Julian Bakery is a paleo food company that is based out of Oceanside, California. The name seems friendly and the products look delicious, so I wanted to look into their company more. They offer paleo protein bars, Julian Bakery paleo wraps, Julian Bakery paleo bread, as well as other products like ketone bars and cereal. When I hear the word bakery, I think fresh bread baking with a variety of other options to choose from, which brings only good memories. In this case, they are offering healthy foods, so I can only imagine people’s willingness to try healthy food out of a fresh bakery, right? Wrong. You can only order it online or buy it in select stores in Southern California.
Company Contact Information:
Julian Bakery, Inc.
624 Garrison St.
Oceanside, CA 92054
Julian Bakery Claims
There are little to no claims made on the direct website, but there are descriptions about each of their products and the ingredients inside. This information is nice to know, and not every company supplies its customers with an ingredient list. They have no terms and conditions from their website when directly looking at purchasing, so it was hard to tell if they had a money back guarantee. Just from reading different Julian Bakery reviews, if you open their products you are not eligible for any sort of refund. For 12 bars it will cost around $29.99 plus shipping costs, and for the paleo wraps it will cost $8.99 plus shipping for 7 wraps. If you have a Julian Bakery promo code or Julian Bakery coupon, however, it will drop the price.
Regarding their protein bars they claim,
“Incredibly delicious bars each with 20g Protein (From Egg White, Organic Plant Protein, Grass Fed Beef) these awesome bars are 100% Paleo, Gluten-free, GMO-free, Grain-free, High-fiber, Dairy-free, Whey-free, No Sugar Alcohols, and High-protein. Our bars range from 150 Calories in this variety box and are from 1 Net Carb. Lab Verified with Labs Mart in Michigan for nutritional accuracy.”
When talking about their Instaketone bars they say,
“This bar is specifically designed to be a meal replacement bar for the IKDiet® (Phase 1 or 2) as it curbs appetite and cravings up to 4hrs or longer. This bar improves endurance, mental clarity, fat loss, and provides sustained energy making it the ideal fuel for any sort of fitness activity. Taste like an orange Starburst (0g Sugar).”
Finally, in references to the paleo wraps,
“Did you know that our unique organic prebiotic fiber promotes weight loss helps to curb appetite and improve digestion without bloating? Now you do! Versatile? You bet. Feel free to create whatever dish you’re craving with our wraps.”
As you can see, these are all just claims about what the products may be able to do for you, but there is little word about company background, philosophy, or service. The checkout cart is supposed to be protected, meaning it is cart protected and your e-mail is also e-mail protected. The company is big on marketing, so if you don’t want to add your e-mail it’s probably better not to anyway.
Julian Bakery Ingredients
Because there are a variety of products I will just highlight a few of the ingredients from some of their better selling products. Be mindful that this company promotes “cake like” paleo bars all over their Facebook page, but many have noted that they taste like an extremely hard laffy taffy bar in texture. The ingredients have been notorious for getting completely stuck in your teeth, with a lot of trouble getring through the bar without picking ingredients out.
Cinnamon Roll Paleo Protein Bar Ingredients (Net Carbs 6)
Egg White Powder, Organic Prebiotic Fiber From Tapioca, Organic Sunflower Seeds (Ground), Organic Cinnamon Flavor, Organic Cinnamon (Ceylon), ProDura™ (Probiotic) Lou Han Guo (Monk Fruit).
Paleo Wraps Ingredients
Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Digestive Resistant Prebiotic Tapioca Fiber, Organic Flax Meal, Organic Ground Chia, Organic Tapioca Flour, Filtered Water, Organic Sunflower Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Psyllium, Citric Acid (From Citrus), Sea Salt.
Almond Paleo Bread Ingredients
Purified Water, Almond Flour, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium Seed Powder, Organic Lemon Juice, Potassium Bicarbonate, Sea Salt.
Instaketone Bar Ingredients
Beta Hydroxybutyrate (goBHB), Organic Digestive Resistant Prebiotic Tapioca Fiber (Non-IMO), Egg White Powder, Organic Sunflower Butter, Amino Acid Blend (L-Taurine, L-Tyrosine, L-Leucine), Calcium, Sodium, Orange Extract Oil, Citric Acid (From Lemon/Limes), Lou Han Guo (Monk Fruit).
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Julian Bakery
The main premise behind this company is to provide people with paleo protein and paleo approved products that they otherwise could not get at the grocery store. There is also a lot of talk about the ketogenic diet on this website, and some of their products reflect that diet too. They provide the interested customer with a blog to read which has studies and articles promoting their products, and the diets behind their products. Sadly, this blog is rarely updated with articles and you have to wait a few months in between each post, which does not keep the customer engaged. For example, there is a lot of talk about the Instaketones and the ketogenic diet on the blog and why it is a good way to go.
