Keto Chow – Keto Meal Replacement Shakes, Engineered Staple Food 2017-05-22T19:55:21+00:00

Keto Chow is complete nutrition for Nutritional Ketosis. It’s a drink mix that quickly and easily makes a complete keto meal. It’s not meant to replace your bacon and steak. Rather, it’s targeted to replace the mundane meals; running to a meeting, breakfast in the car, stuck in class, etc… By design, a serving of Keto Chow provides 1/3 of your daily needs of electrolytes, vitamins, protein and more. The aim is that you could replace all your meals without ill effect if you are so inclined, but most users replace 1-2 meals a day and have a fantastic keto meal with family or friends for the 3rd. It’s also quite tasty with a range of great flavors. You combine the powdered mix with your own personal amount of heavy cream to get the calories you want, anywhere from 800 calories a day, up to 2200 calories. Many liken the taste and texture to melted ice cream or a milkshake. The full-flavored mixture of Keto Chow does contain whey protein and artificial sweeteners; if those are a concern for you there’s also a “Base Powder” option that has the electrolytes and vitamins but not the flavor/protein/sweetener.  You can mix our base powder with a protein powder and sweetener of your choice. Want easy, complete nutrition give Keto Chow a try!

People love Keto Chow over on Reddit! We even have our own subreddit at /r/ketochow. Check out This review, or this one, or this review. You can also search Reddit for “Keto Chow” or “KetoChow” (both sorted so the newest posts are always at the top).

Keto Chow scales easily for people with different caloric requirements. Without any cream, it’s right around 500 calories/day , you can adjust it to 1200 calories or 2000+ calories, whatever level you want, by increasing the heavy cream. It’s super flexible.

All of these are unsolicited messages from users of Keto Chow (except that last one which is my own experience). All gave permission after sending them for me to use on the site.

Actual User Testimonials

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your product. I have struggled my entire life with yo yo dieting and binge eating. I started out using Keto Chow for a couple of meal replacements per day and did start to see results and liked the way I was feeling.

I decided to up my game and switch to your shakes only, 3 times per day. I had planned on doing this for 2 weeks just to see how it would go. Well, I am now on my 21st day. For me, it takes all of the guessing out of what to eat, and it tastes amazing. Eventually I will incorporate food back into my life following the keto diet, but for the moment, this is working and I have never felt better.

I wish you nothing but success, you have a great product.

Heather W.

As I drink my gourmet vanilla, I wanted to share gratitude to you for Keto Chow. My husband and I have released 30lbs and 25lbs, respectively. Our continued results have been noticed by our friends and family and we have referred over 10 new customers to Keto Chow. They check in to let us know their progress all the time, we are finding it to be a results driven conversation topic. Everyone wants their high school energy back, save time, and to release unwanted fat! I was a former collegiate athlete and all of the years of coaches and diets I have been encouraged to use or try, nothing has compared to the energy and overall physical change as being in ketosis. We love it and we will continue to share Keto Chow.

J
AWESOME product! I’m still digging having a shake for lunch each day instead of grabbing a salad + re-heating leftovers, and having never done any sort of “meal replacement shakes” or soylent-type thing before I’ve been pleasantly surprised at a) how good everything tastes, b) how full I’m left, c) that I can still work out and not have diminished stamina and d) how dang easy it is now to “eat” lunch.. not even joking that it usually takes me hours in between meetings and tasks to eat leftovers or a salad, and cold leftovers are THE WORST.
Plus, losing a few lbs in the first week and maintaining in the 2nd (even with some extra cals over the weekend!) is an extra win 🙂
Katie
I’m really enjoying my keto chow. Since the beginning of the year I have lost 30 pounds but my weight loss stopped for 2 weeks before I started keto chow. I don’t like a lot of foods and am a very picky eater so I would only eat junk but calorie count which does not work well after a while. Since starting keto chow 3 days ago I am finally losing weight again. Down 5 pounds since the first day.

So anyway, thank you :). I am honestly shocked at how much I enjoy the taste and feel a lot better now that I’ve killed a few nutrient deficiencies I know I probably had.

Bradley D.
I lost a ton of weight on keto a few years ago and through slips and cheats gained it all back. Keto Chow 3x a day got me back to losing. Now I just do it for lunch but I freaking love it — instead of driving out from the office to go try and find some keto fast food, I chug my chow and walk for an hour. I used to go to the gym after the kids were in bed, now I have so much more time.

