So it seems I may have to give serious consideration to giving up Huel which I really don’t want to do. I recently had some blood tests done and my iron levels are abnormally high. Specifically:
Ferritin - 428 ug/L
Iron 34.95 umol/L
Transferrin saturation 57.72%
Looking at the %RI for Huel it seems to be pretty high (57% for a 100g serving)
I need to check further but I don’t think the rest of my diet is particularly high in iron. I have red meat on average twice a week and don’t really eat dark leafy greens as I’m not a fan. I’ve been having one 75g serving of Huel Powder a day for nearly a year and this is the first time I’ve had my iron levels tested since I started using Huel. They’ve always been normal previously. I’m asking the question as apparently persistently high iron levels can lead to organ damage.
I’d like some feedback on the %RI as it seems very high if a serving of 1/5th daily calories = 57% RI. @Dan_Huel, @JamesCollier is this something you can give me some feedback on?
Anyone else had something similar?
I am doubtful that the high iron that the blood test found was related to a single 75g serving of Huel a day. I consume 2000calories of Huel every day for the last coming up to 2 years, i also consume an additional 1500-2000calories of solid food on top. My last blood test in October said Iron was 13.6 umol/L with a range of 5.8-34.5. My Ferritin was 78.3 ug/L with a range of 30-400.
The point is more that I’ve been advised to stop taking any iron supplements as my iron levels are high. I don’t take any supplements or have anything like fortified cereals in my diet.
I wanted to understand why the iron levels in Huel are so high (2000kcals would be 279% of RDI). Regardless of the reason for my high iron levels I’ve been advised to reduce dietary sources and stop all supplementation and I really don’t want to cut out Huel but it looks like I may have to based on the extremely high iron levels.
Summary is Hueligans would be absorbing 5% of the iron in Huel, i.e. 2mg per day (based on 2,000kcal of Huel Powders). Compare this to someone consuming the NRV of 14mg per day based on a mixed non-vegetarian diet; this person, would be absorbing around 2.5mg per day.
The article explains why this is and how we arrived to that figure.
I think I’ll retest in 3 months and see how I’m doing. May just be a one off odd result. I was debating upping the amount of Huel I have but I think I’ll stick with what I’ve been doing.
I’ve been back on IF 16:8 after a much less disciplined December and it’s working well. Huel is my first meal of the day at 12pm, then some soy yoghurt or fruit mid afternoon and a cooked meal with a Huel bar around 7pm. I’ve lost 10lbs since 27th December.
I think Huel does have a massive effect on ferritin levels, mine in April before I started taking Huel was 72, now in august it’s 250, all this BS that Huel day about it being a non haem iron is just rubbish … stopped Huel and will check my bloods again in a month
Also one of the unlucky ones – my ferritin levels are also high from Huel. It’s 353 - taking about 1-1.5~ servings (2-3 scoops) a day. I will adjust huel consumption and see if it goes down in a few months.