Huel / Saturo / Soylent / etc

I’m not even sure I’d know if anything I have ever eaten is balanced by modern standards. Used to be you threw some meat in there and some veggies and that was it, now there’s all sorts of rules - a look at the back of a bottle of saturo is brain melting (mind you, I grew up with <random tomato sauce based product of the day>+chips, as my childhood predated decent ready meals, so back then we weren’t even trying).

I know that half my calories came from a balanced source, that puts me in a good starting point. The rest I can’t do much about, so I just eat what tastes nice and hope.


The “Eatwell Guide” is a good starting point for what the UK consider “balanced” - it splits out into food categories rather than pure nutritional facts, which may be more useful: (link)

In terms of actual pure nutritional intake, this table from here is a good starting point, and foods with ‘traffic light’ guides on the front will give you an overall indication if what your eating is low / medium / high in the various macro nutrients.

Energy 8,400kJ/2,000kcal
Total fat less than 70g
Saturates less than 20g
Carbohydrate at least 260g
Total sugars 90g
Protein 50g
Salt less than 6g

And if you look at how Huel, for example, performs, scaled up to 2000kcal, you get this:

Nutrition Per 2000kcal % RI per 2000kcal
Energy 8400kJ / 200kcal 100%
Fat 65g 93%
of which saturates 12g 58%
of which monounsaturates 12g
of which polyunsaturates 39g
Carbohydrate 186g 69%
of which sugars 2.9g 3%
Fibre 36g 120%
Protein 146g 292%
Salt 3.6g 59%

YFood have just released a vegan version of their drink that uses Soy instead of milk like Saturo and Soylent. I’m curious to see how it tastes compared to Saturo.

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Nice. Defo will get a batch of that in on payday!

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I’ve been trying for a few weeks. I’m doing it on an alternate day fasting(fasting being 500kcal limit) basis, day 1 is 2 shakes nothing else, day 2 is 1 shake and whatever in evening. I tried out another vegan powder but wasn’t impressed(seemed thin and grainy in comparison)

I received a box of Mana in the dream (chocolate) flavour. I’m not too keen. The taste is fairly similar to Saturo but with a slightly darker more savoury taste. The consistency is very thick too. Closer to a chocolate sauce or syrup than a chocolate milkshake texture like you get from the others. I guess that’s due to the amount they’re packing into a 330ML carton. The aftertaste is a weird one too, almost akin to chocolate ice cream. I can tolerate the drinks enough to consume them, but I don’t like them much. I don’t plan to order them again.

Thanks to Andrew for the Huel referral link i’ve just used.

I’d like to return the favour for someone else and share mine.

Can I post it here? Someone posted a link to the referral wiki but I have no idea how to add to that as it looks read only.


Hi @Reck,

There should be a pencil at the top of the wiki for you to edit it and add your referral code, you are not supposed to post referrals anywhere else. If you PM me I can add it for you if you’re having issues.

Sorted it, thanks @CJ0206

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Huel just launched their new Raspberry and White Chocolate (vegan) bar.

Just ordered a box plus another box of the Peanut flavor.


Oooo those look tasty! I would love just a plain white chocolate version tho!

Out of interest, how did you get in with the vegan YFood drinks? I’m contemplating ordering some of the regular milk based drinks.

Just a random one but thanks to this thread my partner and I have moved over from Huel to YFood.
It’s so much nicer! And is the first meal replacement drink she’s been able to actually enjoy. Apparently it tastes like drinking custard :joy:

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I didn’t end up buying any Yfood. I was put off by their pricing. It worked out to be £28 including shipping for 6 bottles. So that’s £4.66 a bottle.

I ended up buying another batch of Saturo which was £41 for 12.
Only £3.41 a bottle.

Ah, makes sense then! The vegan one is a little more on the expensive side, but I think shipping is free if you order 12 rather than 6

I’ll stick with the milk based one for now as it’s comparable in price to Saturo and I already love the taste. I currently keep a mix of Saturo, YFood, and Huel in my pantry, which is a rotation I’m mostly satisfied with.

Huel really need to fix their supply issues though for the RTD otherwise I might have to drop them as I did with Soylent after one too many bad batches. Each shipment has tasted slightly different this year due to switching between various manufacturers and all of them being worse than last year’s version. The ones with the foil lids were especially disgusting.

Interesting… they came out about the same for me. Yfood is my go to now until something better comes along. More flavours would be nice (coconut is nice but pity it’s just a ‘special’ and can go away).

I’ve actually been using YFood through Amazon for quite a while (since 2018) before they officially launched their own U.K. store and subscription. One thing I’ve learned is that their past limited edition flavour (berry) made a permanent return as it was well received. I suspect the same will happen with coconut flavour too.

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If they did a vegan coconut flavor that’d tip the scales for me to order some. That’s my favourite flavour. Saturo had one before, but it was limited edition and doesn’t appear to be available anymore.

Can confirm these things are delicious. I’ve been munching them daily.

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