Noob question: Is there a meal replacement without rice or corn?

Hi :slight_smile:

I’m new to this forum. I’ve ordered Huel a few times, and I really love the convenience of it.
Unfortunately, I tend to get joint pain when I drink it, especially as I drink more of it (two portions in one day is a lot for me, and I’ve never had more than that; even one portion a day causes increasing pain). I have reason to believe that it is the rice and/or corn that is causing the problem, since I also get joint pain when I eat those foods in isolation (this link suggests that I’m not the only one with this problem).

So my noob question is the following: Are there any meal replacement products — from Huel or other brands — that don’t contain (significant amounts of) rice or corn?

(In case people have ideas about what might cause such intolerances, and potential ways to overcome them, I’d also be curious to learn about it; I know I have the slow COMT gene, but I don’t know whether that’s part of the explanation; I’ve done food allergy tests, which found no allergies. However, I understand if this is not an ideal forum on which to ask such questions.)

Thanks :blush:

Hey there, welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your intolerances to Huel :sob: Which products were you having? Some of our Hot & Savoury have sweetcorn in. But where there other ingredients you were concerned derived from corn?

One product which might work for you is our Complete Protein. The protein there comes from pea, faba bean and hemp. You could then create a nutritious smoothie using this as the main source of protein as well as a good amount of vitamins and minerals.


Thank you very much for your reply, Tim! I’ll try out the Complete Protein and see whether my body tolerates it better. :slight_smile:

I’ve had the Huel 3.0 (cocoa and salted caramel). Corn starch is listed as an ingredient in the micronutrient blend, but perhaps the amount is too small for it to matter. I think the problem is most likely the rice.

It is nutrionally complete though so you could bulk it out with some oat powder for example.

Yeah exactly, it’s nutritionally complete, but because the serving size is smaller, you won’t be getting as many vitamins and minerals in total - but like 15-40% per serving depending on the nutrient. So you would start moving into the nutritious smoothie territory. Add oats like Coup says, and other nutritious ingredients high in vitamins, minerals, as well as additional fats.

Why did I read that as farts?


Because you are a child.


Thanks again for the recommendation and the inputs. It seems that my joints do tolerate the Complete Protein better, and I also like that I need less powder to get more nutrients :slight_smile:

On a side note, and as a happy side effect, I seem to get significantly firmer erections after I’ve started consuming this product. I’m curious as to why that is (I wonder whether I was somehow deficient in something…). Some googling suggests that it might be due to more l-arginine, and/or perhaps certain EAAs. Is there a post that breaks down how much l-arginine is in the Huel Complete Protein? (I’ve found this one, but it doesn’t say how much l-arginine is in it) :slight_smile:

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Great to hear you’re getting on with Complete Protein, here’s the amino acid breakdown:

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