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Jake logoJakefood is another great Dutch brand that offers 3 meal replacement powders in 3 flavours and a meal replacement bar in 2 flavour options. All their products are vegan, soy-free and lactose free. These products are designed to satisfy different needs and they do so very well. I feel that Jake is a great brand for those looking to get started with meal repalcements. Let’s find out more in this Jakefood review.



Our Opinion

I have mixed feeling about Jake (mostly positive). It is a great brand with very good products, but I think it could have had more. While it might be their business plan, I feel that they offering is a little bit limited for a brand that has been around since 2014. Nevertheless, their pricing is competitive, they offer free shipping to US and EU and even ship to Canada (with custom fees), and their products are solid.

What We like

  • Jake Light and the differences between the products.

    Ample Pros

  • Website UI.
  • Vitaminbar.
  • Shipping terms.
  • Payment options.

Jake offers 3 powder versions that truly differ from each other and try to cater for different people. Among them, Jake Light stands out, since it is a product designed for 1,500kcal daily diets (3 servings of 500kcal); includes 40g of protein and is low in carbohydrates. It can be a great weight loss product, but it can also work as a protein boost or pre-workout meal, since the protein to calorie ratio is high.

Besides Jake Light, I think their Vitaminbar is their second best product. While it may be a little low in calories for a full fledge meal (332kcal), it comes with 25% of your daily micros and a fairly balanced macronutrient profile. The only problem is the slightly high added sugar content (14g); but it is still below the upper limit.

Jumping into something completely different, I must admit that the simplicity, user interface and some of the Jake website’s features are very nice (like the product comparison). This simplicity does come with certain drawbacks (like choosing flavour quantities is harder than it should). Nevertheless, it is beginner friendly and intuitive.

In fact the customer side seems to be fairly polished. Their shipping terms are great (free shipping within EU and to NA) and they have a good return policy. They also offer more payment details that I can think off. Thus, buying Jake is a easy and positive experience.

What We dislike

  • Pricing method is confusing.
  • Jake Sport is short in micronutrients.
  • No protein-rice blend in the powders.Ample Cons
  • Choosing the amount of meals and flavours is not as easy as it should.
  • Flavour range.

One thing that took me a lot of time to get my head around was the pricing system. Within the website is very simple to choose the product you want and see the final price, but knowing what discount you are getting is not. The subscription discount is not a flat percentage but depends on the type of product you are buying and the quantity. The bulk discount is also not a flat value. Adding both together, knowing what discount you are getting and which is the best value for money can be confusing.

Following with clarity, it took me a while to realize how to get the same product in different flavours. You need to order 20 meals of each flavour you want and then go to the cart and choose the amount of meals you want per flavour (in multiples of 10). I feel like this should be much easier and intuitive.

While the overal nutrition of the shakes is good (even though some people may not like the presence of maltodextrin); I do not understand why the Sport variation offers only 25% of the daily micros and not 33%. You would have to drink 4 shakes (3,000kcal) to the the recommended vitamins and minerals for a 2,000kcal diet!

Another issue with the nutrition is that while Vitaminbar offers a pea and rice protein blend (to get a well rounded amino acid profile) the shakes only use pea protein, which is low in methionine. This is particularly important, in my opinion for Jake Sport; since you are getting less protein per kcal thus the protein you are getting needs to be well balanced.

As a final note, for a brand that has been around from 2014, I feel that Jake offers too little product variation in terms of flavour.

Improvements

  • State the GI of the product.
  • Increase the micronutrients in Jake Sport.
  • Add rice protein to the pea protein in the powder versions.
  • Updates in the flavour choices and products.

Some might argue about maltodextrin and dextrose presence, but my assumption is that the GI of Jake is fairly low. I would be interested on knowing the exact number though. However, my main issue regarding nutrition is the amount of vitamins and minerals in Jake Sport. I feel like it falls short and would not take much to increase it.

The reason why Jake does not offer a pea/rice blend is because oats are enough to balance it, according to Jake. However, I think that in Jake Sport this might be an issue since the methionine levels are lower than in Huel (400kcal serving vs 750kcal serving).

Another point where I think Jake falls short is the flavour options. Why this might be due to company policy, I feel like the user wants to have different experiences; and Jake simply does not offer that (in comparison to Runtime NLM, Queal, Jimmyjoy…). They do not even offer a caffeinated version of their powders (while oddly Vitaminbar does), which is almost a must in any product. I would at least  like to see a neutral flavour, so savoury Jake can be possible.

To sum up, I must say that I like Jake; they offer very good products, that can suit different people and their nutrition is good. However, I am disappointed that for a brand that has been around for so long, their offering is so limited. I would like to see more of Jake.

What PRODUCTS does Jakefood offer?

Jake ProductsJake’s line-up is pretty simple, 3 meal replacement powders in the same 3 flavours (so 9 combinations), and a bar in 2 different flavours. Fairly reminiscent of Shake2day’s offering (another Dutch brand). They have recently added a ready to drink option, Jake Drink (400kcal) which comes in Neutral and Chocolate flavours.

The 3 meal replacement powders are: Original (670kcal); Light (500kcal) and Sport (750kcal); and are available in these flavours: Forest Fruit, Banana and Oaty Vanilla. The Vitaminbar is available in Forest Fruit and Coffee Cacao flavours.

All powders are different in macronutrient distribution and micronutrient content. They are not just smaller packages of the same powder. For instance, all powders offer 40g of protein per serving, even though they are vastly different in calories.

