Huel and Jimmy Joy (Plenny) have the same overall goal; to provide nutritious, affordable food with minimal impact on the environment. How this is achieved varies between the two, and this article has been written to help highlight those differences. Which you prefer is entirely your choice.
This is a fact-based comparison looking at categories such as nutrition and price. We haven’t compared subjective factors such as taste or texture, as they are personal to you.
|Per 2000kcal||Huel Powder (v3.0) (Vanilla)||Jimmy Joy Plenny Shake (v.3.0) (Vanilla) 1|
|Main carb sources||Oats, tapioca, flaxseed||Oat, soy and rice flour|
|Price per 400kcal meal||£1.51||£1.35|
|Delivery charges||Free delivery for orders over £20||€9.50 charge for orders under €99|
*Table up to date as of 21/02/22. Price calculated on subscription (if available) for a minimum order, not including delivery. See delivery pages for full delivery information.
It’s good to see that both Huel Powder v3.0 and Jimmy Joy have a protein content above the Reference Intake (RI). This is because protein has several positives such as being the most satiating macronutrient (2). In addition, Huel Powder v3.0 contains almost 50% more protein compared to Jimmy Joy. However both Huel (Huel Black Edition) and Jimmy Joy (Plenny Shake Active) offer higher protein variants for customers who are after a higher level of protein. When looking at both products, protein makes up 40% and 27% of the total calories respectively. You can find out more about protein in our article Guide to Protein Quality, Digestion and Absorption.
Both Huel Powder v3.0 and Jimmy Joy use flaxseed and sunflower oil as the main fat sources. However, Huel Powder v3.0 has a better omega-3:omega-6 ratio of less than 1:1 compared to around 1:3 for Jimmy Joy. Huel Powder v3.0 also contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut. MCTs are a type of saturated fat that are metabolised differently to the more common long-chain triglycerides and so have additional benefits such as being an immediate source of energy.
Huel Powder v3.0 doesn’t use maltodextrin as a carbohydrate source because oats, tapioca and flaxseed have multiple advantages over maltodextrin. Jimmy Joy also contains oats and flaxseed, albeit at a lower percentage of the total ingredients and with a higher sugar content. Such benefits include a low glycaemic index and a naturally high fibre content. Fibre has several benefits including favourable effects on the gut microbiota and digestion[5, 6]. Additionally, oats and flaxseed provide a significant source of micronutrients. As a result, a large proportion of the vitamins and minerals in Huel Powder are from the main ingredients or naturally occurring, rather than being added.
Where vitamins and minerals have been added to Huel Powder v3.0, the highest-quality form of each micronutrient that is available is chosen. For example, L-methylfolate calcium is used as a source of folate whilst most competitors use folic acid. L-methylfolate calcium is 1000-times more expensive, but the bioavailability is higher. All the micronutrient forms used in Huel Products are shown to provide transparency, an important aspect for Hueligans. You can find out more about the vitamins and minerals in our article About the Vitamins & Minerals in Huel. The form of folate used in Jimmy Joy is folic acid.
The vitamin C content of Jimmy Joy is 50% less than the vitamin C content of Huel Powder v3.0, which is provided naturally by acerola cherries. The benefits of consuming more vitamin C include a healthy immune system, healthy skin and antioxidant properties. A higher vitamin C content also accounts for the interaction with antinutrients such as phytic acid and increases the bioavailability of iron, which you can find out more about here.
It is widely considered that the amount of potassium, which is important for reducing blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), that was previously recommended by the EFSA was far too low. This view has been reflected in Huel Powder, which includes 3500mg, in line with UK, World Health Organization (WHO) and current EU guidelines, compared to Jimmy Joy, who follow the older EU guidelines.
As a significant percentage of Huel Powder is made up of oats and flaxseed there are several phytonutrients that are naturally present, which are also present in Jimmy Joy. Phytonutrients are substances that are found in certain plants and are beneficial to health. Extra phytonutrients such as lycopene (a substance that gives the red colour to tomatoes) have also been added to Huel Powder as there is evidence that lycopene can reduce the risk of developing several diseases. Further information on the phytonutrients in Huel Products can be found here.
|Per 2000kcal||Huel RTD (Vanilla v1.0)||Jimmy Joy Plenny Drink (v2.0) (Vanilla) (12)|
|Main carb sources||Gluten free oats, tapioca starch, flaxseed||Oats, tapioca starch, maltodextrin|
|Price per 400kcal meal||£3.04||£2.46|
|Free delivery in UK||Free delivery for orders over £20||€9.50 charge for orders under €99|
*Table up to date as of 21/02/20. Price calculated on subscription (if available) for a minimum order, not including delivery. See delivery pages for full delivery information.
Both products are high in protein. The EU's recommended intake of protein is 50g per day, which only covers our basic needs and prevents protein deficiency. The numerous positives of protein are well documented, hence why both products provide 20g of protein per bottle.
Huel Ready-to-drink contains flaxseed whilst Jimmy Joy does not. The presence of flaxseed ensures an adequate source of omega-3 fatty acids and an almost ideal omega-3:omega-6 fatty acid ratio. Huel Ready-to-drink also contains MCTs providing a preferable saturated fatty acid source.
The carbohydrate sources in Huel Ready-to-drink results in a low glycaemic index (GI) of 25 and creates a smooth mouthfeel. A high GI food is digested and absorbed rapidly resulting in a more dramatic change in a person’s blood glucose than a low GI food. Whilst Jimmy Joy have tested their Plenny Shake version, which they note has a low GI, there are no results readily available for the Plenny Drink to compare to Huel Ready to Drink.
As with Huel Powder, the vitamins and minerals in Huel Ready-to-drink have been carefully considered. Along with L-methylfolate calcium being used over folic acid, the amounts of a number of micronutrients in Huel Ready-to-drink are higher than in Jimmy Joy for the additional benefits to health and to ensure adequate absorption.
We've done the easy bit; it’s now over to you to decide on which product suits you best. We encourage you to try Huel as well as the other products on the market so you can see which one aligns closely with your priorities, from nutrition to sustainability.
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