I’m hoping you can help. I know that this similar question has come up before but I’m hoping to get an answer that’s specific to my child please. If anybody who is a qualified and active nutritionist can give an answer then I would really appreciate it.
- My son is 2 years and 8 months old, with no allergies
- ~4 days per week he has a varied and unrestricted diet given to him by his mother
- ~3 days per week he has a varied and restricted diet given to him by me, his father. I don’t give him meat or fish and I rarely give him any animal products
- I tend to cook 2 of his 3 meals fresh. 1 is always porridge with fruit, soy milk and seeds. The other is usually some sort of vegetable and bean stew, usually with seeds and usually with brown rice or some kind of gluten free pasta
- Normally I give him bits of Huel throughout the day instead of a third meal. Usually this is half a huel bar (chocolate) and 1 scoop (approx. 150cals) of powder. The powder I use is 3 parts unsweetened/unflavoured and 1 part Vanilla
- I began giving him Huel around 6-8 months ago. Slightly less at first and then at these levels since.
His mother is concerned that he potentially shouldn’t be having Huel products and she’s going to consult his doctor (GP for those of us in the UK). Whilst his doctor is great, I’d be surprised if this is her area of expertise so it wouldn’t hurt to get an opinion here.
What I’m looking to know:
- Is this the amount of Huel I give to my son safe?
- Could it be safe with adjustments? i.e cutting down and/or cutting out the bars or powder entirely
- If not, at what age will it be safe, assuming the formulas stay roughly the same?
- If it’s not fully safe, now or later, what are the actual medical risks as you see them?
If anybody could answer these questions for version 3.0 of the powder and version 3.1 of the bars then that would be awesome as I see both are about to change