Question: Gluten-Free vs Original (NO IBS/CELIAC'S)

Unlike most of the posters asking about ordering GF, I DON’T have IBS or Celiac’s disease (not that I know of, at least).

Q: Has anyone who isn’t knowingly diagnosed with gluten-intolerance tried both? How was your experience and did it improve your health (say prevent bloating etc.)?

I’m trying to figure out if I should fork out extra money to buy the GF version. Thanks for your help! :smiley:

Edit: Thanks for all the replies giving me more information from your experiences & statistics (17ppm gluten). Since regular and GF don’t seem to have that huge a difference, I’ve decided against trying it to not waste money :smiley:

Well, simply put if you don’t have issues with gluten then no, why else would you benefit from it?

Even then it’s debatable, I’m gluten intolerant, like as in I bloat up fast, cramp, pain ect ect… however I’ve never needed the GF version, to be fair I’ve been using huel before that was an option, but never felt the need for it anyway, most oats are actually fine normally, unless someone is a really really sensitive celiac or something, but I know plenty of celiacs who are fine with normal oats.

It’s all down to the way the oats are grown, milled and stored basically, all oats are gluten free unless cross contaminated in the process.

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Hmm I guess I phrased it wrongly—I suppose I’m wondering if people have noticed a difference to their health anyways even if they didn’t explicitly think they had digestive problems—I bloat quite a bit so I guess I could be gluten sensitive but I’ve never tried.

Thanks for the info and your experience though, I suppose if you’re gluten intolerant and use the original version, there wouldn’t be a point for me to try GF if there’s little difference, only in a POSSIBLE cross contamination :slight_smile:

I seem to remember Tim (I could be wrong) posting that standard Huel is very close to gluten free, so I’m guessing that unless you are very sensitive to gluten then you might not notice a different between the two?

The criteria for gluten free is 20ppm (parts per million) gluten.
Huel (non GF) is around 17ppm, hence can be categorised as GF.
However, as batches of oats vary in gluten content, GF version is necessary to be sure.

Buying GF if you’re not coeliac is a waste of money.


Even if you are celiac it’s almost not worth the GF version… For most anyway, certainly not all.

I kinda see the GF version as the equivalent of the professional version, your paying for the extra testing, certification and peace of mind, not necessarily a different product.


Even if the ppm is minimal, gluten can cause people problems/digestive irritation whether you’re classed as intolerant/sensitive/celiac so why not just have gf Huel across the board? The whole point, it seems, is for HUEL to be vegan, safe, healthy, packed with vitamins and minerals and zero ‘crap’_ and as some people struggle with gluten why not pay a few quid more and not have the risk?

I’m intolerant. My Dad was a celiac and died 12 years ago and this worries me as his got worse and worse. My intolerance has come on leaps and bounds this past 2 years but first reared it’s head 14 years ago. To the point where I don’t do dairy any more, as it gives similar effects.

Oh for heaven’s sake. Some small percentage in the world probably can’t have coconut, some may be allergic to pea protein, perhaps some can’t have flax seeds.

Shall we just remove all of them too? Oh wait, there’d be no product left.

You’ve completely missed my point above. Regular Huel is gluten free as per EU standards of 20ppm gluten. It already is essentially gluten free, or was in the state it was tested. By not labelling it as such, it allows the Huel team some flexibility and alleviates the worry of whether one batch of oats may have more or less gluten than the last.

If you want that peace of mind and security, buy the guaranteed gluten free one. The problem I have with gluten free is how it’s become fashionable rather than a serious dietary requirement. People buy gluten free goods even though they’re not coeliac… Why?! Bizarre world…

Fair point and sorry OP for distracting.

The world has gone mad. Food being labelled gluten free…like a sack of potatoes…or rice.

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@Tim_Huel can you clarify on this? Are different ingredients used for the GF version? Or has it just gone through additional testing to ensure less than 20ppm gluten?

This from another thread: Gluten Free Huel Review

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Thanks @hunzas - not entirely sure that thread totally answers my question tho.
It seems the ingredients IS different and it’s not just that the Huel has been tested (as with professional). ie the GF version is made from GF oats.
I am caeliac and do have an adverse reaction to standard oats occasionally so have been going with the GF version and probably will continue to do so.
However it would be interesting to know if different oats and a different production line is used, or if it’s exactly the same but subsequently tested.

The supply chain for gluten free and normal oats is different in Huel, whether those oats are then mixed on the same line I don’t know, but I would ASSUME (as it would make sense, the answer to be no)…but yeah, let @Tim_Huel answer.

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In that case, if differently sourced oats then yes it would be a different production line.

Gluten-free Huel uses oats from a completely different supply chain that are certified GF. The most rigorous of procedures at our production facility are carried out to ensure there is no contamination from regular and the GF oats. We then have the finished product lab tested. Our Gf powders have actually just been certified GF by Coeliac UK, as an extra assurance, and we are in the process of changing packaging to show this.

Our non-GF powder is not necessarily free of gluten and we do not get them tested. It’s true that oats are naturally GF but due to contamination in the supply chain this is not the case. On the one time we had our normal Huel lab-tested it came back low gluten but that doesn’t mean that all are.

If you are coeliac or gluten-intolerant then it is essential you use our Gluten-free Huel products.


That’s really helpful thank you @Tim_Huel. Couldn’t ask for a clearer answer!

I have to say aswell, having a gluten free version is BRILLIANT. Everyone wants a healthy convenience food, but when you have allergies this often becomes impossible. Supermarkets have got a little better at catering for gf diets but a lot of their gf products are pretty unhealthy, and limited in convenience (unless you want a biscuit!), and if like me you don’t live or work near a supermarket and you’re only option if you’re suddenly stuck for lunch, being a corner shop, then a bar of chocolate or bag of crisps is usually the only possible purchase as all other convenience foods involve a sandwich or pasta pot.
I love food and love cooking but it is so stressful having to prepare and cook from scratch enough meals for the entire day at 5am (or batch cook the entire weeks meals on a Sunday).
I’m already feeling the benefit of only cooking when I want to and have the time to (which currently is once a day in the evening and occasionally cooking a simple lunch too on my days off). When I do cook I can now enjoy the luxury of taking my time and really enjoying it and I actually enjoy eating real food more too, now it’s not a 3 times a day necessity.

So for caeliacs - a truly convenient, truly portable, truly healthy food option is a real luxury. Thank you Huel !

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Just to add to @Tim_Huel 's comment, although <20ppm is the regulatory level for ‘gluten-free’, we batch test and all released are <5ppm.