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How is myDaily different or similar to Soylent?

In the last few days, we have been getting lot of queries on how is myDaily different from Soylent. And that’s when we decided to answer this in detail. We are comparing Soylent 1.5 here as that is the one which is in the powder form similar to myDaily.

Fundamentally, Soylent started in the US from the pain point of inconvenience of preparation, cooking, cleaning etc and the amount of money spent on doing that. This ultimately was leading to lot of people, especially in the tech community, living on cheap, unhealthy fast food. The Indian context is little different. Here food is cheap and most of the times maids cook which makes it pretty convenient. However, the pain here is missing meals or eating junk food when you are either running late or have a hectic schedule or may be in locations where it is difficult to get something healthy. Cost of food is not a very big issue. You always have an option of popping in a 10 bucks samosa full of transfats.

Apart from the core philosophy, the nutrition provided by both the packs are slightly different. While Soylent caters to the American nutritional requirements, myDaily is designed as per the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Indians prescribed by Indian Council for Medical Research. Both products have very similar micronutrient profile (vitamins and minerals), but the bigger difference is in the macronutrient profile (Proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber).

Proteins

Both products have 20g protein per serving. While Soylent gets most of its protein from soy and rice, myDaily gets it from soy, milk and whey protein. We chose milk and whey as some essential amino acids like lysine, tryptophan, methionine and phenylanaline are either missing or lower than requirement from the vegan protein sources. A protein source with milk and whey has a better amino acids profile.

Carbohydrates

While Soylent has 57g carbs, myDaily has 62g. The source for carbs is pretty similar as both have maltodextrin and isomaltulose. While maltodextrin releases energy faster for immediate consumption, isomaltulose is low glycemic index carbohydrate that releases sustained energy over a longer period of time.

Fats

This is where there is a big difference. Soylent has 23g fats out of which 2.5g is saturated fats. This is almost 35% RDA, which essentially means that if you have 4 Soylent meals in a day you would be getting 40% higher fat then what is recommended.

myDaily has 15g fats and only 0.9g saturated fats. Even with 4 meals you would just have 100% RDA of total fats and only 16% RDA of saturated fats (RDA for saturated fats is defined as maximum allowed). This is where myDaily meets the specifications much better.

Both Soylent and myDaily are transfat free.

Fiber

Fiber is part of carbs. Soylent has just 3g fiber which would meet less than half fiber requirement over 4 meals. myDaily has 13g fiber and would ensure that you get enough fiber for a healthy gut.

Apart from that myDaily is gluten free. However, it is not suitable to lactose intolerant people as it has milk and whey.

myDaily is available in Neutral, Chocolate and Vanilla flavours while Soylent has only single variant.

We hope we have been able to answer all your queries. Please feel free to write to us at perfectmeal@mydailymeal.com in case you have any further queries.