7 Huel Side Effects (And Why They Happen)
Before starting a new diet, or using meal replacements. It's important to be aware of what they can do to your body. In this post we're exploring 7 Huel side effects to put your mind at ease.
It's easy to get caught up in the fad diets and supplements you read about online, or hear about from a friend at work. It's even easier to regret ever using something when you're suffering from uncomfortable side effects, feeling ill, or worse.
Many Huel users do not experience any side effects at all. However, some users can experience reactions when they first start drinking Huel Ready-to-drink shakes.
Read on to what these side effects are, so you can decide if Huel is right for you.
1- Gas Formation and Bowel Problems
Huel users complain of flatulence and foul-smelling gas that lingers for much longer.
The majority of customers report that making you gassy is the worst side effect. However, this symptom can ease off within 2-4 weeks after starting consumption.
What causes this?
It's hard to pin point the exact issue, however the Huel founder believes it to be from people to switching to a high protein diet. There are 2 common theories for this side effect, put forward by Huel's founder:
- As your body adjusts to your new diet, the microbiome in your gut is changing because of the different range of nutrients that it is being fed.
- You are allergic to a new kind of food you have introduced to your diet. In the case of Huel, depending on the specific product you're having, it (may) contain gluten.
2- Digestive Issues and Upset Stomach
Among the digestive issues Huel side effects, diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramps were the main culprits.
What causes this?
This side effect can be caused from the high fibre content, which is more than the recommended daily intake. Probiotics and sweeteners could be another cause or simply the body adjusting to the high protein content of Huel ready-to-drink.
3- Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Acid reflux or heartburn could be linked to the raw oats, high fibre, protein, or fat content of Huel products.
Headaches which users have described as nauseous and similar to a migraine and usually start within 10 to 30 minutes of Huel consumption.
What causes this?
Reasons for this could be the user's sensitivity to specific ingredients such as artificial sugar.
5- Rash and Skin Problems
Gluten or sweeteners could create skin problems or a rash as the ingredient stevia has been reported to have caused eczema historically.
Nausea has been reported after consuming Huel but the chances of nausea affecting you are probably very small, especially as your body gets used to it.
Bloating from Huel may be again down to the high fibre content which is higher than the recommended daily intake, or a reaction to the high protein content. This will usually reduce after a short amount of time once your body has adjusted.
The Benefits Of Huel
While this may sound all gloom and doom...
These side effects are extremely rare and happen in only the smallest number of users.
Huel is a healthy addition to a balanced diet, which contains whole foods and good eating habits.
Ready To Begin Your Huel Journey?
Whether you're using Huel for weight loss or general weight management, it is unlikely you'll suffer from the above side effects. However it's important to be aware of the potential risks.
Huel ready-to-drink meals are designed to be as free from allergens as possible, and none of the ingredients are rare.
Most users describe no side effects and begin to see benefits very quickly.
However, if you experience any side effects this is probably due to your body not being used to a liquid diet and will improve over time.