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THM Show 001 – Rob Rhinehart, Biochemistry of Soylent, Cognitive Improvement, Mineral Overdose, and Poop


Welcome to The Hacked Mind show episode 1This week, I interview Rob Rhinehart, who is the CEO of Soylent Corporation. Originally searching for a more efficient way to consume the required daily nutrients, Rob developed a nutrient dense formula that saves time, money, and optimizes health.

As of publication, Rob Rhinehart and his Soylent team have raised over $800,000 through their crowd-funding campaign. The first batch of Soylent that is for sale will be available in August for American-based buyers.


This episode we will cover:

1. Rob’s method of formulating Soylent
2. Blood work and results after 30 days and 3 months
3. Cognitive/mental improvement with Soylent
4. Tracking sleep after using Soylent
5. Using Nootropics in addition to Soylent
6. Overcoming deficiencies in Iron
7. Joint pain with sulfur deficiencies
8. Intentional mineral overdose
9. Tweaking the Soylent recipe with anti-oxidants,fiber, and probiotics
10. Poop!(as it pertains to Soylent)

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Discussion Topics

[2:42] How Rob got started creating Soylent
[3:59] How Rob researched and purchased initial products
[5:07] Blood work results at the 30 day and 3 month mark
[6:00] Change between 30 days and 3 months. Dropped calcium etc.
[6:57] How Soylent improved cognitive abilities. Using tests to determine brain function
[7:25] Tracking sleep while using Soylent
[7:52] Using Nootropics with Soylent to improve brain function. Piracetam, extra choline, and L-Theanine
[9:20] Fixing iron deficiency
[10:42] Dealing with deficiencies in sulfur. Joint pain in the neck and knees while running
[12:44] Intentional overdose of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Results
[14:11] Tweaking the Soylent recipe with anti-oxidants like licopene. Probiotics etc.
[15:16] Adding extra protein to build muscle mass with Soylent
[16:12] Athletes version of Soylent in the works (NEW!)
[16:50] Meal replacement with Soylent
[18:28] Changing fiber from 1.2 g/day to 40 g/day with oat powder
[19:54] Poop! How has fecal matter and digestion been affected by Soylent

External Mentions

Soylent Campaign
Rob’s Blog-How I Stopped Eating
Rob’s Blog-What’s in Soylent?
Rob’s Blog-Two Months of Soylent
Rob’s Blog-Soylent Month Three

Thank You

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by Connor Kozlov

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my article. I'm Austin, TX based and I love the Paleo diet, meditation, proper fitness, and entrepreneurship. But I'm really about PLAY!

5 comments… add one

  1. YES! I love this style… give us science!
    Maiden voyage massive success sir.

    1. Thanks a lot, Kyle! You want science, you got it. Got some great stuff in store for you :-)

  2. Loved this podcast, great opener!

    I find this guy fascinating. And, we share an interest in improved cognitive function. I look forward to his personal experiments and improved product line.

    Here comes the “but,”

    People should heed [his] advice about eating real food (I’d suggest whole, unrefined, natural, the way your pre-1900 family may have enjoyed the foods, foods) and look over his suggestion that nutrition isn’t that complicated and we’ve pretty much got it figured out.

    Truthfully, we don’t know thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of compounds that may present in nature and that we’ve consumed for thousands of years unknowingly, yet unable to reproduce in labs.

    Some day, we may be able to skip whole foods and live on test tube nutrition. Today, that’s just not the case.

    Oh, you can [live] on whey protein (a product made in cows) and a hand full of micronutrients identified by 20th century technology. But, a myriad of disease may also abate when you consume the thousands of micronutrients seldom researched or produced in labs.

    We have very vulgar understandings of “proteins, carbs, fats, and vitamins.” Even our classification of foods screams ignorance.

    You can improve some biological indications of disease by removing toxins and unregulated nutritional cruft from your diet. If you simply lived on water for 30 days your lipid panel would likely improve dramatically. But, we really don’t know what long-term supplement driven nutrition will do for longevity and avoidance of nutritionally related diseases like cancer and heart disease.

    Just a word of caution to those people foolish enough to consider a long-term supplement centered dietary plan. It’s not likely a path to disease avoidance, but definitely not one well tested [yet].

    1. Hey Jason, great points you bring up! Mankind definitely has a long way to go before we know about every phytonutrient and even some of the things we don’t yet have words for.

      Ignorance is indeed an issue especially when we are ignorant about the fact we are ignorant! Good words of caution.

    2. Exactly. Thinking that we have it nailed is dangerously delusional — and not only that, but their application in terms of our CURRENT understanding of health is poorly executed.

      On our site we break down the ingredient formula and many of its problems. If you want to snack on this, go straight ahead. But I can’t be strong enough in urging everyone NOT to use this as a majority (and certainly not entirety) of their diets.


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