In a scene from popular science fiction film ‘The Matrix’, we see Tank (played by Marcus Chong) turning a valve and pouring a gloopy, porridge-like substance into a bowl, which he describes as the “breakfast of champions” as he slides it across the table to Neo (Keanu Reeves). Dozer (Anthony Ray Parker) later characterises the substance as “a single-celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins and minerals: everything the body needs”.
Now we have a real-life equivalent to this gloopy porridge: Huel. Huel is sold in large packets as a fine powder, carrying the slogan: ‘nutritionally complete food’. Adding water to the powder and shaking it gives it a consistency not unlike the gloop seen in ‘The Matrix’. The user then drinks the concoction as if it were a thick milkshake or smoothie. It has an oaty flavour, with additional flavouring packets available for purchase.
Benefits of Huel:
- Provides a nutritionally complete, healthy source of food. Huel ensures that a consumer meets or exceeds their recommended daily intake of fat, carbohydrate, fibre, protein, salt, vitamins and minerals.
- Saves time cooking and washing up.
- Saves money.
- Reduces food waste.
- Completely vegan, so reduces pollution caused by rearing livestock and avoids the ethical issues of killing or mistreating animals.
The major objection to nutritionally complete powder stems from the fact that humans seem to gain more satisfaction from eating traditional food. This is similar to the common anti-vegetarianism – ‘I love meat too much’ stance. One could argue that eating food is a fundamental part of being human, and to quote Bertrand Russel: ‘To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human.”
On the other hand, considering the money and resources saved with Huel, we could potentially end world hunger. If we have to choose between giving up a satisfying experience and saving millions of starving children, the latter seems to be the obvious choice.
In the future, Huel and similar products could become more sophisticated. Cybernetic implants that monitor heart rate and blood sugar levels could determine the exact amount of calories that we need each day. A household, coffee machine-like device synced to the implant would blend a custom mixture that matches our personal dietary requirements.
In the distant future, an advanced, space-faring human species, fueled by nutritionally-complete powder will regard traditional food as a primitive, illogical mode of nourishment.
Join the Huel movement today.