HUMAN FOOD FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is it called Human Food?

    Human Food contains no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no added sugar, and no synthetic nutrients. It contains only organic whole-foods and whole-food extracts which have always been part of the human diet.


    Human Food has been developed specifically to support a nutritionally complete, plant-based diet, which creates zero landfill waste, to make it as easy as possible to live in a healthy, sustainable and humane way.

    What does Human Food taste like?

    Human Food is a combination of 20 organic wholefoods and wholefood extracts, designed for maximum nutritional density, and developed specifically to support a plant-based diet. The taste comes naturally from the combination of these ingredients, with no added flavourings or sweetners. So Human Food tastes exactly like what it is; a clean, super-wholesome combination of the highest-quality, unsweetened fruits and seeds, with no sickly, synthetic weirdness or chemical aftertaste.


    Subscribers have offered the following sample descriptions; ‘Delicious, not too sweet.’


    ‘Texture and taste is far superior than any other energy bar I have tried. Healthy, delicious, filling’.’


    ’Absolutely amazing! Taste and texture are both great – you can tell that it's made of actual food.’


    ‘Dense, filling, great taste.’


    ‘The bars are slightly sweet, and completely natural and organic tasting.’

    . . . To find out for yourself, order a 3 bar taster pack here (one of each) for £9.90 (plus delivery).

    What is the difference between the Bars?

    Each of the bars contains a distinctive functional ingredient, which allows you to pick and choose what is most appropriate to your current health and nutritional needs; Red (goji berry) for detox, Yellow (turmeric) for lowering inflammation / to speed muscle recovery in training, Green (spirulina) for allergies etc. (Read more about functionals here).

    These powerful, functional ingredients bring with them their own subtle flavours: The Red bar is sweeter and slightly fruitier than the others, thanks to the goji berries. The Yellow bar has a just-noticeable warmth from turmeric, and the cacao flavour is more prominent the Yellow than in the other bars. The Green bar is more savory, the spirulina bringing a discreet but distinct flavour which has been described as “smooth, rich and nutritious.”

    Are there maximum and minimum Monthly Subscription orders?

    We recommend 20 bars per month - giving you approximately 1 bar a day, 5 days a week. But subscriptions can be set for as few as 10 bars per month, or as many as 100, and dispatch dates can be easily edited as any time, so whether you use HF bars just a couple of times a week, or if your whole family has one every day, you can tailor your order so that you never run out. Monthly orders can be edited individually - upto a year in advance, and up until payment is taken, 48hrs before your dispatch date.


    Pre-paid, 6 month or 12 month subscriptions are all based on 20 bars a month, however, once you’ve set up this type of subscription you can still edit bar number every month. Changing the number of bars you receive will simply mean that you will run out earlier or that your subscription lasts longer. For example, a pre-paid 6 month subscription will give you 8 monthly orders of 15 bars, 12 monthly orders of 10 bars, or 3 months at 40 bars.


    Our subscription service is totally flexible and super-easy to start, stop and edit, and has other advantages such as Free HF T-shirt, and introductory guide, Free monthly Newsletter, Free UK and discounted overseas delivery on orders of 20 or more. If however subscription doesn’t work for you, it is also possible to place one-off orders for anywhere between 3 and 300 bars.

    What is the cost of delivery?

    Human Food is delivered direct, by carbon-neutral courier, all over the world. Delivery on orders of less than 20 bars is charged at cost. Delivery on orders of 20 bars or more - subscription or one-off order - is free within the UK and subsidised in the rest of the world.


    Example shipping rates in the UK


    Taster Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . .£1.99
    Two Week Trial Pack . . . . . £4.60
    20 Bars . . . . . .£Free
    40 Bars . . . . £Free - £10 (Packaging Discount*)
    100 Bars …. £Free - £25 (Packaging Discount*)

    Is Human Food available in health-food shops or supermarkets?

    No. Human Food is currently available exclusively through the HF website.


    Human Food is not a snack or a traditional breakfast or muesli bar, Human Food uses the absolute highest-quality organic, wholefood ingredients, there are no flavourings or flavour enhancers, no added sugar, no synthetic nutrients, no soy and no GMOs. Human Food is not bulked up with empty calories but is designed for absolute maximum nutritional density, with added functional ingredients which have been shown to have a dramatic positive impact on long-term health and well-being [link to functionals info page]. Human Food uses highly specialised recycled/ recyclable/ biodegradable/ compostable zero-plastic packaging. We work hard to keep the price of a bar below the cost of ingredients in it if you were to buy them from a traditional retailer, part of the way we manage this is by selling direct to customers.

    Why is the price £3.30 a Bar?

