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Comparison To Soylent

When you’re considering purchasing a meal replacement product – or considering an alternative to Soylent – it’s important to think carefully about what your goals are.

We could go on and on about how we prefer Huel to other products on the market but, honestly, you’re here because you’re interested in how Huel can help you lead a happier, healthier life. Not what we think about the product.

So, to help you decide between Huel and Soylent or aid in your research for an alternative to Soylent which is available in the UK, we put together this page.

Once you’ve finished reading, if you’re interested in trying Huel, then we’d love to have you as a customer. Or, if you think Soylent is a better match for your needs, then we encourage you to try them out.

Other complete products on the market (like Soylent) are excellent at what they do. They give you the ability to supplement your diet or replace your meals with healthy, convenient alternatives.

However, there are a number of benefits which we believe make Huel a superior choice when compared to Soylent. We appreciate that neither Huel nor Soylent intend for these products to be consumed for 2,000 cals per day; however, by comparing these products per 2,000 cals it gives an idea against recommended daily amounts.

Huel (v2.3) Soylent (v1.9)[1]
148g of protein 65g of protein
38g of fibre 20g of fibre
66g of fat 65g of fat
6.2g of sugar 50g of sugar
Main carb source is low GI = Oats (Rich in natural vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) Main carb source is high GI = Maltodextrin (devoid of all vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients)
Two main sources of protein (Pea and Brown Rice) Only one main source (Soy)
Contains K2* Doesn’t contain K2*
Contains phytonutrients, avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein & zeaxanthin* Doesn’t contain phytonutrients, avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein & zeaxanthin*
Vitamin A source is retinol acetate (no palm oil) Vitamin A source is retinol palmitate (from palm oil)
From £5.32 From £6.08 ($7.70)
No soy Contains Soy
100% vegan 100% vegan

*Read more about these below

Additional Benefits of Huel

Huel contains higher quality vitamins & minerals.

  • Huel uses L-methylfolate calcium – this biologically active form of folate is 1,000 times more expensive than synthetic folic acid.
  • Huel contains vitamin K2 as well as K1 – vitamin K2 is more biologically active[2,3] and has additional health benefits including acting as an anti-inflammatory[4,5], improves bone density[4,5] and reduces the risk of prostate cancer[6].
  • Huel uses a natural form of vitamin E – Huel’s natural vitamin E is more biologically active than other forms[7,8].
  • Huel uses retinol acetate – Huel uses this as the source of vitamin A, and it is derived from sustainable sources.

Huel is richer in some vitamins

  • Huel has an inclusion of vitamin C that is over and above the Nutrient Reference Value (NRV). This is because vitamin C has a range of health benefits including protecting cells from oxidative stress[9]; maintaining normal function of the immune system[10]; strengthening skin, bones, teeth[11] and blood vessels[11]; and enhancing the absorption of iron[12].
  • Huel contains more vitamin B12 – an adequate intake of vitamin B12 contributes to normal psychological function, reducing fatigue and maintaining normal functioning of the nervous system.

Huel includes phytonutrients

Phytonutrients are substances found naturally in food which are not present in many powdered food products. Huel’s natural, non-refined carb sources means it contains avenanthramides, ferulic acid, beta-glucans, lignans and other phytonutrients. In addition, we have added the phytonutrients lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin to Huel.

    If you would like an independent analysis, three dietitians did a blind review of Huel, Joylent and Soylent which you can read here.

    Ready-to-drink

    Both Huel and Soylent have Ready-to-drinks in their range. We’ve compared the respective nutritional information below, per 2,000 calories.

    Huel RTD Vanilla Soylent RTD Vanilla[13]
    100g of protein 100g of protein
    28.5g of fibre 15g of fibre
    93g of fat 105g of fat
    19.5g saturated fat 8g saturated fat
    35.5g polyunsaturated fat 18g polyunsaturated fat
    23g of sugar 45g of sugar
    Main carb source is low GI = Oats (rich in natural vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) Main carb source is high GI = Maltodextrin (devoid of all vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients)
    Gluten-free Not gluten-free
    Two main sources of protein Only one main source of protein
    No soy Contains soy
    Use of natural flavouring Use of natural and artificial flavouring
    Contains K2 Doesn’t contain K2
    Vitamin A source is retinol acetate (no palm oil) Vitamin A source is retinol palmitate (from palm oil)
    Use of thiamine mononitrate (more stable[14]) Use of thiamine hydrochloride
    Contains chromium picolinate (superior absorption[15]) Contains chromium chloride
    Contains phytonutrients avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin* Doesn’t contain phytonutrients avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin*
    100% vegan 100% vegan

    *Read more about these above

    Summary

    We’re firm believers in the benefits of Huel. After all, that’s why we developed it!
    But the decision as to which nutritionally complete powdered food to use is a personal one that’s connected to your own individual goals. That’s why we encourage you to try Huel – and the other products on the market – and see which you prefer.

    If you’re ready to try Huel, you can order your first week’s supply of Huel and get started.

    Further Reading

    References

    1. Soylent. Soylent Powder [Available from: https://soylent.com/products/powder-cacao].
    2. Groenen-van Dooren MM, et al. Bioavailability of phylloquinone and menaquinones after oral and colorectal administration in vitamin K-deficient rats. Biochem Pharmacol. 1995; 50(6):797-801.
    3. Schurgers LJ, et al. Vitamin K-containing dietary supplements: comparison of synthetic vitamin K1 and natto-derived menaquinone-7. Blood. 2007; 109(8):3279-83.
    4. Geleijnse JM, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. J Nutr. 2004; 134(11):3100-5.
    5. Beulens JW, et al. High dietary menaquinone intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification. Atherosclerosis. 2009; 203(2):489-93.
    6. Samykutty A, et al. Vitamin k2, a naturally occurring menaquinone, exerts therapeutic effects on both hormone-dependent and hormone-independent prostate cancer cells. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013:287358.
    7. Kiyose C, et al. Biodiscrimination of alpha-tocopherol stereoisomers in humans after oral administration. Am J Clin Nutr. 1997; 65(3):785-9.
    8. Burton GW, et al. Human plasma and tissue alpha-tocopherol concentrations in response to supplementation with deuterated natural and synthetic vitamin E. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998; 67(4):669-84.
    9. Padayatty SJ, et al. Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention. J Am Coll Nutr. 2003; 22(1):18-35.
    10. Wintergerst ES, et al. Immune-enhancing role of vitamin C and zinc and effect on clinical conditions. Ann Nutr Metab. 2006; 50(2):85-94.
    11. Iqbal K, et al. Biological Significance of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in Human Health - A Review. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition. 2004; 3(1):5-13.
    12. Sharma DC, et al. Correction of anemia and iron deficiency in vegetarians by administration of ascorbic acid. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1995; 39(4):403-6.
    13. Soylent. Soylent Drink [Available from: https://soylent.com/products/drink-cacao].
    14. Macek TJ, et al. Pharmaceutical studies with thiamine mononitrate. J Am Pharm Assoc Am Pharm Assoc. 1950; 39(7):365-9.
    15. DiSilvestro RA, et al. Comparison of acute absorption of commercially available chromium supplements. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2007; 21(2):120-4.

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