Boron is a mineral with no dietary recommended amount and there has been little research on it. It may be requred in tiny amounts in the diet but it’s abundant in plant foods.
However, it’s been requested twice - as far as I know - that we provide an amount of boron for Huel. So I looked into it…
The amount is around just less than 1.5mg per 2,000 calories which covers the typical intake range of 0.87 to 1.35 mg/ day for adults. It’s also well under the safe upper limit of 20mg per day.
Hope this helps
Ref: Arsenic, Boron, Nickel, Silicon, and Vanadium." Institute of Medicine. 2001. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10026.
Thank you. It is always nice to see these amounts.
I know there’s limited space on the Huel ingredients label, but it might be worth including these elements too if possible. Multivitamins have them, and it would make it easier to convince people that Huel contains everything one needs.
I don’t feel that boron should be on the label as there are no recommended intakes for it. And if we were to include boron, why not vanadium, silica, sulphur, nickel, cobalt and others? To the more enthusiast Huelers, like you guys, I can see the use, but to most of the population, too much unneccessary info may even be off-putting.
@JamesCollier do you know the amount of nickel in Huel and the amount of phytoestrogens? I have recently been diagnosed with disorders related to both these. And it would be really useful to my recovery to be able to accurately understand and control my intake. Many thanks in advance
We haven’t had nickel tested - however, I’ll arrange for this test; likely to be 2-3 weeks. There is likely to be some nickel present from the oats and flaxseed. But many cereals, seeds and some animal products also have nickel present.
I have not come across someone with a disorder relating to ingested nickel before, only nickel on the skin-type reactions. I’m interested to learn more, if you’re happy to share
Phytoestrogens - there are some present in Huel; I don’t know the amounts and I’d imagine it would vary due to crops varying. Let me see if there’s a test we can do for this to provide a ball-park.
My understanding of Boron in food is that it moderates the toxicity of heavy metals which are also present in food. There are many (natural) elements in all foodstuffs that are considered inert or harmless.