Soylent Versus Ambronite
We’ve poured a lot of resources into perfecting and expanding our food supply over the past few centuries. In the 1700s, the plow revolutionized agriculture, enabling us to cultivate harder soils that were theretofore not farmable. In the 1850s, refrigeration changed the way we ate, stored and planned around food. In doing so, it changed our lives.
And yet for all the work we’ve put into making food more accessible, the growing population and the environmental harm in large-scale farming has produced something that is hardly food at all: Soylent.
Much like a juice-diet of sorts, Soylent is a nutritional drink that is meant to be affordable and healthy — two things that are rarely paired in the food world. Especially useful for those with allergies, heartburn, acid reflux, digestion issues, weight problems or high cholesterol, Soylent is a way to get digestion under control for a fraction of the price you pay for normal food.
Founder Rob Rhinehart isn’t just using technology to make food more efficient, he’s giving you the option to eliminate it altogether — and for as low as $2.83 per meal. He says it contains all the human body needs to be completely satiated and nutritionally balanced.
Although Soylent sounds like an elixir for good health, dietitians have serious concerns about the lack of evidence to support it. “The claims he is making are not scientifically substantiated,” says Joy Dubost, a registered dietitian and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman. “The composition of what he has made is not going to be nutritionally adequate. He has made a lot of assumptions, and it is not going to be sustainable by any means for a certain population or even for an individual.”
And while Soylent is made of powdered supplements, their competition, Ambronite, is an all-natural, organic meal-drink that uses pulverized real-food ingredients. Real ingredients over supplements is always the way to go, so I’m glad Ambronite decided against the fake stuff.
Ambronite’s 20 blended ingredients include oats, walnuts, apple, spirulina, and seabuckthorn, and everything is organic, non-GMO, and with no artificial ingredients. One serving has 500 calories (you can always use just half), only four grams of natural sugar, 50% of your daily total fiber needs, and over half of your protein intake. Sweet!
We asked why they chose oats and brown rice as their first two ingredients, and this is what they responded:
“We chose to use high quality organic oats for several outstanding properties, including their properties as a great complex carbohydrate source and as such a sustained-release energy source, as well as mineral richness and excellent soluble fibre (beta-glucan) content. Unlike many other carbohydrate sources, oats help keep blood sugar stable and thus ensure long-term satiety.
The brown rice protein we use has an excellent amino acid profile and is also a good source of micronutrients.”
Take your pick. I’m choosing Ambronite, but either one is better than eating junk fast food at lunchtime. Definitely.
Update: The founder of Ambronite wrote us because we said their product is gluten-free. She said they’re working on finding a 100% gluten-free facility, but in the meantime: “All of our ingredients are naturally gluten free. It’s just the oats, that are processed in same facilities with other wheat stuff, so there is a small risk of cross-contamination, which is of course critical to celiacs.” I dunno about you, but her taking the time to make that clear makes me love and trust the company even more! So, unless you have celiac disease, which I don’t, it’s still gluten-free-enough-for-me, and enough to be healthy. 🙂