Effects of Keto Chow on (my) blood glucose levels

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Effects of Keto Chow on (my) blood glucose levels

This entry is part 68 of 176 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

On on /r/keto /u/rhoymand has done a series on testing his blood sugar response to various foods (here is one on a Quest Bar). I’ve been curious what effect Keto Chow has on blood so I got a glucose meter (cheap as free!) and some test strips (holy cow, these are expensive!). Today I did a test of blood glucose levels, sampling every 15 minutes from 08:45 to 14:00 (aka 22 holes in my fingers). During this time I drank a breakfast and then a lunch bottle of Keto Chow. I had intended to start this fasting but forgot and ate some beef jerky around 8. Doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the results but I’ll probably run this again in a month or so. Here’s the result:

Red lines are when I drank a blender bottle full of Keto Chow.

Red lines are when I drank a blender bottle full of Keto Chow.

The last few times I’ve had my blood checked by a lab I’ve been 79-87 mg/dL glucose while fasting. Anyhow that’s a pretty negligible change. At least in my n=1 test it looks like Keto Chow doesn’t have an appreciable effect on blood glucose levels. In case you want it, here is the raw data:

Time Glucose level note
08:45 96
09:00 89
09:15 86
09:30 86 Drank Vanilla Keto Chow at 09:40
09:45 95
10:00 94
10:15 105
10:30 88
10:45 91
11:00 92
11:15 105
11:30 101
11:45 96 Drank Rich Chocolate Keto Chow at 11:52
12:00 88
12:15 97
12:30 92
12:45 90
13:00 98
13:15 91
13:30 104
13:45 87
14:00 97
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By | 2016-10-14T07:18:01+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Soylent|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

About the Author:

Chris Bair is a computer geek and SalesForce.com system administrator for his "day job". He became involved in the powdered foods (aka "soylent") movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.

3 Comments

  1. Lance A. Brown June 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Yep. That’s been my experience as well. Keto Chow barely registers on my blood sugar levels, which is fantastic!

    • chris June 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      so n=2 then =)

  2. Ken Snyder January 15, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Chris. I diligently track my “fasting glucose” 5-6 times a week as I see strong correlations to that number and my mental apptitude and energy levels. What I’ve been meaning to do is start registering food profiles/time-value series for foods that I often eat. That would include my “bulletproof breakfast”, fry-up lunch (eggs, avocado, and bacon), and having been on Keto Chow for two days I’d probably want that there too.

    Every 15 minutes for a day is real commitment. Nice work. What I’m wondering is … Would you be interested in a small web-community experiment where we agree a defined set of “food products”, a testing regime, and some simple way of adding individuals results to the database? I love n=1 experiments but I’d love to make n into bigger number for my favourite metric (glucose).

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