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This is yet another vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, non-gmo, soy free meal replacement from Europe. Is this any other vegan shake though? The answer is no. Not only because the Czech brand uses real foods in the process, but also because they primarily rely on nuts. Coconuts, hazelnuts and almonds are the core of this brand. Shakes provided in handy one meal pouches for you to eat “natural” everywhere you are. Sounds promising.
- Ships to: EU & US
- Avg. Price/meal$$$| From €2.04/400kcal
- Nutrition Profile: GF, LF, SF, NG
Nutberg is certainly an interesting product worth trying just because it is different. It also has many positives, like free shipping, handy single meal pouches and good quality ingredients. Nevertheless, these features are not enough to hide the micronutrient deficiency and the high amount of saturated fats. It certainly has a niche market that the product will satisfy to, but it is hard to see normal users paying the price tag.
NOTE: While I criticize Nutberg for the lack of micronutrients, this is due to company phillosophy. They do not do not intend Nutberg to replace all meals in your diet, but spare meals here and there. They believe that their product still offers a great healthy and nutritious alternative without having to add artificial micronutrients.
What We like
- Real food ingredients.
- Different recipie to other vegan HFLC products.
- Good protein content.
- Free shipping.
I want to start by praising the obvious, which is the diversity. Counterintuitively, Europe is filled with vegan, non-GMO, no-gluten (no soy, no lactose) meal replacements (Huel, Pulve, Feed., Ambronite, to mention some). However, none has nuts as their primary ingredient. No one uses almond or hazelnut protein, very few use coconut (none as whole) or coconut sugar. Other ingredients like allspice or lemon peel are not all that common either. So, yes, thank you for bringing something new.
Even if the formula is different, Nutberg still offers a high fat low carb product. However, the protein content in each Nutberg meal is pretty high (27.6g) and the amino acid profile is fairly balance, thanks to Nutberg’s rice, almond, hazelnut protein custom blend.
Besides, it must be said that Nutberg takes the real food issue very seriously, and all the different flavours are developed using whole foods as a starting point. No additives, no sweeteners. Certainly a plus if you care about it.
Another thing that I liked is that the product price already includes the shipping cost, thus they offer “free” shipping. This avoids any hidden fees or surprises at the checkout and allows you to know exactly how much you are going to spend from the start.
Their website is also pretty simple but easy to navigate. There are issues with it, but I found very intuitive to use it.
What We dislike
- Micronutrient deficiencies.
- High saturated fat content.
- Not enough information about nutrition.
- One single size.
- No subscription method.
- Limited payment options.
This might seem like a long list, but many of them are “easy” to solve.
I will start with the biggest problem that I have with Nutberg. I cannot call it a complete meal, since I do not think you could live solely of it. Why? Because it lacks in many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, iron or vitamin B1. All really important for a healthy life style. I know that using real foods causes a problem creating the ideal micronutritent blend (Ample), but some brands have done it (Ambronite, Feed.). Thus, I expect no less from Nutberg.
Another issue I have is that each serving contains 55% of the daily recommended of saturated fats. While it is true that recently links between saturated fats and CVD have been put under the microscope, I still think this amount will prove to be too high for most people. It will have to be something they will have to look out for.
In a similar topic, I would like to see more nutritional information on their website. The table and the labels are cool and nice, but do not provide the in-depth info some users may want. Nor it explains the nutritional philosophy/evidence behind the company.
Regarding the product delivery, I think offering a single size is not good enough. I myself like using bigger bags or tubs, because I consume the meal replacements mainly at home. I want to have an option that will offer less waste.
Besides, I do not agree with not having a subscription method. I believe is in the detriment of the consumer and the company. For the first, it requires more effort to do regular purchases and limits the possible rewards. In the case of the company, it loses the opportunity to build a stable customer base and have opportunity to have reliable customers to get feedback from.
- Nutrition page.
- Add subscription option.
- Extra bag size.
- Solve micronutrient issue.
- Add more payment options.
Information is the biggest tool an user can have when making a purchase. Something that will allow to compare with other products or understand the meal replacement in question. That is why I consider a “Nutrition Page” almost primordial. If you are selling something regarding human nutrition, tell me how you developed the shake and what is in it exactly.
The subscription method helps the user to get rewards from the company more easily, it help the user to track their purchase history and takes him away from the worry of having to reorder; all while being on top of the news about the company. That is why, I have become a fan of the subscription method, and as a user require it.
Something that might have a harder fix is evolving the recipie to incorporate the right amount of micronutrients. If I purchase Nutberg will be because it has no additives and it is made of real food; thus I can get all I need from the healthiest possible sources. However, this is not possible, if I am not getting all I require and I have to supplement my diet with “additives”.