I appreciate the variety, as well as the fact that they have a taster pack to get started with Jakefood. The Jake starter box includes one bag (with one meal each) per flavour, two Vitaminbars and a shaker

Jake Light Oaty Vanilla

Jake Light

  • Meal Replacement
  • Powder
  • 500kcal/meal
  • 32P/28C/40F % of Energy from
  • 6.8g of sugars/2.9g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Price no subscription: €2.36/400kcal
  • Price subscription: €2.16/400kcal
  • Lowest: €1.79/400kcal
  • Allergen: Gluten

Jake Original Forest Fruit

Jake Original

  • Meal Replacement
  • Powder
  • 670kcal/meal
  • 24P/45C/31F % of Energy from
  • 9.4g of sugars/3.0g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Price no subscription: €1.91/400kcal
  • Price subscription: €1.76/400kcal
  • Lowest: €1.49/400kcal
  • Allergen: Gluten

Jake Sport Banana

Jake Sport

  • Meal Replacement
  • Powder
  • 750kcal/meal
  • 21P/45C/34F % of Energy from
  • 22.0g of sugars/10.0g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Price no subscription: €1.84/400kcal
  • Price subscription: €1.71/400kcal
  • Lowest: €1.46/400kcal
  • Allergen: Gluten

Vitaminbar Forest Fruit

VitaminBar

  • Meal Replacement
  • Bar
  • 332kcal/meal
  • 24P/42C/35F % of Energy from
  • 14.0g of sugars/1.6g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Price no subscription: €2.65/400kcal
  • Price subscription: €2.35/400kcal
  • Lowest: €1.80/400kcal
  • Allergen: Dairy

Jake Drink

Jake Drink

  • Meal Replacement
  • RTD
  • 400kcal/meal
  • 23P/34C/43F % of Energy from
  • 4.5g of sugars/1.5g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Price no subscription: €3.00/400kcal
  • Lowest: €3.00/400kcal
  • Allergen: Soy

Brief Jake Original Review

Jakefood Original powder offers 670kcal per serving and it is meant to have one third of all your daily needs. With 3 Jake Original shakes you would get 2,010kcal with a 24P/45C/31F energy split. This is quite a low carbohydrate content and fairly high fat and protein content.

Jake Original Nutrition670kcal is quite a big serving, also used by Queal and Satislent, and it is rarer to see when many brands are opting for 400-500kcal servings. This serving size will fill you up more and it is better if you tend to go long periods without eating or you want to only have 3 meals a day.

Ingredients

Pea protein, oat flour (gluten), maltodextrin, vegetable oils (sunflower, flaxseed), dextrose, oat fibre (gluten), flavouring anti-caking agent: silicon dioxide, calcium lactate gluconate, colour: beetroot red, thickeners: guar gum and xanthan gum, dipotassium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline bitartrate, tri magnesium citrate, citric acid, antioxidant: tocopherol-rich extract, sweetener: sucralose, L-ascorbic acid, ferric pyrophosphate, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, menaquinone-7, zinc sulphate monohydrate, chromium chloride, potassium iodine, nicotinamide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, retinyl acetate, lycopene, calcium D-pantothenate, manganese sulphate monohydrate, D-biotin, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin, copper sulphate monohydrate, pteroylmonoglutamic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, phylloquinone, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin.

Brief Jake Light Review

Even though it is named Light, Jakefood’s Light powder can be suitable for everybody. Each serving offers you with 500kcal and a 32P/28C/40F energy split. As you can observe, this is different from both Original and Sport.

Jake Light NutritionJake Light is the richest in terms of protein per calorie; each serving contains 40g of protein which is insane for 500kcal! (more than Huel). Not only it contains the same amount of protein as the Original mix, but also contains the same amount of fat (22g); thus the difference is in the amount of carbohydrates. Jake Light contains 41g less than Jake Original (72g)!

Each serving also offers you with 33% of the daily recommended micronutrients, hence 3 shakes should be enough to cover your daily needs (1,500kcal). This makes Jake Light a good diet or weight loss shake (similar to Queal Agile).

I am a little concerned about the maltodextrin and the dextrose in the ingredients list, but I will discuss that in the nutrition section.

Ingredients

Pea protein, vegetable oils (sunflower, flaxseed), oat flour (gluten), maltodextrin, oat fibre (gluten), dextrose, flavouring, calcium lactate gluconate, colour: beetroot red, thickeners: guar gum and xanthan gum, dipotassium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline bitartrate, tri magnesium citrate, citric acid, antioxidant: tocopherol-rich extract, sweetener: sucralose, L-ascorbic acid, ferric pyrophosphate, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, menaquinone-7, zinc sulphate monohydrate, chromium chloride, potassium iodine, nicotinamide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, retinyl acetate, lycopene, calcium D-pantothenate, manganese sulphate monohydrate, D-biotin, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin, copper sulphate monohydrate, pteroylmonoglutamic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, phylloquinone, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin.

Brief Jake Sport Review

The Sport variation is packed with more calories, as many other competitors (Feed. Sport, Queal Athletic), but surprisingly not more protein (which is the macronutrient that increases the most in the sport versions).

Jake Sport NutritionJake Sport offers 750kcal per serving (21P/45C/34F), which would add up to 2,250kcal (3 servings a day). This is the version with most carbohydrates, most noticeably sugars, too (22g per serving). While 3 servings would not put you over the top of the upper limit, Jake Sport will have the highest glycemic index out of all three versions.

I feel that Jake Sport’s nutritional profile works best for pre-workout and pre-exercise meals. The higher amount of carbohydrates and sugars can help you fuel your workout better. If you are not doing any exercise, you might want to stick to the Original version.

Ingredients

Pea protein isolate, maltodextrin, oat meal (gluten), dextrose, sunflower seed oil, refined coconut oil, inulin, omega-3 concentrate fat powder, organic sunflower oil, flavour, calcium citrate, tripotassium citrate, salt, anticaking agent: silicon dioxide, choline hydrogen tartrate, dipotassium phosphate, lycopene powder, sweetener: sucralose, L-ascorbic acid, magnesium carbonate, menaquinone-7, nicotinamide, dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, zinc oxide, calcium-d-pantothenate, antioxidant: dl-alpha-tocopherol, cupric sulfate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, manganese gluconate, retinyl acetate, pteroylmonoglutamic acid, d-biotin, phylloquinone, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin.

