Why Huel Exists - Raw Data

Composition of Meals and Label Nutritional Information:

Food Label Comparison Data

Nutrient Huel Powder (400kcal) Oatmeal, banana and honey (426kcal) Chicken Bacon Club (400kcal) Cheeseburger (292kcal) Omnivore home-cooked meal (471kcal) Vegan home-cooked meal (531kcal)
Fat (g) 13.0 7.6 14.5 12.0 9.7 4.4
Saturated Fat (g) 2.3 3.3 3.4 5.8 1.5 0.6
Added sugars (g) 0.9 12.2 3.8 6.8 0 0
Fiber (g) 7.0 6.6 2.0 1.5 11.3 15.3
Protein (g) 29 14.4 21 15 45.7 21.8
Sodium (mg) 330 140 880 642 216 388

Huel Powder (v3.0) Vanilla

Nutrient Huel Powder v3.0 Vanilla
Energy (kcal) 400
Fat (g) 13
Saturates (g) 2.3
Added sugars (g) 0.9
Fiber (g) 7.0
Protein (g) 29
Sodium (mg) 330

Oatmeal, banana and honey

Nutrient Oats (1.4oz) Whole Milk (9floz) Medium banana Honey (1 tbsp) Total
Energy (kcal) 147 125 105 49 426
Fat (g) 3.1 4.5 0 0 7.6
Saturates (g) 0.5 2.8 0 0 3.3
Added sugars (g) 0 0 0 12.2 12.2
Fiber (g) 3.6 0 3.0 0 6.6
Protein (g) 4.3 9.0 1.0 0.1 14.4
Sodium (mg) 0 100 0 40 140

Chicken Bacon Club

Nutrient Walmart
Energy (kcal) 400
Fat (g) 15
Saturates (g) 4.5
Added sugars (g) 3.8
Fiber (g) 2.0
Protein (g) 21.0
Sodium (mg) 880

*Correct as of 02/16/21


Fast-food cheeseburger

Nutrient McDonald's Burger King Average
Energy (kcal) 300 283 292
Fat (g) 13 13.1 13.1
Saturates (g) 6.0 5.8 5.9
Added sugars (g) 7 6.6 6.8
Fiber (g) 2 0.9 1.5
Protein (g) 15 14.8 14.9
Sodium (mg) 720 563 642

*Correct as of 02/16/21


Omnivore home-cooked meal

Nutrient Uncooked Chicken Breast (5.6oz) Baked Sweet potato wedges (6.2oz) Steamed Broccoli (2.8oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Energy (kcal) 176 264 29 2 471
Fat (g) 2.6 6.8 0.3 0 9.7
Saturates (g) 0.7 0.8 0 0 1.5
Added sugars (g) 0 0 0 0 0
Fiber (g) 0 9.1 2.1 0.1 11.3
Protein (g) 38.3 5.1 2.2 0.1 45.7
Sodium (mg) 68 120 28 0 216

Vegan home-cooked meal

Nutrient Brown rice (uncooked - 2.6oz) Mixed chili beans (5.6oz) Diced tomatoes (7oz) Onion (half medium onion - 2.8oz) Spinach (1oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Energy (kcal) 269 178 44 33 2 6 532
Fat (g) 2.4 1.5 0.2 0.1 0 0.2 4.4
Saturates (g) 0.4 0.2 0 0 0 0 0.6
Added sugars (g) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fiber (g) 2.7 8.8 1.6 1.8 0.1 0.3 15.3
Protein (g) 5.9 12 2.2 0.8 0.1 0.8 21.8
Sodium (mg) 0 376 12 0 0 0 388

Vitamin and Mineral Comparison

All values, except for Huel Powder v3.0 Vanilla, were obtained using NutriCalc® nutrition software. Huel Powder v3.0 Vanilla values were obtained from the Huel website.

Vitamin Comparison Data

Vitamin Huel Powder (400kcal) Oatmeal, banana and honey (426kcal) Chicken Bacon Club (400kcal) Cheeseburger (292kcal) Omnivore home-cooked meal (471kcal) Vegan home-cooked meal (531kcal)
Vitamin C (mg) 60 10 0 12 88 41
Vitamin D (μg) 4 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.8 1.1 0.7 1.4 0.3 0

Mineral Comparison Data

Mineral Huel Powder (400kcal) Oatmeal, banana and honey (426kcal) Chicken Bacon Club (400kcal) Cheeseburger (292kcal) Omnivore home-cooked meal (471kcal) Vegan home-cooked meal (531kcal)
Iron (mg) 8 2.3 1.6 3.1 2.9 5.2
Calcium (mg) 260 311 128 101 100 186
Magnesium (mg) 90 128 43 24 128 183
Potassium (mg) 700 931 499 196 2061 1397

