Finding the cause of bloating

I have tried an alternative product to Huel and found that the bloating, slight discomfort and wind I usually experience when consuming even just a single portion of Huel is non-existent there. I post the ingredients list of this other product as I would like to start a discussion on what others might think the most likely cause of this bloating I experience could be when drinking Huel based on the difference in the ingredients on their labels alone. For an easy comparison I included Huel’s ingredients list on the left. What I hope from this discussion is to identify the exact ingredient that could cause this unpleasantness and potentially eliminate it by raising this issue with the makers of Huel as an idea for another variant of Huel that would not include said ingredient. I note that I experience this with all current variants of Huel - as of writing these are: Vanilla, Unflavoured & Unsweetened, Gluten free.

Edit 1:
I tried another product which also does seem to cause bloating for me. The ingredients for this one are below. Since it does not contain pea protein, this lowers the likelihood of that ingredient in particular being behind this, though it could also mean that there is an equivalent to it (well in terms of causing gas that is) in this product.

Can you define bloating please? Gas, burping, heartburn?

It is interesting, but I do not see why the Huel makers would make a variant. Why don’t you stick with the alternative product?
I had some issues with Huel, and as much as I liked it, my body did not, so I shopped around, luckily there are alternatives. But I am certain that I will give them another chance at one point.

Plenty of gas with some constant abdominal discomfort.

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The main reason I would not be able to stick with the other product is it’s price (costs around 7-8 times more than Huel). If something is identified as a deal-breaker for a number of potential customers, then that would be enough of a reason for the makers of Huel to come up with a version that improves the satisfaction for those customers. I suppose the main question is whether such an ingredient can be identified and also if there are enough people being affected by the same thing. I have read quite a lot here about this issue to think that it could affect plenty of people and after trying this alternative I can be sure that there is something in Huel that is not present in that other product which is the cause of the bloating for me.

I would imagine just from an ingredient comparison it could be difficult to identify the cause without testing and I have no idea how many customers have experienced this to enable the creation of a variant that could ease your symptoms.

I note from the ingredients list there are some expensive adds, I can see why the alternative comes at a premium.

Any chance you can you show the nutrient value too?

Also without necessarily providing an answer to me (as I’m no expert) are you allergic to anything at all?

It sounds rather IBS’ish and similar to symptoms I experienced many years ago. I don’t suffer now and have never had issues with Huel - that in no way is intended to be dismissive about what you’re experiencing, it’s just to show I’ve been there, know your pain but Huel, for me, has never re-triggered anything.

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If you’re new to Huel, it does take a couple of weeks (at least with me) for your body to become accustomed to it. After you do, gone were the many toilet trips, bloating etc.

I suspect that it is caused by one of the ingredients that is present in Huel but not in the alternative and also that out of the these ingredients perhaps it is true that the larger the amount of the ingredient the higher the chance it has in causing this. It is certain that it may be a bit tricky to find the cause based on these ingredients only, though I hope it is possible never the less.

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Thanks for the idea, though in my case this is most likely not playing any role in this problem. I lived on Huel almost exclusively for an extended period between last August and this May.

Good to hear there’s at least one documented example of tummy problems not going away after a while. Thanks for sharing.
You’re right, this has been raised before and the usual advice is to “bear with it” for some time.

Now I’m obviously not an expert, but one major ingredient that I can see is missing in the Huel alternative is pea protein. Bean family plants are notorious for causing bloating. AFAIK the bloating isn’t caused by the protein in beans rather by the hydro-carbs so the question here I guess is how much of that is left in the pea protein isolate that we get in Huel.

I was bloated for two weeks but now my digestion is better than it ever has been.

I’m pretty sure not all bloatings are caused by the same thing. I remember my first few weeks on Huel being fairly turbulent in terms of digestion. And then it settled down and my reaction to it has not changed a lot since.

Is there a food replacement product out there that is not insanely expensive and does not come with pea protein?

So I tried another product which is causing even more gas. I never realised this is even possible :slight_smile: Below are the ingredients of this other stuff.


I tried inulin a while back as a prebiotic and it really gave me bad gas.

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According to Columbia University, sucralose, as well as other artificial sweeteners, can cause bloating, gas and diarrhea. :-\

Alleged symptoms associated with sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes. - Medicinet.

Huel only contains a small amount of Sucralose because it is 600 times ssweeter than sugar: