Tested and approved by leading deontologists and teleologists

The times of food containing only obvious aspects like nutritional value, comfort and taste as choice factors are over. For this reason, we have created something new, which is suitable for you preference utilitarianists and categorical imperialists as well, and is deemed morally unobjectionable by leading deontologists and teleologists. Vegan BERTRAND.

To develop modern powdered food is unbelievably multifaceted. When you believe indisputably that you have succeeded, and that everything fits mathematically and every nutritional value is met, it will often be lacking in taste. But what is the point in developing a vegan full nutritional powder that tastes so awful that no one will eat it? So: re-evaluate, replace ingredients, perform taste tests, inform suppliers, obtain an OK and then, after weeks: Wham! It’s a go!

Where milk powder had to give way, in vegan BERTRAND we now resort to calcium for excellent bio-availability of the red algae Lithothamnium calcareum and various B vitamins from guava-, basil- and lemon peel extract. For Vitamin B -12, we resort largely to the algae Porphyra spp., which in a previous study was the only non-synthetic and non-animal source of vitamin B12 capable of showing a good bio-availability. A small part of Vitamin B12 is also acquired from the algae Chlorella. Due to the study situation being quite small, we recommend, in compliance with the Vegan Society, to supplement a purely vegan diet with vitamin B12 products. The lack of the proteins due to the absence of milk powder are replicated with an organic rice protein from brown rice in the vegan version. This has an almost perfect amino acid ratio and is therefore just right for our product.

In the end, we did not have to make any compromises when it came to taste. It still retains the typically nutty, milky taste with almonds, cereals as well as freshly ground oil seeds and a good handful of buckthorn.

Are you affected by the change?

Due to an unforeseen number of supporters who already pre-ordered our vegan BERTRAND, as well as due to two failed deliveries, we have a back order which will soon be caught up.

1 Vitamin B12-Containing Plant Food Sources for Vegetarians
2 Vegan Society: What Every Vegan Should Know About Vitamin B12

Delay for the vegan version

Unfortunately, we cannot carry out a delivery for all orders of the vegan version of BERTRAND in October. We only start on 11.04.2015 with the shipment of the first batch and ship according to the principle of first ordered, first delivered.

The subsequent batch will be probably shipped on 11.13.2015.

We apologize that we cannot fully meet the timestamps set by us. However, we are still waiting for delivery of the alga Lithothamnium calcareum which supplies our vegan BERTRAND with calcium as well as a partial delivery of organic rice protein.

We will finish the vegan version of the nutritional table this week and publish it on our site.

Once your delivery goes into the shipping, you will receive a notification and a tracking link in your account. The shipping in Germany, the US and Canada is done by DHL and within Europe we ship via DHL and UPS for the most part.

Please contact us, if you have further questions, or if you want to change something on your order as a result of our delay.

Changelog 2.5 – Taking out the oil is passé

Brown flax seeds on a spoon

We have changed the BERTRAND recipe and this update is devoted totally to oil. Alongside some small adjustments in the amounts of individual ingredients, there is one major benefit with this update: due to the acquisition of new technology it is now possible to supply our flaxseed and sunflower seeds just as they ought to be; no longer partly de-oiled, but with all their oil.

As of the current version 2.5, flaxseed and sunflower seeds will be delivered in their natural state and ground in the owner’s mill no more than 4 hours before the mixing process. We stand to benefit considerably from this hitherto unique process: besides preserving valuable fatty acids, the short time between the grinding process and packaging means that there is optimal protection against oxidisation.

The omega 3 fatty acids which are obtained in this new process, especially the alpha-linolenic acid, are now present in such a large quantity that the body is able to convert them into the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, even if the conversion rate is below 5%.1

Of course we also provide our our ground almonds in the full fat version and not in the much cheaper de-oiled version.

The adjusted nutritional values can be seen with immediate effect on the home page.

1 J. T. Brenna, N. Salem, A. J. Sinclair, S. C. Cunnane: alpha-Linolenic acid supplementation and conversion to n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in humans. In: Prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and essential fatty acids. Band 80, Nummer 2–3, 2009 Feb-Mar, S. 85–91, doi:10.1016/j.plefa.2009.01.004. PMID 19269799.

Are we committing a kind of naturalistic fallacy?

BERTRAND is an organic total nutrition powder. One package contains all the nutrients that, according to the current state of nutritional science, are recommended for an average adult. In addition, all of the nutrients in BERTRAND come from natural sources such as grains, oilseeds, almonds, nuts, fruit powders, and many more.

Our focus on the naturalness of the nutrients’ origins means that we are faced with the accusation that we are subject to a fallacy that natural means healthy, almost daily. This accusation is generally connected with the idea that we must be aware of this, but deceive our clients despite better knowledge, in that our focusing on naturalness and organic food suggests an advantage in quality that isn’t there. The assumption held by the representatives of this position is: a total nutrition powder that provided its nutrients from synthetic means would be less expensive and at least as good or better, and organic food is a fraud.

The situation

Currently, there are two competing models of total nutrition powders, of which BERTRAND is one. Firstly, there is our product, a composition of different natural ingredients, the whole of which fulfills the current nutritional recommendations, and in comparison, there are almost exclusively providers that supply an energy rich nutrition powder composed of a mixture of synthetic vitamin and mineral substances, which corresponds to the current nutritional recommendations. It’s then advertised with a certain pride that this type of nutritional powder contains only the recommended nutrients and on no account more. Everything addition in excess of the scientific recommendations is unnecessary and, what is far worse, unscientific. Anyone who believes that naturalness or organic ingredients makes a difference is committing a naturalistic fallacy.

