I was just wondering how Huel fits into the 5-a-day recommendation? 5 different fruits and veg every day to give a good balance of nutrients, etc. Pulses only count as one, no matter how many different types you may have.
Yes we know it’s a nutritionally complete meal, but does it lack anything compared to the given advice?
The recommendation to consume 5 fruit and veg a day is to increase the vitamin and mineral intake of the population and ensure a spectrum of vitamins and minerals are consumed. The idea is that by consuming a variety of food you are less likely to miss out on certain nutrients, hence why 5 apples does not count as 5 fruit and veg.
For those that are consuming Huel 100%, they can be confident they are reaching the recommended levels for all vitamins and minerals. However as we know, the vast majority don’t consume Huel 100% and would mix this up with a fairly varied diet anyway. This way, if there is some nutrient in fruit and veg scientists haven’t accounted for, you would still be fine.
Does that make sense? In short, fruit and veg portions don’t really apply to Huel!
Personally I don’t agree, I think 5 fruit and veg a day should be affordable for most, but perhaps if you have a large family it isn’t. Anyone here struggle to feed their family 5 or more fruit and veg a day?
The whole 5-a-day thing is so arbitrary. It’s kind of misleading because it leads people to think like “Oh, I’ve had my 5-day-today, therefore I’m fine”. So someone could eat 1 apple, 1 banana, 1 bowl of grapes, a carrot, an avocado, and then pig out on chocolate bars for the rest of the day.
Obviously, eating 5 fruits/vegetables per days is a LOT better than eating no fruits or vegetables. But every fruit and vegetable is different, and some are more nutritious than others. It’s a bit like if your boss at work told you, “Make sure you do 5 pieces of work every day.” Or imagine if your personal trainer just said to you, “Just make sure you do 5 exercises a week”. Wait, what the hell??!!
Also, what about the nutrient levels in fruits and vegetables? For example, I read that frozen vegetables are often actually more nutritious than “fresh” vegetables because they are frozen right when their nutrient levels are high, whereas “fresh” vegetables often hang around for a while before you buy them.
Anyway, I’ve breathed my target of 20,000 lung-fulls of air today. I’m off outside to smoke a cigar…
I suspect that’s mostly used an excuse rather than it being a valid reason in most situations. There’s usually some super cheap frozen veges available and most places have some sort of cheap fresh fruit available.
so if you consume 4x100g servings of Huel or 1600 calories per day I don’t think you are getting a full nutritional profile @TimOfficeHuel is that right as RDA is satisfied by Huel at 2000 calories per day is that correct?
In that scenario I’m actually not being properly healthy? I’m actually doing that as a calorie restricted diet (some other calories come from whey and cassein protein supplements)
If you are consuming only 1600 kcal of Huel per day then yes you will be short on a few of essential micronutrients. What you could do, if using 100% Huel wasn’t essential, is assess which vitamins and minerals you are short on and then try and incorporate foods high in these into your Huel meals.
This is something I’ve wondered too. For me, there are two motivations for me using Huel:
1 - to lose weight, cut back on 500 calories per day as advised (250 in food, 250 through exercise)
2 - I’m an extremely fussy eater and get no veg in my diet at all, so Huel is a way for me to get the nutrients I would be missing out, in to my diet
However, I was wrongly under the impression that having Huel just once a day would fulfil the daily quota I need. So is the only way then to get 100% of all the recommended intakes of nutrients, through having Huel for every meal of the day?