Commander Zero published an article yesterday about Soylent, which is apparently a meal replacement "milkshake", and a protein powder supplement. He linked to an article by someone who lived almost exclusively on the stuff for a month, and had no problems. (Yes, I wish they'd chosen a better name for it, but what can you do?)
Some of his readers chimed in with comments about their experiences. There's another, similar product called Huel that some recommended. There were a few warnings about powders that didn't dissolve completely, or possible digestive effects, but overall people seemed to think that these products are reasonably effective at what they do - replace a meal, or several meals.
I'm interested in them as an emergency food item for vehicle and "bug-out" packs. If one can take a few sachets of a powder like Soylent or Huel, plus a mixing vessel, and toss it in the back of one's car or into a backpack, it would be much less bulky and heavy than trying to load a packet or a can for every meal for three days or so. That might be very convenient. Another alternative for that are Coast Guard-approved so-called "lifeboat rations", which I already have. However, they have a limited shelf life, and their flavor isn't to everyone's taste (you should pardon the expression).
Have any of my readers used Soylent, or Huel, or lifeboat rations, or anything equivalent? What can you tell us about them? I'm sure many of us would find the information useful.