Featured: organic yeast

Introduced: organic yeast

Yeast – an exciting microorganism that resembles a separate small universe. As a single-celled being it predominantly ferments with sugar and starch to alcohol and carbon dioxide. This results in the soft dough of bread, rolls and other pastries. There are over 700 kinds of yeast, and we decided to choose the nutritional yeast since we are not keen on the alcohol and carbon dioxide.
Though commonly known as raising agent and fermentation assistant in beer and wine, many people don't know that yeast is actually loaded with nutrients. Even the ancient Egyptians used it for their meals without knowing that it is loaded with niacin and B vitamins such as B1, B2 and B6. Important nutrients that ensure a well-balanced metabolism and support muscles and nerves The contained potassium in conjunction with sodium ensures a healthy heart and a well-adjusted fluid balance in the body.

In order to guarantee excellent quality we use organic nutritional yeast powder which we provide with a sugar source made of clean spring water and grain instead of using conventional molasses.

Why organic?

All of our products are organic since we are convinced that good quality already starts with the ingredients. The advantages are easily demonstrated through the example of our organic yeast:

The sugar source of conventional yeast is primarily made of molasses, whereas the sugar source of our organic yeast is made of grain from organic farming.
Ammonia (NH3) or ammonia salts are used in conventional yeast. The nitrogen source of organic yeast is also organic grain.
Acids like sulfuric acid and alkalis like caustic soda are used in conventional yeast in order to regulate the pH value. This regulation is not necessary with organic yeast.
Synthetic vitamins and inorganic salts are needed for conventional yeast. These substances are already sufficiently available in natural mediums.
Conventional yeast is made with synthetic defoaming agents. Organic yeast is made with organic sunflower oil instead.
In the case of conventional yeast, the washing has to be repeated several times in order to eliminate unpleasant flavors and odorants. There is no washing with organic yeast. The sterilization happens through water steam.
With conventional yeast, the waste water is heavily contaminated and hard to clean. But with organic yeast, the fermentation medium provides the basis for further products such as pre-ferment or pre-leaven starters.

How does it get into the product?

Nutritional yeast is a yeast inactivated by heat. The basis is the organic yeast cream which already features the very good nutritional profile but cannot be used yet in our product due to its consistence and activity. In order to obtain the yeast powder used in BERTRAND we need to inactivate the yeast cells first. This happens through brief heating to 55° – 60°. Should there be any surviving yeast cells, they will be subsequently inactivated due to the drying. Drum drying is used in this case. It is particularly gentle and makes the yeast cream into yeast flakes at 130° by putting a thin film of the product on the drum. The contained liquid evaporates thereby. Then the yeast flakes are grounded to a fine yeast powder with the help of a cone crusher. This powder is subsequently mixed with our other ingredients to make BERTRAND.

Moreover, yeast serves as source of protein and is therefore perfectly suited for diets low in protein such as vegetarianism and veganism. Athletes also benefit from proteins since they are responsible for muscle growth, as well.
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BERTRAND supports #veganuary

Don’t vegans only eat grass?

The vegan diet is still one of the most controversial topics. Yet there’s actually no reason for that at all. By being aware of the food and the nutrients from food that you put in your body, you can ideally eat better and also be more mindful of the environment.

As a way of just giving this a shot, there’s the #veganuary challenge, which was created to globally promote the idea of trying to go vegan for the month of January. It has been around since 2014 and was started as a charity organization in the UK to help people throughout the world realize that going vegan is neither unhealthy nor boring. People share their experiences on social media, discuss the challenge with each other, and help each other out because being vegan definitely doesn’t need to be complicated.

For the sake of the environment, it is definitely worth taking a closer look at this diet because a kilogram of beef alone requires about 15,500 liters of water. The 14.5% CO2 emissions caused by intensive livestock farming and the clearance of green spaces for feed are other negative aspects of an omnivorous diet.

The myth that a vegan diet causes people to have less energy also continues to endure. There are a lot of examples that prove the opposite, such as competitive athletes like Lewis Hamilton, Rich Roll or Fiona Oakes. Professional athletes from Germany like professional beach volleyball player Max Betzien also eat a vegan diet.

Another big myth surrounding the vegan diet, in addition to the one about not getting enough nutrients, is that it takes a lot of effort. This assumption can already be refuted by the fact that even a simple pasta dish with tomato sauce is vegan. The vegan version of BERTRAND kills both myths with one stone, so to speak, because preparing it is very easy, and at the same time you get the exact nutrients that fall by the wayside in a purely plant-based diet, and it accomplishes all of this in a completely natural way and without artificial supplements, instead getting some help from the world of algae.

The vegan version of BERTRAND does not contain the milk powder that can be found in the classic and active versions, which is why it’s recommended to mix the powder with oat or almond milk instead of water in order to improve the flavor. For an even better and distinct flavor, we can also recommend using the fruit juice of your choice or taking a bit of extra time to cut some fruit and blend it together with the plant-based milk of your choice and the Bertrand powder in a blender to create an even more unique shake. Because with BERTRAND, being vegan is neither boring nor complicated. And there’s no need to eat grass either.


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Annika | Customer Careannika@bertrand.bio

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