We’re always on the hunt for the perfect health bar that can be eaten on the go without forfeiting essential nutrients but sadly found that so many, upon closer inspection of the small print, are filled with undesirables such as artificial colourings, and salt and sugar, so we were very happy to discover organic smart food brand: Human Food. The company claim that their Organic Daily Nutrition Bars are the ‘world’s most nutritionally-dense organic food‘ so we were curious to try.
The recipes have been designed specifically to support a plant-based lifestyle and supply a significant percentage of an individual’s RI (Recommended Intake) for a whole range of essential micronutrients, including – most importantly for vegans and vegetarians – 100% RI of Vit B12 (from natural quinoa sprout). Human Food only uses 100% whole food-derived nutrients in its products, as these are packed with essential phytonutrients that are required for optimal absorption by the body.
Since their full launch, earlier this year, people all over the World have signed up to monthly subscriptions, delivered world-wide by carbon neutral courier, direct from Human Food’s premises in Wales to the customers door.
There are are five bars to choose from: Red, Yellow, Green, Orange and White.
The Red Bar contains 10g of organic goji berries, proven to protect eyesight, improve memory, improve brain function and increase learning capacity, to fight the symptoms of diabetes and to combat anxiety and depression. Also high in vitamins A and C, fibre, iron and zinc.
The Yellow Bar contains 500mg of organic turmeric, the most studied of all functional foods with an enormous range of powerful health and well-being-promoting functions ranging from improving mood and brain function, relieving arthritis, moderating immune dysfunction and enhancing the innate immune system. Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The Green Bar contains 1g of organic spirulina which has been shown to increase physical endurance, to act against allergies, to reduce cholesterol and to be effective against certain precancerous conditions.
The Orange Bar contains 40mg of organic orange oil, and 100% RI of vitamin C per bar. Vitamin C increases antioxidant activity, fights long term ill health, strengthens innate immunities, reduces the risk of heart disease, fights anemia by catalysing iron uptake, boosts the immune system by promoting white blood cell production and strengthening the skin, and helps guard against age-related cognitive decline.
The White Bar contains 16g of organic nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Cashews). These nuts are very high in a broad range of micronutrients, they are also high in antioxidants and fibre and reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol. In addition, almonds are very high in magnesium which reduces blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity. Walnuts, which are high in omega 3, have been shown to improve brain function. While cashews contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect eye health.
One bar per day will help you stay on top of your nutritional needs but as the bars are pretty dense, consuming one on its own may not suit everyone. We found it easier to mix in with our morning smoothie. Just add your choice of bar, add some coconut water, half an avocado, a banana and some frozen fruit. But obviously this can be tailored for every preference; there are no rules. But if you do eat it as you would a regular snack bar, it is recommended to drink one glass of water beforehand which will aid consumption. For breakfast, you can also break it up and crumble over muesli or granola for example. We were super impressed with the fact that just one bar in the morning smoothie kept us going right through until lunchtime without any major hunger pangs.
Nutritionists, dieticians and sportsmen have publicly backed the brand and Human Food have seen their orders dramatically increase during the Covid 19 pandemic as people are prioritising their health, and are becoming much more aware of their own quality of nutrition.
The Organic Daily Nutrition Bars contain no added sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings, synthetic nutrients, soy, grains, wheat, dairy or GMO’s, are allergen-free and each one has all of its seeds whole to protect against oxidisation, which causes degradation in taste and nutrition. They are also good for the planet, too. We were mightily impressed with the brand’s zero-waste packaging which is 100% compostable and/or biodegradable. The wrappers are certified home compostable, and are made of PEFC paper with a plant-based, compostable foil laminate.
Human Food was founded by Food & Drink entrepreneur Ky Wright. After over five years of continual development, working with world-leading experts in health and nutrition, the company was launched on Kickstarter in 2018 and successfully reached its funding goal of £80k, becoming the World’s most funded vegan product of all time on Kickstarter.
Whether you are time-poor, a professional athlete, someone who wants an extra boost before their daily workout, a person who skips breakfast on their morning commute, or someone who is constantly on the move and needs the insurance of a reliable, healthy snack bar packed with goodness, Human Food has filled a very large gap in the market, and has become our favourite go-to health bar. Smart indeed.
For further information on Human Food please visit here