THE FORMULA EXPLAINED

Healthy & sustainable food.

What exactly is healthy eating? There are so many contradictory reports in the media that it's easy to get lost in a wilderness of information. What's best to avoid if you want a nutritious meal, is it fat or is it sugar? Should you completely cut out carbs, and eat more protein?

We developed HUNGR in line with current scientific research (1) which shows that (1), which shows that a complete and correct balance between all the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) is the best way to live a healthy life. We take a holistic view, rather than a reductionist one.
And we're also very committed to sustainability. We want healthy food for everyone, now and in the future. That's why we recommend:

  • eating more plant-based than animal-based foods
  • avoiding ultra-processed foods whenever possible
  • not wasting any food and moderating your intake 

A complete meal.

HUNGR shakes are registered as complete meal replacements under European legislation, and they meet the guidelines of the Supreme Health Council (2). This legislation contains daily nutritional recommendations for adults, so it's the perfect basis for the development of all HUNGR products. The dietary recommendations are about the optimal daily intake of macro- and micronutrients.

Macronutrientszare proteins, carbohydrates (=carbs), and fats (=lipids). They're found in large quantities in our diet and provide us with the energy we need on a daily basis.

Micronutrients are  vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. These occur in our food in small quantities, but they're necessary for normal growth and development. As the human body can't produce (enough of) them, they're considered 'essential nutrients'. Each HUNGR shake contains at least 30% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of all essential nutrients.

Maximum nutritional value from natural ingredients.

Every HUNGR shake contains a nutritionally complete mix of plant-based ingredients, including several sources of phytonutrients and antioxidants. An instant food shot with natural nutrients!

Whole-grain oats as a source of carbs.

'Carbohydrates' is an umbrella term that refers to sugars, fibres and starches found in cereals, fruit, vegetables and milk. They're an important source of energy for both our nervous system and our locomotor system.

We can distinguish two types: fast-release and complex carbohydrates.

Fast-release carbohydrates z, such as those in white bread, biscuits, soft drinks and white pasta, are quickly absorbed by the body, causing blood sugar levels to spike. This provides an energy boost, but due to the equally rapid drop in blood sugar levels afterwards, it can also cause an energy dip.

Complex carbohydrates such as those found in whole-grain cereals or fruit, take longer to break down and are absorbed more gradually by the body, causing blood sugar levels to rise and fall less abruptly. This results in a more controlled energy release (3).

The Belgian Federal Supreme Health Council recommends a total intake of 50 to 55% carbohydrates per meal, with a preference for complex carbohydrates that have a high dietary fibre content, such as whole-grain cereals (2).

HUNGR contains whole-grain oat flour as a source of carbs. The oats provide a full and satiated feeling and are a valuable source of:

  • fibres such as beta-glucan (4)
  • various vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus, thiamine, zinc, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin B1, iron, and selenium(5)
  • antioxidants & phytonutrients (5)
  • a low glycaemic index to avoid spiking blood sugar levels (3)

In order to really bring out the flavours, each HUNGR shake contains small amounts of natural sugars such as coconut flour sugar and stevia. But not to worry: overall, the HUNGR powder mix remains low in sugar.

Peas as a source of high-quality protein.

Proteins are important building blocks that help maintain our body tissues, like muscles. They're essential for the production of enzymes, hormones and blood cells.

Proteins are composed of amino acids, which are absorbed by the body during the digestion of the protein. Amino acids can be divided into 2 groups:

  • Non-essential amino acids are produced by the human body.
  • Essential amino acids are not produced by the human body and therefore need to be ingested through food.

Proteins can be found in animal products like meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. But certain plant-based foods, such as legumes and nuts, are good sources of protein as well.

HUNGR shakes contain 20% to 25% protein. HUNGR uses powdered peas, which are legumes, as a natural source of protein. This ensures:

  • a complete amino acid profile with all 9 essential amino acids (6)

  • • extra iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6

  • a source of fibre

This pea protein is one of the easiest to digest of all the plant-based proteins, providing a full and satiated feeling (7)

Linseed as a source of lipids and fibre.

In recent years, the role of fat in our diet has been under intense scrutiny. Fats are indispensable to our health, but it's important to distinguish between saturated and unsaturated fats, also known as 'bad' and 'good' fats.

Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products, such as meat, butter and dairy products. These can increase the levels of cholesterol in our blood and possibly also the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some plant-based products such as coconut fat, palm fats and cocoa also contain saturated fats. These are often used in (industrial) cakes, snacks or fried appetizers.

Unsaturated fats have a more favourable effect on cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They can be subdivided into 3 categories:

  • Mono-unsaturated fatty acids vcan be found in olives, olive oil and most nuts.

  • Poly-unsaturated fatty acids can be further subdivided into omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Good sources of omega 6 are oils derived from sunflower, grape seed, maize, soy or wheat germ. Linseed, rapeseed and nut oils contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. Some animal products, such as oily fish, also contain a lot of omega 3. However, despite omega 3's numerous health benefits, we don't consume enough of it.

  • Trans fats are artificially created by the process of hardening liquid vegetable oils into solid fats. They have a different chemical structure and different properties than saturated fats. The intake of trans fats must be kept as low as possible.

HUNGR shakes contain between 8% and 10% fat, most of which comes from linseed oil powder and broken linseed. As a result, the shakes contain sufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition to being a complete source of unsaturated fatty acids, linseed also provides soluble and insoluble fibres. The insoluble fibres help maintain a smooth intestinal transit, while the soluble fibres help maintain good blood glucose levels (8).

Enriched with essential vitamins & minerals.

Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the body to function optimally and to protect us from disease. With the exception of vitamin D and vitamin K, these are substances that our bodies can't produce, so we have to obtain them from food. An excess of vitamins is excreted by the body through the urine.

There are thirteen different types of vitamins, which can be divided into two groups:

Fat-soluble vitamins: vitamine A, vitamine D, vitamine E and vitamine K. These are mainly found in the fats of foods such as dairy products, oils, eggs, meat, oily fish, and liver. Vitamin D is produced by exposure to sunlight, and vitamin K is produced in the intestines. The body can easily store them, so we can build up a reserve.

Water-soluble vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B11 or folic acid, B12 and vitamine C. These are mainly found in fruit, vegetables, potatoes, cereals, and dairy products. It's more difficult for the body to store these vitamins, so it's important that we consume a certain amount of them every day.  

Minerals and trace elements are also found in food and water. We need more minerals than trace elements. The most important minerals are calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and phosphorus. The trace elements we need to stay healthy are iron, iodine, chromium, copper, zinc, selenium, and manganese.

We need to obtain most of these vitamins and minerals from food, but for many people it's a challenge to maintain a sufficiently varied diet during a busy working week. And then there's the fact that many nutrients are lost during cooking or preparation. That's why each HUNGR shake is guaranteed to contain 30% of the recommended daily intake of all 13 vitamins. A guaranteed vitamin shot!

Ingredient list.

BANANA BREAD FLAVOUR: Oatmeal (contains gluten), pea protein isolate, organic coconut blossom sugar, linseed oil powder, broken linseed, natural aroma, thickening agent: xanthan gum, cinnamon extract (Cinnamon cassia), acid regulator: monopotassium phosphate, sweetener: steviol glycosides, vitamine/mineralblend.   
 
VANILLA SPICE FLAVOUR: Oatmeal(contains gluten), pea protein isolate, organic cocnut blossom sugar, linseed oil powder, natural aroma, cinnamon powder (Cinnamomum cassia), thickening agent: xanthaan gom, ginger powder (Zingiber officinale), cayenne pepper powder (Capsicum annuum), cardamom powder (Elettaria cardamomum), acid regulator: monopotassium phosphate, sweetener: steviol glycosides, vitamine/mineralblend.

Nutritionele informatie.

Macronutrients HUNGR Banana Bread Flavour

average nutritional values /100g /portie
Energy (kJ) 1531 kJ 995 kJ
Energy (kcal) 366 kcal 238 kcal
Fats 10,50 g 6,82 g
whereof saturated 1,48 g 0,96 g
Carbohydrates 49,88 g 32,42 g
whereof sugars 8,87 g 5,77 g 
Fibres 7,92 g 5,15 g
Proteins 25,04 g 16,28 g 

Salt

1,17 g

0,76 g 

 

Macronutrients HUNGR Vanilla Spice Flavour

Average nutritional values /100g /portie 
Energy(kJ) 1427 kJ 927 kJ
Energy (kcal) 341 kcal 222 kcal
Fats 8,75 g 5,69 g
whereof saturated 1,34 g 0,87 g
Carbohydrates 49,71 g 32,31 g
whereof sugars 8,85 g 5,75 g 
Fibres 6,06 g 3,94 g
Proteins 22,31 g 14,50 g 
Salt 1,17 g 0,76 g 

 

Micronutrients HUNGR Banana Bread Flavour

 Vitamins /100g /portie RI*/100g
Biotin (vit B8) 23,08 µg
15,00 µg
46%
Folic acid (vit B9) 92,31 µg
60,00 µg
46%
Vitamin A 369,23 µg
240,00 µg
46%
Vitamin B1 0,51 mg
0,33 mg
46%
Vitamin B12 1,15 µg
0,75 µg
46%
Vitamin B2 0,65 mg
0,42 mg
46%
Vitamin B3 7,38 mg
4,80 mg
46%
Vitamin B5 2,77 mg
1,80 mg
46%
Vitamin B6 0,65 mg
0,42 mg
46%
Vitamin C 36,92 mg
24,00 mg
46%
Vitamin D3 2,31 µg
1,50 µg
46%
Vitamin E 5,54 mg
3,60 mg
46%
Vitamin K 34,62 µg
22,50 µg
46%

 

Mineralen /100g /portie RI*/100g
Ca 403,14 mg 262,04 mg 51%
Cr 17,51 µg 11,38 µg 43%
Cu 0,47 mg 0,30 mg 46%
Fe 6,51 mg 4,23 mg 46%
I 74,93 µg 48,70 µg 49%
K 976,47 mg 634,70 mg 49%
Mg 237,31 mg 154,25mg 63%
Mn 1,49 mg 0,97 mg 75%
P 416,75 mg 270,89 mg 60%
Se 28,55 µg 18,55 µg 52%
Zn 4,91 mg 3,19 mg

49%

 

Micronutrients HUNGR Vanilla Spice Flavour

 Vitamins /100g /serving  RI/100g
Biotin (vit B8) 23,08 µg
15,00 µg
46%
Folic acid (vit B9) 92,31 µg
60,00 µg
46%
Vitamin A 369,23 µg
240,00 µg
46%
Vitamin B1 0,51 mg
0,33 mg
46%
Vitamin B12 1,15 µg
0,75 µg
46%
Vitamin B2 0,65 mg
0,42 mg
46%
Vitamin B3 7,38 mg
4,80 mg
46%
Vitamin B5 2,77 mg
1,80 mg
46%
Vitamin B6 0,65 mg
0,42 mg
46%
Vitamin C 36,92 mg
24,00 mg
46%
Vitamin D3 2,31 µg
1,50 µg
46%
Vitamin E 5,54 mg
3,60 mg
46%
Vitamin K 34,62 µg
22,50 µg
46%

 

Mineralen /100g /serving %RI/100g
Ca 404,02 mg 262,61 mg 51%
Cr 17,60 µg 11,44 µg 44%
Cu 0,47 mg 0,30 mg 46%
Fe 6,58 mg 4,28 mg 48%
I 75,00 µg 48,75 µg 49%
K 1000,57 mg 650,37 mg 51%
Mg 239,41 mg 155,62 mg 63%
Mn 1,49 mg 0,97 mg 75%
P 423,25 mg 275,11 mg 60%
Se 28,55 µg 18,55 µg 52%
Zn 4,91 mg 3,19 mg 49%

   * Reference intake

The full amino acid profile of HUNGR Banana Bread Flavour

 Amino acid profile /100g
average values
L-Alaline 1,05 g
L-Arginine 1,88 g
L-Aspartic acid 2,43 g
L-Cystine 0,33 g
L-Glutamic acid 4,20 g
Glycine 1,00 g
L-Histidine 0,57 g
L-Isoleucine 1,00 g
L-Leucine 1,87 g
L-Lysine 1,44 g
L-Methionine 0,30 g
L-Phenylalanine 1,24 g
L-Proline 1,10 g
L-Serine 1,15 g
L-Threonine 0,86 g
L-Tryptophane 0,26 g
L-Tyrosine 0,84 g
L-Valine 1,18 g

 

Complete amino acid profile of HUNGR Vanilla Spice

 Amino acid profile /100g
average values
L-Alaline 1,06 g
L-Arginine 1,89 g
L-Aspartic acid 2,45 g
L-Cystine 0,33 g
L-Glutamic acid 4,24 g
Glycine 1,01 g
L-Histidine 0,57 g
L-Isoleucine 1,01 g
L-Leucine 1,88 g
L-Lysine 1,45 g
L-Methionine 0,31 g
L-Phenylalanine 1,25 g
L-Proline 1,11 g
L-Serine 1,16 g
L-Threonine 0,86 g
L-Tryptophane 0,26 g
L-Tyrosine 0,85 g
L-Valine 1,19 g

  

(1) Vlaams Instituut Gezond Leven. https://www.gezondleven.be/themas/voeding

(2) Voedingsaanbevelingen voor de Belgische volwassen bevolking. https://www.health.belgium.be/nl/advies-9284-fbdg-2019

(3) Slow-release carbs: growing evidence on metabolic responses and public health interest. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4933791/

(4) Dietary fiber and satiety: the effects of oats on satiety. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4757923/

(5) Nutritional advantages of oats and opportunities for its processing as value added foods. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325078/

(6) Protein content and amino acid composition of commercially available plant-based protein isolates. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6245118/

(7) Effect of different protein sources on satiation and short-term satiety when consumed as a starter. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295702/

 (8) Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4152533/