Lastly, I would also like to see more payment options besides Credit/Debit card. Paypal, GooglePay, AmazonPay… they are some of the methods I use daily and make my life so much more convenient.
I like Nutberg and I wish I could give it a higher score, however, I currently see some flaws that need to be fixed if the company wants to survive and expand their ideas and meals.
What PRODUCTS does Feed. offer?
Nutberg currently manufactures a single product in 3 different flavour variants: Classic, Cocoa and Gingerbread. The last one is something I have not see before. All products come in single meal pouches that can be carried away in the pocket.
Nutberg’s aim is to deliver products derived from real food and without any additives, that are easy to carry around and consume on the go (similar to Ample).
- Meal Replacement
- 22P/32C/46F % of Energy from
- 11.7g of sugars/12.5g of Saturated Fats per serving
- Price (lowest): €2.55/meal
- Nuts, Caffeine*
Brief Nutberg Powder Review
Nutberg meal replacement powders are vegan, gluten free, non-gmo and soy free and come from whole foods without any additives. As the name hints, the formula is heavily based on nuts, and as such, there are coconuts, almods and hazelnuts among others.
This creates a product, unfortunately for some, that is really heavy on fats (37% of RI in 500kcal) and saturated fats (62.5% of RI). It is also fairly rich in protein (55% of RI per meal) and low in carbohydrates. This is a tasty formula, but some stomachs may struggle getting used to it.
Each serving of 500kcal comes in a single pouch that can be Classic, Cocoa or Gingerbread. You can individually choose how many pouches of each flavour do you want. The price starts at €4.57/meal (for 7 meals) and drops to €2.55/meal (86 meals).
It is noteworthy that the cocoa flavour contains coffee as an ingredient, thus caffeine. The gingerbread flavour has anise, which it might be a little to strong for the liking of many. I for one, I know that my dad could never drink it. There are many other unusual ingredients, such as, coconut sugar, cinnamon, hymalayan salt and allspice that give Nutberg an unique identity.
On another note, Nutberg’s meal replacements are very reminiscent of what Ambronite offers. Whole food ingredients mashed up into a recipie with no additives. However, Nutberg contains more fats and less sugars than Ambronite, who uses many fruits (berries and apples) instead of the nuts used by the first.
Sadly enough, Nutberg offers no starter pack, however, you could argue there is no need. If you order the 7 meal combo (€32) you can choose the flavours of those 7 meals between the three flavours available and try all of them. Yes, €4.5 per meal is an expensive price to pay for something you just want to try, but it is the price that real food has.
As previously discussed Nutberg products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free and made from real food. The main ingredients used are coconut (whole and sugar), oats, almonds, hazelnut protein and chia seeds. To that they also add other real foods as flavouring and complement, such as, himalayan salt, allspice, lemon peel and cloves (among other things).
Nutberg’s meal replacement powders offer 501kcal per meal (110g) for a total of 2,004kcal (4 servings). A remarkable 46% of the energy comes from fats (main energy source), which is 11 points higher than the upper limit (ESFA guideline, USHH guideline, WHO guideline). On the contrary, the energy coming from carbohydrates (32%) is 13% lower than the AMDR (45-65%). The rest (22%) comes from protein.
This high fat low carb profile is fairly common among vegan meal replacements. Brands like Soylent Drink, Saturo, Ample or Ambronite also share a similar profile. This is not an unhealthy option, just not recommended to the general population as it can be harder to get good sources of fat (no trans fats or too high in saturates) in a daily basis and the scientific evidence is lacking to support these diets.
- Total Fats: 26g (37% of RI).
- Saturated Fats: 12.5g (62.5% of RI).
- Omega-3: 0.5g.
- Omega-6: 2.2g.
The use of conconut and nuts results in a formula that is high in fats, high in saturated fats and low in carbohydrate content. In fact, the saturated fats exceed the recommended amounts set by most international agencies (ESFA, USDA, WHO, AUS Gov). These fats have been linked with increased LDL levels and blockage of the vascular system. However, a recent meta analysis of 21 studies put this claim under suspicion and stated there was no significant evidence of saturated fats increasing CVD and heart attacks. Nonetheless, replacing the saturated fats with PUFA and MUFA might decrease the risk.
Besides this, Nutberg has a 1/4.4 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio (sligthly higher than the optimal 1-1/3 ratio). In fact, omega-3 levels are a little low. There are no recommended intakes set in place, but the US institute of medicine set the adequate intake of ALA (a type of omega-3) to 1.6g (for male) and 1.0g (female). While chia seeds contain ALA fatty acids, I am not sure if they are enough to reach 1.6g (75% of omega-3s would have to be ALA).