Down 30 in six weeks.

Many more to go, but thank you and bless you. My “month’s” supply is lasting forever since I am just one shake a day but I will be back for more. You are making the world a better place and that’s awesome. Good on you.

Dave J
Your product has helped me to lose over 40lbs, and my friend that has been doing this with me has lost over 60 lbs and is no longer diabetic this month!

Just wanted to let you know that I stand by your product and will continue to keep ordering and recommending to friends / family.

Patrick R.

I started Keto on October 20, 2014 by the end of the first year I’m 77% the man I used to be.

Chris Bair, See the full post

What is Keto?

“Keto” (more properly known as “Nutritional Ketosis” but generally referred to as just “keto” or a “ketogenic diet”) essentially involves restricting your diet to moderate protein, very low carbohydrates and high fat. If you’re familiar with the Atkins diet, it’s what Atkins is based off but with more solid science. The basic premise is your body is perfectly capable of functioning without carbohydrates, the little glucose that it absolutely needs can be synthesized by the liver, the rest of the energy is made from fat into ketone bodies you need  When you restrict carbohydrates, your body can lay-off the insulin and usually you’ll lose weight! (I certainly did). Strangely most come out with MORE energy and vitality as their muscle cells are finally getting energy instead of all of it getting stored away in fat cells by too much insulin.

It’s highly recommended that you check out /r/keto over on Reddit for additional information. In particular, check out the “Keto in a Nutshell” and the “Keto FAQ“.

(the molecule is Beta Hydroxybutyrate – one of the ketone bodies you live on while in ketosis)

Buy Keto Chow

Keto Chow comes in various sizes:

  • 21 meal “Week” bulk pack, this is the most economical way to get Keto Chow.
  • 1 meal “Sample“, for trying out many (or all) of the flavors.
  • Samples in a “Sample all the things!” – one of each flavor we have.

There are quantity discounts  4 “weeks” – just add them to your cart and see the price change!

For those that want to use their own protein/sweetener/flavor (or just to save on international shipping) we have Keto Chow Base Powder, we also have fish oil pillsfor Omega 3s, Blender Bottles for mixing and Hydro Flasks for keeping your Chow cold.

How to prepare Keto Chow

Here’s the short version: Add 79ml of heavy cream to a shaker/blender bottle. Add 1 scoop of the Keto Chow powder, then fill the bottle to 16 ounces. Shake it up until all the powder is wet. Stick in your fridge, it needs a few hours (overnight is best).

For more detailed instructions, please visit the How to Prepare Keto Chow page.

Handy accessories

Blender Bottles
Hydro Flasks

Nutrition Information

With Keto you want the smallest amount of NET carbohydrates as possible. Net Carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates with the amount of the dietary fiber removed, hence the “net”. Since you can adjust Keto Chow to different calorie targets, above are the macronutrient breakdowns for the 2000 calorie version or Rich Chocolate, per meal.

Along with giving you low enough carbohydrates to maintain ketosis, Keto chow also gives you protein to maintain lean body mass (muscles), quality fats that curb hunger along with all the other vitamins and minerals proven to be necessary for human life (along with a few others that look like they’re beneficial). The electrolytes are especially important for keto to avoid the “keto flu” that gets you if you don’t have enough electrolytes.

Each of the different flavors has slightly different values but they’re all quite close. You can visit our Nutrition Information page for the details on each individual flavor.

Custom Calorie Calculator

Ingredients

The exact recipe for making keto chow is open source and you’re welcome to do that. Or if you don’t want to be bothered with the mess, hassle and start-up costs you can buy from us =)

Here’s the short version of the ingredients:

Protein Powder, Acacia Gum, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Custom Vitamin/Mineral Pre-Mix, Xanthan Gum, Flavor, Sucralose.

Here is the long, complete, ingredient list for the Vanilla flavor, other flavors will have slightly different flavors or colors:

Whey Protein Isolate, Acacia Gum, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Vitamin Blend (Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline L-Bitartrate, Magnesium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cholecalciferol [D3], Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Gluconate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Gluconate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Gluconate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Potassium Iodide, L-Methylfolate, Lutein, Lycopene, D-Biotin, Chromium Picolinate, Selenomethionine, Boron, Menaquinone [K2], Molybdenum, Vanadyl Sulfate, Methylcobalamin, Nickel Sulfate), Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Sucralose, Soy Lecithin.

