Report about BERTRAND on NDR

The NDR reported in a program about our product BERTRAND, among others. The program has an interesting structure: A consumer comes to word, which nourishes itself to 80% of liquid food, Passanten take taste samples of three products and the moderator dares itself in the self attempt. And draws a quite positive conclusion with the consumption of our product…

Finally, the internist Dr. Matthias Riedl evaluates the products. Admittedly, we would have hoped for this part to be somewhat more balanced. Nevertheless, we present the report and discuss the nutritionist’s points of criticism.

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Statement on the evaluation by Dr. Matthias Riedl

Dr. Matthias Riedl expressed three main points of criticism on which we had already answered NDR in the run-up to the broadcast. It is possible that the interview with the physician had already been completed at that time and that a revision of his statement was not planned.

1.) Contained secondary plant substances.
Dr. Riedl states that in addition to carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibres as well as essential vitamins and minerals, there are other components in our food that we need. He refers here to secondary plant substances, some of which have not yet been researched, but states that these are not contained in the products in the required quantities.

Our response

Wie Dr. Matthias Riedl selbst sagt, sind sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe kaum erforscht und nach derzeitigem Stand der Ernährungswissenschaft auch nicht als essentiell, also als lebenswichtiger Stoff eingestuft. Wir wissen jedoch um die Vorteile von sekundären Pflanzenstoffen und haben unsere Rezeptur dahingehend optimiert. Die deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung (DGE) gibt einen guten Überblick über sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe und die Nahrungsmittel in denen sie enthalten sind. Unsere Rezeptur besteht aus ~20 natürlichen Zutaten in Bio-Qualität, die vorwiegend dafür bekannt sind, reich an sekundären Pflanzenstoffen zu sein. Zudem würden wir unser Produkt gerne an Rahmenempfehlungen über die empfohlene Zufuhr an sekundären Pflanzenstoffen ausrichten, diese gibt es jedoch nicht. Wie Dr. Riedl ohne existierende Empfehlungen feststellen kann, dass es an sekundären Pflanzenstoffen mangelt, bleibt uns schleierhaft. Unser Produkt ist an den derzeitig verfügbaren ernährungswissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen ausgerichtet.

2.) Fiber and protein content
Dr. Riedel criticizes that “the products” contain too little fiber and too little protein or too many proteins. Since he does not explicitly exclude our product from this statement, we also comment on this point.

Our response

There are recognized scientific recommendations for the supply of the human body with nutrients, which are published by institutes. For Germany, recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as well as recommendations of the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) can be used. Both recommendations are very similar and also the recommendations of other large institutes such as the USDA from the USA, differ only marginally from the European recommendations. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that “for an adult, 25g of dietary fiber per day leads to normal bowel activity”. Our product contains between 27g and 29g, depending on the variant, and thus fully meets this requirement. With regard to the amount of protein contained, we have also consulted recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which “assumes an average requirement of 0.66g per kg body weight for an adult and recommends 0.83g per kg body weight.” The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) defines a daily intake of between 47g and 57g as the reference value for an adult, depending on age. Our product contains at least 60g of protein in a daily bag and thus meets this requirement. For customers with an increased need for proteins, we also have an “active variant” of our product in our program, which provides a protein content of 125g per day.

 

 1.) European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre, EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA), Parma, Italy // http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1462/epdf
 2.) European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for protein, EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), Parma, Italy // http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2557/epdf
 3.) Referenzwerte der DGE: http://www.dge.de/wissenschaft/referenzwerte/protein/

3.) Support of the intestinal flora
Dr. Riedel states that the products would not do anything for a healthy intestinal flora and suggests with his introduction that this could lead to health impairments.
Our response
What is particularly surprising about this criticism from Dr. Riedl is that in an interview with the NDR about a healthy intestinal flora he recommends precisely those foods that we use to a large extent for our product.

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As we mentioned in our first answer, our product is rich in fiber from numerous sources. We use large amounts of whole grain oats, oilseeds such as linseed and sunflower seeds, and various nuts such as walnuts and almonds to enrich our product with fiber. The statement made by Dr. Riedl that “these products do nothing for a healthy intestinal flora” without explicitly excluding our product in his statement leaves us shaking our heads.

We cannot explain the statements of Dr. Matthias Riedl in which he partly contradicts himself and have asked the NDR and himself for a statement.

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