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Under The Microscope: vybey Plant Based vs Huel

by Team vybey |

Introduction to meal replacements

Meal replacements are intended as a substitute for solid food, usually containing controlled quantities of calories as well as nutrients and necessary vitamins and minerals. Along with the nutrition benefits, meal replacements can help you save time and money, becoming a popular alternative for busy people looking for convenient and healthy meals.

vybey delivers balanced and convenient meals, no contracts, delivered quickly when you need it. You can be assured that vybey is arguably the best meal replacement shake available in Australia due to its premium nature.

Under The Microscope: vybey and Huel

There are many products available on the market who claim to be the best meal replacement shake making it difficult to know which meal shake is best for you. Today, we are going to compare the vybey salted caramel meal shake to Huel salted caramel v3.0. Huel, one of the market-leaders in the meal replacement industry, is going under the microscope - head-to-head with vybey - to help you make the best decision.

After diving deep into the nutritional information of both the vybey chocolate salted caramel meal shake and the Huel salted caramel v3.0 the three main takeaways are:

  • Both Huel and vybey can be considered as a 100% nutritional meal;
  • vybey contains premium ingredients including nootropics and probiotics compared with Huel’s more basic nutritional profile; 
  • Huel has a significantly higher level of sodium (salt) than vybey; 
  • Our vybey shake includes a range of organic ingredients while Huel does not; and
  • Huel contains artificial sweeteners while vybey contains only natural sweeteners. 

 

Comparing the nutritional values of vybey vs Huel in the above table it can be said that although vybey offers a marginally greater dose of carbohydrates, fibre, and protein, both options offer a complete meal.

The products may look the same and can be used for the same purpose however, certain premium ingredients included in vybey suggest that they are in fact very different!

Let us switch on the microscope for you…

Sodium (Salt) Comparison

The reason that manufacturers add large amounts of salt to their products is to improve the flavour of the product and increase the shelf life (salt is a preservative) 3.  It's a cost effective and simple way to improve flavour but has significant impacts on our health if too much sodium is taken in our diet.

As a nation, our waistlines are growing. Today, the Australia & the UK have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world with more than 6 out of 10 adults being overweight or obese4. Hypertension is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and there is convincing evidence that as sodium intake increases, blood pressure increases5. The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends that adults reduce their sodium intake to 2000mg/day6. Please see table below for sodium comparison between the two meal shakes.

vybey Plant Based shake Huel Salted Caramel v3
per 100g per 100g
Sodium (salt) 377mg 710mg

 

While it is advised to not eat more than 6g of sodium a day, the average person in Australia consumes just over 8g – a third more than is recommended7. As such, any way in which we can greatly reduce our sodium intake is great – especially when it still tastes great!

Probiotics Comparison

Compared to vybey, there is a lack of probiotics (in particular Bacillus Coagulans) in the Huel vanilla powder. The Huel vanilla powder has a dose of only 150million cfu compared to vybey’s 1billion cfu. The dose of the probiotics (Bacillus Coagulans) in the Huel shake is so small that it is unlikely to have any real effect. Probiotics are a healthy form of bacteria that improve gut health and digestion8. Our internal health is just as important as our external appearance and for this reason, we’ve ensured vybey has as many unique benefits as possible to offer a premium product. These additional premium ingredients arguably set vybey far ahead of local and global meal replacements in Australia & Europe/UK.

Nootropics Comparison

At vybey, along with the 26 different vitamins and minerals within our complete meal powder, we have included the Lion’s Mane nootropic. To our knowledge we are the only meal shake brand that includes this premium ingredient in our products. Lion’s Mane is an edible and naturally occurring medicinal mushroom. Lion’s Mane has been shown to benefit the brain, heart, and gut9 and even ranks fourth for the highest antioxidant level among 14 different species of mushroom 6. The positive effects on the brain can include:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Mood in relation to motivation
  • Concentration and attention
  • Increase blood flow around the brain
  • Improves transmission of nerve impulses

These innovative food ingredients have been added to vybey to help our vybers to perform at their highest level.

Organic and Premium Ingredients

Furthermore, vybey has numerous organic ingredients including coconut flour, flaxseed flour, brown rice protein and cocoa powder. Again, highlighting the premium and healthy ingredients of vybey’s meal replacement shake. Huel have included some of these ingredients in their meal shakes but none are organic. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods10. We want what’s best for our vybers and incorporating organic foods are a great way to give our customers that extra 1%.

Conclusion

The primary objective of the vybey and Huel shakes is to offer nutritionally complete meals and it can be said that both products achieve this. However, choosing an option that is lower in sodium (salt) and contains a healthy dose of probiotics, organic, and premium ingredients such as Lion’s Mane nootropic will help contribute to achieving optimal performance, greater nutritional benefits and ultimately better health. 