Contains Milk and Soy (Lecithin); Peanut Butter flavor contains peanuts.

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Keto Chow Nutrition

Keto Chow is a powdered drink mix. When combined with oil, heavy cream and water it creates a meal replacement that is nutritionally complete; meaning if you would like to, you can live off it all day, every day. The powder is made from flavored protein, fiber, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. People usually liken it to a “melted milk shake” though you can go full on “frosty” by blending it in a blender with ice.

No, but it’s close. There are a few ingredients that pose a problem:

  1. It contains vitamin D3 which comes from animal sources.
  2. The vitamin I use has a tiny amount of gelatin (also animal sourced).
  3. Depending on where you get your Omega 3s, that usually comes from fish oil (though you can get it from algae oil).

To the best of my knowledge everything else is vegetarian (though decidedly NOT vegan with all the cream and whey protein).

No, but you can if you like. Many people will do 2 meals of Keto Chow and 1 meal of regular keto friendly food, others only do 1 keto chow a day. Ultimately it’s just another high fat-low carb food (that just happens to be 1/3 of everything you need in a day and terribly convenient). Many people will mix up Keto Chow for a lower calorie amount (1300 calories/50ml of heavy cream) so they can have snacks during the day like string cheese and pork rinds.

Most of the flavors of Keto Chow provide around 81g of protein per day. If you’re working out or such, you might need more protein so you’ll want to get more. There are a couple ways to add protein:

  • You can mix additional unflavored or low-carb flavored protein powder into your shakes.
  • You can make some chicken breast and eat it.
  • Or eat some bacon, etc…

With wheat being anathema to ketosis, nothing in the mixture directly has any wheat in it (or corn, or rice or any carb source) though it’s possible that one of the ingredients might have a *trace* of gluten somewhere. So I can’t guarantee that people severely allergic to gluten will not have any issues; it’s very, very unlikely they will.

Maybe. I don’t really have a clear answer on this one.

  • The protein has kosher ingredients.
  • The Acacia Gum is “kosher certified”
  • Potassium Citrate appears to be OK though I don’t see anything specific
  • Calcium & Magnesium appears to be OK but unlike the Acacia, it lacks a “kosher certified” designation
  • So far as I can tell the Calcium Phosphate is kosher; in some places, I see it called “Freeda Kosher Calcium Phosphate” and in others just “Freeda Calcium Phosphate” – but I can’t see that there are 2 products, it appears to be one and the same.
  • I can’t see the origin of the Choline Bitartrate.
  • the Xanthan gum appears to be OK but carries no certification
So, in the end, it appears to be mostly kosher (except the vitamins and fish oil capsules which contain gelatin) but I can’t guarantee it is.

The best available option we have for this is the Keto Chow Base Powder – it includes all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the flavor/protein/sweetener. This allows you to use a protein powder of your choosing, it also costs a lot less to ship since it’s 1/6 the size of a full week.

Nope. It’s all artificial flavoring – think Banana Runts.

Ultimately Keto Chow is just food, eating Keto Chow while on a standard diet should not cause any weird issues, you may think it’s pretty salty though.

You can view the nutrition information and ingredients for the different flavors of Keto Chow on this page.

As far as allergens go, Keto Chow contains dairy (whey protein), may contain peanuts or traces of peanuts, and contains soy lecithin (which generally is fine for people with soy allergies since it has no soy protein).

Soy is a funny thing. There’s a lot of “well I heard it from a dude at the gym that soy gives you cancer” information running around. There is very, very little scientific information based on studies to back up the concerns about phytoestrogens in soy protein causing problems in vivo with humans. Regardless: Keto Chow does not use any soy protein (which is the problem-child and what people can be allergic to). It does contain soy lecithin that is used as part of the whey protein concentration process. It’s unavoidable if you use whey protein. I’d prefer NOT to have it included just so I could avoid having to answer the inevitable questions/complaints about soy. Regardless, to quote the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Soy lecithin, extracted from soy-bean oil, is often used in numerous foods, like chocolate, to help keep ingredients emulsified. Many food labels will list a soy-based emulsifier like lecithin. The amounts are generally minute and don’t contribute a substantial level of phytoestrogens. Products with soy lecithin do not need to be avoided because they have such minor amounts.

