RTD and Bars - future versions / development possible to remove chicory root fibre?


#1

This is a question for @JamesCollier
I am wondering whether it is on the agenda (in the future) to develop a version of either the RTD and / or the Bars so that they do not include chicory root fibre, so as to make them low FODMAP? Is this even possible?

It is fantastic that Huel is gluten free, vegan, and contains no common allergens, to make the products suitable for the majority of the population. But chicory root fibre does cause significant problems for anyone with IBS or intolerance to fructans, even in tiny doses.

At the moment, the powder is the only Huel product that I can tolerate. I can’t have the granola anyway due to the gluten (but I probably wouldn’t bother with a cereal product anyway even if it was gluten free). I would however love to be able to use the Bars as occassional snacks, and the RTD as occassional convenience (plus everyone who has received them today is raving how delicious it is !!)

I think the low FODMAP and / or fructan intolerance does affect quite a lot of people.
Is there any way the products could be developed without the chicory root fibre?
I do know of some other food bars that I tolerate without problems, and I don’t know the science behind needing chicory root fibre in the Huel bars (other than it being a binder) or in the Huel RTD.
Any informative science on the need to include this particular ingredient, and the feasability of developing all Huel products to be low FODMAP in the future, would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for your time to answer this question :slight_smile:


#2

I’m amazed I can tolerate 60g of Huel granola tbh, though if I have half a choc orange bar on top of that it causes problems.


#3

@bee that article you sent me on chicory root fibre and inulin was incredibly informative and helpful, thank you - it explained my intolerance to a whole variety of things that didn’t appear to make sense to me!

I’m totally happy sticking to Huel powder, I’m back on a 100% Huel powder diet, as of yesterday and loving it. But it would be really great to be able to have the bars and RTD also. I need to look up how much chicory root fibre is in the RTD… is it more than the bars? Do you know off the top of your head? (I’m lazy lol, its ok I will look and find out!)

Edit: Actually I can’t find an amount of chicory root fibre for either the bars or the RTD - @JamesCollier can you help? How many grams of this fibre is in each?


#4

Like you, I just checked and there is no amount mentioned. Interested to see what James says.


#5

Yes it would be interesting to know how much I can tolerate. The article you linked to suggested that those with sensitivities can react to as little as 0.5-1g but anyone without digestive issues can usually tolerate upto 5-10g.
I just looked up Pulsin bars as a comparison (their brownies, and their protein bars) and I was suprised to see they also contain chicory fibre. I can tolerate Pulsin bars however (in large quantities lol), so either its a slightly different form of the fibre, or its in a much lower amount.

Edit: maybe I also need to try the Huel bars again - I only had one and the reaction put me off trying another! Also, someone else mentioned gettting digestive trouble when consuming orange juice and Huel products on the same day, and I have noticed the same coincidence… it was quite dramatic! Its possible the orange oil in the cocoa-orange bar, in addition to the chicory root fibre has caused my digestive reaction…?!


#6

LOL I find this with my IBS. Sometimes things that should bother me, don’t, and some things that shouldn’t bother me, do. Life is never that easy is it? :smile:


#7

(For those who wish to read more about FODMAP, read here)

Hi @ChristinaT - the reasons for using chicory root fibre in our products are different:

In Huel Bars v2.0 and Huel Granola v1.1, chicory root fibre is used to help bind the product and make it work without using sugary syrups and having a massively high sugar level. We are exploring an alternative fibre binder and there’s one that’s very promising :wink: and should be better tolerated by sensitive individuals; however, neither product will still be low FODMAP after this - it’s just not possible. Please note that any other low sugar nutrition/sports/ protein bar on the market is also not low FODMAP - the only ones that are, contain a lot of sugar.

In Huel Ready-to-drink v1.0, chicory root fibre is used as a source of soluble fibre (as a binder is not needed, obviously). The amount of chicory root fibre in Huel RTD is a lot lower than Huel Granola and Huel Bar per calorie, plus the total fibre is lower and there are no other FODMAPs. Therefore, the risk of issues is a lot lower. (FYI 60g Granola has more chicory root fibre than one Bar).

I’m very sensitive myself and have colitis, so I’m a perfect guinea pig for this sort of thing - yep, following first trials of Huel products, I purposely over-consume them to assess reactions (on days I’m not in the office, of course!). One Bar, I’m fine, two Bars within an hour, I feel discomfort. Two RTDs back-to-back and I’m fine.


#8

Interesting read, never seen that before. Thanks!


#9

Thanks, James, for some very interesting and impressive info. Thank you for being a guinea pig on our behalf. Colitis is no fun at all :hushed: As I’ve said previously, and surprisingly from what you have said, I can tolerate 60g of granola with only very mild discomfort yet eat any more than half an orange and choc Huel bar a few hours later and I get the familiar burn and gut inflation. I like Nakd bars but can react badly to some of those too. All in all though, since I started Huel I seem to be getting milder reactions than I used to. Might even chance buying some RTD to try later on :grinning:


#10

Thanks James ! That’s very helpful info.
I might actually be fine with the RTD then. I might possibly try it at some point.

I ate a choc-orange bar last night btw, only my second one. It was totally fine. I’ve had no problems with it. So that’s good news. It’s odd that I reacted the first day but maybe it was that in combination with something else I had that day. It’s often impossible to know! Anyway, im gonna keep snacking occasionally on the bars and see how I go. I’m taking one on a bike ride with me today :slight_smile: