This is a very complex topic to dive into as there are many areas surrounding this that are typically associated with meal replacement products. Some of these surrounding areas or, taboo topics commonly are body image and mental health. Of course we all know these have come into the press and has caused some stir in our perception of what we should and shouldn’t consume to achieve the so-called perfect body.
There will always be speculation in this area of the food industry due to the sceptical reception that meal replacements receive, such as Soylent, Jimmy Joys and various other brands out there.
The point is, is that these brands claim to make you lose weight, similarly protein shakes are sometimes perceived to give you those desirable muscle mass gains which is obviously not true. This causes a lot of scare amongst nutritionists because it’s very simply an unhealthy approach and further adds to the point that a nutritionally incomplete drink made from artificial ingredients is just not good for us humans.
This scepticism that has been created through the world of ‘drink this and you’ll lose weight’ approach is unfortunately only natural and part of the bid to make as much money out of people who are susceptible to believing in this. Therefore, this creates an unhealthy approach to eating all together which is for a completely different point of discussion. What’s more nutritionists also like to jump on the wagon and mention that the ingredients used in other meal replacement products are full of, let’s face it, insert choice of expletive. Though nowadays, any type of drink out there (except natural water) is going to contain something nasty in it.
At the end of the day, there are regulations that the FDA put in place to ensure that products such as Huel are appropriate for human consumption.
The message for Huel as a brand is simple. Integrate Huel into a healthy and balanced diet (lifestyle) for your most inconvenient meal that is nutritionally complete. There are no claims to suggest that Huel should form 100% of your diet, nor do they claim against it (as it is derived from food sources)
To claim something that is not true of this nature would simply be immoral and quite honestly, Huel in that case might as well call themselves Jimmy Joy MKII
See these articles on Why you should care about a Nutritionally Complete diet – Huel & What does Nutritionally Complete mean? – Huel.
As Huel is still in it’s early days, there is very little research so it is hard to make any scientifically proven claims against such companies. Huel is in place to given humans an ideal and balanced blend of vitamins and minerals - if Huel claimed the Green Tea Extract in the Black Edition to help you lose body fat, when in fact it contained only 0.01% and had 99.99% ineffectiveness then yes Huel would be sued BIG TIME.
One example is the debate over the validity of the micronutrient blends and there effectiveness - this is often associated with protein brands that claim to have ‘fat burning green tea extract’ when in fact, the amount of green tea in them doesn’t make a difference and is therefore scientifically invalid.
Additionally, it’s illegal to put it anything on the package that can’t be validated.
The point of all of this, in the modern world we live in, is that it’s too easy to eat whatever you like 24/7 and this has contributed in rates of obesity to go sky-high, an increase in rates of mortality and ultimately an increase in the rate at which humans are subject to damaging themselves.
All in all, it’s sadly come to the point where powdered food is better for you than a salad!! SALAD??!! You can (likely) have a 400kcal sugary-leaved ‘healthy’ salad from McDonalds which contains very little to support a complete diet (don’t take this literally I’m making a point)
A true example on the other hand, is that even a baguette from Subway is so sugary that they had to add pickles to stop it from being classed as a desert. A baguette that’s a DESERT!!!
In any case, if you are ever unsure or need help with your diet within your lifestyle, it is always a good idea talk to a credible nutritionist to make sure that your diet works for you and that you are achieving the best nutrition possible. If Huel is part of that then great, if Huel isn’t then that’s great too.
Please note: I am in no way an expert so please don’t take what I have said as valid or take this information as you own. You may research and add credible information on what I have said if you so wish. Please inform me if anything I have said today is not credible or invalid.
Thank you Hueligans! 🥸