The Question. Whole VS Processed

The question is simple, and I don’t know the answer.
Why is it claimed that processed food (like Huel) is worse than a whole diet with the same amount of nutrients.

Thanks in advance for your answers.


Because the modern definition of ‘processed’ means: full of sugar, full of salt, full of saturated fats, fried, etc. Huel is none of that, hence Huel does not fall in the modern definition of ‘processed’.

Additionally, someone said a while ago that Huel is less processed than organic cheese wholemeal bread sandwich.


I like this answer :slight_smile:

Let’s see if someone else has something to say.

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The answer to this very much depends on your interpretation of the word ‘processed’ in this context.

Virtually all food you have will have been processed at some stage - but this doesn’t equate to it being ‘bad’. For example, if you buy frozen peas these have been picked, shelled, blanched and frozen before you get them. That’s a lot of ‘processes’ but they’re still a super healthy vegetable to add to your meals. Now if you buy a tin of mushy peas these have also been processed but they’ve also likely had sugar, salt, colours and preservatives etc. added to them which could render them far less healthy.

As the previous poster mentioned it’s this addition of (unnecessary) ingredients that makes some processed foods less healthy - not the processing itself.


good post.

huel is undeniably and undoubtedly healthy, but theres that buzzword “processed” hanging around like a fly in the room.

no doubt that we can swat that fly, or at least shoo it out of the building to a safe place for flies.


We very much echo many of your thoughts here. Indeed there are many benefits to food processing like removing bacteria and toxins, preservation, conserving nutrients and more! We’ve got an article on our site if you’d like to read a little more too!


Thank you
And thank you everyone who answered.
I think this really covers the topic and I’m satisfied.

Someday I would like to know which process is exactly the one that goes from food to huel powder/bar, just out of curiosity :slight_smile:

Have you ever thought of making a 10min documentary on the process?

We’ve not no! We actually get our ingredients from all over the world and the video you’re after would involve flying all over the place. But we would love to do this video, so maybe one day!

If you’re interested in the processing in Huel then we have (yes, you guessed it) another article for you!

There’s enough reading to keep you occupied all weekend!

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I would welcome a documentary on Huel with emphasis on the processing/manufacturing procedure. I feel this is achievable and necessary as part of the transparency marketing ethos. I feel this can be done in a way that does not reveal sensitive information. However, I recognise also that such a documentary may not be cost effective to make and may be a poor use of the marketing budget.


everyone likes huel for their friendly attitude to customers or the team, as we are welcomed on board. its great, could be a step further to show a part of the manufacturing process, it would be interesting.

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i read a fair amount of this, but tbh these articles dont keep my interest long enough and are not succinct enough. there could be more relevant information packed into a smaller space.

thats my opinion.

ive always preferred this method of information.

i feel that im reading a story and the information is saturated with a lot of unneccesary elaboration.

It’s awesome you have this article, I’m slowly reading it in my spare time and searching for the methods used.
So far so good. I’ve read about chromatography and asked my GF about that (she’s a scientist) and she also uses this process to separate proteins from a substance.

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Need to get Greg Wallace involved

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We were actually on Food Unwrapped in 2017. But that’s just a factory episode as opposed to seeing where the ingredients come from.


aaah this is what i want to see.

the machines used i find fascinating.