent products, but higher than many of its competitors. The taste is OK, but we do not find it mindblowing. In fact, we find disappointing that it has less flavours than the other Soylent products. It can only be purchased fromt the US, and even if there is many platforms to buy it from (Amazon, Soylent) we do not see many reasons to do so.
We are 50/50 on this. Yes, it is a good product, thus if you want it buy it. However, we feel that there are better alternatives out there.