The nutritional value of a meal, regardless of whether it is prepared in a factory, restaurant, or backyard barbecue, is a direct product of the variety of nutrients that it provides within a person’s diet.
A box of instant macaroni could be unhealthy because it contains low levels of important vitamins and minerals while containing excess amounts of salt, cholesterol, and saturated fat. The macaroni is not inherently unhealthy because it was manufactured in a factory, it’s unhealthy because it lacks vital nutrients that the body needs.
What makes Soylent different from other processed foods is that it was engineered from the ground-up to be nutritionally-complete. It is also one of the first major products to combine the convenience of a prepackaged meal with the nutritional balance of a diet complete in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients.