Featured: Canola Oil Powder

A golden yellow to light yellow color, a mild flavor, healthy, and versatile – these are the typical characteristics of canola oil. Read on to learn about BERTRAND’s new canola oil and how it comes in powder form.

How is it that canola oil is so healthy? A close look at the composition of our canola oil explains it. Canola oil consists of various fatty acids, which are further classified as saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, measure up much better when it comes to health than the saturated ones because they have positive effects on blood cholesterol levels and protect against hardening of the arteries. Some unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, are particularly important for us because they are essential. This means that our bodies cannot produce them. Canola oil is not only high in unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid, it also provides plenty of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. On top of this, canola oil is high in vitamin E. Our canola oil powder provides a healthy combination of beneficial fatty acids and vitamin E.

How did we achieve this in our product?
We use exclusively cold-pressed canola oil from European fields and from certified organic farms. The quality is 00. which means that the proportion of erucic acid is less than 0.1%.
Because BERTRAND is a powder and we don’t want to add any individual bottles of oil to our orders for various (environmental and practical) reasons, we use a canola oil powder. To achieve this the canola oil is mechanically bound to an organic maltodextrin made from corn, which causes the oil to be a free-flowing powder that easily dissolves as soon as it comes back into contact with water.

[Guestpost] Stephans experience with BERTRAND

My body felt heavy. It was just a normal Monday morning standup, but I felt so hot I immediately started sweating. My mouth became dry, my legs began to start shaking and my vision kept decreasing.

In the end I had to walk to the other site of the circle the co-workers formed during the standup and sat down, as I was concerned to loose consciousness.
What happened? Actually it was just a normal day, maybe with a bit too much hassle to catch the standup on time. The main point to focus on, nevertheless, is the fact, that I used to leave off to work without a breakfast. I don’t know when specifically this habit started, but no matter how early or late I woke up for work I was more motivated to shower & leave to “get things done”, rather than spending another twenty minutes on a proper breakfast.

Now I integrated a shake in my morning routine, and I feel lively as never before. I started getting up earlier, feeling more active, and actually eat a whole lot more than before. (I don’t substitute all my meals) At this particular day at work, I remembered a blog article, written by a fellow software engineer who invented a shake superior to normal food. He called it “Soylent”. Before moving to a new flat I started investigating how to achieve the same in my Country (Germany), but got distracted by too much other stuff like moving, work and side-projects. The financial point to start was just too high. In a year, everything can change. I know this, as I work with the latest techniques each day. And so did it for the field of “nutrition shakes”. I found multiple vendors worth trying out and settled for a company called “Bertrand” for my first
order.

The main reason was, that it was shipped from Germany. Otherwise I could have tried the American version directly, huh? I ordered three packs and immediately convinced my good friend (and also flat-mate) to join me in my journey. His work is very body-intensive, so he can eat a lot and always had too less with him. We ordered another pack of seven, approximately 1-2 weeks after the first three arrived. Then we started thinking: What about the competitors? They had much more variation in flavors, were less expensive and had a more professional look & feel regarding their online presence.

We settled down for trying all of them:
1. Nano Future Food
2. Joylent
3. Jake (Sports)

They arrived in this particular order and we couldn’t wait to try them out. The Nano shaker is in the same Shape, as the new Bertrand shaker, but we both prefer the
minimalistic green tubes. But we have to admit, it really looks like “future” and thus compliments the name. Both Jake & Joylent have the same type of shaker, which is the basic sports-drink shaker, just branded accordingly. Nothing wrong here, but also no big excitement.
From packaging Nano lost against all competitors. It’s packed as single portions, so a lot of plastic waste. It was also just plain white with a black date of minimum durability labeling stamp. Its behavior on opening is ridiculous and if you don’t take care, it will be spilled all over the floor.
Jake Sports did it better and has a easy useable single-meal packaging, which also has a nice minimalistic look.
Champion here is Joylent. Their packaging is a three-meal pack, just as Bertrand, but with such
lovely motives for each flavor, I literally had to show it to my friends!

But a nice look won’t help your product if it’s taste is gross, so how did they behave in this field? Used to Bertrand as my “entry shake” I expected a nice taste. I actually started wondering why everyone else hated against the taste of nutrition shakes. Nano and Jake both have a one-size-fit-all flavor, which tries to mimic vanilla.
While we got used to Nanos taste, we still have 18 out of our 20 Jake Sports portions. On all candidates we had the issue, that the last zips were really hard to comprehend, but it was ok. Not for Jake. After half of it we both stopped and agreed to leave it in a dark corner. To be fair, I have to mention that it was the version with higher nutrition which we wanted to use for workout.
Joylent instead could gain some points by having all kind of flavors and offering a mix pack. We got banana, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
All of them tasted way more natural than this “vanilla mimic”, and were really creamy, but still it was more a “down with it” duty than joy.

So after
– 22 meals of Nano
– 15 meals of Joylent
– 2 meals of Jake (+ 18 remaining)
– 30 meals of Bertrand

we had to decide which supplier we wanted to support. As you’re reading this guest article on Bertrand right now, it’s not hard to figure out who won our hearts: Bertrand.
Sure it’s not all perfect on their side: Compared to the others, Bertrand is way more expensive. Maybe that’s a bummer for some, but good food is expensive. So why should it be something else in the shake section? Their flavors are limited to two by the time of writing (natural & vanilla), but they used to have a berry version, which a friend of mine totally loved! That said, they’re working on it and actually improved their product a lot from my initial order to the 30 pack order mid of July.
Which I now have to restock.. Hopefully with a few berries in it!

To close this article with a personal ranking:
1. Bertrand
2. Joylent
3. Nano
4. Jake

Enjoy your shakes!
– Stephan

Featured: Organic Oats

Oats are considered to be by far the best and healthiest of all common cereals. No surprises there: oats contain low amounts of gluten and are clearly more nutritious than the other types of cereals.

Haferkorn (Avena)

We in BERTRAND exclusively use oats coming from European fields and certified organic agriculture. Oats contain a high amount of carbohydrates, protein, high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, soluble fibers, glucans, vitamin B1, B6 and E, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

How it gets to our product
The cleaned raw oat is first treated with moisture and then with heat for several hours. This treatment gives it its characteristic nutty aroma, which later becomes the familiar, natural taste of BERTRAND. The heat treatment also weakens the activity of particular enzymes, which would have ultimately caused a rancid, bitter taste. The milling of the prepared oats takes place in our own mill and only shortly before mixing the individual ingredients.

Get in touch with us!

Please use the contact form for questions about BERTRAND or write an e-mail to hey@bertrand.bio
You will find all points of contact on the Meet the Team page.
Many questions were already answered in the FAQ-section.