Keto Chow does not contain Resistant Starch (which is interesting for a ketogenic diet but many of the benefits are met by the Acacia Gum that’s in Keto Chow).

You just need to find a suitable source for 1300mg of Omega 3 fatty acids. Most fish oil pills will advertise boldly how much fish oil they have and you have to look close to find the amount of EPA and DHA. With typical fish oil pills you need 5 a day to get 1300mg. If you want to use a different source of Omega 3 (algal oil, krill oil etc…), look close at the label and do some math.

The calories in each meal depend on how much heavy cream you use.  79ml (or 1/3 cup) of heavy cream will give you 433 calories (1300 a day); 148ml yields  667 calories (2000 a day). Check out the “Custom Calorie Calculator” (green button) on our preparation instructions page.

Keto Chow versions before 2.0 (1.0, 1.04, 1.5, 1.9) are mixed on the same machine that we use for mixing the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor – we thoroughly clean the machine after mixing and in particular after mixing peanuts but if you are severely allergic to peanuts then you may be at risk of residue causing complications.

Keto Chow 2.0 and on is mixed in a peanut-free facility. We actually have to mix and package the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor in a different plant several miles away to avoid contamination. Any version above and including 2.0 should be fine for peanut allergy sufferers (except for the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor).

Keto Chow does not contain rice or soy protein, both of which tend to have traces enough to trigger a Prop 65 warning.

Generally, women have a lower Base Metabolic Rate compared to men. If you’re using the keto calculator then you should already have a pretty good idea of how many calories to target. That should be the only change you would need to make. There are some other considerations to look out for on a ketogenic diet as a woman (all those fun monthly cycles and stuff can make progress… weird?). The ladies over at https://www.reddit.com/r/xxketo/ have some really good resources and are super nice and helpful. There’s also https://www.reddit.com/r/KetoBabies/ for pregnant and new mothers doing keto.

Version 1.9 uses Dymatize Elite 100% whey, here’s the amino acid profile for that

The upcoming 2.0 uses pure whey protein isolate, the amino acid profile for that can be found here.

Only 9 of the amino acids are “essential” meaning they can’t be synthesized in the body: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine. All 9 are in both versions of Keto Chow.

More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_amino_acid

There are several key differences between 1.5 (the most recent version you can make yourself by buying the ingredients) and 2.0. Some are also differences from 1.5 to 1.9.

  • 1.9 and 2.0 use a custom made vitamin and mineral pre-mix. This replaces several ingredients (the vitamin pill, Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin K, Choline L-Bitartrate, Calcium/Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3) there’s also more Magnesium. Other vitamins and minerals have also been adjusted up above minimum levels to optimal levels along with optimal forms for bioavailability.
  • 2.0 adds additional Potassium to comply with the new US dietary requirements.
  • 2.0 uses Whey Protein Isolate which has significantly lower carbohydrates compared to the concentrate/isolate/hydrolyzed protein blend used in 0.7-1.9. Most flavors are only 0.56g net carbs before adding any heavy cream.
  • 2.0 uses custom made flavors – earlier versions used off-the-shelf protein powder with flavoring, using our own makes the flavors more stable and lowers the cost.
  • 2.0 eliminates 2 sweeteners: AceK and Stevia
  • 2.0 is mixed and packaged in a different facility – all of the flavors except Chocolate Peanut Butter are now completely peanut free and safe for people with peanut allergies.

The aim of Keto Chow is to be nutritionally complete keto food with 1/3 of ALL your nutritional requirements in each meal (electrolytes, protein, fat, vitamins, fiber, ALL of it).

Keto//OS is a mixture with exogenous ketones – you drink it and you will have ketones in your body regardless of whether you are actually in nutritional ketosis or not. For people doing ketosis to treat a disease like epilepsy, cancer, or Alzheimer’s; or for people doing elite level athletics who need quick energy but don’t want to break ketosis – exogenous ketones can be very useful. For many people, they’re of limited use. You’re not “in ketosis” unless your body is producing ketones its self. On top of that, if you do want to use exogenous ketones I would recommend checking out Perfect Keto or one of the other products that are not sold via Multi-Level Marketing.

If you’re curious, I’ve compiled a comparison of the various Keto “Meal Replacement” products available: https://www.reddit.com/r/keto/comments/6wjthf/comparison_of_keto_meal_replacement_options_costs/

Keto Chow is at the top with a cost around $11 per 2000 calories, Keto//OS is at the very bottom at $250.00 for 2000 calories.

Keto Chow Preparation

Keto Chow is a powdered drink mix. When combined with oil, heavy cream and water it creates a meal replacement that is nutritionally complete; meaning if you would like to, you can live off it all day, every day. The powder is made from flavored protein, fiber, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. People usually liken it to a “melted milk shake” though you can go full on “frosty” by blending it in a blender with ice.

There are a couple ways to prepare Keto Chow:

  1. Mix it up one meal at a time in blender bottles.
  2. Mix a couple meals in a blender (try adding ice!).
  3. 6 meals at a time in a gallon size pitcher with an immersion blender.
  4. Making pancakes or muffins out if it.

Mixing it and drinking immediately doesn’t hurt you or anything, it just won’t taste as good. Allowing it to sit removes a harsh vitamin/metallic taste (this takes about 30-45 minutes)  and eliminates quite a lot of the saltiness (2-3 hours). Not sure if the mechanism is crystals taking a while to dissolve or what but it significantly improves the flavor.

Yes, you can mix and match them, the macros on the different flavors are pretty close – within a few percent of each other. It’s a really good way to liven things up a bit. If you have the ability, I usually suggest getting several different flavors so you can pull from all of them at the same time.

I mix up 6 meals at a time in a big pitcher, then I mix up 6 more and it all goes into the fridge for my wife and I. Usually I’ll do 2 different flavors (yesterday it was chocolate and banana). For that matter a couple of the bottles I filled up to the 8 ounce line with banana and then added 8 ounces of chocolate.

There are 2 “consumable” supplies you need to get

  1. Heavy Cream
  2. Fish Oil

Heavy Cream requires refrigeration and the powdered form isn’t suitable for ketosis. I do sell fish oil in capsules, or you can get it from Costco or Amazon in the form you want (liquid or capsule).

You can see more information about what you need to make Keto Chow on the preparation page.

This depends on how fresh your heavy cream is. If you have just opened a fresh package, you may be able to keep mixed Keto Chow for 6+ days before it starts to get weird. Generally I try to keep mine 4 days at the most.

The best available option we have for this is the Keto Chow Base Powder – it includes all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the flavor/protein/sweetener. This allows you to use a protein powder of your choosing, it also costs a lot less to ship since it’s 1/6 the size of a full week.

Heavy Cream is comparatively low in lactose for the amount of calories it contains. It has 0.4185g of carbohydrates per tablespoon (15ml) – if you use 4oz of heavy cream (gets you around 600 calories per Keto Chow meal) you’ll end up with 3.27g of lactose (which is roughly comparable to 2.4oz of whole milk). Many people who have problems with lactose are able to handle the relatively small amounts in Keto Chow without problems, or by using a lactase enzyme supplement. See this post for details.

If you do want to eliminate Heavy Cream there are some options you can try but you’re going to need to do a lot of calculations. I recommend using a tracking app like Cron-O-Meter to figure out how the alternatives will impact your net carbs and other nutrients. Anyway, here are some possibilities you can try:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut milk (doesn’t have very many calories and has many more carbs)
  • Cashew/Soy/Almond milk – again, lacks calories and may have high carbs – even unsweetened
  • Powdered MCT or Coconut oil
  • Melted coconut oil mixed with a liquid oil (maybe avocado or olive) so it remains liquid after refrigeration
  • Avocados (blender required)
  • One Keto Chow user uses (in each shake) 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp MCT oil, and 1 tsp olive oil

If you want to eliminate dairy entirely then you’ll need to use the Keto Chow Base Powder along with a protein powder that is dairy-free: Egg, Beef or even Soy protein would work.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find shelf stable Heavy Cream in cartons. Australia has some from Devondale, the closest thing I’ve found in the United States is “Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream” sold at Trader Joe’s. This is what I use when I travel.

There are “Powdered Heavy Cream” products but all of the ones I’ve looked at are not suitable for ketosis.

The vitamins in Keto Chow have enough “extra” to meet 100% RDI for up to 6 months before oxidation lowers the levels. If you’re doing Keto Chow 3x a day then this could be a concern for you, if you’re only doing 1 a day you’re likely fine with powder that’s a year old (or older).