Brief Vitaminbar review

Each Vitaminbar offers 332kcal (1/6th of your daily needs) with a 24P/42C/34F energy split. Like the other Jake meals, Vitaminbar is fairly high in fats (12g per serving) and low in carbohydrates (34g per bar).

Vitaminbar nutritionBesides, the bars are rich in micronutrients, with 25% of your daily needs per serving. This makes them a great addition to your diet if you need to catch up with some vitamins and minerals.

Vitaminbar could be consumed more than once a day, too. The bars are soy-free, lactose free, nut free and vegan. All in all, a good bar with fairly high protein content and rich in micronutrients; great to have it as a midday snack or a light meal.

Ingredients:

Oat flakes (gluten), glucose syrup, pea protein, rice syrup, sunflower oil, hydrolysed wheat (gluten), oligofructose, rice protein, cranberries sweetened 3.0% (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), black currant sweetened 2.0% (black currant, apple juice concentrate, sunflower oil), minerals (dipotassium phosphate, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, ferric(III)diphosphate, zinc oxide, copper(II)gluconate, manganese sulphate, chromium(III)chloride, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate), emulsifier: lecithin, colour: beetroot concentrate, flavours, acid: citric acid, salt, choline bitartrate, vitamins (ascorbic acid, tocopheryl acetate, nicotinamide, calcium-D-pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamin hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, retinyl acetate, folic acid, vitamin K, biotin, ergocalciferol, cyanocobalamin), lycopene.

Brief Jake Drink review

Jake Drink is the latest addition to Jakefood’s line up. Their RTD delivers the same amount of calories (400kcal) as Soylent Drink and Plenny Drink, and in fact, many of the ingredients are similar, too. Unlike the other Jake meals, Jake Drink has soy isolate as protein source. A downgrade on my opinion. Not nutritionally only, but because they have lost a chance to differentiate themselves from the competition.

The carbohydrate sources are also the same, as the other two RTDs mentioned above: maltodextrin and isomaltulose. Judging by the sugar content in the label (isomaltulose), maltodextrin is the most abundant out of both. While the GI will probably be low due to the amount of fats, I do not see so much maltodextrin to be a good choice.

Regarding fats, it is a mix of sunflower and rapseed oil, probably to balance out the omega-3/6 ratio. It also comes with at least 25% of all vitamins and minerals, except Vitamin K (23%).

Vitaminbar nutritionJake Drink is available to purchase in packs of 12 and 24 in either Neutral or Chocolate flavour (you can ask for a mix box as well.

All in all, I see this as a wasted opportunity by Jake to differentiate in the market. While the powders and Vitaminbar have appeal, I feel that Jake Drink is too similar to Soylent and a downgrade nutritionally from the powders.

Ingredients:

Water, maltodextrin, 5 % soy protein, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, oat fiber (glutenfree), isomaltulose, starch, emulcifier: lecithin; stabilizers: gellan gum, locust bean gum; flavourings, salt, sweetener: sucralose; tri-calcium phosphate, di-magnesium phosphate, tri-potassium citrate, sodium ascorbate, sodium fluoride, zinc sulphate, nicotinamide, sodium selenite, retinyl acetate, calcium-D-pantothenate, ergocalciferol, biotin, folic acid, chromium-III-chloride, cyanocobalamin, manganese sulphate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, sodium molybdate, phylloquinone.

Brief Jake Sample Box Review

In Jakefood’s case, it is more of a starter box. As mentioned before, it includes 3 powder meals (you will have to choose between Light, Original and Sports), one of each flavour; two Vitaminbars and a shaker for €19.

Considering that otherwise you will have to buy 20 meals that will cost you at least €59 (Light version, or €64 for the Original, or €69 for the Sport); €20 is a much better start point. That does take away the fact that it is still expensive for 3 meals (when with Satislent you can get 8 for €22 in their starter pack).

Jake Starter Pack

Nutritional breakdown

All Jakefood products are vegan, soy-free and lactose-free. However, they do contain maltodextrin and dextrose, two sources of carbohydrates with bad name among the enthusiast due to their high glycemic index. The main fat sources are sunflower and flaxseed oil, as seen in numerous brands; and the main protein source tends to be pea protein in the powders and a blend of pea with rice in the Vitaminbar.

I find the latter curious, since the pea-rice combo tends to have a much better amino acid profile and it is used for in other great meal replacements like Huel Powder. So, I am unsure to why they do not use the blend in their powder versions too.

Energy

Each Jakefood powder meal is designed to be had in 3 servings. Because each serving differs in size, the total outcome for the day is also different. In the case of Vitaminbar, you would need to consume 6 bars in order to get close to 2,000kcal.

Jake Light

  • 500kcal/serving
  • 1500kcal/day
  • 32P/28C/40F

Jake Original

  • 670kcal/serving
  • 2,010kcal/day
  • 24P/45C/31F

Jake Vitaminbar

  • 332kcal/bar
  • 1,992kcal/day
  • 24P/42C/35F

Jake Sport

  • 750kcal/serving
  • 2,250kcal/day
  • 21P/45C/34F

All Jake products are fairly high in fats (especially Jake Light) and low in carbohydrates. They are all around the 35% of the total energy mark, which is the upper limit for the acceptable macronutrient distribution range for fats (EFSA). On the other hand, Jake meals are in the lower end for AMDR for carbohydrates (45-65%). This is much like other vegan meal replacements, such as, Saturo or Soylent Drink.

This does not meant Jakefood’s shakes are unhealthy. Furthermore, when used in conjunction with a standard Western diet, it might help you to get the daily fats needed and lower the sugar intake.

