Why Huel is the Future of Food

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Around 1 in 9 of all people in the world are chronically malnourished, meaning that they suffer from protein-energy malnourishment (PEM), the most common type, or vitamin-mineral malnourishment, which is usually found with PEM. 

Above Photo: Huel may be the future of food


PEM is much more dangerous, and is usually referred to when we talk about the general term “malnourishment”. There are two types of PEM; marasmus (also known as wasting), and nutritional edema (or kwashiorkor). Both lead to weight loss, and, kwashiorkor is characterised by having a swollen abdomen. But in both cases, they are very cruel diseases that mostly end in death or long periods of suffering. 

But anyway, what has this got to do with the so called “huel”, well, huel, also known as “human fuel” is a powder based drink that is essentially a meal replacement. It contains all the macro and micro nutrients you need to have a balanced diet – and in the right proportions. It contains all the European Union’s recommended 26 vitamins and minerals and it provides the exact number of calories recommended for your intake every day.

It is also 100% vegan, so better for the environment, and your general health, and it is also high in protein, has little amounts of sugar, and it definitely does not contain any bad chemicals for your body such as high fructose corn syrup or excess amounts of simple carbs. It is made from a mixture of ‘oats, pea protein, brown rice protein, coconut oils, sunflower lecithin and a mineral blend’, and some types may have an added natural sweetener. It has been formulated by leading dietitians and many real-life tests on volunteers have been undertaken, for example, huel paid a man £35,000 just to eat their product for a year, and nothing else (and he experienced no major side effects). This means that you could literally survive, and be healthy, by just having 4 huel shakes every day.

But back to the point about malnutrition, huel is a powder with a 12-month shelf life, that only needs some cups of water added to it. This makes it the perfect product to be moved around the world to countries that suffer with food shortages, and could really be the first viable solution to the food shortage crisis. 

But the benefits don’t stop there, even people in developed countries can use huel, with it only taking 2 minutes to make, and only costing £1.66, it could really help people that are in a rush, and could help them stay away from unhealthy fast food options that they would have had to turn to before. Also 2 in 3 adults are obese, and over 4 million have diabetes. This could mean that obesity related diseases, such as coronary heart disease, could decrease greatly in number, thus saving the NHS millions every year.

But what’s the catch? Well it seems very obvious but, huel doesn’t taste or look like real food, it’s essentially a glorified smoothie, and the idea of not eating anything except for that for the rest of your life, well seems frankly boring. Users that have switched to it full time have had “deep cravings” for normal food, which is probably why huel only recommends that you only take it with meals when you start it.

With over 8 million ‘meals’ sold by huel to over 55 countries, maybe huel is the way forward.