I just had a pretty strange interaction in the unofficial Hueligans Facebook group and it got me thinking. And not just about how the Hueligans Facebook group is a profoundly strange place at times.
Someone posted about how they added some extras to their Hot & Savoury, to bulk it out a little, plus some sauces and such for taste. And someone commented saying that this “defeats the point of Huel”. I asked what they thought “the point” was and they said it was a “meal replacement” cited the first bit you see on the website “Swap out lunch, swap in Huel.” etc.
So, that got me wondering about what people actually seem to think “the point” of Huel is? My impression has always been (even since the v1 days when I first tried it) was that it was food, same as any other food, specifically not a meal replacement, and so adding extras to it would not “defeat the point” of it. Surely you can only defeat the point of a food if you don’t eat it at all?
I feel like in the past few years, I’ve observed a bit of an uptick in Huel purists, and joining the Hueligans group has really brought that into focus. And I kind of hate it, because I can imagine it puts new people off when they see someone scold someone else for adding a bit of chicken and some chilli sauce to their H&S. As much as I like Huel, it is not perfect (for me) straight out of the bag, and every interaction I’ve ever seen with Huel staff has been encouraging of experimentation, adding things, trying different methods of mixing, etc. So it’s weird to see these purists gatekeep Huel in what seems like direct opposition of what Huel themselves say.
This turned into a bit more of a rant than I thought it would…