I've Got Issues - Will Huel Work for Me?

I’ve got a few issues (haven’t we all!) that have pushed me back to looking at Huel - I say ‘back’ as I first used it back in 2015 to eat healthy whilst working and dealing with cancer… It was ok but I still loved at that point in time.

Fast forward to now, the cancer is gone but I’m left with long-term side effects from the surgery:

  1. Surgery was extensive and, its likely, I sustained some nerve damage, which has left me with a rapidly emptying stomach (scans show 92% empty after 30 minutes)
  2. Hypos from the above are unpleasant too.
  3. Part of my ileum was removed to form a conduit from my kidneys, as a result I have Bile Acid Malabsorption which is treated with Cholestagel tablets (the powder form didn’t agree with me - sweetener?)
  4. Now top it off with a dose of Linaclotide (think Cholera in a tablet and you get the idea) to keep the pipes clear!

After several years of these issues developing/worsening I’m at the point where I hate food/eating and the whole bodily process it triggers!! To ‘manage’ this, my gastro consultant recommended at least 10 small meals a day… so I wondered if Huel powder would be a good choice for the bulk of my calories?

Would be great to hear from any of the Huel team or others in a similar position.


Hi @JC6

Welcome back to Huel. Great to hear your cancer has gone but sounds like you’ve still got alot going on!

What I’m getting is that dumping-syndrome-induced hypos and fat malabsorption are your biggest issues. Huel products that may help are regular Powder, Hot & Savoury and Complete Protein. I would avoid Huel Black Edition and RTDs due to the proportionally larger fat content.

One idea might be one scoop of regular Huel Powder and one scoop of Complete Protein for a could of meals ber day - this is roughty 300kcal per serving. Another meal or two, could be one scoop of Hot & Savoury. These are low GI so should be fine with your hypos. Indeed, as the H&S are made with hot water which may help delay gastric emptying a little - useful for you.

However, I suggest starting slowly - say one Huel meal a day for 2-3 day - and assessing how you feel. Then increase by one meal every few days.

I’d be really interested in hearing how you get on :slight_smile:


Hi @JamesCollier, many thanks for the reply and suggestions, it really is appreciated.

I forgot to mention that I’m frequently on courses of broad spectrum antibiotics due to kidney infections - Does Huel have any probiotic benefits or shall I carry on with a portion of Skyr in the morning?

Just need to choose some flavours… you only had vanilla before!

There are probiotics in Huel Powders and the products are rich in prebiotic fibres. However, if you’re finding your morning Skyr beneficial, I’d carry on with it, too.

Flavours: back in 2015 we did indeed only have Vanilla - that vanilla is actually our ‘Original’ flavour. We have loads of great new flavours to try! (Personal fave: Banana!)