Fats

Per serving (DRI is based in 2,000kcal):

Jake Light

  • Total Fats: 22.0g. 31.43% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 2.9g. 14.5% of DRI.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): 7.5g. This is 13.5% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 10.0g. This is 18.0% of the calories per serving.
  • Omega-3: 1.1g.
  • Omega-6: 8.2g.

Jake Original

  • Total Fats: 22.0g. 31.43% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 3.0g. 15% of DRI.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): 7.4g. This is 9.9% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 10.0g. This is 13.4% of the calories per serving.
  • Omega-3: 1.6g.
  • Omega-6: 8.0g.

Jake Vitaminbar

  • Total Fats: 12.0g. 17.1% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 1.6g. 8% of DRI.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): Not available.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): Not available.
  • Omega-3: Not available.
  • Omega-6: Not available.

Jake Sport

  • Total Fats: 28.0g. 40.0% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 10.0g. 50.0% of DRI.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): 6.2g. This is 7.4% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 9.9g. This is 11.9% of the calories per serving.
  • Omega-3: 1.6g.
  • Omega-6: 8.0g.
High polyunsaturated content

Jake Light’s and Jake Original’s fat quantities are very similar (the percentages change because the serving sizes are different), which suggest they use the same amounts for both shakes. This is not ideal, since the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 15-20% of the energy to come from MUFAs while 6-11% of energy from PUFAs. Thus, if both have the same total amount of fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), but in different serving sizes, they will not fit in these guidelines (guidelines are for “optimal” nutrition).

In fact, non of the powders fit, because they are richer in polyunsaturated fats than monounsaturated fats. While MUFA>= PUFA > SFA (saturated fatty acid) diets have been shown benefitial, there is some evidence that PUFA rich diets can increase fat oxidation, too; perhaps at a greater extent than MUFA.

Omega-3s are high, and the omega-3 to -6 ratio is close to the ideal

All three powders offer the same omega-3 and omega-6 content, which are mostly originating from flaxseed and sunflower oil, respectively. This further supports the evidence that the same quantity of flaxseed/sunflower oil blend is put in the different variations.

While the omega-3 content seems adequate (probably mostly alpha-linoleic acid, ALA), usually a 1/1-1/4 ratio is deemed as ideal; as higher omega-6 ratios have been linked with more likelyhood for obesity. Jake offers a 1/5, which is not so far off. Thus, I would expect you would get enough omega-3s with Jake meals.

Lets talk about the saturated fats in the Sports variation

While the saturated fat content is low in the Original and Light version (and the Vitaminbar), Jake Sport gets all the extra calories from saturated fats. This is because they add coconut oil to the mix, which is high in saturated fat (87%).

Even though some other brands use coconut oil, particularly to add medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) as source of quick energy from fat (they are burn at a similar rate to certain carbs); I am no sure this is the right move for the sport variation. Coconut oil is not a pure MCT source, and mostly provides lauric acid (not such a good MCT) and other saturated fats.

Thus, I would advise to use Jake Sport in moderation, or together with the other variations. If not look at other alternatives like Queal Athletic, Plenny Shake Active or Satislent Sport.

Carbs

Per serving:

Jake Light

  • Total Carbs: 31.0g. 11.9% of the DRI.
  • Sugars: 6.1g. 6.8% of DRI.
  • Fiber: 7.4g. 37.0% of DRI.

Jake Original

  • Total Carbs: 72.0g. 27.7% of the DRI.
  • Sugars: 9.4g. 10.4% of DRI.
  • Fiber: 9.3g. 46.5% of DRI.

Jake Vitaminbar

  • Total Carbs: 34.0g. 13.1% of the DRI.
  • Sugars: 14.0g. 15.6% of DRI.
  • Fiber: 6.0g. 30% of DRI.

Jake Sport

  • Total Carbs: 81.0g. 31.2% of the DRI.
  • Sugars: 22.0g. 24.4% of DRI.
  • Fiber: 7.8g. 39.0% of DRI.

Jakefood uses 3 main carbohydrate sources: oat flour (and oat fiber), dextrose and maltodextrin. Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates and are used by almost every brand. Dextrose and maltodextrin, in the contrary, are “less common” and not very liked by the community.

Maltodextrin is a source of complex carbohydrate that, unlike other complex carbs, is broken down really rapidly into glucose and rapidly increases blood glucose levels (high glycemic index, GI 85). This can be problematic for people with diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions; as well as increasing the likelyhood to become diabetic. The use of maltodextrin is either as a carrier, or paired with isomaltulose (low GI sugar) and in high fat low carb shakes, so that the overall GI can remain low.

On the other hand, dextrose is a “more rare” example and is just the name of a glucose (sugar) variant, D-glucose. The majority of dextrose in foods comes from cornstarch. The reason why dextrose has such a bad name is because it is just glucose, thus is rapidly passed to the blood and creates an insuline spike.

Even though, Jakefood shakes have more sugar than most other shakes, they still offer fairly low sugar values, and none of them surpasses the upper limit. Regarding the GI, I suspect the GI of the shakes is lowered by the amount of fats, but it would be interesting to see the values.

Protein

Per serving:

Jake Light – 40g (80.0% of RI).

Jake Original – 40g (80.0% of RI)

Jake Vitaminbar – 19g (38.0% of RI)

Jake Sport – 40g (80.0% of RI)

Perhaps, one of the most curious things is that all Jake powder versions have the same amount of protein, even if they vastly differ in the amount of calories. This is more suprising in the case of the Sport variation; since this often tend to pack extra protein. In fact, 3 servings will offer you 120g of protein, which may not be enough for some higher sport people or gym goers. For most, Jake shakes have more than enough protein.

The main source of protein is pea protein, even if oats will also contribute. Pea protein is a very popular plant-based protein (the main go-to together with soy protein isolate); due to the fact that it has a fairly well round up amino acid profile. The only issue is the low methionine content, and lower values of leucine, lysine and isoleucine when compared to whey.

Pea protein is often paired with rice protein (e.g. Pulve) for a better amino acid profile. Surprisinly this is the case for Vitaminbar. Thus, I do not understand why they would not introduce it in the powder versions, too.

Jake Original amino acid profile
Jake Original amino acid profile.

Jake Light Amino Acid Profile
Jake Light amino acid profile.

Jake Sport amino acid profile
Jake Sport amino acid profile.

Micronutrients

Both Jake Original and Jake Light have at least 33% of all vitamins and minerals; including vitamins like vit K2, which are often forgotten. In contrast, Vitaminbar and Jake Sport come with at least 25% of all micros. This is understandable in the case of Vitaminbar and it is actually a fairly high number for a 332kcal bar.

On the other hand, you would have to drink 4 Jake Sports (3,000kcal) in order to get 100% of the daily recommended (which is actually based on a 2,000kcal). I find this surprising and a little dissapointing. Even if the recommended intake were 4 servings, I would rather see some extra nutrients rather than just meeting the minimums.

Antioxidants

Jakefood products come with “tocopherol-rich extract”, likely alpha-tocopherol, which is a vitamin E like antioxidant. It is why the vitamin E levels are higher (together with the fact that sunflower oil tends to be rich in vit E) than the rest of the vitamins.

Other

Vitaminbar also includes caffeine (cocoa flavour), choline and lycopene. Choline is a neurotransmitter precursor, takes important part in DNA synthesis and fat metabolism (among other things). One bar offers about 33% of the adequate intake (intakes above the AI are also fine). Lycopene is a carotenoid with antioxidant properties, common in tomatoes (red colour).

All in all this are interesting additions, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Allergens

The “only” allergen in Jake meals is gluten from oats. I find it a little surprising that they have not yet incorporated a gluten free option, seen in brand like Huel.

More about nutrition

Jake Compare
The comparison tool allows you to compare two products side to side.

On their webpage, you will be able to compare the nutritional information of two different products. This tool is fairly useful to decide betweent the different products.

Nutrition Summary

  • Jakefood shakes are fairly low in carbohydrates and high in fats, particularly the light version.
  • Jake Light offers 500kcal (32P/28C/40F); Jake Original 670kcal (24P/45C/31F); Jake Sport 750kcal (21P/45C/34F); and Vitaminbar 332kcal (34P/42C/35F).
  • The main carbohydrate sources are maltodextrin, dextrose and oats. Even if dextrose is just glucose, all are low in sugars, except Sport (22g per serving).
  • Regarding fats, the main sources are sunflower oil and flaxseed oil (plus coconut oil in the Sport version). Because of the coconut oil, each serving of Jake Sport has 50% of the RI for saturated fats.
  • Pea protein is source of protein in the powder versions, but Vitaminbar also has rice protein. I would have like to see the pea-rice blend in all the products.
  • All Jake shakes have 40g of protein, making Jake Light the richest in protein content per calorie.
  • Jake Original and Jake Light have 33% of all micronutrients, while Jake Sport and Vitaminbar have 25%. Once again, I think Sports should have more.
  • I found Jake Light the most attractive, due to smaller portions, higher protein content and high vitamin content (for a 2,000kcal diet). It is the most expensive out of all of them, though.

 

 

More about Jakefood

Jakefood is one of the old European guard. Founded in 2014 in Amsterdam, it has been a part of the meal replacement industry almost since the beginning. Founded “by a group of young ideological food enthusiasts” they strive to make a healthy and sustainable food source. Among the founders are Frank de Wijk, Eelco Bakker, Julian Sakinovic and Caasper Hoving, all Dutch nationals with plenty of experience in start-up worlds.

Jakefood packaging

Jake powders come in a single serving bags only. They do not offer any other packagin options, such as, bigger bags or tubs. I found this odd, since even if the single serving bags are very handy, bigger options tend to be easier to store, more economical and more ecological.

Jake Individual Packages
Each variant differs in the amount of grams that the package contains.

Imagine having to store 80 individual packages! For that, I hope they develop bigger bags (1.5-3kg) for those who want to consume Jake regularly and more so if they do it at home.

Mayhaps, the reason behind the individual bags is that they give a 48h consumption limit once the bags are open (24h if the product is prepared). This is fairly strange, since powder products tend to be conserved fairly well if the lid is closed properly and stored in a dry cool place.

The shelf life for Jake products is about 3 months, once again a lot lower than the average 6-12 months for powders (Plenny Shake, Pulve, Next Level Meal, Huel…). This is even lower than some RTDs like Saturo and YFood, which tend to have lower shelf lives.

Shipping and Return Policy

One of Jake’s main strengths is that they offer free shipping within the EU, to the US and to Canada. While this might seem like an incredible deal, you need to take into account that most orders will have to be above €54 (except if you order the starter box). Thus, the free shipping is more along the line of other companies.

Still, it is a great deal. It only has one catch for Canadian, Norwegian and Swiss citizens (a random list?). These are countries in which you will have to pay extra custom and import fees (see the image below for full details). Even if it may sound odd, this will be the case in above mentioned countries for most meal replacements.Jake Shipping FeesRefund Policy

Regarding the return policy, Jake operates a 14 day return policy in unopened products (since the day you received the item). The item needs to be returned in the original packaging to (and the shipping cost will not be refunded):

Jake Nutritionals
Peizerweg 97N
9727 AJ, Groningen
The Netherlands

Pricing & Subscription

Jake’s pricing is simple and complex at the same time. Jakefood does not offer a flat subscription discount, but it varies with the amount of meals you order. This is, if you order 20 meal you get a €5 subscription discount; if you order 40, a €10 discount; and if you order 80, a €20 discount. This is on top of the discount for buying in bulk (the more you buy the cheaper the single pack gets). Plus, each product is priced differently. Confused much?

Let’s take Jake original as an example. All powders can only be bought in these options:

20 meals / €5 Off subscription

  • €3.20/meal (no subs)
  • €2.95/meal (subs)

40 meals / €10 Off subscription

  • €2.98/meal (no subs)
  • €2.73/meal (subs)

80 meals / €20 Off subscription

  • €2.74/meal (no subs)
  • €2.49/meal (subs)

The same rule applies to Jake Light, Jake Sport and Vitaminbar. Jake Light is cheaper per meal, and Jake Sport more expensive.

Jake Full Pricing
The prices $ and £ prices are based on the European prices and might differ.
How do I get started with Jake?

I would buy a Starter Box with the Original or Light variations. The problem with the light variation is that you will get 1,500kcal, instead of 2,010kcal. If you are a total newbie (no disrespect, good job!), I would strongly recommend you checking the how to start guide or contacting us.

Eitherway, here is a 5 step rundown:

  1. Get to know how many calories (energy) you need a day, using a calorie tracker app like MyFitnessPal. If you are starting, it would be good to get to know basic concepts like macronutrients and micronutrients.
  2. Go to the Jakefood website and buy the starter box (or the product that you have chosen).
  3. Replace one of your meals with Jake. The most common meals to replace tend to be breakfast and lunch. I would recommend swapping the one you struggle the most with. Start with one meal a day.
  4. Tracking calories during the day will help you having a sense of how much you need to eat.
  5. Mix around 400ml for Light; 500ml for Original; or 600ml for Sport of water with the powder and shake.
  6. All done! Enjoy.

Also worth taking into account:

  • While Jake Sport offers the best value for money (in terms of €/kcal), Jake Light and Jake Original are more suitable for most.
  • Jake Light is ideal if you want to be on a low calorie diet.
  • Do not take any Jake food if you see any adverse effects.
How to buy Jake
    1. Visit the Jake website. In the homepage you can scroll down to find the different options they offer or choose shake (for powders) or Vitaminbar from the navigation menu.Buy Jake
    2. For the shakes you will have to choose between 20, 40 or 80 meals, the flavour and the type of Jake you want. Make sure to toggle the subscription off. If you want more than one flavour, you will have to choose 20 of each flavour you want, and then you can specify it in your cart (see next step).Buy Jake Shake
    3. When you go to the cart, you can customize how many of each flavour you want (in groups of 10). Everytime you hit a threshold (20, 40 or 80) your bulk discount will be applied. However, you can buy bags in multiples of 10 (20, 30, 40, 50…).

      Choosing Jake flavour
      Choosing the flavour is more confusing that what it should.
    4. After you proceed to checkout, you will have to introduce the billing details and the shipping address.
    5. Also there, you will have to choose the payment method from: Paypal, credit card, bank transfer, bitcoin, iDEAL, SOFORT banking, EPS, Giropay and bancontact.Jake Payment methods

Jake FAQ

1- Can I lose weight with Jake?

Indeed, you can. In fact, Jake Light is a very good meal replacement to do so, since it is tailored for a 1,500kcal diet. Much like Queal Agile, this means you will get all the micronutrients you need, but not have as much calories. However, before starting your weight loss diet with Jake, I would makes sure to read about how to lose weight with meal replacements.

I say so, because if you are a male who’s fairly active or have a bigger frame, as an example, you will need more than 1,500kcal and you will still lose weight. .

2- Is it possible to order Jake from the US?

Jake can be ordered from both the US and Canada! I remark Canada, since many brands (like Huel or Soylent) are having trouble getting there. It is the Canadian gatekeepers who are very tough.

3- Where is Jake manufactured?

The Jakefood powders are made in Germany, while the Vitaminbar is made in the Netherlands. All products are shipped from the Netherlands, though.

4- Is it suitable for diabetics?

Theoretically there should be no problem, although I would be more careful with the Sport variation. Jake states that they have received positive feedback from some users, but the products have not been tested clinically. Also, checking with your doctor before starting is strongly recommended.

5- Can Jake be used as sole source of food?

There should be no problems using Jake meal replacements as your main food source. You could go 100% Jake as long as you have enough calories. Jake Original and Jake Light would be my main choices to do so.

You could even use Vitaminbar as your only source of food, but this will end up being expensive and fairly boring.

6- Does Jake taste good?

Obviously, this is very subjective, and Jake does not offer the widest range of flavours, so some will not enjoy their shakes. According to Jake, the shakes are thick but smooth, with a strong oat flavour.

7- When is the best time to drink Jake?

There is no best time to consume Jake (anytime is a good time). Most people find substituting breakfast and lunch is the most popular option, since people usually have more time to cook their dinner. However, you could use Jake as a post workout meal or mid aftenoon snack.

8- Does Jake offer organic meals?

No, Jake shakes and the Vitaminbar are not made using organic ingredients. This does not mean that the quality of ingredients is lower, though.

Jake vs other meal replacements

Other brands that have a very similar offer to Jakefood might be, Shake2day, Queal and Jimmyjoy. All three are Dutch companies that have a sport variation (besides the regular one) and a meal replacement bar. Shake2day and Queal even have a light version of their own. In this Jake review, I will compare it to Soylent, Queal and Shake2day.

Jake vs Soylent– Winner Jake

Soylent only offers their powder product in the US. However, Jake powders can be also be purchased in North America. Let’s see how they fair agains each other.

Soylent Jake
From USA NED
Ships to USA&UK EU&NA
$/400kcal $$ $$
C/P/F 38/19/43 45/24/31
Allergen Soy Gluten
kCal/meal 400 670*
Serv/day 5 3
Suitable Vegan Vegan
Flavours 3 3
Products 3 4

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$- $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

 

Price, product range and flavours: Draw

Soylent has been the king of RTDs in the US for a long time, with Soylent Drink and Soylent Cafe, but their original iteration was the powder version. Soylent Powder is available in 3 flavours currently (Original, Cacao and Cafe Mocha).

