No time, but don’t want another unhealthy snack?

It seems like in our society today, we are bombarded with the idea that everyone needs to be on the hustle. More productivity and more results seem to be the key driver in our daily lives. So much so that our daily food habits have changed with our lifestyles. Market research that spanned for 10 years from 2008 to 2018 have shown that there is an increasing trend of U.S. adults preferring to snack in favor of the normal three meals day. (1)

According to study conducted by Mintel in 2019, almost 95% of U.S. adults love to snack and 70% of them snack at least twice a day (2) We keep thinking it’s just a snack or two, but we tend to lose sight of how many consequences there are in our daily food choices. 

Almost all Americans are grabbing a snack at least once a day. So, why not make them count?

Soylent Squared vs Greek Yogurt

Here we like to offer our balanced 100 kcal Soylent Squared packed with 27 of your daily vitamins and minerals, 5g plant protein, and ingredients to support gut health. You can maintain your hustle and enjoy life—for the long-run.

We took a deeper dive into the nutritional profile of our Soylent Squared Bars and compared them to some of our beloved snacks that are often considered healthy choices. Let’s take a closer look here at the nutritional impact of choosing our Soylent Squared Bars vs grabbing a quick snack on-the-go:



Here, we see two products with a similar caloric profile. At a glance, they might seem similar. But, the differences are notable enough to dive a little deeper.

Does lower calories make a snack healthier?

Not always. It depends where the calories come from.

In this case, Soylent has fewer calories. But, we designed our product to give you the power of portion control. Simply eat one to satisfy a craving or eat two for a more satiating snack.

With the balanced 100 calories, our product also contains 27 vitamins and minerals, 5 grams of complete plant protein, healthy unsaturated fats, and fast and slow burning carbs for a steady release of energy.

Depending on how many Squared you use to satisfy your snacking, you can feel confident that you’re giving your body the best fuel.

Rather than having a snack that is high in sugar, have peace of mind that you are exactly getting what you are eating that will keep you energized for your hustle.

How about carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are important in providing energy, but the various types of carbohydrates play significantly different roles in the body. Many snacks today lean to one side. They provide quick energy but also a crash that we are all too familiar with.

Here is a great visual from the Glycemic Index Foundation demonstrating High GI (Glycemic Index) foods releasing lots of glucose in the blood quickly (the sugar high) as well as the quick lowering of the level of blood glucose ( the sugar crash). The Glycemic index is a relative ranking for carbohydrates according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Glucose being the bar is 100. Anything above 70 is considered high, 56-69 are medium, and 55 or less low. (3)



Let’s take a closer look at our greek yogurt example. This popular product derives half of its calories from simple sugar which, as we all know, are high GI carbohydrates. At Soylent, however, we have specifically designed our Squared to have a blend of both high glycemic and low glycemic carbs to provide quick along with slow-releasing energy. A blend is important to be able to sustain that energy for a longer period of time.

Fiber is also important for digestion and plays a key role in satiation. It's also essential to feed our microbiome and increase nutrient absorbability. Soylent Squared contains 2g of fiber (7% DV) compared to 0.5g of fiber from greek yogurt.

Should fats be in healthy snacks?

Yes! Fat is also another important nutrient which our body needs throughout the day. We are all bombarded with advertisements shouting that we need more essential fatty acids in our diet. Research shows that these healthy fats also known as Omega 3 and Omega 6 must be provided by foods because they cannot be synthesized in the body and yet are essential for optimal health. (4) Most likely, if you are already hustling and compromising your food choices, chances are, your intake of omega-3 may be low. According to this research that spanned five years, they found that the majority of American adults are not meeting the recommendation of omega-3 fatty acid intake (5).

To be a bit more technical, there are three components of omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). There was a global survey accounting for 298 studies showing that having a high intake of omega-3 is equated to a high EPA + DHA blood levels and vice versa. In this survey, North America is observed to have very low EPA + DHA blood levels which can have potential adverse health outcomes. The strongest evidence of health benefits of increased EPA + DHA have been found to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and possible total mortality while supporting cognitive function. While there is no Dietary Reference Intake for EPA and DHA, these two components were considered so impactful for optimal health that many expert groups and international bodies have established recommendations for them. (6)

Compared to our greek yogurt example which has no essential fatty acids, Soylent Squared is able to deliver on all three fatty acids: omega-3, omega-6, and even omega-9.

How much protein should there be in a snack?

Last but not least, we all know protein is vital for our muscle-repair providing a balance of energy and plays a key role for numerous bodily functions.

Each serving of Soylent Squared contains 5 grams of complete plant protein derived from soy, whereas, greek yogurt derives its protein from dairy. Unlike using pea, oats, or rice protein, the PDCAAS for soy is on par with dairy. PDCAAS (protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score) is the index that the US uses to measure the quality of protein. Both dairy and soy have a maximum score of 1 which is the reason why we at Soylent have designed Soylent Squared with soy protein.

Consumers who are more conscious of the environment and would like products to have a lower carbon footprint—the Soylent Squared may be the better option for you. Check out our own life cycle assessment for a deeper dive.

Why should I care about micronutrients?

Aside from the macronutrients, micronutrients are also critical in providing energy, supporting cognitive function, and other health benefits.

The big difference between Soylent and other snacks that you look for daily for energy is the content of vitamins and minerals.

Looking at a deeper dive, Soylent Squared contains 27 vitamins and minerals, whereas, our usual go-to snack only contains 3 minerals: calcium, sodium, and potassium.

Most Americans do not get sufficient amounts of key vitamins and minerals which prompted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to list the following nutrients as nutrients of health concerns since a significant portion of the US population does not meet the recommended daily intake levels and the low intake of these nutrients are associated with an increased risk of chronic disease (7).

- Vitamin D
- Calcium
- Potassium

Other nutrients that are under consumed in our american diet are listed below:

- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Magnesium
- Choline
- Iron

All of the nutrients listed above are found in Soylent Squared. Only two are found in greek yogurt.

When you’re on the hustle and need a snack, why not grab a Soylent Squared?

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1. https://www.packagedfacts.com/Eating-Trends-Mealtimes-Snacking-12079372/
2. https://store.mintel.com/snacking-motivations-and-attitudes-us-january-2019
3. https://www.gisymbol.com/about-glycemic-index/
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4190204/
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3992162/
6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163782715300333
7. https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition/2015-2020-dietary-guidelines/guidelines/chapter-2/a-closer-look-at-current-intakes-and-recommended-shifts/#underconsumed-nutrients

Comparisons were based on publicly available nutritional information obtained from the website of leading brand in the U.S. Nutritional information provided by the manufacturer was verified to be consistent with USDA nutritional database information for ingredients providing a recognized source of macronutrients.

 

Samuel Kwak, Soylent Food Scientist - Product Development 

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