Ordered Huel Black by mistake, how to incorporate?

So wanted to get back into Huel and got too excited that Black had no artificial sweeteners and ordered it, I really meant to order the unflavored version as I don’t want suraclose.

Anyway, it appears that Black isn’t supposed to be used 100%, for all meals of the day, which was my plan. So I am kinda confused now on what to do now. I also ordered Ample 400cal so I’m having that for breakfast or lunch, so if I have one meal a day of actual food along with the Ample, how can I incorporate black? Once I run out my plan is to order the unflavored/unsweetened v3 and go 100%, probably better not to go 100% right away anyway. Just really confused with all the amounts of protein and vitamins and when and how much to drink black? Please help.

Hey Jasper, Huel Black Edition, like the core Powder, contains all your vitamins and minerals for 2000kcal. So you can treat the two as the same for this.

They differ on the amount of carbs and protein to offer flexibility and something different for those that prefer different macros.

Huel Black Edition is 33% higher in protein, but this isn’t a problem. You can have Huel Black Edition whenever you like, just like the core Powders.

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So it’s okay to go 100% Huel black

You could yes. However, as with all Huel Products they’re best to have for one or two meals a day plus a home cooked meal.

Well now I’m curious. What are the downsides to 100% black? Or for that matter, a 100% Huel diet but for maybe an occasional regular meal when going out to eat. I got it for the low carb factor hoping it would be key in my fat loss goals. But I planned on it being all I consume for my main meals. That and a couple bars a day to help fill me up and minimize the shock of a liquid-only diet. Of course that was before the new savory items arrived, which I am anxiously awaiting to arrive.

Ask @Justin_Keikhlasan, he went 100% black for a while

That is a great question @Wilma ! A downside I could see would be that variety in your daily food intake is important too. Furthermore, there are other aspects of eating that you may miss if you are only consuming Huel as food and eating can be for more than just to survive - there are social, cultural, and emotional aspects to food too!

Here you will find a link to a summary from a trial that Huel conducted with a few individuals who consumed 100% Huel for five weeks. They discuss some of the things that I have mentioned with regard to downsides and other aspects of food and eating that you may not have if you consume 100% Huel (as well as some of the positive things that came out of their experience too).

If you are thinking about living off of 100% Huel, you do want to make sure you add Huel into your daily food intake gradually, not just changing over all at once. This is because you want to ensure that your body gets used to the nutritional content of Huel seeing that it is nutritionally complete and some individuals need time to adjust, especially with regard to the fiber content. This could be seen as a downside, as well.

Huel can fit into your daily food intake regardless of your goals (weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain). With regard to weight loss, we have a page on our website that explores this in more detail that you may find useful.


Thank you for all your points made and I’ll go check out the link. Unfortunately, it may be a moot point. I just realized/discovered how much sodium there is in all Huel products. This might be a deal breaker for me due to my ankle swelling issues related to sodium intake. I’m not supposed to be eating salt because it makes me retain water and swell up rather dramatically.

Altho it may be any one of a couple other factors, I’m literally broken hearted thinking I may have to give up Huel altogether.

This really sucks!

I am happy to help @Wilma ! And I definitely understand your concern. I hope I can help provide some information regarding sodium in Huel products. Huel is nutritionally complete which means that it contains the 27 essential vitamins and minerals, including sodium. This is something you would definitely want to take into consideration and be aware of if you were told to limit your sodium intake. Sodium is needed, but according to the FDA, many have over 1000 more mg of sodium than the recommended 2300 mg per day.

While Huel products would not be considered “low sodium” foods per serving (less than 5% of the daily recommendation for sodium), they are below the FDA guideline to be considered “high sodium” (over 20% of the daily recommendation for sodium). They fit in between as the aim is to provide an appropriate amount of nutrients, including sodium, based on a 2000 calorie per day diet. However, some individuals may have to limit certain nutrients more than the general recommendations and this should be followed if you were told to do so! Thus, you would definitely want to be aware of the amount of sodium consumed through Huel if you have to limit the amount you have.

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