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New Keto Chow Magnesium Drops

We’ve had out “Fasting Drops” for several months now – those have Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium with a balance of all 3 electrolytes, but some people want to supplement their Magnesium specifically. We have a solution for that! (yes, it’s a chemistry ‘dad joke’, sue me =): Mag Drops. It follows in the grand tradition of “Chris wants something for his own use so he’s going to introduce a product for that” -except THIS TIME it’s because Miriam wanted a magnesium supplement =). Each capful (1/2 teaspoon or 2.46ml) contains 200mg of magnesium as magnesium chloride. It’s already dissolved in solution and is easily absorbed. One thing to note: don’t go drinking several doses at the same time, that’s a bad idea; but a dose mixed into water, added to some food (like Keto Chow), and spread out over some time and you’ll be just fine!

It does have some sodium and potassium by virtue of those coming along for the ride in the solution, along with a little boron, sulfate, and other trace minerals. It’s like pink Himalayan salt that’s specially made for killing off muscle cramps! Like our Fasting Drops, Mag Drops comes in 2 sizes: a small pocket flask with 10 doses, and a big 100 dose refill bottle that comes with an empty pocket flask so you can have it on the go!

You can order Mag Drops here.

By |2018-12-10T11:47:11+00:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Ketogenic, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Dec 10-Dec 16: 10% off sale on Chocolate Mint 21 meal packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Chocolate Mint 2.1. Check out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Chocolate Mint!

Want to know something cool you can do with the Chocolate Mint? Check this out:

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

Keto Chow never disappoints. Orders are well packed, accurate, arrive fast and are delicious and easy to use. I love Keto Chow and I highly recommend it.

Here’s another review, it should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such. Here’s one of the few bad reviews we’ve ever received:

The product tastes good (eggnog) & is very filling I could only drink half at a time) but I was disappointed to learn that it contains sucralose as the sweetener, & not stevia, monk fruit or erythritrol.

Some people don’t like Sucralose (for a variety of reasons). Then again, some don’t like Stevia. I even had someone contact me that was particularly vocal about how bad they thought Erythritol is. The reason we use Sucralose in the majority of our flavors is covered on our FAQ: Why use a “chemical” sweetener like sucralose? why not stevia, monk fruit, or erythritol? Here’s what we say in that post:

That’s a very good question. The short answer is: because stevia doesn’t taste very good to the overwhelming majority of our taste testers. We do have a version of strawberry (“Natural Strawberry”) that does indeed use monk fruit instead of sucralose. It costs more to produce and doesn’t taste as good (in my opinion). We also have the Base Powder version which you combine with your choice of flavored/sweetened protein powder – lets you use whatever you’d like. Besides all that, stevia isn’t magical and causes the same reactions in humans as anything else that’s sweet so why not use the best tasting option?

Allow me to quote Julie from the Sofa King Keto facebook group – she illustrates why we use sucralose really well:

Holy what the hell. Go buy Keto Chow. It is NO joke. I am not a packaged foods kinda gal but needed something to get me back on the Keto track. I was thinking, honestly, “ok, I can choke this down for a couple weeks.” Um. NOT EVEN CLOSE. This shiz is delicious!!! And easy to make! Holy wow!
I bought both the peanut butter chocolate and the raspberry cheesecake. I blended 1/2 c heavy cream and 1/2 cup coconut milk with ice with a scoop of chow. Thick like a milkshake. No weird malt “slim fast” taste.

(Chris here) I personally use Keto Chow for at least 2 meals a day, often 3. I don’t want something that I have to suffer through, I want something so delectable that I’m sad when I run out. I want it to taste so good that I swish it around in my mouth, enjoying the flavor; not plugging my nose and chugging it as fast as possible. And I won’t sell something that’s gross or barely tolerable. It’s gotta be delightful and that’s what you get with sucralose: the best flavor possible. A meal replacement that doesn’t taste AMAZING isn’t helpful in its intended use.

