Here are the NHS guidelines on iron intake:
The RDI of iron for men is listed as 8.7mg a day - almost half a single serving of Huel.
It also says:
Side effects of taking high doses (over 20mg) of iron include: constipation, feeling sick, vomiting, stomach pain. Very high doses of iron can be fatal.
Just 200g of Vanilla Huel has 27.8mg of iron, which is over THREE times the RDI for men of iron. A full 2000 calories worth has a massive 69.4mg - the equivalent to almost EIGHT day’s RDI for men.
Now, I’ve read these forums a fair bit and particularly in regards to iron content and read that the type of iron used is non-heme iron which is less absorbent then heme sources, and that absorption is further hampered by phytates and that the high iron content takes that into account.
As someone who already has high iron levels in my blood (due to liver issues), it is really important to me that I can be sure what I am consuming is safe for me and that I am not likely to be absorbing excessive iron.
Perhaps @JamesCollier can answer - do you have an approximate figure how much iron from Huel is typically absorbed by the body, perhaps as a percentage? E.g. if I consume 100g of Huel (containing 13.9mg of iron), how much of that will likely be absorbed?
Is 300g/400g+ of Huel per day safe to consume for someone with already high iron levels over a long period of time?