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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 consider 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 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.

How Huel compares to Soylent

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. See the comparison table below.

We appreciate that neither Huel or Soylent intend for these products to be consumed for 2,000 calories per day; however, by comparing these products per 2,000 calories it gives an idea against recommended daily amounts.

Huel (v1.1) Soylent (v1.9) (1)
143g of protein 65g of protein
44g of fiber 20g of fiber
61g of fat 65g of fat
4g 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, and zeaxanthin* Doesn’t contain phytonutrients avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin*
Vitamin A source is retinol acetate (no palm oil) Vitamin A source is retinol palmitate (from palm oil)
From $7.80 From $7.70
No soy Contains Soy
100% vegan 100% vegan

*Read more about these below

Additional Benefits of Huel

1) At Huel, we focus on using the highest quality vitamins and minerals. For example:

  • 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).

2) We also don’t just follow the recommended values, as recent research has shown some may be outdated.

For example, Huel has an inclusion of vitamin C that is over and above the recommended daily amount. This is because it is a valuable antioxidant (7), helping the immune system (8), strengthening skin (9) and enhancing the absorption of iron (10).

3) Huel includes phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are substances found naturally in food which have benefits to health by reducing disease risk. Huel’s natural, non-refined carb sources means it contains avenanthramides and ferulic acid.

Huel also contains lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Lycopene is a naturally occurring antioxidant (11) which has a range of benefits including slowing the aging process, reducing cardiovascular disease risk (12) and reducing the risk of some cancers (12). Lutein and zeaxanthin are also antioxidants but have also been involved in the prevention of macular degeneration in the elderly (13, 14).

Ready-to-drink

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

Huel RTD Vanilla Soylent RTD Vanilla (15)
100g of protein 100g of protein
28.5g of fiber 15g of fiber
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 (Soy)
No soy Contains soy
Use of natural flavoring Use of natural and artificial flavoring
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 thiamin mononitrate (more stable (16)) Use of thiamin hydrochloride
Contains chromium picolinate (superior absorption (17)) Contains chromium chloride
Contains phytonutrients avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein & zeaxanthin* Doesn’t contain phytonutrients avenanthramide, ferulic acid, lycopene, lutein & zeaxanthin*
100% vegan 100% vegan

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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Iqbal K KA, et al. Biological Significance of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in Human Health - A Review. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition. 2004; 3(1):5-13.
  10. 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.
  11. Di Mascio P, et al. Lycopene as the most efficient biological carotenoid singlet oxygen quencher. Arch Biochem Biophys. 1989; 274(2): 532-8.
  12. Linus Pauling Institute. Oregon State University. α-Carotene, β-Carotene, β-Cryptoxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin. [Available from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/carotenoids].
  13. Richer S, et al. Double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of lutein and antioxidant supplementation in the intervention of atrophic age-related macular degeneration: the Veterans LAST study (Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial). Optometry. 2004; 75(4): 216-30.
  14. Semba RD & Dagneilie G. Are lutein and zeaxanthin conditionally essential nutrients for eye health? Med Hypotheses. 2003; 61(4): 465-72.
  15. Soylent. Soylent Drink [Available from: https://soylent.com/products/drink-cacao].
  16. Macek TJ, et al. Pharmaceutical studies with thiamine mononitrate. J Am Pharm Assoc Am Pharm Assoc. 1950; 39(7):365-9.
  17. 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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