A couple of months ago, Huel sent over some of their product for me to try out. I’d like to say straight away that there was no obligation for me to write this blog post but a quite a few people have been curious about Huel, so I wanted to share my thoughts.
I was really sceptical about Huel — in general, I don’t feel warmly about meal replacement products. They are often low quality and extremely misleading in their marketing. Therefore, approaching this product with a healthy dose of scepticism, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. First and foremost, the nutrition:
A couple of things to highlight:
- Huel provides 100% or more of your Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) for every micronutrient in a highly bioavailable form and 140% of your GDA of fibre.
- The protein is plant based which makes it suitable for vegans and, on that note, it’s really worth mentioning here that although plant based protein sources are of lower biological value than animal based sources, the protein profile in Huel is combined to ensure a complete amino acid profile. Amino acids are building blocks of protein and protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes; it forms a major component of most cell structures and it also plays a role in hormone regulation.
There is a wealth of nutritional information on their website and I’d invite you to check it out.
James Collier BSc (Hons) is responsible for the Huel formula and his credentials include over 25 years of experience working in nutrition and dietics. Accordingly, Huel is undeniably impressive and it’s exciting to finally see a quality product breaking through in a market that seems saturated with utter nonsense.
That being said, food is so much more than a practical fuel — it’s part of our social and emotional life. I really think we need to embrace a healthy relationship with food in general. Taking the time to prepare, properly digest and enjoy well balanced meals is something that often gets neglected in this modern, fast paced lifestyle. In that regard, I think solely relying on a product that is conveniently packed full of nutritional value doesn’t really address the underlying issue here.
In my opinion, Huel is a brilliant addition to a diet. On a personal note, I’ve found it a genuinely useful supplement to my own diet.I have it in my bag for when I’ll be out all day until late and packing in a lot of training, or when I know I’ll be travelling a lot and food preparation might be difficult.
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As training for the Channel Islands Triathlon ramps up, I’m incorporating it quite regularly but it’s not replacing my meals 100%. As with most things in life, balance is key.