Savoury BERTRAND dip

Sometimes, BERTRAND is more than just a shake that contains all of the important nutrients you need. With a little creativity, it can be used as an ingredient as well. Today we have a recipe for a savoury BERTRAND dip that will also work well at the next barbeque party.

Savoury BERTRAND dip with avocado

Two EL BERTRAND classic
One ripe avocado
A splash of lemon juice
A pinch of salt
A pinch of pepper
As desired, some garlic or chili flakes
Water for mixing


Halve the avocado and separate the flesh from the peel. Season the avocado and mash in a bowl with the lemon juice. Add the BERTRAND and stir in with a little water. Serve immediately or cover in the refrigerator for an hour. The BERTRAND gives the dip a pleasantly nutty note and a delicious crunch.

About avocados:
The avocado is a butterfruit that is rich in unsaturated fatty acids that give us a pleasant feeling of satiety. For vegans, it can also serve as a vegetable protein source.

Study on dietary supplements

How is the intake of dietary supplements related to nutrient intake and mortality? This blog article addresses a study on this particular topic

What's it about?
Is there a link between nutritional supplements, nutrient intake, and mortality in US adults? Previous studies found that more than half of US citizens consume dietary supplements. The relationship between advantages and disadvantages is controversial. The general research opinion indicates neither advantages nor disadvantages. However, some other studies also show adverse effects associated with the use of dietary supplements, especially at high doses. The following study addressed this issue and examined the relationship between dietary supplement use and mortality in a sample of US adults. The study also covered various diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Besides, it was studied whether sufficient or excessive nutrient intake was related to mortality, and also whether the absorption of nutrients from natural foods was different from that of synthetic food supplements. The participants were asked at regular intervals about their diet and intake of dietary supplements. The most frequently consumed vitamin supplements included vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin D. The most commonly consumed minerals were calcium, zinc, and magnesium.

The results indicate that the use of dietary supplements has not been associated with mortality. However, benefits could not be demonstrated either, as users of dietary supplements generally had a higher standard of living and often a healthier diet and lifestyle than non-users. Also, no relationship could be drawn from the intake of dietary supplements to death from cancer or cardiovascular disease. The study, however, indicated that the excessive intake of some nutrients could lead to adverse effects. For instance, a correlation may exist between an elevated amount of calcium and cancer mortality. The difference between calcium from dietary supplements and calcium from everyday foods can be explained by the different effects on the circulating calcium: High food intake may lead to reduced intestinal absorption and an elevated urinary tract excretion, while long-term dietary supplementation may not reduce circulating calcium levels.
To summarize, the use of dietary supplements has not been associated with mortality among a nationally representative sample of US adults:

"Although a sufficient intake of nutrients from food may contribute to lower mortality risk, an excessive intake of food supplements may increase mortality. The potential health risks and benefits of using dietary supplements must be further assessed in future studies."

(https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2730525/association-among-dietary-supplement-use-nutrient-intake-mortality-among-u)



Ingredients of liquid meals?

So what does this study mean for our diet and our intake of liquid meals? Many liquid meals advertise a complete nutritional supply consist of synthetic nutrients or contain artificially added nutrients. Various food suppliers are based on these synthetic nutrients. Some brands, for example, also use a micronutrient mixture to add vitamins and minerals to their products.

So why organic?

According to the law, only genuine foodstuffs may be present in an organic product. BERTRAND is the first certified nutritional drink on the market. In BERTRAND, nutrients come from foods prepared in such a way that they do what we need them to do. Real organic oats, for example, provide protein, but also a good portion of unsaturated fatty acids. Algae provide calcium and linseed as well as omega-3 fatty acids and also vitamin B.
In addition, organic products are less contaminated by pesticides or heavy metals, as food production is strictly regulated. The respectful relationship with nature based on organic products, the sustainable approach and fair conditions for farmers are also important considerations when it comes to organic products. Organic foods are also said to have a higher amount of nutrients on their own, as they have often been grown naturally. For example, prolonged exposure to the sun provides more vitamin D.

Sources:
https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2730525/association-among-dietary-supplement-use-nutrient-intake-mortality-among-u
https://www.boelw.de/service/bio-faq/lebensmittel/artikel/sind-bio-lebensmittel-gesuender/

Tips for trekking beginners

At BERTRAND, the focus over the next few weeks will be on "trekking", or in other words, long distance walking. There will be short entries on our blog each week, which will whet your appetite for this cool sport.

Today, we have a few tips for you, which will make it easier to start getting involved with trekking as a beginner. And maybe even a few more experienced trekkers will learn something from our tips.

On long tours especially, you will have to be ready for any situation, but at the same time, you also have to carry your own backpack and equipment with you throughout the whole of the tour. This means that if you are on a tour that involves using a tent, you must remember to take lightweight materials. The general rule of thumb is: a quarter of your own body weight, but the lower the weight, the better it is.
Ob die Strecke selbst, die benötigte Ausrüstung, mögliche Unterkünfte oder ob man auf der ausgewählten Route campen darf. All dies muss vor der Reise in Erfahrung gebracht werden. Planung ist hier das A und O, damit man auf alle Eventualitäten vorbereitet ist.
Natürlich spielt auch die Verpflegung eine wichtige Rolle. Gerade wenn man de Abgeschiedenheit der Natur sucht, ist nicht an jeder Ecke ein Gasthaus oder ein Supermarkt zu finden. Am besten greift man auf leichte Nahrung zurück, die satt macht, aber nicht beschwert. BERTRAND bietet hierfür die richtige Grundlage, denn es sättigt, enthält alle benötigten Nährstoffe, ist simpel zuzubereiten und vor allem sehr leicht im Rucksack.
Je nachdem, in welches Land oder Region man reist, sollte man auf eisige Nächte, heiße Tage oder Regen vorbereitet sein. Auch plötzlicher Schneefall ist in vielen Ländern je nach Jahreszeit keine Seltenheit. Und manchmal schlägt das Wetter einfach um. Darauf sollte man vorbereitet sein und sich die entsprechende Kleidung mitnehmen. Für Anfänger bietet sich hier eher eine Tour in gemäßigteren Klimazonen an.
Heutzutage verlässt man sich gerne auf die Navigation am Handy. Da wird schnell die bevorzugte Routen-App aufgerufen und man kann sich orientieren. Dies ist beim Trekking keine gute Idee. Ob mangelnder Empfang, kein Akku mehr oder das Handy am letzten Rastplatz liegen lassen: Am sichersten sind in diesem Fall immer noch die altmodische Karte und ein Kompass. Auch ein GPS-Gerät kann von Nutzen sein. Trotz allem sollte man sein Mobiltelefon für den Notfall mitnehmen.
Was schon beim Gepäck gilt, gilt auch bei den Anfängen des Trekkings. Weniger ist mehr. Es muss nicht gleich eine zweiwöchige Tour durch Alaska sein. Kleine Schritte für den Anfang und langsam steigern. So überschätzt man sich nicht selbst und hat mehr Freude an der Natur und dem Trekking.

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