Just an update… I (stupidly) did not go and see a GP before buying and decided to go ahead to try Huel but to obviously keep cautious. I was happy with the answer from James.
My vanilla Huel was delivered this afternoon (Less than 24 hours after ordering it (Fantastic customer service!)). I arrived home from work and eagerly prepared my first Huel meal. It smelt great however looked slightly unappealing. I had various anti histamine concoctions next to me. Tentatively, I took my first gulp. The taste was a bit chalky but over all, not bad. I then waited for any signs of reaction. 2-3 minutes went by and nothing. ‘Hallelujah’ I thought, naïvely gulping down about another 250ml. (Very stupid in hindsight). Thats when the reaction kicked in…
My throat began to swell as it does when eating Peas/nuts. I quickly took 2 antihistamine tablets. I could still breathe well but I was having chest pains. I couldn’t find my phone to try and seek some kind of proper medical help. I was going to try calling 111, as this was much worse than I have ever dealt with, due to the volume of what I had ingested. So in the end, I was left cuddling my toilet for a good hour or so, I won’t go into any more detail. I was a pretty scary experience. It’s now 10:30PM, I had the Huel at 7:30PM. I am 95% back to normal. I still have the tiniest bit of swelling in the back of my throat, but absolutely no chest pains anymore.
Make no mistake, this was my fault for being foolish and not being careful with something that I was well aware I was allergic to. I was incredibly excited about the plans I had made for my weight gain and to fix my body, that I didn’t care for myself in that moment. I wanted to believe I’d be fine. Which was stupid of me! It was my fault. However, I beg that this information is made readily available to people because, as I said in my previous comment. I really struggled to find information about legumes and Pea protein etc. anywhere.
I am absolutely gutted about this. I have been looking forward to trying Huel ever since I heard about it. It Is the perfect solution to a load of my dietary issues.
All I ask, Is to make this information available to the consumer. It is not suitable for people with a legume allergy. Secondly, please offer trial packs! All of the ideas listed sound great! I currently have 2 full bags in my kitchen that I can do nothing with apart from try to give them away… I’m also £45 down (Which, personally, I’m not too bothered about… I’m just quite glad the reaction wasn’t more serious. I was very lucky).
A bit of a far cry here, however, hopefully there will be some kind of alternative not using peas…
Anyway, Long story short… I had an allergic reaction to the Pea Protein contained in Huel.
Thanks for all of your comments.