I, like many others, appreciate the fact that Huel manages to not only be a healthy meal replacer, and manages to be vegetarian, but that it goes the extra mile and manages to even be vegan. I do care about animal welfare, and it’s nice to know that I’m causing them as little suffering as possible by eating Huel, as well as having a lower impact on the environment.
However, I do have to ask - is it possible that the strict adherence to veganism does in some way damage the product? Specifically, the granola and the bars. Many users have talked about problems with digestion caused by these products, and even the packaging indicates they can’t really be used as meal replacers like the powder can. The is to do with the binding agent, apparently.
If Huel had decided to allow use of some animal products (still being at least veggie), would this be a solvable issue? Plenty of vegetarian cereals are out there that manage to bind perfectly well without causing these digestive issues (I’ve definitely had more than two bowls a day for 3+ days in the past of those).
I’m pretty sure there are quite a few of us that would be perfectly happy with living off the granola and the bars if that were an option, but can’t because of the issues already mentioned. We’ve tried the powder, and just not been able to like it enough. Is this really such an unsolvable issue in general or is it because of these self-imposed restrictions?
I’m not suggesting replacing the vegan options with vegetarian ones, rather just letting the others be an option if they work better in this sense. It could still be a net good if it allows people to have more of a product that makes an effort to be good in this way.
Edit: As an extra point, it need not be the case that ‘merely’ going vegetarian need cause additional suffering. I will admit I am not aware if there are agents derived from e.g. honey, but for instance if that were the case then that would be a vegetarian option that was still very moral, and which did not aversely impact the environment. If these options are not available, it is still possible to use eggs, for example, without being incredibly immoral. You would need to take care when choosing the sources, of course, but I trust the Huel people. I have made this edit to make clear that I am not asking this out of a lack of understanding of the moral issues many vegans would have with this request. I just feel they are outweighed, for example, by being able to make this an attractive option to a wider audience. It would benefit me as well, and those similar, I will admit.