I'm gonna level with you huel... I'm leaving


I’m going to give it to you straight. I’m probably going to try a competitor. I have largely enjoyed the huel experience, and not just the product (this was probably the least enjoyable bit), but the service, the community have all been really amazing. This isn’t an advertisement for the competitor, I just though the feedback would be useful.

But I had a few growing pains with huel that just never went away. I have mild (and severe ‘episodes’ of) IBS. The growing pains were mainly bad reflux, headaches and my stomach never settling to it properly. It got better, but never settled. And in some cases during episodes of bad IBS they made it so much worse And with 2.2, nothing got better, in fact I’d say some of it got worst.

I’m going to try ‘Solo’, and it’s not something I do lightly. I love the ethos of huel and the head honchos are active on the forum and it feels like a close community. I don’t know if solo is any good, but I need something to help me get back to my old self, powdering, gyming and working and that seems like the best alternative.

When huel 3.0 is out I’m probably going to be the first to try it, because if I can come back to huel, I will. But for now, there is just too many barriers for me. I hope I taste the (strangely nice) earthy goop I once called breakfast and lunch again one day.


Hi Joe,

We’re obviously really sad to see you go. IBS is a tricky one and it can’t be easy for you to find foods that alleviate your symptoms - we’re just sorry that Huel wasn’t the one for you. All the best with Solo, hopefully it will treat your stomach more kindly.

We’ll miss you! :heart_eyes:


Good luck with Solo. I tried it, gave me stomach ache and then the most explosive shits ever! They’ve released a newer version since but this still went through me.


Solo is hiding any quantities of ingredients which isn’t transparent or good. Good luck though.


Er, this is the only type of Solo I know of and I sincerely hope this isn’t what you are replacing Huel with :wink:


Or is there some other “Solo” you are referring to?


It’s this https://wearesolo.com/


Is solo’s the one that’s ‘all natural’ and ‘just from plants’ but had a bunch of artificial ingredients in it?


Yep that’s the one.


Every post i see about Solo strikes me as a bit odd to be honest. From the brand new accounts that were talking to each other about how awesome it is in their first posts, through to the people saying they’ve tried it and it’s amazing / are switching.

Complete foods are largely experimentation, I get that, we’re all testing out the idea that nutrition can be simplified right down to a drink. But Huel is an easy thing to put trust in because I know what’s in it - I can look at the macros/vitamins/minerals/etc and decide if I want to eat it and could do so before I made a purchase.

With solo we get

Solo® contains 100% of nutritionist recommended levels of fibre and all 26 essential vitamins and minerals that you require each day. As it’s plant based, it’s suitable for vegans, is gluten and dairy free and tastes delicious.

And I’m left thinking, who’s going to trust a statements like that without more detailed information? Solo could be awesome, the team might be massively qualified in what they do, but their website just doesn’t get that across.


I also find it hilarious that the Solo team are posting fake reviews on their facebook page pretending to be customers whilst using the same names they moderate their own forums with.

Kim McIntyre has a remarkable likeness to solokim, don’t you think?

And bizarely soloemily looks just like another reviewer called Emily


I agree the solo website is pants and massively lacking in basic information. The only way to get to the actual ingredients is to go to buy the product and it’s on that page. It also jumped out at me that they have to add things like magnesium when Huel gets all of theirs from the food.

I’ll have to take your word on the reviewers. I deactivated my fb account because I got fed up with all the bs on there.


Spotted the ingredient list, but how much vitamin A is in it for example, how much salt. how much (etc etc etc)…

@joe93.smith, I take it you’ve seen the full nutritional values for Solo, anything you can share?