Plus, maltodextrin is the third ingredient in Soylent, and it has a glycemic index (GI) between 85-105. Maltodextrin doesn’t count toward the sugar count, just the carb count, but it’s basically as bad as sugar in terms of what it does to your blood sugar. Hence, Soylent’s glycemic index of 41, and Huel’s glycemic index of 27.
(I start rambling here, but I’m leaving it here, anyway, since I did all that calculating and typing…)
But, the glycemic load tells the story even better than the glycemic index. You calculate the glycemic load (GL) for a serving of food by multiplying the glycemic index by the number of carbohydrates and then dividing by 100. A GL of 1-10 is good, 11-20 is iffy, 21+ is bad. A 400 calorie serving of Huel has a GL of 10.2, and a 400 calorie serving of Soylent has a GL of 16. But, even that makes Soylent look healthier than it is because the 19 grams of carbohydrates in Soylent that aren’t isomaltulose (already covered by Deron) or soluble corn fiber are maltodextrin (GI of 85-105) or modified food starch (literally processed starch). So, to your body, it’s more like 30-34 grams of sugar than 15. The only way Soylent got the GI down to 41 was by putting so much soy protein and canola oil in there. If you eat sugar and peanut butter for lunch, you can get the GI down to 41 by having enough peanut butter. I don’t see why Soylent can’t just make their product healthy in the first place. You’d think something that’s going to make your blood sugar go crazy would taste better than pancake batter.
If Huel ever gets their crap together and ships like they should, they can corner the liquid food market when it comes to people who value nutritional value and glycemic index over taste and convenience.
TL;DR: I think we’re all in the same boat of just wishing Huel had Soylent’s shipping practices.