I’ve been donating blood since last year, every 50 days. This month I started eating 1 normal meal a day and drinking 1 Huel shake as my other meal. I tried to donate blood this week and my iron levels were too low… Has anyone else experienced this and do you just take supplements or…? I’m only assuming it’s my change in diet, since I’ve never had issues before.
Huel is nutritionally complete at 2000kcal. If you’re having 1 Huel meal a day it’s not going to provide all the iron you need so it’s best to look at the rest of your diet. It also depends on what you’re having Huel instead of.
If you are vegetarian or vegan it can be a bit more difficult to get the right amount of iron (plant-sourced iron is absorbed more poorly than meat-sourced). So, you can either tweak your diet a bit or take a supplement.