Jake offers more variation in the nutritonal aspect, with the 3 powder products being different, plus the option of the Vitaminbar. The prices for the Light and Original are higher than Soylent Powder.

It is all about what you value or what you are looking for. Soylent will offer you the convenience with the RTDs, but Jake will offer you more options with their 3 different powders and the bar.

Nutrition: Jake
per serving Soylent Jake L
Jake O
Jake S
Energy (C/P/F) 38/31/31 28/32/40 45/24/31 45/21/34
Energy (kCal) 400 500 670 750
Fats (g) 21.0 22.0 22.0 28.0
Saturated (g) 2.0 2.9 3.0 10.0
Monounsaturated (g) 15 7.5 7.4 6.2
Polyunsaturated (g) 3.5 10.0 10.0 9.9
Trans fat (g)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Carbs (g) 37.0 31.0 72.0 81.0
Sugars (g) 9.0 6.1 9.4 22.0
Fiber (g) 3.0 7.4 9.3 7.8
Protein (g) 20 40 40 40
Salt (g) 0.3 1.3 1.3 1.3
Main Ingredients:
Soylent
Jake
Fats Sunflower oil, canola oil Sunflower oil, flaxseed
Protein Soy protein isolate Pea protein
Carbs Maltodextrin, Isomaltulose Maltodextrin, dextrose, oats

Both offer failry low carbohydrates (more the case for Soylent) and high fats. However, Jake powders are higher in protein content, which I usually value highly (personal preferrence). I would say that none of them has an optimal amino acid profile, though. I also like oats as source of carbohydrates over isomaltulose, since they are a true complex carbohydrate (even though they might affect the taste). A couple of things in Soylents favour are the low salt content and that they have MUFA>PUFA.

Besides, none of them use organic ingredients. Soylent is openly pro-GMO, so some of their ingredients might be so.

My choice, Jake due to higher protein and use of oats as carb source.

Availability, Shipping & Subscription: Draw (Soylent in the US, Jake in EU)

Soylent offers a 10% subscription and it fast free shipping in orders above $20 in the US. Soylent Drink is also available in many stores including 7-Eleven, Walmart and Tesco. You can also buy Soylent in Amazon.

Jake is available in both EU and US and offers free shipping in any order. They offer a subscription discount and a bulk discount, both based on the amount of meals you buy.

Jake vs Queal – Queal (they offer more flavours and products)

Now to the first Dutch derby. I have chosen Queal, because they also offer a light, standard and sport variation.

Queal Jake
From NED NED
Ships to World EU&NA
$/400kcal $ $$
C/P/F 46/29/25 45/24/31
Allergen Gluten,Milk Gluten
kCal/meal 700 670
Serv/day 3 3
Suitable Vegan* Vegan
Flavours 8 3
Products 5 4

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$- $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Price, product range and flavours: Queal

Both offer 3 meal replacements covering “light”, “standard” and “sports” alternatives, as well as a meal replacement bar (both in 2 flavours). However, Queal also offers another shake option (Queal Vegan, as the default is non-vegan) and more flavours (around 8 usually). On top of that, they have the a nootropic supplement, called Flow.

Nutrition: Draw
per serving Standard Light Sport Jake L
Jake O
Jake S
Energy (C/P/F) 48/21/31 50/20/28 41/27/32 28/32/40 45/24/31 45/21/34
Energy (kCal) 700 600 767 500 670 750
Fats (g) 18.4 18.3 27.2 22.0 22.0 28.0
Saturated (g) 3.0 3.2 3.5 2.9 3.0 10.0
Monounsaturated (g) 7.5 7.4 6.2
Polyunsaturated (g) 10.0 10.0 9.9
Trans fat (g)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Carbs (g) 80.4 72.6 74.4 31.0 72.0 81.0
Sugars (g) 25.3 20.5 21.1 6.1 9.4 22.0
Fiber (g) 14.4 13.4 13.2 7.4 9.3 7.8
Protein (g) 35.2 30.1 49.5 40 40 40
Salt (g) 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3
Main Ingredients:
Queal
Jake
Fats Sunflower oil, canola oil Sunflower oil, flaxseed
Protein Whey protein Pea protein
Carbs Maltodextrin, Isomaltulose, oats Maltodextrin, dextrose, oats

Queal has higher carbohydrate shakes overall; particularly sugars. However, this is due to isomaltulose, a carbohydrate classified as sugar that acts more like a complex carbohydrate (not such a sudden impact in blood sugar).

Queal does offer less protein, but uses whey instead of plant based (only their vegan shake does not include whey, and instead uses pea/rice blend).

Jake’s line-up does cover a wider caloric repertoire, with Jake Light having 170kcal less than the original and Jake sport an extra 80kcal.

It is a hard choice between both. I prefer the whey protein over the pea protein, but I like the higher protein content in Jake’s shakes.

Availability, Shipping & Subscription: Draw (possibly better Jake for NA)

Queal offers worldwide shipping even if in reality is more feasible in NA and Europe. They offer free shipping in orders above €50 (well almost) within EU and a flat rate of $25 in orders above $57 (US). They offer a 7% subscription discount, a 5% discount in order above €78 and a 10% discount on orders above €127 (I know it is confusing).

Jake has both the bulk discount and the subscription discount, even though they are a bit random (as discussed above). They do offer free shipping to both Europe and North America which is a plus.

Jake vs Shake2day – Jake (particularly in NA)

The second Dutch derby of the day. Shake2day is perhaps the closest brand in terms of products offered.

Shake2day Jake
From NED NED
Ships to World EU&NA
$/400kcal $ $$
C/P/F 56/22/22 45/24/31
Allergen Gluten,Soy Gluten
kCal/meal 427 670
Serv/day 5 3
Suitable Vegan* Vegan
Flavours 3 3
Products 4 4

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$- $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Price, product range and flavours: Shake2day (cheaper)

Shake2day has a regular, light and sport version of their powder versions, as well as a meal replacement bar, Break. The powders come in 3 flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla and Cappucino (with caffeine); while Break is only available in one flavour.