One thing I would like to know is the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated content.
- Total Carbs: 40.5g (15.6% of RI).
- Sugars: 11.7g (13% of RI).
- Fiber: 11.1g (55.5% of RI).
Nutberg shakes are low in carbohydrates. They fall short of the minimum recommended in a 2,000kcal diet, 260g, only providing with 162g in total. This may be a bit of an issue for endurance athletes and people to tend to do sport, since they will struggle getting fuel (they will have to rely on fats, which is a different metabolic process).
Most carbohydrates come from gluten free oats, one of the best sources of complex carbs and fiber. Oats are composed of 66% complex carbohydrates, 17% protein, 11% fiber and 7% fats. Oats have multiple health benefits including, lowering blood lipid levels, controlling hyperglycemia and reducing weight (Li X et al., 2016).
Another form of carbohydrate in Nutberg shakes is coconut sugar, choosen as a sweetener, instead of using an artificial additive. The total levels are not very high (46.8g). Coconut sugar’s GI is 54, but the overall GI of Nutberg is likely to be considerably lower due to all the fats and proteins relative to carbohydrates.
- 25.1g (55% of RI) for a total of 104.4g.
Perhaps the most curious part about Nutberg’s nutrition is the protein sources: rice protein, almond protein and hazelnut protein.
Rice protein is commonly use in other plant-based protein blends (with pea most of the time) to balance the amino acid deficiencies legume protein sources have (Huel, Feed., Pulve, Queal Vegan). Rice protein is significantly lower in lysine and also leucine, isoleucine and threonine than whey. Leucine is particularly important for muscle growth and fatigue reduction. This difference is particularly important when the energy from protein is lower and rice protein can have the same effect as whey on body composition and sport performance.
As for the other sources, the issue with almond protein is that it does not contain all the EAA required for the body. It is particularly low in methionine (which rice protein is high in), cysteine and lysine. The nutritional values for almond protein are also lower than other common sources like whey, pea or soy.
Regarding hazelnut protein, it is high in methionine, lysine and leucine among other essential amino acids. Thus, it complements well with the rest of the protein sources (Koksal et al., 2005).
One of the major challenges when building a formula that comes solely from whole foods is not being able to use a vitamin and mineral mix to supplement the micronutrient needs. While, I have not found the full vitamin and mineral range. Unfortunately, from what they supply they already show deficiencies in Vit B1, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and Selenium.
Calcium, iron and potassium are increadibly essential, deficiencies having strong effects in overall health (anemia), bone structure (calcium deficiency) or fatigue and muscle pain (lack of potassium). Therefore, if you are planning on solely live of Nutberg, you will have to supplement yourself with a vitamin and mineral mix of your choice.
The major allergens in Nutberg are nuts (hazelnuts and almond).
Nutberg products are high in fat, low in carbohydrates and fairly high in protein. One of the main issues is the high saturated content (more than twice the RI). The protein sources are rice, almond and hazelnut; which supplement each other quite nicely to provide a balanced amino acid profile. Most of the carbohydrates come from gluten free oats (also fiber), and Nutberg is likely to have a low GI even if it contains coconut sugar. While the macros fit in a 2,000kcal diet, you will not drink enough micronutrients (Vit B1, calcium, iron and potassium among many others) and you will have to supplement your diet.
So a little bit disappointing and certainly nutritionally not fit for everybody.
More about Nutberg
Nutberg is a Czech company launched in March 2016. It was born from the frustration of having to consume super sweet and artificial tasting meals. Both for work and hikes (something Nutberg founders seem to be very keen on), they needed a more natural alternative. Ever since, they have grown and evolved the formula. Now, they ship to EU and the US, something not all companies have been able to achieve and has proven harder than initially thought for some (Queal).
Currently, they only provide with single meal pouches. You can order them in batches of 7, 28, 56 and 84 in Europe; and 15, 30 and 60 in the US. Nutberg allows you to choose the flavour for each one of these pouches, thus you can customize the order at your liking (very interesting!).
Nutberg pouches are also fairly small and can be easily transported in a backpack, computer bag, luggage or even in the pockets. This can certainly prove handy while hiking, travelling, at work or anywhere else you are in the go.
However, there are some negatives.
- While they pack pretty tightly, they create extra waste compared to bigger bags with multiple meals on them. They can also be harder to store.
- I assume all bags are recyclable, but individual bags will leave a bigger footprint than a bigger tub.
- A single package also means one size for every meal. While 500kcal is a fairly reasonable serving size, it leaves the user with no choices (which is not always good).