I find it’s hard to find “Heavy Cream” and can usually only find “Heavy Whipping Cream”. Both are quite similar but the “whipping” has some additional emulsifiers that won’t matter. If you have to choose between the two, get the one you want or can find. Be sure to check the label to make sure it has 0g of carbohydrates. Be aware that even though it says it has 0g it actually has 0.48g per 15ml tablespoon.

If you want to use MCT Oil (which is completely optional and not recommended if you’re just starting) you can use liquid oil or take capsules, the capsules will be far more expensive.

MCT oil is cool stuff for a ketogenic diet. Your liver will convert it almost directly into ketones – this can give you an energy boost or more “keto clarity” (the enhanced mental state that accompanies deep ketosis). The extra ketones can also help get you into ketosis faster and potentially raise your tolerance for carbs. MCT oil does not directly help with weight loss though, it’s more of an added bonus if you’re already in ketosis.

MCT oil also is associated with… “the runs” – take more than your body likes and you will spend a lot of time on the toilet. Starting a ketogenic diet can often mess with bowels anyway so I do not recommend using MCT oil when starting Keto or Keto Chow, specifically. If you’ve been doing keto chow for a while then you can start incorporating MCT oil if you like. Most people don’t handle more than 40ml a day even after doing keto for years.

Versions prior to Keto Chow 1.9 had instructions to use MCT oil and you may still find traces of that on the blog and other locations.

Using MCT oil is optional (and not recommended for people starting Keto Chow). See “Should I use MCT Oil?” for more information about the benefits and challenges of MCT oil.

There is a LIQUID coconut oil (Walmart and Amazon links) that stays liquid when refrigerated, unlike normal coconut oil that solidifies when refrigerated (or even on the kitchen counter when it’s cold) since it solidifies at 76° F (24° C). The Liquid Coconut Oil is, frankly, about equally difficult to get and the same price as MCT oil; plus people confuse “melted solid coconut oil” with “liquid coconut oil”. You have to keep Keto Chow cold once it’s mixed so this poses a problem for regular coconut oil. Generally, there isn’t a really good way to mix regular coconut oil into suspension and prevent it from globbing together into big white chunks of solid oil. If you do have GI issues with MCT oil, the Carrington farms liquid coconut oil is a good substitute as many report little to no problems with it compared to MCT.

To get all your required nutrients from Keto Chow you also need DHA and EPA Ω-3 fatty acids. There are two ways to get this:

  1. Add liquid fish oil to Keto Chow as you mix it.
  2. Take fish oil capsules (usually at night).

Personally I prefer the capsule option but many don’t want to be bothered with that or don’t like taking pills so they mix it in. It’s really up to you to decide. As mentioned, if you are going to take it as pills I would recommend taking them just before bed to avoid the possibility of “fish burps”.

That’s the beta-carotene (vitamin A) – to keep it from oxidizing, it’s encapsulated. A few minutes after you mix it, the encapsulation dissolves and it releases the beta-carotene which is a dark orange/red color. It’s completely fine and will go away with a quick shake.

Whipping cream can work, it just has a lower fat content. Lower fat content means more lactose (sugar) which will make ketosis more difficult. Half-and-half has an even lower fat content and REALLY a lot of sugar that will likely guarantee you won’t get into ketosis. I only ever use “whipping cream” when I’m traveling and need to use the Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream.

Here are the calories and carbohydrate content for a 15ml, 1 tablespoon “serving”:

fat % calories carbs carbs/400 calories
Half-and-half 12 18 0.71 15.78
Light cream 20 29 0.31 4.28
Whipping cream 35 44 0.44 4.00
Heavy whipping cream 38 51 0.41 3.22
Darigold “Classic 40 40 60 0.40 2.67

The ironic thing is all of these have less than 1g per “serving” so they will often label the package as “0g total carbs” even though the half-and-half has nearly 6x as many carbs per calorie. You have to muck around the USDA food database to get the accurate nutrition information.

