Dear Huel team and Huel-ers,
I’ve been on 100% Huel powder for a rather long time now and consider trying the H&S as I need something solid to bite sometimes. This made me look into the ingredients once more. Now I have a few very specific Huel questions I’d like answered before attempting:
Phytic acid is bad for men’s testosterone levels and many studies prove that. If cooking real food, there are various ways to reduce the level of phytic acid, like soaking seeds, legumes, grains. With Huel this task is up to … Huel. And a ‘regular’ diet doesn’t have it as concentrated as Huel to start with, where it’s part of the main ingredients.
I’m interested in explicit details, methods, considerations. No ‘it’s fine, just consume our blackbox’, please. There are enough ‘powders’ like that around that are really bad like the 42 new soy-based products we get every month. I went with Huel powder because you seem to care more than the competition.
regular powder Huel
Flaxseed contains a lot of phytic acid. This can be lowered in various ways. What is Huel doing to do so?
You list milling here. Is that with said intent?
Brown rice contains a lot of phytic acid. This can be lowered in various ways. What is Huel doing to do so?
Especially the bran contains it - and since you explicitly call it ‘brown rice’, I assume you include the bran.
Same question for the peas, which could be high in phytoestrogens too. Your link speaks of extraction, whose intent I cannot judge.
Hot & Savoury
I assume Huel processes the ingredients for the regular powder to reduce the amount of phytic acid.
Huel H&S on the other hand looks like it’s only pre-cooked and simply includes the full, otherwise unprocessed ingredient.
Consuming tons of brown rice is very bad, therefore the same question applies as for the powder:
What is Huel doing to mitigate?
‘Brown rice’ simply means rice with the bran and germ. If you do process the rice to reduce the phytic acid levels, why even call it ‘brown’?
After searching your website up and down I found some blood results, but they do not include testosterone levels/hormones. Do you have those numbers?
When consuming 100% Huel (or really any non-negligible amount) these questions are vital. Due to the Corona situation I wasn’t really taking notes of changes myself. A properly controlled study is better anyway. Ideally with more than 4 participants.
On a side note: Why is Huel H&S so much more expensive in Germany than the UK? (with current exchange rates more than 60 EUR difference for the maximum order amount) It’s way beyond mere shipping costs. In Germany it’s not really in the ‘affordable/budget’ class at all like your mission statement says, especially not the H&S. Eating the typical mainstream garbage costs well below half. Even a basic diet of non-organic-but-still-better-than-processed-foods costs less. Personally I’m still very interested in doing Huel long term for health benefits. If it provides superior optimized nutrition it’s worth it.
My experience so far is that it makes me feel full really quickly. It’s almost hard to drink enough to get 100% of the daily maintenance for a moderately active person. (almost 3000 kcal) H&S seems interesting to satisfy the need to bite. At least once day bite-able, real food that’s still nutritionally optimized would be good.
Here’s a ‘ping’ to @Dan_Huel who I saw is one of the responsible persons.
Thank you in advance and have a nice day!