I challenged myself to consume 90-100% U/U GF Huel for 6 months. Sometimes I will eat brown rice cakes or oatmeal with coconut milk (same ingredient profile as Huel). I also drink red wine occasionally and take amino acids supplements (L-Lysine).
I feel as though my health has greatly improved, my weight is controlled and my 6 month blood profile is looking good, no deficits. Overall I love this product and I don’t even know how much money I’ve saved from groceries or eating out. I’ve recommended it to everyone I know.
However, all of these benefits still don’t outweigh my gut’s intolerance to pea protein. It’s a high FODMAP food and my gut has been basically perpetually distended for half a year. I was hoping my body would acclimate but my reaction has been constant and unchanging. It’s not fun experiencing bloating 24/7, I even have a six pack that isn’t even completely visible unless I do a 16-22 hour fast prior. I’ve tried enzyme complexes, probiotics, peppermint oil and kim chi. Doesn’t do anything for it. I’ve also tested an isolation diet by fasting for 22 hours, then only consuming pea protein, same reaction (and intense). It’s definitely the culprit.
I’m going to have to look elsewhere for an alternative solution. If one day Huel comes out with a zero-Pea Protein formula, leveraging Rice, Hemp, Oat or another low FODMAP protein, I’ll definitely be back, but for now this situation makes my life pretty unbearable and I have to stop.
I want to thank the Huel team, especially @JamesCollier and I hope it’s working out better for you lot.