Thanks Dom. I suppose I could do a bunch of research on the ingredients but here’s my take based on what I’ve read, including your comment here: oats, interesting – some suggest using oat milk to mix the powder with, which I am going to experiment with this evening. I think temperature is another factor; when Huel is perfectly cold (i.e., right out of the fridge) that can help a little bit. Another factor is the blending operation you mention which likely helps, although my blender is fairly high powered, so I’m quite pleased with the consistency achievable on that front. Another factor is that apparently the store-bought version has a higher fat content, so that perhaps using oil (or perhaps just a thicker milk alternative as a mixer) can help, maybe I could try a little bit of coconut oil as well if it can mix well.
In terms of digestion, hmm, I might be imagining it a little bit but with the powder product it makes me thirstier, noticeably so… (possibly just me being weird, though), and makes me feel like I need to eat something (I would imagine it is thirst that I can mistake for hunger/cravings). The RTD version is smoother, it feels more “hydrating”, and perhaps the industrial blending also makes it slightly easier to digest.
I have the Huel black edition. Looking at the nutritional info comparison now, it seems like the main difference is not fat but carbs/protein: RTD is much more “carby” which probably gives it better consistency, tastier, also perhaps causes less thirst. I’ve read higher protein – as the body has to break it down into amino acids which are then metabolized in the liver – produces more “nitrogen waste”, which is converted to urea and excreted through urine, and to help flush out the urea, your body may require more water, potentially causing you to feel thirstier. A big “protein dump” from Huel powder version might cause the thirst I’m feeling.
Carbs are also easier to digest than protein. RTD is also moderately lower in fibre, another factor.
So yeah, maybe I’ve answered my own question. All these factors combine seem to make sense in terms of the powdered version feeling like it “sits in my stomach” for longer, etc.
Huel Black has a massive 80% edge over RTD in protein content, so I’m tempted to almost use not 400 kcal of Huel black but like 220 kcal worth, and then fill the balance with oat milk as a test…