In addition, many of our customers who used to be based in the UK now opt for vybey as they deem us as the Huel equivalent in Australia. We are honoured for this comparison and are proud to serve them & provide world class products. Nevertheless, based on the information in this article, we believe we can surpass Huel in terms of quality & taste. 

To help you out with comparing like for like, we have included a detailed nutritional table below of both vybey and Huel Shakes.

Please let us know your thoughts on our article by sending a message to hello@vybey.com.au – We would love to hear from you!

 

 

vybey Plant Based Shake¹ 

Huel Salted Caramel v3.0²

Pack Size 

1.5kg

1.71

Servings Per Pack

15

17

Recommended Serving Size

100g

100g

 

Per 100g

Per 100g

Energy

1636kj

1680kj

 

390kcal

400kcal

Protein

29.4g

29g

Fat: Total

9.9g

13g

Saturated

5.1g

2.6g

Trans

Less than 0.1g

Less than 0.5g

Polyunsaturated

2g

7.5g

Omega 3

0.4g

3.9g

Omega 6

0.1g

3.6g

Monounsaturated

1.9g

2.2g

Carbohydrates

40.8g

38g

Sugars

1.9g

0.9g

Fibre

8.9g

7.6g

Sodium

377mg

710mg

Lactose

-

-

Galactose

-

-

Biotin

3.4mcg

10mcg

Folic Acid

33.8mcg

-

Folate

-

90mcg

Vitamin A

135mcg RE

180mcg

Vitamin B1

0.4mg

-

Vitamin B2

0.6mg

-

Vitamin B3

3.4mg

-

Vitamin B5

0.5mg

-

Vitamin B6

0.5mg

0.63mg

Vitamin B12

0.7mcg

1.20mcg

Vitamin C

13.5mg

60mg

Vitamin D

1.7mg

2mcg

Vitamin E

3.6mg

2.8mg

Calcium

200mg

240mg

Chromium

23mcg

10mcg

Copper

0.5mg

0.5mg

Iodine

33.8mcg

33mcg

Iron

5.6mg

8mg

Magnesium

103.7mg

120mg

Manganese

0.7mg

1.4mg

Molybdenum

28.7mcg

34mcg

Phosphorus

402.8mg

400mg

Potassium

293.6mg

740mcg

Selenium

11.8mcg

26mcg

Zinc

3mg

3.6mg

 

 

 

Lion’s Mane

450mg

-

Bacillus Coagulans

400mg (1.0 bn cfu)

0.2 (bn cfu)



 

References

  1. VYBEY, 2021. Nutritional Information. [online]. vybey. Available from https://vybey.com.au/pages/copy-of-nutritional-information

  2. HUEL, 2022. The Huel Powder Formula Explained. [online] Available from: https://uk.huel.com/pages/the-huel-powder-formula-explained

  3. Institute of Medicine (US), 2010. [online] Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake. Henney JE, Taylor CL, Boon CS, editors: National Academies Press (US); Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK50956/

  4. Australian Government Department of Health. About Overweight and Obesity. [online] Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/overweight-and-obesity/about

  5. Ha, Sung Kyu, 2014. “Dietary salt intake and hypertension.” Electrolyte & blood pressure: E & BP vol. 12,1: 7-18.

  6. Who.int. 2022. Salt reduction. [online] Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/salt-reduction#:~:text=For%20adults%3A%20WHO%20recommends%20that,relative%20to%20those%20of%20adults.

  7. Lindberg, R., Nichols, T., & Yam, C. (2017). The Healthy Eating Agenda in Australia. Is Salt a Priority for Manufacturers?. Nutrients, 9(8), 881. Available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579674/

  8. Gammone, M. A., Riccioni, G., Parrinello, G., & D'Orazio, N, 2018. Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Benefits and Endpoints in Sport. Nutrients. [online] 11(1), pp. 46. Available from: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/1/46

  9. Mori, K., Inatomi, S., Ouchi, K., Azumi, Y., Tuchida, T., 2008. Improving Effects of the Mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium Erinaceus) On Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Phytotherapy Research. [online]. 23(3), pp. 367-372. Available from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.2634

  10. Lai, P., 2013. Neurotrophic Properties of the Lion's Mane Medicinal Mushroom, Hericium erinaceus (Higher Basidiomycetes) from Malaysia. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. [online]. 15(6), pp. 539-554. Available from https://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,034eeb045436a171,750a15ad12ae25e9.html/

  11. Robinson, L., Segal, J. and Segal, R., 2020. Organic Foods: What You Need to Know - HelpGuide.org. [online] HelpGuide.org. Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm#:~:text=Organic%20foods%20often%20have%20more,Organic%20produce%20contains%20fewer%20pesticides

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