[KwartzLab] Interesting Food Article (Warning: Not Safe For Foodies)
doug at moens.org
Tue Mar 19 09:28:26 EDT 2013
CBC Radio interviewed him yesterday. He stayed on the "no food diet"
for a month, as an experiment, and adjusted the nutrients when he ran
into problems. Now he's on a "mixed" diet - he eats Soylent when he
wants something quick, but still eats real food on social occasions,
hanging out with friends, going to restaurants. He claims that he
feels much healthier now, and that his blood work shows better numbers
than before. And he is under medical supervision. But at this point,
any deficiencies in Soylent are such that they don't show up after
only a few months.
After thinking about it, the Soylent diet is probably a lot less scary
than the diet that a lot of north americans eat: eat what you crave,
don't pay attention to considerations of eating a balanced diet.
Google "food desert" for more information on this social problem.
I know someone who, as a committed vegetarian, started to suffer from
chronic B12 deficiency. And a Kwartzlab visitor was lecturing me last
week on the benefits of a raw food diet, which I'm also quite
suspicious of, since it would be easy to miss out on important known
On 15 March 2013 12:51, Matthew McPherrin <matt at mcpherrin.ca> wrote:
> While this sounds like a fun idea (I signed up for his "trials", and
> hopefully when I move to SF I'll try it out), I'm a bit concerned.
> In particular, the human digestive tract is super complicated.
> There's a ton of different bacteria in a symbiotic relationship with
> you, and who knows what would happen if you didn't eat food for two
> months -- maybe something would die off, and you'd get super sick.
> is a real problem with people on strong antibiotics.
> Eating this for one or two meals a day is probably okay. But
> completely replacing food? The implications are pretty scary, and not
> an action to be taken lightly and without medical supervision.
> On a related note, I'm considering switching to these for my lunches.
> They're pretty tasty (fruity granola bar) and relatively complete.
> On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Christopher Vollick
> <psycotica0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:32:33AM -0400, Mark Pitcher wrote:
>>> I don't think it's off tangent at all. For many people food is an important
>>> part of socializing, and the preparation of food is very ritualistic. For
>>> others shopping, food prep, and eating is a waste of time and resources.
>>> And there's no reason why you couldn't do both.
>> I liked this line:
>>> 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.
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