“On a low-carb keto diet, fat (as fatty acids) is released from your fat cells and travels via your bloodstream to your liver. In your liver, the fatty acids are processed into ketone bodies, which are just water-soluble molecules that can be used as an alternative body fuel.”
When looking up different studies on the ketogenic diet, it has been around for quite some time, especially for treating people with epilepsy. This low carb, high fat and protein diet has been said to nourish the brain and encourage overall fat loss throughout the body.
In one study done on the overall effects of a ketogenic diet, they quote,
“Ketogenic diets are commonly considered to be a useful tool for weight control and many studies suggest that they could be more efficient than low-fat diets, although there is not concordance in the literature about their absolute effectiveness and even some doubts raised about safety. But there is a ‘hidden face’ of the ketogenic diet: its broader therapeutic action. There are new and exciting scenarios about the use of ketogenic diets, as discussed in this review, in cancer, T2D, PCOS, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.”
Other than that, they provide a line of foods that contain simple ingredients that also coincide with the ketogenic and paleo diet movements. Many people have converted to this style of eating, so it was a smart move to create products that these people can quickly consume. When paleo first came out, there was a ton of meal prepping involved (there still is) and it was harder to just grab snacks on the go. Times have changed, and companies have acted on this need, but how well does Julian Bakery really cater to their customer base?
Word On The Street About Julian Bakery
I wanted to spend some time on this section, because it was rather surprising to say the least when I dove into the actual facts. On the outside, the company looks like it supplies people quality products, and that is that. But there were many enraged customers who thought the customer service from this particular company was one of the worst they had seen (hundreds of people saying the same thing). First and foremost, once you order, you will not get your money back if you even dare rip one corner off of the packaging. Secondly, when you order, you will not get your products in a timely manner. Third, the products were under par and falsely advertised for a number of reasons. Some people waited weeks for in state shipping, which in my opinion is just not acceptable at all.
Sadly, Julian’s Bakery is also facing some class action lawsuits, which also does not work in their favor, and it has to do with the claims they are making about their bread. They brand the bread as a zero net carb, but is it so?
According to the FDA,
“Your Net Carb Zero Bread product is misbranded under Section 403(a)(1) of the Act in that the label is false or misleading because the calorie content is greater than 20 percent in excess of the value for calories declared on the label . Your label states the product contains 35 calories per serving size of 43 grams. However, FDA’s analysis found your product contained 54.4 calories per serving, which is 155% of the amount declared on the label.”
Many people feel this company has been lying just to make money, which has caused quite the uproar and backlash. The once popular Julian Bakery paleo company is now under heat. When it comes to nutrition and providing the public with reputable products, there are no free passes for lying and providing terrible customer service. What looks like a good protein, paleo, and keto product might just be a hoax after all. So what did some of the customer have to say? Brace yourself, as these reviews are common amongst many people who are associated with this brand.
Mia posted on the yelp page for a location now closed in La Jolla, CA (2017, 1 star),
“I don’t know about service, but I bought a loaf of almond paleo bread from Whole Foods on Postmates, and it tastes awful. I mean, I can eat most anything and I’m the gal who will eat it b/c I don’t want to waste food, but I can’t even smell it. It’s almost chemical-like. I wish I could explain. but I have to throw out the loaf.”
Natalie M. posted on the yelp site out of Southern California (2017, 1 star),
“Ordered the Instaketones absolute horrible taste!!! Not to mention that it gives you diarrhea!!! I went on their Facebook site and warned everyone to please read the reviews on Amazon and yelp before ordering. Not only were my comments deleted I was blocked from their site! Horrible customer service!”
Polly G. also posted on the same yelp site as Natalie (2017, 1 star),
“Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps are disgusting. And, way overpriced. I ordered a pack of 7 wraps. I opened it and could not even eat one wrap. I let the company know, but they offer no resolution. You bought it, you keep it! Poor customer service. I’ll NEVER do any business with Julian Bakery!!”
The Bottom Line: Is Julian’s Bakery Worth A Try?
Risky. While it looks like they have it all together, they really do not, and it would be a gamble to purchase anything from this bakery. There were so many angry customers, especially pertaining to the lack of customer service, poor food quality, and slow ship time. When you buy the products, you are forced to keep them whether you like them or not, and the company will not compromise with you at all. I like the simple ingredients, but why do they feel the need to lie about their bread products? It just doesn’t seem like this is an honest and reputable company to support when it is all said and done sadly.