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We are BERTRAND.

After several months’ neglect of our “Meet the Team” page, we have now been able to talk some colleagues into posing for a photo.

You should know who regularly mixes and sends your BERTRAND order. And who’s providing the answers to your questions about our product.

We are BERTRAND.

Short note: Our BERTRAND shaker is back in stock!

BERTRAND im Vergleich mit Huel

Due to a short-term flood of orders, we ran out of our BERTRAND shaker during the last few weeks and had to fall back on the model without our logo. However, our warehouse is now once again properly stocked and we can ship our shaker again.

  • Our shaker is made of tritan, BPA-free as well as free of other bisphenol compounds. You can find information about tritan here: Tritan Safe.
  • We have added fill marks to help you when dosing the powder.
As usual, new customers will receive this with the first order of a package, free of charge. Those who need more shakers will find them here in our shop.

Alkaline Diet with BERTRAND

Due to the many requests we’ve gotten in Support, we’ve looked into whether BERTRAND is suitable in alkaline diets. Here we’ll take a look at the individual ingredients and testing at our INTERTEK laboratory for food technology.

What is an alkaline diet?

An alkaline diet supplies humans with easily absorbed basic minerals as well as all the body’s required nutrients and vital substances. At the same time, it should spare the body from acid metabolic residue resulting from digestion. This brings the acid-alkaline ratio into balance for a proper and healthy pH value in all areas of the body. There is, however, as of yet no scientifically recognized proof of hyperacidity.

Laboratory tests for pH values

Laboratory tests on our products have determined them largely to have neutral pH values.

Laboratory test at INTERTEK – pH value of vegan variety
Laboratory test at INTERTEK – pH value of classic variety
Laboratory test at INTERTEK – pH value of active variety

In an alkaline diet, however, the pH values of foods are mostly excluded. You’ll find more on that in this article.

Is BERTRAND suitable for an alkaline diet?

In an alkaline diet, food is divided into categories based on whether they are more alkaline-forming or acid-forming. In addition, there is a division between good and bad acid-forming foods. Our ingredients fall into these categories as follows:

Almonds, walnuts, locust bean gum, sea buckthron berries, nutritional yeast, algae (porphyra, chlorella, lithothamnium), mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus), lemon peel extract, guava extract, basil leaf extract
Whole oats, flax seed, sunflower seeds, agave powder, coconut, rice protein
Powdered milk, milk protein powder

Conclusion

The ingredients in our vegan variety make our product highly suitable for integration into an alkaline diet. It is also possible to integrate our classic and active varieties, however these should be limited to individual meals due to the milk products they contain.

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

Event: First semester at the University of Paderborn

In cooperation with the student group, MTP (Marketing between Theory and Practice) we have provided the new students at the University of Paderborn with BERTRAND.

The recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals, of course, also helps you to stay awake and attentive in the daily routine of your studies.

Subsequently, here are some more pictures of the distribution action.

BERTRAND with a histamine intolerance?

Histamine in BERTRAND

Customers with histamine intolerance have asked us about the tolerability of BERTRAND. However, it is not that easy to answer that question, as one needs to consider different factors. On the one hand, the histamine level is important, which can fluctuate strongly, and on the other, it is the level of biogenic amines and other materials that can block the diamine oxidase (DAO).

BERTRAND with a histamine intolerance?

BERTRAND contains ~ 20 different natural ingredients, which can be sorted into charts according to their tolerability. We have filtered out the ingredients in BERTRAND for you, which could potentially prove to cause problems for customers with histamine intolerance, and described them in an overview. You will also find all ingredients in our FAQ. The data noted here were taken from the Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI).

Walnut flour may cause symptoms for customers with histamine intolerance, as it contains amines and additionally functions as a liberator.
Locust bean gum itself does not contain histamine. It is possible, however, that it contains further amines or that it functions as a liberator.
Sunflower seeds function as a liberator and can thus lead to symptoms.
Guava and lemon function as a liberator. Additionally, lemons contain further amines, which can invariably cause problems. In BERTRAND, these two ingredients are mostly unproblematic, however, as the level in 100 g of BERTRAND is still below 0.2 g.
Nutritional yeast is unproblematic insofar as it is inactivated and only contains a very small total amount of glutamate.

 

Laboratory analysis for histamines

Apart from the comparison of our ingredients with the recommendations of the Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI), our product has undergone an accredited analysis by our laboratory INTERTEK Bremen in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. No histamine could be detected in the product. The analysis can be viewed here:

BERTRAND – Analysis for histamine // Intertek Bremen

 

Conclusion

In our laboratory analysis, BERTRAND contained no traces of histamine. However, there are ingredients contained in it, which may cause a histamine intolerance in customers. We therefore recommend to confer with a physician or dietician and to order a small package as a tryout, at first. Due to the possible transformation of the amino acid histidine into histamine, we recommend people suffering from histamine intolerance to treat BERTRAND like a perishable product and to keep it refrigerated or frozen.

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

New brochure. New Shaker.

We are now creating a new brochure for BERTRAND and visited the local forests for a photo shoot.
As a model, our new shaker agreed to come along.

Why natural ingredients?

Natürliche Vitamine

At BERTRAND all nutrients originate from first-class natural sources such as grain, oilseeds, almond, nuts, berries, and other natural ingredients in organic quality and we meet the European reference values for nutrients with our product. Other suppliers like Soylent use synthetically produced vitamins and reach the same mark. So what speaks in favor of naturalness?

The answer is simple: We want a product that is as complete as possible. With BERTRAND we created a product that, due to its composition, offers the possibility of living on it for longer periods of time. That requires, however, the composition of the formula to be arranged in a way that ensures an optimal supply for the body with all vital nutrients. This premise can be considered generally accepted and it is shared by suppliers of synthetic products as well.

The view of suppliers of synthetic products like Soylent differs from the view of our company at the point where a statement on the level of experience of the nutrition science is being made. In the market, presently the idea is prevailing that man’s nutrition has been researched in every detail and that therefore all essential nutrients were known. Exactly these essential nutrients can indeed be found in the formulas of the suppliers. Though of synthetic origin, they are there.

Nutrition science itself, however, is far less enthusiastic when it comes to evaluating their own level of experience. Just like other sciences nutrition science, too, will generate new knowledge over time. Over time further nutrients will be classified essential and the current sustenance recommendations will be replaced by new ones. Following this observation it is not wise to choose a product as a regular aliment that consists of isolated, synthetically produced vitamins and minerals.

But is BERTRAND actually any different? Our product, too, technically meets only the current target values of the EU and naturally we can not reflect future knowledge in our product’s formula. What makes our product special though is that it does not consist of synthetic nutrients but of nutritious ingredients, most of which have already been consumed by man for hundreds of years and the effects of which on the human body are researched very well. We use grain, oilseeds, mushrooms, various nuts, algae, berries, and further ingredients in certified organic quality. When at some point, as research progresses, new nutrients will be classified important these will with virtual certainty already be included in the aforementioned group of ingredients. And therefore in BERTRAND as well.

The impact of synthetic vitamins and minerals on the human body have been researched to a smaller extent and ecotrophologists usually recommend not to consume any additional vitamins or minerals in form of synthetics.

In our opinion only one argument can be made in favor of synthetic vitamins in aliments, although it mainly benefits the producer: They are cheap to produce.

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

Handed in Later: The Martin’s Run

Last year, we supported the Paderborn Martin’s Run and made sure that the athletes could regenerate with fresh nutrients at the finish line. Now we are delivering the pictures we took of the booth. In this year as well we are going to support different events. Maybe we will be in your neighborhood soon!

Do you want BERTRAND to be present at a specific event? We would love for you to contact us with the details!

BBC – The Food Chain. Interview with BERTRAND.

The international radio broadcaster BBC is reporting on the complete nutrition powder trend in the edition from 01/21/2017. And in doing so, they consider the topic from several perspectives. For the broadcast, Tobias Stöber, founder of BERTRAND, was also invited to be interviewed.

The broadcast was moderated by Emily Thomas, who also conducted the interview. We were also able to justify, among other things, why a mixture made from natural ingredients is preferable to the consumption of isolated, synthetically manufactured nutrients. The program can be heard in its full length as a podcast with a click of the button.

BBC – The Food Chain. Interview with BERTRAND.

Our New BERTRAND Shaker Is Available

Good news: For the preparation of our shakes as of now we provide our new BERTRAND shaker. Our shaker is, just like its predecessor, made from Tritan by the Eastman Chemicals company. That yields benefits…

While many other plastics which are used in the production of shakers show estrogenic effects, the manufacturer Eastman Chemicals does not only guarantee that Tritan is free from BPA, but also free from BPS or other bisphenol compounds with estrogenic effects.

Apart from health benefits, our new shaker also exhibits further advantages which are of a practical nature.

  • High break strength even when falling on stone.
  • Easy to clean, also in the dishwasher.
  • Odor- and flavor-resistant, so that your shake tastes only like BERTRAND.
  • Spiral ball made from surgical stainless steel, for a shake free from lumps.
  • Handy closure for absolute tightness and possibility of attaching the shaker to a carabiner.

Our shaker is now branded to our brand name and will automatically and free of charge be part of the delivery to new customers for any order of a starter package or above. In case you need further shakers, it can be purchased cost-effectively here in the shop.

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

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.