While being chock full of healthy ingredients, Daily Greens doesn’t quite have its priorities right. Its dose of greens is actually a little low at just over 2g. The bulk of Daily Greens is given over to protein and superfoods that account for just under 9g per serving. This is a waste given that you will never fit enough protein in a serving of a greens powder to be sufficient. Protein should be sourced elsewhere, a greens powder is for…well…greens!
As well as not enough greens, the Daily Greens’ adaptogen blend is highly under-dosed, particularly the ashwagandha, which is most effective at 400-500mg while the whole adaptogen blend is only 173mg. The Daily Greens’ probiotics blend is also on the low side—this is not a greens powder for anyone looking to solve digestive issues. In contrast, some of the vitamins and possibly overdosed.
We definitely don’t like that Huel doesn’t provide a full breakdown of the amounts of each ingredient in Daily Greens, which means we don’t know exactly what’s in it or if the doses are correct. Although Huel avoids the term “proprietary blend” on the nutritional fact sheet for Daily Greens, failing to list the exact amounts of each of the ingredients amounts to exactly that: a proprietary blend.
Daily Greens is definitely healthy and will provide plenty of nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. That said, it is not the best-formulated greens powder we have seen. It relies on the fact that it has included all the best ingredients to sound impressive, while not always having included those ingredients in the right amounts or ratios.
The fact is that Huel is a company that used to trash greens powders in the marketing emails, claiming them as unnecessary. This is obviously a cheap cash grab from a company that doesn’t see this product as worthwhile. You’d be far better off getting Super Green Tonik (a transparent and good tasting greens powder, which actually puts ingredients in the right doses to be effective). Or anything else from our best green powders list to be honest.
This is a new
product and as yet there are not a whole lot of verified customer reviews of
Huel Daily Greens.
Initial reviews are really only on social media and from the Huel faithfull. Who would cheer for pretty much anything Huel put out.
There are some negative reddit reviews already, but mostly just complaining about the taste, nothing substantial.
We answer some of the most commonly asked questions in Huel Greens Powder Reviews.
Vitamins & Minerals:
The vitamin and mineral blend in Daily Greens contains pretty much everything you need on a daily basis. All in all, it’s a good array of vitamins and minerals that are for the most part reasonably dosed.
One thing Huel’s Daily Greens is not short of is vitamin D. With 20mcg per serving, you’re getting more than double the recommended daily dose of vitamin D. This is no bad thing as many people are deficient and need a big dose to experience the many benefits vitamin D brings.
However, with 145% of the daily recommended dose of zinc, Huel’s daily greens might have slightly overdone it. While quite a few people are deficient in zinc, there is no evidence supporting the benefits of taking more than the recommended daily amount.
The same can be said of the vitamin C dose that is included in Daily Greens. It’s 472% of the DMI (Daily Recommended Intake), which is way more than most people will need. The same is true of the amount of folate (vitamin B9) included, which, at 176% of DMI, is a little higher than necessary in our opinion since very few people are actually deficient in B9.
Plant-Based Protein and Superfood Blend (8934mg):
We’re not entirely convinced by the idea of a protein blend in a greens powder. Protein takes up a lot of space and there simply isn’t enough space in greens powders to supply your protein needs, however much you workout. That’s why greens powders exist separately from dedicated protein powders—you often need both!
This blend includes mung bean protein and pea protein, but in such small amounts it’s barely worth it. The entire protein content of a serving of Daily Greens is just 3g—your average serving of a protein shake is around 25-30g.
This blend does include some good sources of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids though, particularly from the flax seed and chai seeds.
Here is the full list of ingredients in this blend: Tapioca starch, oats, pea fibre, pea protein, flaxseed, mung bean protein, chia seeds, and sprouted quinoa.
Organic Antioxidant Greens Blend (2594mg):
In a greens powder, we would expect the section containing most of the greens to be the largest. Daily Greens is a bit off the mark in that its greens blend is only 2.5g, while the protein and superfood blend is just under 9g.
As we explained, attempting to get your protein from a greens powder is a challenge because the overall serving sizes are just too low to be able to contain an adequate dose of protein. But then, that’s not what a greens powder is for: a greens powder is about consuming all the healthy nutrients found in greens.
The Daily Greens greens blend contains lots of great ingredients, including spirulina, chlorella, and spinach, but we would prefer there were a lot more of them. Given that they are only three of a long list of ingredients in this blend, we can only assume that the doses of each are a little on the low side for experiencing the full benefits.
Here is the full list of ingredients in this blend: Chlorella, spirulina, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, carrot, spinach, kale, nettle, green tea leaf extract, sweet fennel fruit, artichoke leaf, basil leaf, black garlic, green coffee bean extract, mate leaf extract, marine algae.
Organic Superfruit Blend (508mg):
A superfruit blend is a nice addition to Daily Greens and contains plenty of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other beneficial nutrients.
Here is the full list of ingredients in this blend: Tomato, coconut, apple, lemon peel, acerola fruit extract, red grape vine leaf, small plantain leaf, bilberry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, tart cherry, elderberry, cranberry.
Organic Adaptogen and Super Mushroom Complex (173mg):
Adaptogens are now a common feature of greens powders and the Daily Greens blend includes all the best ingredients. However, it is very much on the low side. Ashwagandha, for example, is a fantastic ingredient that has been linked to numerous health benefits but is only effective at doses of around 400-500mg. Given that the whole blend is only 173mg the dose of most of these ingredients is going to be far too low to be fully effective.
Here are the full list of ingredients in this blend: Ashwagandha root, rhodiola root extract, ginseng root, lemon balm leaf, marshmallow root, maca tuber, white ginseng root, red ginseng root, ginger root, maitake mushroom, shiitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, cordyceps militaris mushroom.
Organic Botanical Blend (122mg):
The Daily Greens’ botanical blend is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some nice ingredients, like echinacea that boosts your immune system, burdock root is rich in antioxidants, and hawthorn is thought to protect against high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Here is the full list of ingredients in this blend: Cinnamon bark, burdock root, dandelion root, echinacea, hawthorn flowering top, hibiscus flower extract, lemongrass leaf.
Huel’s Daily Greens features two strains of probiotics: bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 and bifidobacterium bifidum 100B. Not all greens powders include probiotics, so hats off to Huel for thinking of including them in Daily Greens. That said, 3mg is a very small dose of probiotics. If you’re looking for a gut health-supporting greens powder, Daily Greens is not the one for you.
We’re sure that most people will not be happy to hear that Daily Greens contains the artificial sweetener stevia. Greens powders are notorious for tasting terrible. Clearly, Huel is attempting to improve the taste and make it easier for customers to consume the product, but it’s not good for the purist.
Packed with healthy ingredients, Huel has managed to include just about every buzz ingredient available in their Daily Greens formula. Unfortunately, they have not always included those ingredients in the right amounts or ratios.
We were particularly surprised that the greens blend is not the focus of this greens powder. The focus is instead on the protein and superfoods blend, which we feel is not the right priority for a greens powder.
You’ll certainly get some benefits from using Daily Greens but there are better-formulated greens powders available that really emphasise the health benefits offered by greens