Have you ever wondered how the raw ingredients make up Huel? Here, we’ve given you an insight into the processing steps of Huel Powder, but they’re similar for all of our products.
We ask a lot of questions when determining where the raw materials are sourced:
Each raw ingredient must go through some processing so the quality, consistency, safety and nutritional value is maintained. Find out more information about the processing of food.
Processing generates by-products which contribute to food waste and negatively impact the environment. Often, their impact is overlooked in favour of lower transport mileage, but our suppliers and manufacturers make use of them to minimise product waste and production cost, reducing the final cost of our products for our Hueligans.
We need to make sure the ingredients are exactly what we expect, the supply chain is sustainable, and workers are getting a fair deal, so traceability of the ingredients and materials is key.
During transportation, optimising logistics and liaising with suppliers is crucial. A limited amount of materials are used to protect, pack and ship full containers of Huel.
Oats (Avena sativa) are a uniquely nutritious food with high amounts of soluble fibre. Without milling, the oat kernel isn’t fully digestible and would be passed through our digestive system without us receiving its full nutritional value.
These are the steps we take to process the oats used in Huel:
The oats are grown and processed in the UK, where conditions are ideal for producing high-quality oats.
Pea protein is low in fat, high in protein and has low allergenic properties, making it a popular choice. It has low environmental impact compared to alternative protein sources. The pea protein isolate from the yellow split peas (Pisum sativum) we use in Huel Powder contains a high protein content of over 80%.
The steps for processing the pea protein in Huel are below:
The peas are grown in Canada, and then processed in China. This is because China already uses the starch to make vermicelli noodles, whereas Canada doesn’t have the facilities in place to make use of the starch. China is also able to recycle any water produced, so wastage is reduced.
Brown rice (Oryza sativa) protein is a great protein source that is widely regarded as more sustainable and environmentally-friendly compared to animal-derived proteins.
This is how we process the brown rice protein in Huel:
The brown rice is grown in Pakistan and processed in China.
The main by-product is dehulled rice, which is packed and sold. As the rice can break during processing, it’s sometimes not up to the specification required (e.g. incorrect size, colour, texture), so is thrown away or used for animal feed. This broken rice can be used to produce brown rice protein to minimise product losses. The starch can be further processed to produce brown rice syrup which is used in a variety of food products, such as Huel Bars.
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) is available in brown and golden varieties. They’re almost identical nutritionally, but we use brown flaxseed for its taste. Flaxseed are a popular source of omega-3, fibre and protein, as well as several vitamins and minerals.
The flaxseed used in Huel Powder have been milled to prevent clumping, improve mixability and increase the bioavailability of the nutrients.
These are the steps we take to process the flaxseed powder in Huel:
The brown flaxseed originate from Canada, the largest global producer. Any by-products from the milling process are used for animal feed.
This is how the MCT powder is processed for Huel:
The coconut oil originates from Indonesia and Malaysia, and is processed into MCT powder in China.
The MCT powder in Huel is sourced from coconut oil. MCT powder can also be sourced from the individual MCTs such as caprylic acid. However, sourcing the MCTs individually results in much poorer traceability as it’s impossible to tell where the MCTs have come from, and it could be from unsustainable palm oil.
The sunflower powder used in Huel Powder comes from sunflower oil.
The steps for processing the sunflower powder used in Huel are below:
The sunflowers are grown in Eastern Europe where they’re also harvested and processed. The by-product is sunflower meal, which is used for animal feed.
As well as the six main ingredients, Huel Powder contains a unique micronutrient blend. This provides the additional vitamins and minerals required to meet Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs), or higher in many cases, plus some phytonutrients. The vitamin-mineral blend in Huel Powder is on a coconut flour carrier.
There are quite a few steps involved when choosing and creating our flavours. We’ve put together a more detailed review of flavour development here.
We use a blend of xanthan and guar gum as a thickener and to make sure the ingredients don’t separate. It also gives the creamy texture to our Huel Powder.
Xanthan gum is a naturally occurring soluble fibre, produced by the aerobic fermentation of Xanthomonas campestris with sucrose, glucose and lactose sourced from seaweed and corn.
Below are the processing steps for the xanthan gum in Huel:
Guar gum is a polysaccharide produced from the guar bean. Below are the processing steps:
Both gums originate from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Due to the intense sweetness of sucralose, only a very small amount is needed compared to regular table sugar.
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