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Soylent Versus Ambronite

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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.

Soylent Versus Ambronite

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.”

Soylent Versus AmbroniteAnd 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.”

Soylent Versus Ambronite

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. 🙂

Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

7 Comments

  1. Wow.

    I had no idea what these were until I read this article. Thanks for the information, Rebecca. I’m sure a lot of my friends need to know about these as well. I think I’m going for Ambronite 😀

  2. I remember stumbling upon several articles about Soylent back in ’13. The reviews were somewhat controversial, precisely because of the poor balance between nutrients and added vitamins. Plus, marketing your product as a universal solution ought to make people skeptical.
    I’m glad the general idea of solvable food wasn’t abandoned though. It looks like Ambronite developers know what they’re doing!

  3. I just ordered some ambronite. I make a kale and pineapple smoothie every morning, and this would be great to add to it. Thanks for letting me know about it!

  4. This looks like exactly what I need for while I’m traveling! I could get some water from the stewardess and make this on an airplane and avoid all that absolutely revolting fatty junk food they serve on planes.

  5. Gabrielle Williams

    This looks like it’d be great for my sister. She’s always on the go, and her kids could use something like Ambronite to supplement their awful school meals. Seems like it’d be pretty easy for them to make at school if you just have to add water…

  6. Francis Woods

    Great article – thanks. I just ordered a bunch of Ambronite. Definitely looks better than Soylent to me. Organic is always healthier!

    • Jay

      To be completely accurate “organic” – label is a bit broken, because it does not necessarily mean something is healthier or even better for the environment. We really need a new label or a revision on how something can be labelled organic.

      Any ways – Ambronite is great – tried it a couple of times!

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