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



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

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

Blueprint for BERTRAND Funnel

Yesterday we received a letter from an inventive client who often spilled some powder when filling BERTRAND into our shaker – added to deliveries free of charge for new clients. For this purpose without further ado he created a draft for a funnel with a huge opening which is tailored perfectly to the BERTRAND shaker and can be produced using a 3D printer.

You own a 3D printer? The blueprint is available here:

For anybody without their own 3D printer there will be a solution in the early weeks of 2017 provided by us. So stay tuned.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Almond oil and bowl of almonds on wooden background. Top view

Today’s article deals with the topic of essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids. In the case of these fatty acids, the crux is the addition of the word “essential”, which means that they are nutrients that we need to take in because our body is incapable of producing them on its own from other substances. At the same time, however, it relies on their presence in order to function ideally.

In this article, we provide a small overview of the various kinds of unsaturated fatty acids there are, explain how we obtain the fatty acids and give information on the important factors involved in handling these substances in such a way that their quality is ensured.

Essential PUFAs

The abbreviation PUFA stands for polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The human body is capable of independently producing nearly all of the fatty acids it needs, with linoleic acid (LA), an omega-6 fatty acid, and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid, being the exceptions to this rule. Both need to be ingested with food, and are therefore referred to as “essential fatty acids”.
Though not essential, two other kinds of fatty acids, namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), make it into the discussion. These two fatty acids are especially prevalent in fish and algae and are synthesized from alpha-linoleic acid, but in such a small amount that an additional intake makes sense in a “normal” diet.
The daily requirement of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is 200 mg. To enable the body to synthesize this content, a sufficient amount of alpha-linoleic acid is required. With a conversion rate of alpha-linoleic acid to DHA of 2.2%, at least 9 g of alpha-linoleic acid should be consumed per day. 1,2,3
This amount is contained as a minimum in all variants of BERTRAND.
If you consume other powdered food, please make sure that at least 9 g of omega-3 fatty acids are specified in the nutritional values, provided that DHA and EPA are not contained as individual ingredients.


We at BERTRAND refrain from using pre-processed lipid carriers to obtain unsaturated fatty acids. Unfortunately, the processing of nuts and oilseeds that come from by-products of edible oil production has become almost fully established in the production of powders.
Linseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and more are pressed almost completely. What remains is a solid press cake that is then ground and used, among other things, in the production of nutritional powders. The only advantage of these powders is that they can be bought at low prices. The disadvantages include a loss of fatty acids as well as, for example, phytochemicals. At the same time, the remaining fatty acids are exposed to oxygen for weeks, which in turn promotes oxidation.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids react to light and oxygen with oxidation, which causes them to form hydroperoxides that may have a damaging effect on health.

We reject this standard in the obtainment of fatty acids for BERTRAND.
We process linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds as whole fruits or seeds along with all the valuable nutrients they contain. Linseeds and sunflower seeds are finely ground shortly before the mixing and filling process. This also has the advantage of effectively protecting the sensitive fatty acids from oxidation and maintaining high quality as a result.

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

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

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