Opened bags of Keto Chow do not need to be stored in the fridge… generally (I’ll get to that later). The primary factor determining how long it’s good for is humidity. If you happen to live in an arid climate, you may have bags that are still fresh and tasty after 4-5 months. If you live in Florida, the powder may get clumpy and funky after only a few days. There are a few things you can do to combat the humidity:

  • Use desiccant packets (the “DO NOT EAT” things you find in stuff)
  • Store your bags in the freezer, not to keep them cold but because freezers tend to be crazy low humidity, and the cold doesn’t hurt either
  • Get smaller bags or split up the large bag into smaller bags

The week packs of Keto Chow 2.0+ do indeed come with a scoop for quick and easy measuring. If you have a scale available I do recommend using that for higher accuracy, especially if you are recording your food intake in an app like Cron-O-Meter or MyFitnessPal – the scoop can be off by 2% or more, depending on how packed down the powder is.

Keto in General

I’m going to steal this one right from the /r/keto FAQ:

All foods containing fat – even pure oils – contain a mixture of three kinds of fat:

  • saturated
  • polyunsaturated, and
  • monounsaturated.

Foods are often identified by their predominant fat; for example, olive oil as “monounsaturated” butter as “saturated” – but all real foods contain mixtures of the three.

All three types of fats are necessary and important to human health and should be incorporated into the diet in a balanced proportion. The question is, what ”is” balanced.

  • Saturated fat, particularly in the absence of high carbohydrate intake, is not dangerous to human health — on the contrary, when balanced with mono and poly-unsaturated fats in a controlled carbohydrate dietary environment, saturated fat may actually have real and measurable benefits in a number of different arenas. Saturated fat is quickly oxidized to energy, once you are keto adapted. So you can enjoy plenty of butter and animal fat guilt free. Interestingly, coconut oil is something very different: it consists of Medium Chain Triglycerids (MCT) which cannot be stored by the body, it has to immediately oxidize it. That means when you eat coconut oil, your body will immediately produce ketones, even when you are not keto-adapted. Nevertheless this does not mean you are getting all the metabolic advantages that you would get when keto-adapted state.
  • In addition, the benefits of monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) are well known and well documented.
  • Fats high in polyunsaturated fats, like vegetable oils, usually contain a lot of omega-6, and very little omega-3. The ideal ratio between omega-6 to omega-3 is 2:1 to 1:1, and in general this ratio is often 20:1 or even worse. It is therefore important to avoid oils high in omega-6, like corn or soy. Vegetable oils that are rich in omega-3 contains it in the form of ALA which the body has to convert to DHA and EPA to be of any use. The conversion is highly inefficient, so in practice ALA omega-3 rich vegetable oils like flaxseed oil or canola are no good choice either. The best way to get omega-3 is through fatty fish like salmon, or with a DHA + EPA supplement.

As a general rule of thumb, avoid fats high in omega-6, and run like hell from highly processed fat(anything that says “hardened”, or contains trans-fats) like margarine. Eat foods naturally high in fat like meat, fish, and nuts; use plenty of olive oil, butter. In fact 50% butter with 50% olive oil approximates quite closely the composition of body fat – meaning that this is the type of fat that the body can make best use off.

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Ordering

Yes. The question I get asked the most is “do you ship to [country] and how much is shipping?” I ship worldwide, any place the US postal Service ships to and I charge whatever the US postal service charges based on weight, country, and package size. The shopping cart automatically provides shipping costs for whatever is in the cart.

That said, I want to draw your attention to the Keto Chow Base Powder. It’s designed specifically for international shipping and consists of everything in Keto Chow except for the flavored protein powder. The result is a much smaller package that costs far less to ship, especially if you order multiple at the same time. You, then, source protein powder locally.

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The credit card verification I use is pretty strict (as of November 2015 I haven’t EVER had a charge back or fraudulent transaction). Your billing address has to EXACTLY match what your credit card company has on file (if in doubt, pull up your card statement and see where they think you live). If it fails to verify you might still see an “Authorize” transaction on your card, this is from Stripe (the guys I use) saying

“hey dude, does this person have enough money to cover the charge? cool, by the way here is their address, does it match what you have? No? OK, never mind”.

If it does match then it does what’s termed a “Capture” transaction – this is where your card gets for realsies actually charged.

So the good news is: you don’t get charged for the AUTH transactions but they DO usually temporarily count towards your credit limit. After a few days, depending on the bank, the pending charges will drop off your account and all will be right with the world. Now if you need to you can usually call the bank and get them to release an AUTH early.