I understand that Nutberg is aiming for efficiency and believes that the portability of their bags is a positive. However, I would like to see bigger pouches for people who consume it at home.
The shelf life for unopened Nutberg kept in the dark and cool is about 6 months (I would assume it should be OK up to 12). Once it is ready the company recommends consuming it within 10h (fridge) or 2h if kept outside.
Nutberg is certainly an interesting brand in many aspects. In my knowledge they are the only company that offers free shipping (without having to meet any thresholds) in both the US and EU. Well, “free”. It is included in the price of the products (one of the reasons why smaller orders are more expensive).
This does also mean that relatively, the products are more expensive in the US; because the shipping cost is included in the price and all the products are sent from EU. For instance, buying a 28meal pack reduces the price of each meal to €3.05 in Europe ($3.55ish). Ordering a 30 meal pack in the US costs $4.3/meal (50 cent more expensive).
However, I think that this is a good strategy to make people buy, since many get too caught up in the upfront shipping cost, but do not realize that it does not mean much per meal).
I would advise to do bulk orders from the US to minimize the shipping impact, though.
Nutber does have a good taste guarantee that will cover your unopened meals up to 14 days after receiving them. Unfortunately, they will not cover the return shipping costs.
Much like Satislent or Feed., Nutberg does not offer a subscription program, but discounted prices for bigger orders.
I still think subscription programs benefit the user and the company. They avoid the necessity of having to do the monthly order, they make tracking previous orders easier and analysing your consumption/expenditure patterns more accessible.
How do I get started with Nutberg?
The best way to start with Nutberg is to buy the 7 meal pack if you live in the EU or the 15 meal pack from the US. I always opt for caution for products that I have not tried before.
For a detailed guide for newcomers, check out how to start with meal replacement guide. For the rest, start with Nutberg in 5 easy steps:
- Knowing your daily energy needs is vital. Make sure you estimate how many calories you need in a day with a calorie counting app like MyFitnessPal.
- Purchase the smallest meal option. I would buy equal amounts of each flavour or more from the one you are more likely to buy.
- Make a decision about which meal you are going to replace. Breakfast and lunch tend to be the most popular. Start with one meal a day or one meal every other day (give time to your body to adapt to Nutberg).
- Control your daily intake by tracking every calorie you have.
- Wellcome to the Nutberg world!
Other things worth considering:
- Take special care with the calories and the saturated fat levels.
- You can always visit the Deals section to see if there is any offer.
- Do not carry on drinking Nutberg if you notice any allergic reaction or adverse effects.
How to buy Nutberg
- Go to the Nutberg website and find the product. The first step involves choosing the amount of meals you want.
- Afterwards you are able to choose the flavour. You cannot hand pick them individually, but in groups. For the bigger packs (28, 56, 84) you will have to chose the flavour in bundles of 7.
- Once you have chosen the flavour you will be directed to the checkout where you need to introduce your details.
- Spend the money and wait patiently until your delivery arrives! Nutberg currently accepts . For instance, you can only pay by debit or credit card in Europe.
Alternatively, you can also purchase Nutberg in Amazon in certain countries.
1- Can I return Nutberg if I do not like it?
You can return the unopenned packs, 14 days after you received them and you will receive a refund. However, the return shipping cost will have to be covered out of your pocket.
2- Can I get it in the US?
Yes, you can purchase it to the US and you get free delivery included. The problem is that the actual price of the product will be slightly higher than buying it in Europe.
3- Is it suitable for diabetics?
I would advise asking your dietician and contacting Nutberg.
4- Where is it manufactured?
Nutberg is produced in the Czech Republic. That does not mean that all the ingredients are from this country, though.
5- Can I only eat Nutberg?
I would strongly advise against it. First and foremost, Nutberg’s nutritional profile is slightly different to what you might be used to. Even if that is not the case, you will be getting high amount of saturated fats that (arguably) could cause negative effects on you. On top of that, you would need to supplement you vitamins and minerals. If you do so, then yes.
Nutberg vs other meal replacements
The most similar product in the market is probably Ambronite and Ka’chava (US). Ample also does a similar, organic high quality product from natural ingredients. Feed.’s organic range, too, is fairly similar in some aspects. You can always find more competitors at The Ultimate Meal Replacement List.
NOTE: Nutberg is not really trying to compete vs Soylent and Huel. Nutberg offers a different product that is targeting people with other interests. It is like comparing specialized cycling shoes with normal Adidas and Nike shoes. They are all shoes but serve different audiences. A more accurate comparison would be vs Ambronite, for instance.