Our perspective:

We know that the equations “synthetic = unhealthy” or “GMO = evil” are incorrect. We understand that synthetic ingredients and genetically modified organisms are used in the food industry. Genetic engineering is often necessary and practical, as are synthetic ingredients. But in our opinion these are used in the currently available Soylent varieties in order to make a cheaper product, not a better one. There is at least a difference in taste in whether I consume a meal made from a powder and a synthetic mix of vitamins, or whether I consume one made from various cereals, oilseeds, nuts, almonds and powdered fruit, and which holds up price wise (price per calorie) in spite of the organic ingredients.

I’ll try to clarify our view with an historical hypothetical.

If these synthetic powders were developed in 1941 according to the nutritional recommendations written at that time, it would have been a product that led to poor nutrition, because it would have been lacking in several essential vitamins. Luckily, the recommendations’ authors were not so naive as to believe that research in human nutrition was complete. Rather, they already suspected that more knowledge about vitamins and minerals was necessary, which would lead to changes in the recommendations. This was also noted in writing:

The comitee realizes that the values proposed will need to be revised from time to time as more knowledge of nutritive requirements become available.


The synthetic powders were developed today and are containing the vitamins listed in the current RDI. But even in this RDI it is noted:

The DRI’s will continue to evolve as better information becomes available. When interpreting the results of assessments of individuals or groups, it is appropriate to consider possible limitations in the information base that was used to generate the relevant DRIs.


Is the assumption that product development will continue in the coming years; that new essential vitamins will be discovered which the synthetic powders currently does not have, unless they are found in oatmeal or rice protein, so absurd?
Whoever wishes to take nourishment with a high certainty of getting all essential nutrients is much better advised with a mix of natural ingredients, than with a powder which is merely plied with the vitamins we know. The synthetic powders will certainly be improved in the future when new recommendations are published, but until that time a diet of 100% synthetic powder will not include these essential nutrients.

Our approach, then, is neither pseudoscientific nor alluding to a naturalistic fallacy. Rather, it follows the recommendations of the RDI authors, who admit that further research is necessary. The accusations we’re forced to hear suggest that there is an obligation to use synthetic ingredients.

We don’t see it that way.

Peter | Customer Care

Have any questions remain unanswered?

I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Feel free to write me an e-mail. You will usually receive an answer within 48 hours.

Peter | Customer Carepeter@bertrand.bio

Featured: Organic Almonds

almonds  on wooden table

Almonds are much more than a snack or a topping for Christmas cookies. Apart from their high-profile spectrum of vitamins and minerals, the regular consumption of almonds has an extremely positive effect on our health. You can read in this article how the almonds get into BERTRAND.

Almonds belong to the stone fruit family and are – as is often assumed in error – not nuts. The almond variety used in BERTRAND contains approximately 19 percent of high-quality protein, thereby contributing to meet the protein requirements. The almond also provides many unsaturated fatty acids, minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and copper as well as considerable amounts of vitamins B and E. The magnesium contributes to the body’s protein production and thus also to the formation of muscle. Because calcium is also contained in the correct proportions, both minerals can be perfectly absorbed and utilized by the body.

How does it get into our product?

Our almond comes from certified organic agriculture and has been grown in Spain and in Italy. After harvesting, the hard shell is cracked and the delicate almond skin removed by blanching. The almond is then cold-ground or chopped into 2-3 mm pieces. We use an almond mixture of 2/3 fine almond flour and 1/3 finely chopped almonds in BERTRAND. With this mixture we achieve the crunchy mouth sensation, which is appreciated by many customers. Both the flour and the granules are not de-oiled but full fat.

Current note: Almonds in this quality (organic and full fat) are more expensive than ever, and very difficult to get at this time, due to crop failures in California. To avoid delivery problems and thus a production stop, we have to accept any price at the moment. We will, however, keep the current price of BERTRAND firm until at least April 2019.

Beyond cooking – Report of Greenpeace magazine

Greenpeace magazine reported this week on the nutrition of the future. The experiences of our customers were presented in a video portrait under the slogan “Beyond cooking”.

Manuel came to BERTRAND because organic quality is important to him and the nutrients come from natural sources.

Bilberries are back once again.

After what seemed like an endless few weeks, we can proudly announce today that BERTRAND is available once more in the bilberry flavor.

Over the last couple of weeks we have contacted numerous suppliers of natural aromas, but unfortunately it was much more difficult to realize the project than we initially thought. As an organic brand, according to the EU-Eco-regulation we are only allowed to use natural aromas. The term natural aroma denotes a flavor that is extracted from natural products rather than synthetic imitation. Our bilberry flavor is thus extracted from natural bilberries.
Another distinctive requirement is the fact that natural aromas in organic products may not be produced using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), nor may they contain any genetically modified organisms.

These requirements really cut down the number of possible suppliers, so that we are very proud to be once more able to present our most sought-after flavor. And it tastes amazing: starting with a natural, nutty grain flavor, gently accompanied by the bilberry flavor following at the end.


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.