He says Huel is ‘crap’, because he personally doesn’t prefer liquid foods, and crucially because he thinks 20g of protein isn’t enough to be called ‘a meal’. The guy is dissembling. There are plenty of excellent low-calorie meals available, for those who want them, and also many that contain much more protein. From a salad to a nut roast, they’re all ‘meals’. 20g protein is plenty for lots of people and lots of reasons.
He’s lazily misleading his viewers around the unspecified notion of living 100% on RTD, and using his apparent personal dissatisfaction with that idea to dismiss the whole brand.
Personally I’ve done runs of eating only Huel hot and savory for months, 3 meals a day, while training hard and building muscle and strength. This guys is an absolute joke, flat out.
The massive intake of protein that has been part of the bodybuilding evangelism has been debunked, you don’t need massive amounts of protein of 2g pr. kg. bodyweight, you barely need half and for maintenance, which is in the drink, it’s even less needed…
Not talking about people with eating disorders or regular illness, when have you last heard of someone with a protein deficiency in a developed country?
20g of protein in a 400kcal meal is more than adequate for most people. Are you bulking or training hard? Eat/drink more, it’s not hard math…
Yes, it’s no secret that James Smith isn’t our biggest fan but is what he’s saying actually true?
The actual recommended daily intake of protein sits at 0.75g/kg body weight/day. Most people meet or exceed this amount day to day without even trying, which is great. Aiming for more protein than this is fine, especially if you’re looking to feel satiated after your meals and snacks, or you partake in exercise. The 1.6-2.2g range James Smith mentions would only really be suitable for someone trying to build some serious muscle, and who trains regularly. Of course, for James specifically, or people his weight, the particular product he picked up might not be the most optimal choice for his goals, but Huel offers a wide range of meals with higher protein content, right up to our Black Edition, which supplies 40g of protein per meal. Otherwise, 20g is often a suitable amount for the general population.
The combination of plant proteins we use provides a complete amino acid profile, suppling all nine essential amino acids, including leucine. I’d recommend reading more about this here, to understand where James might be coming from, as well as the leucine content of Huel meals.
He is a total tool.
There is no real RDA for protein some suggest 0.8 x bodyweight.
Obviously some meals will have more protein than others.
The other night I had a bowl of bbq sauced cheesy chips. Obviously this Huel drink proved better nutritional values. The man failed to mention the hundreds of other freshly prepared meals that have less than 30g (or at least 20g) of protein.