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The shopping cart has rules to determine shipping costs, if you have too many items in your cart you may get a message telling you stuff can’t be shipped. Please contact me with the details – usually, it’s a bug that I can easily fix.

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Working on it. I expect to have it available on Amazon a few months after the launch of Keto Chow 2.0.

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You can buy Keto Chow online at https://store.ketochow.xyz/

If you happen to be nearby South Jordan, UT – feel free to come by our warehouse in person. We’re at the warehouse M-F from about 8:15 am to 11 or 12, depending on how many orders we’re shipping that day (Mondays tend to be our busiest day).

We’re at:

11279 S. Redwood Road, Suite B
South Jordan, UT 84095

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The Return Policy can be found here.

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There are several:

  • The most noticeable difference will be the flavors. KC 1.9 uses off the shelf flavored protein powder. KC 2.0 uses a proprietary protein and flavor mix. In my opinion, all of the KC 2.0 flavors are better tasting than the 1.9 versions they are replacing and some flavors are new (Salted Caramel, Banana, Mocha).
  • The packaging is different, as is the packaging process. KC 2.0 is being manufactured at industrial scale instead of in small batches (again, because of the off the shelf protein powder).
  • KC 2.0 has fewer net carbohydrates.
  • KC 2.0 has a better nutrition profile with higher levels of potassium.
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The cost for international shipping is a direct function of how much the US Postal Service (USPS) charges for shipping their Flat Rate packages. I looked into UPS, FedEx and DHL for Canadian shipments, there were several problems:

  1. The recipient was liable to pay for the brokerage fees (Canada) and customs duties when using a carrier other than USPS.
  2. Keto Chow does weigh quite a bit but it’s also quite large physically and that makes for pretty expensive “cubic weight” shipping fees, using flat rate boxes reduces that greatly.
  3. All of the other carriers I’ve looked into charge MORE for international shipping compared to USPS.

The solution to many of these is to branch out with local international distributors but we aren’t quite ready to implement that yet, need to nail down the production pipeline better first.

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The package will be a standard US Postal Service Flat Rate box/package – pretty non-descript. If your order was shipped within the US, there will be a “Keto Chow Order #xxxxx” at the bottom of the shipping label. If your order is going outside the US, there will be a customs declaration. Keto Chow is declared as protein powder, Base Powder is declared as Acacia Gum, as those are the primary ingredients in each, respectively. Inside the box you’ll find a packing slip detailing the flavors and such that are in the box.

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The first time you visit the Keto Chow site using a browser that supports notifications you’ll get a prompt to allow notifications. Looks like this in Firefox:

And it looks like this in Chrome:

The Notifications in Chrome look like this, and they’ll show up whenever a new blog post goes up on the site:

 

If you want to stop them, it’s super easy and you can do it several ways. In Chrome, you can click on the little gear that’s right by the close button on the notification. That’ll take you to chrome://settings/content/notifications where you can remove or block notifications from specific sites:

You can also click on the “Secure” lock that’s immediately to the left of the address bar and remove notifications for the specific site you’re on:

The instructions for Chrome on mobile devices has you doing the same things.

To remove notifications for a site in Firefox just follow these instructions, or just click the gear icon on a notification and turn them off:

And here are the instructions for Safari.

 

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The aim of Keto Chow is to be nutritionally complete keto food with 1/3 of ALL your nutritional requirements in each meal (electrolytes, protein, fat, vitamins, fiber, ALL of it).

Keto//OS is a mixture with exogenous ketones – you drink it and you will have ketones in your body regardless of whether you are actually in nutritional ketosis or not. For people doing ketosis to treat a disease like epilepsy, cancer, or Alzheimer’s; or for people doing elite level athletics who need quick energy but don’t want to break ketosis – exogenous ketones can be very useful. For many people, they’re of limited use. You’re not “in ketosis” unless your body is producing ketones its self. On top of that, if you do want to use exogenous ketones I would recommend checking out Perfect Keto or one of the other products that are not sold via Multi-Level Marketing.

If you’re curious, I’ve compiled a comparison of the various Keto “Meal Replacement” products available: https://www.reddit.com/r/keto/comments/6wjthf/comparison_of_keto_meal_replacement_options_costs/

Keto Chow is at the top with a cost around $11 per 2000 calories, Keto//OS is at the very bottom at $250.00 for 2000 calories.

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