Nutberg vs Soylent– Soylent
They are both vegan but they have core differences. However, I always like to compare them to Soylent.
|Ships to||USA||EU & US|
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: Winner Soylent
Nutberg is kind of a one trick pony. They currently produce a single product in three different flavours, and even if the ingredients are different, the nutritional value is the same.
Besides the range, all the products are cheaper than Nutberg’s, even when purchasing the the biggest packs (in the US).
Nutberg is competing for a different market, but option wise Soylent is superior.
I am not very keen on Soylent’s HFLC formula based on soy protein and sunflower oil. It does not suit me very well. However, Soylent is for many their main nutritional input and for some even the sole nutritional input.
I see problems to do the same with Nutberg. The lack of essential micronutrient is a big black dot. This added to the high saturated fat levels, it makes it harder to use it as sole source of food.
On the other hand, I like the ingredients Nutberg brings to the table, the whole food approach and the fact that it has less allergens. It brings more protein than Soylent and a well balanced amino acid profile, which is always very important to me.
So, even if for a single meal, I would rather take Nutberg, I believe Soylent’s formula is better as a “complete” food.
Brand image, Customer Service, Availability, Shipping: Nutberg
I must say that I am surprise Nutberg is available in both the EU and US. On top of that they offer “free” shipping. It is a great deal not matched by many (if any). Plus their instagram page has beautiful pictures (even if they do not seem to have any other SM).
Soylent, on the other hand, is only just arriving to EU (only UK to start with). They do not even ship to CAN at the moment. However, buying Soylent in the US is easier than buying Nutberg, since it is available in stores and Amazon.
Eitherway, I think the underdog takes this round, simply because it can be bought in both sides of the Atlantic at a reasonable price.
Nutberg vs Huel – Winner Huel
Let’s check how it fairs vs the European flagship.
|Ships to||World||EU & US|
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: Huel
Huel offers a great array of products at a really reasonable price. They have 3 powder iterations (almost identical), a meal replacement bar and Huel Granola (breakfast option). Furthermore, you can have Huel in 16 different flavours.
The price is also significanly cheaper, being around €0.7 cheaper even at the lowest Nutberg price point.
This is usually Huel’s turf. It tends to dominate this category, because of some personal bias and their outstanding nutritional balance based on documented choices. I like the equal distribution between macros, while for many the lower protein content offered by Nutberg should be enough. Huel also offers good omega-3/6 ratios and quantities, while I belive Nutberg falls a little short.
The icing in the cake is micronutrient deficiency on the Czech product, which the British does not have.
The only reason why I would put Nutberg above Huel is if I really cared all the ingredients where “real food”. I still think Huel’s prime ingredients are very good.
Brand image, Customer Service, Availability, Shipping: Huel
Even if we take into account all the nice features Nutberg has in terms of shipping, Huel almost matches it. It offers free shipping after $25 in the US and free shippin in Europe.
Besides this, Huel has some of the most active forums, where the workers will answer any questions; and one of the best websites with the most information out there.
Who is Nutberg for?
Does it taste good?
According to Nutberg, it will taste like real food. They claim that the Banana and the Cocoa versions will feel surprisingly real, without the weird “artificial” aftertaste. The classic version it will resemble more an oatmeal with mild hazelnut and coconut taste.
Will I get all the nutrients I need?
You will get all the macronutrients you need, although, it will be high in saturated fats, and fairly low in carbohydrates. However, you will have to supplement your diet with a vitamin and mineral mix or food rich in micronutrients (low in calories, such as, spinach); due to the fact, that you will not get enough of many of them with Nutberg.
I want to buy it. How much will it cost me?
The cheapest option in the US will be $3.65 per 500kcal meal, but more likely it will cost you around $4.3 (when ordering 30meals) or $5.27 (when ordering 15). In Europe, the cheapest option will be €2.55 (84 meals), while the most expensive one €4.57 (7 meals).
Wait a moment, is it perfect?
It is far from perfect. It has hints of greatness, like the amino acid profile, the quantity of protein, the chosen ingredients and the phillosophy behind the product but the execution is lacking. It is not fully a “complete food” since it will not give you all the micronutrients you need and while not the end of the world the saturated fat content is really high.
Nutberg is a really interesting and wholesome product. It offers a very unique vegan meal replacement primarily based on nuts, with no soy, no gluten, no lactose and from real foods. However, I feel that the nutrition is suboptimal, especially for daily use, and that there are other products that offer more round meals (although perhaps not in this niche). If you are interested in the base concept, then I would recommend you to try Nutberg, however, I cannot fully recommend as main source of food.
Always check the Deals section for the latest discount codes.
– There is currently no Nutberg offers. I am sorry for that.