Jake products are more different among each other, plus Vitaminbar comes in two flavours, but the differences in offering are minimal.

Regarding to the pricing, Jake Sport is the same price per 400kcal (€1.84), Jake Original is about €0.1 more expensive that Shake2day Regular, and Jake Light is about €0.3 more expensive, too (at the highest pricepoint).

Nutrition: Jake
per serving Regular Light Sport Jake L
Jake O
Jake S
Energy (C/P/F) 56/22/22 56/22/22 56/22/22 28/32/40 45/24/31 45/21/34
Energy (kCal) 427 290 657 500 670 750
Fats (g) 9.1 6.3 16.8 22.0 22.0 28.0
Saturated (g) 1.0 0.6 6.1 2.9 3.0 10.0
Monounsaturated (g) 7.5 7.4 6.2
Polyunsaturated (g) 10.0 10.0 9.9
Trans fat (g)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Carbs (g) 58.4 39.2 89.3 31.0 72.0 81.0
Sugars (g) 2.4 1.6 3.6 6.1 9.4 22.0
Fiber (g) 11.7 8.0 10.3 7.4 9.3 7.8
Protein (g) 22.2 15.1 32.6 40 40 40
Salt (g) 0.56 0.4 0.19 1.3 1.3 1.3
Main Ingredients:
Shake2day
Jake
Fats Rapeseed oil Sunflower oil, flaxseed
Protein Soy protein isolate, chia, pumpkin protein Pea protein
Carbs Oats, maltodextrin Maltodextrin, dextrose, oats

Both Shake2day Regular and Light are basically the same product in different sizes (with the only variations being that both contain the same amount of micronutrients and omega oils). The Sport variation uses whey protein instead of the vegan blend.

Overall, Jake shakes have more fats and more protein and less carbohydrates. Jake shakes’  servings are also bigger. I would favour Jake due to the higher protein content, while the low salt and sugar levels in the Shake2day shakes are praise worthy.

Availability, Shipping & Subscription: Jake (Shake2day better subscription)

Both brands are available in EU and NA, but Shake2day’s shipping costs are really high (often higher than the product prices.

Shake2day offers a 10% discount for subscribers that can go up to a 30% discount (if you add up to the bulk discount. Jake also has bulk and subscription discounts, but this only add up to about 22% off.

Conclusion

Who is Jake for?

For people looking to replace their meals with a faster, more nutritious and healthier althernative.

Jake Light can help to those who are looking to lose weight or just do not need as many calories as the average person (smaller people, non -active women…). Even people with higher caloric needs could benefit from the extra nutritents and protein (per kcal) when compared to the other alternatives

Jake Original would be the choice for most, since it offers sizeable meals at a better price point than Jake Light.

Jake Sport comes with extra energy mostly from saturated fats. It is not my favourite sport meal shake, but it is a big shake for those who need to get those extra calories in, and struggle to do so.

Let’s not forget about Vitaminbar, which contains 25% of micros in only 332kcal, making it a great snack or small meal for any moment.

Does it taste good?

Jake shakes have a very oaty shake with mild background flavours.

Will I get all the nutrients I need?

Jake Original and Light will offer you all the nutrients you need in only 3 servings. Jake Sport on the other hand will give you only 75% of the vitamins and minerals you need with 3 servings (2,250kcal). Thus, unless you are aiming for 3,000kcal, I would recommend sticking to Original, Light and Vitaminbar.

I want to buy it. How much will it cost me?

The smallest order (20 meals) of Jake will cost you €2.49 for Jake Light, €2.74 for Jake Original and €2.99 for Sport. At the cheapest price point (80 meals plus subscription), it will be €2.24 for Jake Light, €2.49 for Jake Original and €2.74 for Sport. Check the pricing section for more explanations.

Wait a moment, is it perfect?

Jakefood is a really good company that offers solid meal replacements. However, they fall a little bit short in the flavour offering, particularly when considering that they have been around for a while. Their nutritional choices are interesting and make Jake a good option for vegan users, but I do not understand why products like Sport do not offer more micronutrients.

Verdict

Dutch companies have been around for a while and Jake is another example of the excellency of the brands from this country. In this Jakefood review, I have been particularly impressed by the Light version, even though is a bit too pricey, and the Vitaminbar. It is sad to see that they do not offer more flavours or bigger bag options, and I would like to see more of them. All in all Jake is a great brand for starters, due to its simplicity and something worth trying for the veterans, since it has slightly different nutritional choices.

Jakefood deals and discount codes

There are currently no deals available for Jake. Check out Deals section for more discount codes.

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4 Comments
  1. Ryan Hellyer says

    I think it makes sense for Jake Sport to have less micronutrients. I assume this is on the assumption that sporty people will have a higher caloric intake and so will need to consume more food than a non-sporty person. But they may not need more micronutrients, just more macronutrients, hence a lower proportion of micronutrients are required in the sporty version of their product.

    1. Enaut Irazabalbeitia says

      Yes, that could be true, but I feel that in the case of most micronutrients having more doesn’t hurt.

      Plus, I feel that most people will likely only consume 1 or 2 meals with this. So I would rather see 66% of micros that 50%. Not a big deal, just a detail.

  2. Ryan Hellyer says

    In my experience, Jake Light does not taste anywhere near as good as Jake Original. My next batch I order will be Jake Light though, just because nutritionally it makes a lot more sense IMO.

    1. Enaut Irazabalbeitia says

      I liked Jake Light, too fromthe nutritional standpoint. It is weird to see that you think both taste differently.
      Hopefully I will be able to try it soon and comment on it.

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