Couple of changes to the recipe for Keto Chow in testing

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Couple of changes to the recipe for Keto Chow in testing

This entry is part 84 of 176 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

I finally got around to grinding up the multi-vitamin into a powder and seeing if it affected the taste of Keto Chow – it doesn’t. As soon as I can switch over my production pipeline I’m going to start incorporating it into the mix. There will likely be a transition period for a few weeks where the more popular flavors (I’m looking at you: Rich Chocolate) get swapped over almost immediately and the more exotic flavors are switched slower. I’m planning on putting a sticker on the updated ones, something along the lines of “No more vitamin pill, it’s in the mix!”. This will make things easier for everyone and I’ll stop forgetting to include the vitamins when I ship out a week. It will also null the questions about using a different vitamin which really wasn’t a good idea anyway.

I’m investigating adding Magnesium Glycinate (2g/day) to the mixture to raise the levels of magnesium. I recently got a really fun muscle cramp in my leg and while researching the cause and remedy I discovered that I probably need more magnesium. Keto Chow already has 555mg of magnesium (132% RDI) per day but some digging shows that on a ketogenic diet you probably need 300mg over the RDI. This change brings the total in Keto Chow above 900mg a day. I did a fair amount of research into the different forms of Magnesium. I could have added more magnesium citrate but the citric acid can act as a laxative. I ended up with wanting to go with either Magnesium Malate or Glycinate – both are highly bio-available and without the issues of some of the other forms of magnesium. I would have preferred the Malate but it was difficult to get in bulk powder form, whereas I can get the Glycinate in big bulk packages (and it also comes in smaller packages too).

So I’m currently testing both changes together: powdered vitamin and additional magnesium. I’m also testing a third change, this time to the fish oil. The stuff I usually take requires 5 fish oil pills, There’s a slightly more expensive one that I only need 2 per day. It also has an “enteric coating” that makes you not burp up fish taste. Taking the two is a bit easier. If all goes well in the test I’ll switch over the fish oil pills I sell from 35 for a week to 14 for a week. I’ll have to take new product pictures.

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By | 2015-08-17T09:40:21+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Categories: Keto Chow, Soylent|Tags: , , , , |16 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.

16 Comments

  1. Brad August 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Are you using anything crazy industrial to grind up the vitamins or could I use something at home to get the job done do you think?

    • chris August 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Just putting about a half bottle in a blendtec and letting it go nuts.

  2. Derek August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Will you also be updating the recipe to 1.0.4 and including new ingredients to source from Amazon or wherever?

    • chris August 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Yes I will. This is all assuming the tests go well. I’ve passed out some vanilla to family and neighbors that are also doing Keto and having them “beta test” it to see if they like/don’t notice the changes. If a bunch can taste the vitamins (and don’t like it) or whatever then I’ll pull the plug.

      • Derek August 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

        I’d be happy to beta test some Rich Chocolate since that’s what I drink almost every day. I’d be eager to see if there’s any real difference in taste.

  3. Pat August 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Love the ideas for adding in the vitamins and more magnesium. I just wanted to comment on the fish oil part. I have been using Dr. Tobias omega 3 fish oil 2x/day since I started instead of the 5 per day that was on your recipe. I did some research before going with these and I think they contain the same amount as taking the 5/day brand. They also have the coating that you mentioned, although I can say that it only seems to work about half the time. I thought maybe you had stumbled upon the same brand.

    • chris August 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      You mean the coating only works half of the time?

  4. trevor August 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Chris,

    I am a little confused on the amount of sulfur in the mix. Your ingredients show 3.3 grams from the protein mix, but I am having a hard time validating that. Where have you found the information for the amount of sulfur?

    Thanks,
    Trevor

  5. Kelly McWilliams August 20, 2015 at 6:35 am - Reply

    If the vitamins work out, can I send you this giant bottle of unpulverized vitamins I just bought? I don’t want a discount, I just want to use that space for more bags of Keto Chow. It’s a little kitchen.

    • chris August 20, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

      If it’s unopened and the kirkland signature ones, I’ll even buy it from you at the same cost I get it, though at that point you’d probably just be better off returning it. Opened stuff I can’t use because of health regulations.

  6. Jeremy August 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Hey Chris and others, Re: Fish Oil Pills

    These are the ones I’ve been using: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F5ZV6W6

    They’re so tiny, not the usual fish oil horse pills. Each is %85 Omega-3 (500mg) and mostly EPA at that. No fishy burps.

    Some pills like the ones you linked from Costco say ‘1200mg’ but you go look and the EPA+DHA Omega-3’s make up only half of that ( 600mg or so.)

    Now go read the review for those pills by ‘RWM’; it should be the first.

    He goes through almost every Fish Oil pill you can buy, how they’re made, ‘coatings’, pros and cons and price per mg of each.

  7. isaac August 26, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Have you thought of using vitamin powder instead of blending up pills? I was thinking of the “boosts” you can get at Jamba Juice, where they add a scoop of powder to your smoothy.

    • chris August 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      I have yet to find a provider of it that I can get anything smaller than 1000 kg.

      • isaac August 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

        Does that mean you are also manually opening the capsules of K-2 that I see in the DIY recipe? If so, that’s got to be a lot of manual labor!

        Your posts have really inspired me to jump on the keto band wagon!

        • chris August 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

          I actually used to do just that. Then I got a blendtec blender (totally a business expense). 2-3 seconds and the capsules are all broken up, then I just run it through a sifter and throw away the shattered remains of the capsules. I can do 200 at a time. Not ideal but still workable.

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