03-13-2018, 09:30 AM   #1
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Hi all, amongst my undiagnosed gut issues, something I decided to try after seeing some adverts on the web for it was Huel. It's basically a milled powder which you mix with water to create a "nutritionally complete" meal.
I've just finished one bag of the gluten free version, I mix 3-4 scoops with water for my lunch when I'm at work.

As for taste, there's been a few of my work colleagues try it with mixed results, some like it and some do not. I think it tastes a bit like a watery oats and wasn't keen on it at first but it's really grown on me now, and the convenience/cost factor is also good.
In the interests of fairness I've seen similar items like this such as Jake Shake, but Huel is the only one I've tried so far.

A few snippets from their web site that I thought might be useful:

Below is the full list of ingredients contained within Huel v2.3 - (Gluten Free) Unflavoured & Unsweetened

Ingredients: Gluten-Free OATS, Pea Protein, Flaxseed, Brown Rice Protein, MCT Powder (from Coconut),Sunflower Oil Powder, Thickeners: Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum, Micronutrient Blend*.

*Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin C, L-Choline Bitartrate, Lutein, Lycopene, Vitamin E (as D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin K2 (as MK-7), Vitamin A (as Retinol Acetate), Vitamin D2, Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium-D-Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Riboflavin, Vitamin K1, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, L-Methylfolate Calcium, Biotin, Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin).

FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed and consequently ferment so can be irritant to some people's intestines(28). Huel is low in FODMAPs constituents so is suitable for people who follow a low-FODMAP diet.

Coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis - the oats in Huel (Original) are not gluten-free, so we suggest caution. Also, Huel is not suitable for individuals with very sensitive gluten intolerance. However, we now have a Gluten-free version of Huel.

Inflammatory bowel disease - if you suffer from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or proctitis, and are experiencing a flare-up, we advise caution when using Huel. However, if you’re in remission, Huel may actually be beneficial.

An interesting thread about Huel and IBD from the Huel forums:
03-14-2018, 01:42 AM   #2
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Sounds interesting. How's the fibre content? I'm looking for something nutritional but low fibre, the 2 usually don't go together
Diagnosed with UC in 1994, CD in 2014, "IBS" in between
Lactose intolerant, IgA deficient and Arthritis.
Resection due to strictures in 2014
Currently taking: amitriptyline, zinc, multi vitamin, b12 shots, Vit D, B complex, magnesium, calcium, Psyllium and the occasional iron infusion.

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03-14-2018, 06:24 AM   #3
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The fibre is also high in this I'm afraid, it says between 128-132% of the recommended daily amount of fibre.
I suppose as it's a powder you mix with water, you can always go less on the powder and greater on the water, but yeah if fibre is a problem that might not work for you, sorry

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