Huel Powder v3.0 Vanilla

Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 60.0 90 67
Vitamin D (μg) 4.0 20 20
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.8 2.4 33
Iron (mg) 7.8 18 44
Calcium (mg) 260.0 1300 20
Magnesium (mg) 90.0 420 21
Potassium (mg) 700.0 4700 15
Protein (g) 29.0 50 58
Fiber (g) 7.0 28 25

Oatmeal, banana and honey

Nutrient Oats (1.4oz) Whole Milk (9floz) Medium Banana Honey (1 tbsp) Total
Vitamin C (mg) 0 0 10.27 0.08 10.4
Vitamin D (μg) 0 5 0 0 5
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0 1.1 0 0 1.1
Iron (mg) 1.9 0.9 0.3 0.1 2.3
Calcium (mg) 21.6 283.0 5.9 0.9 311.4
Magnesium (mg) 70.8 25.0 31.9 0.3 128.0
Potassium (mg) 171.6 330.0 422.0 7.8 931.4

Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 10.4 90 11
Vitamin D (μg) 5 20 25
Vitamin B12 (μg) 1.1 2.4 46
Iron (mg) 2.3 18 13
Calcium (mg) 311.4 1300 24
Magnesium (mg) 128.0 420 30
Potassium (mg) 931.4 4700 20
Protein (g) 14.4 50 29
Fiber (g) 6.6 28 24

Chicken Bacon Club (400kcal)

Nutrient Deli sliced chicken breast (60g) Bacon rashers (x2 rashers/60g) White bread (78g - 2 slices) Mayonnaise (15g) Total
Vitamin C (mg) 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin D (μg) 0.1 0.2 0 0 0.2
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.1 0.6 0 0.1 0.7
Iron (mg) 0.2 0.2 1.1 0 1.6
Calcium (mg) 6.6 3.0 118 0.3 127.9
Magnesium (mg) 15.6 10.2 16.7 0 42.5
Potassium (mg) 216.0 180.0 102.0 0.6 498.6

Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 0 90 0
Vitamin D (μg) 0.2 20 1
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.7 2.4 29
Iron (mg) 1.6 18 9
Calcium (mg) 127.9 1300 10
Magnesium (mg) 42.5 420 10
Potassium (mg) 498.6 4700 11
Protein (g) 21 50 42
Fiber (g) 2.0 28 7

Cheeseburger (NutriCalc® input: Fast Foods, Cheeseburger; Single, Regular Patty, With Condiments and vegetables (110g)

Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 0.7 90 1
Vitamin D (μg) 0.1 20 1
Vitamin B12 (μg) 1.4 2.4 58
Iron (mg) 3.1 18 17
Calcium (mg) 101.0 1300 8
Magnesium (mg) 24.0 420 6
Potassium (mg) 195.6 4700 4
Protein (g) 15.0 50 30
Fiber (g) 1.5 28 5

Omnivore home-cooked meal

Nutrient Uncooked Chicken Breast (5.6oz) Baked Sweet potato wedges (6.2oz) Steamed Broccoli (2.8oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Vitamin C (mg) 0 8.8 71.4 7.9 88.1
Vitamin D (μg) 0.4 0 0 0 0.4
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.3 0 0 0 0.3
Iron (mg) 0.5 1.8 0.6 0 2.9
Calcium (mg) 7.0 53.0 38.0 1.5 99.5
Magnesium (mg) 43.0 66.5 17.0 1.5 128.0
Potassium (mg) 552.0 1227.0 253.0 29.0 2061.0
Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 88.1 90 98
Vitamin D (μg) 0.4 20 2
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.3 2.4 13
Iron (mg) 2.9 18 16
Calcium (mg) 99.5 1300 8
Magnesium (mg) 128.0 420 30
Potassium (mg) 2061.0 4700 44
Protein (g) 45.7 50 91
Fiber (g) 11.3 28 40

Vegan home-cooked meal

Nutrient Brown rice (uncooked - 2.6oz) Mixed chili beans (5.6oz) Diced tomatoes (7oz) Onion (half medium onion - 2.8oz) Spinach (1oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Vitamin C (mg) 0 0.2 22.0 2.4 8.7 7.9 41.2
Vitamin D (μg) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iron (mg) 1.0 2.3 1.1 0.2 0.6 0 5.2
Calcium (mg) 6.8 96.0 22.0 24.0 35.7 1.5 186.0
Magnesium (mg) 87.0 49.6 20.0 0.64 24.0 1.5 182.7
Potassium (mg) 188.0 441.0 424.0 110.0 205.0 29.0 1397.0
Nutrient Amount per serving Daily Value (DV) (Amount/RDA)*100
Vitamin C (mg) 41.2 90 46
Vitamin D (μg) 0 20 0
Vitamin B12 (μg) 0 2.4 0
Iron (mg) 5.2 18 29
Calcium (mg) 186.0 1300 14
Magnesium (mg) 182.7 420 44
Potassium (mg) 1397.0 4700 30
Protein (g) 21.8 50 44
Fiber (g) 15.3 28 55

Carbon Footprint Comparison

The home-cooked meals’ carbon footprint was calculated using the University of Michigan’s database of Food Impacts on the Environment for Linking to Diets (dataFIELD). dataFIELD can be found here.

