Keto Chow 2.0 Status Update (good news!)

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Keto Chow 2.0 Status Update (good news!)

TL;DR: major progress, gotta wait on the old protein to go back and get new stuff, production might start as early as next week (or not).

Yesterday I had the day off so we did some work on Keto Chow 2.0. We received some test samples of the different flavors using a different whey protein. The short version of the story is: we were going to be using a whey protein concentrate (80% protein) but there was a rather severe metallic aftertaste when we used the actual protein that was purchased in bulk. We decided to try a different brand from the same distributor (so we could apply credit for the returned concentrate) and instead of concentrate, we got whey protein isolate that’s 90% protein. The isolate is going to be more expensive (for me to buy, price will be the same) but it tastes good, has more protein, and actually has fewer carbs (win!). Specifically, the isolate has 1/3 the carbs with 2g per 100g instead of 6g, and 90g of protein compared to 79g. The bad news is the nutrition on the labels isn’t going to match what’s actually in there (the good news is it’s better than what’s on the label!) – for this first batch I don’t have the resources to have them redone so there will be a sticker directing you to the website for updated information. We’re working on returning the concentrate and getting the isolate delivered, I’m guessing that will take a week. When production starts I’ll update the Keto Chow 2.0 nutrition page with the new information.

We also ran into some issues with the viscosity of the mix. It would mix up pretty thin and watery in a blender bottle but use an actual blender or immersion blender and it thickens right up! I’m still waiting on a reply from my 2:00 am email about my theory but I think the issue is the co-packer used a granulated xanthan gum instead of the fine powder we have been using. This caused the xanthan gum to not fully integrate and there was a slight “tapioca” texture. My guess is we just need to switch xanthan gum form factor and it’ll be good for blender or blender bottle.

The flavors all tested extremely well with 2 people telling me to get the problems resolved NOW so they can order a bag of the Salted Caramel flavor! I even had my children do a tasting session, because that’s how we do market research… or something =)

For any interested, here are the differences between the concentrate I was going to use and the isolate I will be using per 100g:

per 100g Concentrate Isolate Difference Unit
Calories 400 379 -21 kCal
Calories From Fat 40 11 -29 kCal
Total Fat 4.5 1.2 -3.3 g
Saturated Fat 3 0.7 -2.3 g
Trans Fat 0 0 +0 g
Cholesterol 200 8 -192 mg
Sodium 450 143 -307 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6 2 -4 g
Sugars 3.5 2 -1.5 g
Protein 79 90 +11 g
Vitamin A 0 80 +80 IU
Calcium 470 480 +10 mg
Iron 0.52 0 -0.52 mg
Alanine 3.94 4.6 +0.66 g
Arginine 8.15 2.1 -6.05 g
Aspartic Acid 10.4 9.7 -0.7 g
Cystine 0.54 2.6 +2.06 g
Glutamic Acid 15.99 17.1 +1.11 g
Glycine 4.3 1.6 -2.7 g
Histidine 2.37 1.5 -0.87 g
Isoleucine 4.92 5.6 +0.68 g
Leucine 10.5 9.7 -0.8 g
Lysine 8.22 9.7 +1.48 g
Methionine 1.01 2 +0.99 g
Phenylalanine 5.52 2.9 -2.62 g
Proline 4.31 5.5 +1.19 g
Serine 5.14 3.7 -1.44 g
Threonine 3.65 6.1 +2.45 g
Tryptophan 0.96 1.6 +0.64 g
Tyrosine 3.91 2.7 -1.21 g
Valine 5.51 4.6 -0.91 g
By | 2017-02-14T08:50:59+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|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. Matt February 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    So I used to use the 100%food keto a few years ago and loved it. It was like 500 calories I think just powder + my 120 scoop of protein which was perfect. And it tasted like cake batter. I just got the sample of yours and so far its’ way better than their ‘new’ formula which was grainy and gross. Do you think adding heavy cream will make it closer to this taste? I always like adding the protein to get higher protein in for the day.

    • Chris February 25, 2017 at 5:16 am - Reply

      Well, heavy cream will likely improve the flavor and mouthfeel of 100%food but it won’t eliminate the grittiness.

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