    Human Food development began with a set of principles; Human Food would always be 100% organic and 100% whole food, contain no synthetic nutrients, no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners preservatives or other additives, and would take care of a lot of nutritional difficulties which can be associated with plant-based diets. Human Food would require no preparation and the packaging would be 100% plastic-free and 100% compostable. Once our recipes and packaging were as good as we could make them we worked out a fair price per bar, which remains less than the high-street cost of the ingredients in it.

    Does Human Food contain synthetic vitamins or nutrients?

    No. 100% of the vitamins and nutrients contained in Human Food are phytonutrients, coming from 100% organically grown wholefoods. This is important as many studies have shown that synthetic nutrients are not used in the body in the same way as their naturally occurring counterparts, and in some cases pass through the body without being used at all.


    Studies have shown that wholefood nutrients are typically more bioavailable than synthetic equivalents. For example, wholefood Vitamin B12 is absorbed by the body at over 2.5 times the rate of its synthetic counterpart, and Vitamin E is absorbed at over 7 times that rate of synthetic Vitamin E. Read more about synthetic vs wholefood nutrients here.

    What is a Daily Nutrition Bar?

    Human Food has been designed to provide a solid nutritional base to make it as easy as possible to maintain a nutritionally complete, plant-based diet, while avoiding additives and synthetic nutrients. Human Food provides significant quantities of a wide range of nutrients which it can be difficult to obtain from plant-based diets, including 100% RI of vitamin B12, and 50% RI of Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Omega 3, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. Human Food provides all these nutrients in an organic, wholefood form, which is both more bioavailable and more effective than synthetic alternatives which, although they carry the same label, are rarely, if ever, structurally and chemically identical to the substances they claim to replicate, as they are found occurring naturally within food. Human Food also contains a range of functional ingredients which have proven benefits for long-term health and well-being.


    We believe that Human Food is the world’s most nutritionally dense organic food product. Human Food bars can be eaten daily as an alternative to taking a multi-vitamin supplement, and while it is designed specifically for those following a plant-based diet, it’s good for anybody.

    How is Human Food packaged for shipping?

    Human Food packaging is designed to ensure that orders arrive safely and are not damaged in transit, and to do so using the most sustainable materials available. All Human Food packaging is zero-plastic. HF wrappers are made of PEFC certified paper and plant-based foil and are 100% compostable. HF wrappers can be composted at home, or disposed of along with food waste or green waste. All HF outer packaging is made of recycled, recyclable card and cardboard which is 100% recyclable / biodegradable / compostable. Orders of 10 bars and over are also packed using a specially designed carton made of plant fibres which are a byproduct of food production, these cartons are embossed rather than printed and so use no inks or dyes, they are 100% recyclable / biodegradable / compostable.

    Are the seeds in Human Food Bars ground or split?

    No. The seeds in Human Food bars are included whole (though some breakage can occur during mixing and bar formation). This minimises oxidisation, which in time can lead to degradation in taste and nutrition. The inclusion of whole seeds also gives a more varied texture and recent versions of the bars have been made with increased seed content and reduced mixing time after trials with the Human Food Development Team revealed that most people found that this texture and the more differentiated flavour profile which results, gives a more enjoyable and more interesting eating experience.

    How many Bars? How often? And when?

    In order to gain the full benefit of the nutritional and functional profile which Human Food has to offer, we recommend 1 bar a day at least 5 days a week, although there’s no reason why you shouldn’t eat more if you want to. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, or otherwise have a low intake of animal products and you are using Human Food to meet your daily requirement of vitamin B12 it is best to eat a bar every day (one HF bar contains 100% RI of vitamin B12). Used regularly Human Food will provide a solid nutritional basis from which it is easy to maintain a wholesome, super-healthy, nutritionally complete diet. HF also offers super-convenient access to the long-term benefits of the unique range of functional ingredients.


    Feedback from our subscribers suggests that most people eat Human Food in the morning, often for breakfast, usually with a glass of water and often with a piece of fruit. Many people find HF bars make a good breakfast or lunch, which easily keeps them full until their next meal.


    Many subscribers have shared similar feedback about taking HF bars to work, when it is otherwise impossible to buy something organic, wholesome and tasty, without added sugar, artificial flavours or other additives. HF is also used by subscribers on walking trips, triathlons, international cycle rides, trips into town, and every type of expedition.


    Though there is no reason why HF cannot be eaten at any time of the day (or night), ginseng and maca are mild stimulants, which are proven to increase mental focus and physical endurance, perfect for a challenging work assignment or a big training session. However, If you’re very sensitive to these ingredients, it may be best to avoid HF just before you intend to go to sleep.

    What countries do you deliver to?

    We deliver to every country in the world, using carbon-neutral courier.


    Our ordering system automatically calculates postage before taking payment so you will always be able to see what you are going to be charged before your order is placed.


    For a small number of countries to which we have never delivered before, our website may display what seem like very high prices. If this appears to have happened for your order, please get in touch through hello@humanfood.bio and we will check and confirm the current shipping cost.