Carbon Footprint Comparison Data

Meal Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
CO2e (g) 608 600 1030 2672 795 336

Omnivore home-cooked meal

Food Chicken, meat (160g)* Sweet potato (175g) Broccoli (80g) Lemon Juice (22g) Total
CO2e (g) 671 53 64 7 795

*Assumes 25% reduction in chicken weight during cooking


Vegan home-cooked meal

Food Brown rice (75g) Pinto beans (80g) Red kidney beans (80g) Tomatoes (200g) Onion (80g) Lemon Juice (22g) Spinach (30g) Total
CO2e (g) 155 25 25 94 21 7 9 336

Price Comparison

All prices are correct as of 02/16/21.

The price of a Huel meal is based on a 2 pouch subscription order.

The price of the other meals is calculated using the Walmart.

Where multiple ingredients are required meals were based on cooking for two people where possible.

Price Comparison Data

Meal Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Price ($) 1.91 0.62 2.98 1.00 1.98 1.49

Oatmeal, banana and honey

Oats (1.4oz) Whole Milk (9floz) Medium Banana Honey (1 tbsp) Total
Walmart 0.09 0.17 0.22 0.14 0.62
Size of product 42oz 1 gallon 1 individual banana Average sized squeezy honey pot

Cheeseburger

Fast-Food Chain Price ($)
McDonald's 1.00
Burger King 1.00
Average 1.00

Omnivore home-cooked meal

Uncooked Chicken Breast (5.6oz) Baked Sweet potato wedges (6.2oz) Steamed Broccoli (2.8oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Walmart 1.04 0.46 0.26 0.22 1.98
Size of product 2.5lb 1 loose potato 1 loose floret 1 loose lemon

*Assumes 25% reduction in chicken weight during cooking


Vegan home-cooked meal

Brown rice (uncooked - 2.6oz) Mixed chili beans (5.6oz) Diced tomatoes (7oz) Onion (half medium onion - 2.8oz) Spinach (1oz) Lemon Juice (0.8oz - half a lemon) Total
Walmart 0.12 0.27 0.22 0.35 0.31 0.22 1.49
Size of product 16oz 15oz can 15oz can 1 loose onion 6oz bag 1 loose lemon

Convenience Comparison

Convenience Comparison Data

Meal Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Time (Minutes) 1 6 0 0 40 30
Description 30 seconds to measure water to fill line, scoop in 2 scoops of powder and shake 1 minute to measure Oatmeal and milk Based on time to chop and cook sweet potatoes in the oven. Chicken and broccoli can be prepared in the time taken for sweet potatoes to cook. Based on time to weigh and cook brown rice. Rest of the ingredients are prepared in the time taken for rice to cook.

Ranking Comparison

Ranking Comparison Data

Ranking Points Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Macronutrients 5 2 2 1 5 4
Vitamins and Minerals 6 3 1 2 5 4
Sustainability 4 5 2 1 3 6
Price 3 6 1 5 2 4
Convenience 4 3 5 5 1 2
Total 22 19 11 14 16 20

The higher the total score relative to the other meals the higher the ranking.


Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Saturates 4 3 2 1 5 6
Sugars 6 1 5 4 2 3
Fiber 4 3 2 1 5 6
Protein 5 1 4 2 6 3
Salt 4 6 1 2 5 3
Total 23 14 14 10 23 21

*Fat was not included because higher/lower quantities of fat do not infer much about the nutritionally quality of a food, unlike fiber or salt.

Higher fiber and protein values are given higher scores and higher saturates, sugars and salt values are given lower scores.


Vitamins and Minerals

Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Vitamin C (mg) 5 3 1 2 6 4
Vitamin D (μg) 6 1 4 3 5 1
Vitamin B12 (μg) 4 5 3 6 2 1
Iron (mg) 6 2 1 4 3 5
Calcium (mg) 5 6 3 1 1 4
Magnesium (mg) 3 4 2 1 4 6
Potassium (mg) 3 4 2 1 6 5
Total 32 25 16 18 27 26

Higher vitamin and mineral values are given higher scores.

Carbon Footprint

Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Ranking 4 5 2 1 3 6

Lower CO2e are given higher scores.

Price

Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Ranking 3 6 1 5 2 4

Cheaper prices are given higher scores.

Convenience

Huel Powder Oatmeal, banana and honey Chicken Bacon Club Cheeseburger Omnivore home-cooked meal Vegan home-cooked meal
Ranking 4 3 5 5 1 2

Quicker preparation times are given higher scores.

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