We talk to the makers of a new, nutritionally complete powdered meal alternative and discover its uses and suitability for a senior age group.
Q&A with Huel:
The meal alternative
Huel is manufactured in the UK and can be bought online at www.huel.com.
Prices range from £1.34 to £1.61 per meal, depending on how much you purchase in one transaction and if you subscribe to a recurring order.
WHAT IS HUEL?
Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need plus at least 100% of the European Union’s “Daily Recommended Amounts” of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals. So you know you won’t be deficient in any essential nutrients.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
A chosen blend of Oats, Pea Protein, Flaxseed, MCTs from Coconut, Sunflower Lecithin, bespoke vitamin and mineral blend, vanilla flavour and sweetener. They have been milled into a powder to make it simple to combine all the ingredients into one product whilst also increasing its shelf-life for up to 12 months.
WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR OR RECOMMENDED FOR?
Huel is suitable for anyone who wants convenient, optimal nutrition. It’s ideal for people with busy schedules, the health conscious, vegans and those concerned about the environment, as well as people trying to control their calorie intake to lose weight, people wishing to gain weight due to a poor appetite and sports enthusiasts.
ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS IT IS USEFUL FOR?
Huel is suitable for a number of medical conditions including people who have a poor appetite due to illness or those who lack motivation to eat food; people with chewing or swallowing problems; people with cardiovascular disease who were previously eating a sub-optimal diet; Coeliacs can also consume Gluten Free Huel.
IS IT CONTRAINDICATED IN ANY HEALTH CONDITIONS?
There are some inborn errors of metabolism, like phenylketonuria, and rare food allergies where people could not consume Huel in the same way that they would have to be careful with other foods.
IS IT SUITABLE FOR THE ELDERLY AS A MEAL REPLACEMENT?
Elderly people may wish to consume Huel for one or two meals per day, especially if they have low enthusiasm for food.
CAN IT BE A SOLE SOURCE OF NUTRITION?
Yes - you can live off Huel 100% as it contains all the essential nutrients you need to lead a healthy balanced diet. However, we don’t believe this is the best use. It’s important not to be restrictive in your diet; Huel is not a meal replacement, but rather a meal alternative.
HOW DOES IT TASTE?
Each flavour is different. We offer a vanilla flavour and unflavoured/ unsweetened flavour - both of which are designed to work with our specially designed flavour systems (chocolate, banana, rhubarb & custard, toffee, strawberry, pineapple & coconut, mocha).
WHAT MAKES HUEL DIFFERENT?
Huel is food in powdered form and it’s based on six main natural ingredients: oats, peas, brown rice, flaxseeds, sunflower oil and coconuts oil and meets requirements for all nutrients at 2,000 calories. To obtain a diet of nutritional quality equal to this, you’d have to plan your foods very carefully and this is time-consuming.