What about the rat studies showing changes in gut bacteria when exposed to sucralose? Humans are not rats. Those rats weren’t consuming acacia gum. Those rats weren’t on a ketogenic diet. Even more important is the DOSE that was being given to the rats. The dosage is usually expressed in mg/Kg or how many milligrams of sucralose were given per Kilogram of body weight. In the US, it was estimated (top of page 3) that most people consume 98mg of sucralose per day resulting in a dose of 1.6mg/Kg. In a recent study to determine the effects of sucralose, the rats were given an average of 80.4 mg/kg. Let’s see how that compares to what you would get by consuming Keto Chow:

The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level for sucralose was set at 5 mg/kg body weight per day (mg/kg/d) (page 10) in the US and 15 mg/kg/d in the EU. So you’d only even be close to that using Keto Chow if you do it 3x a day and weigh 100lbs/45kg.

 

By |2018-12-10T14:33:04+00:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Facebook Live recording from Dec 4, 2018

Last night we did our weekly live broadcast. Talked about stuff, answered viewer questions, and went over some of the questions we had received during the week. Here is the high-quality recording that we posted on YouTube

Or, if you prefer, here is the original Facebook video with the viewer comments from the live broadcast.

By |2018-12-06T14:49:48+00:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Dec 3 – Dec 9: 10% off sale on Snickerdoodle 2.1 week packs

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Snickerdoodle 2.1 with its buttery cinnamony goodness. Check out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Snickerdoodle!

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

I have usd Keto Chow since June and have had great results. Every flavor I’ve tried is very tasty. The product ships super fast, and they have great customer service. Highly recommend!

Here’s another review, it should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such. This review actually comes from the /r/ketochow subreddit:

This is what 190 lbs of weight loss looks like. Thank you Chris and the whole Keto Chow team.

I’m certain that I’ve lost a few bags over the year, but that’s most of them. I have an additional ~dozen or so partially-eaten bags which I’ll continue to eat over the next few months.

My father and I started Keto Chow around March of this year. I’m on 2-3 shakes per day, he’s on one per day. I’ve lost ~110 lbs, and he’s lost ~80 lbs.

Thank you so much to Chris and the entire Keto Chow team over there in Utah. You’ve really changed both of our lives and I’ve converted a few other Atlantans to Keto Chow.

 

By |2018-12-03T06:01:55+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |1 Comment

Facebook Live recording from Nov 27, 2018

Last night we did our weekly live broadcast. Talked about stuff, answered viewer questions, and went over some of the questions we had received during the week. Here is the high-quality recording that we posted on YouTube

Or, if you prefer, here is the original Facebook video with the viewer comments from the live broadcast. It also has a fun beginning where I forgot to plug in the microphone. The youtube version has the complete audio with no problems =)

By |2018-11-28T08:48:26+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Nov 26-Dec 2: 10% off sale on Orange Cream 21 meal packs + our Cyber Monday deals

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Orange Cream 2.1. Orange Cream reminds many of orange creamsicles, especially when mixed with heavy cream. Among other things, it’s also an excellent choice for making Keto Chow popsiclesCheck out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Orange Cream!

Normally I’d put in some reviews of Keto Chow here, but instead, I’ll announce Cyber Monday sale! Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you. In addition to the 10% off on Orange Cream, here’s what we got going on Cyber Monday, November 26:

  • free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt for orders over $100 (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes). Because there are different options (Color/Size/Etc…) you have to pick which one you want, it’ll look like this.
  • 5% off ALL 21 meal “week” bags of Keto Chow.
  • 10% off the large bottles of Fasting Drops (comes with an empty little bottle)
  • 20% off Keto Chow branded BlenderBottles.
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP18. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing expedited UPS Shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $18.00 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.

Our sale continues for Small Business Saturday

Just a reminder, our After Thanksgiving sale is continuing until Monday night. We still have a bunch of shirts available for any orders over $100 – get yours before they’re gone! Originally we were only going to do the first 100 orders over $100 – then we decided to just keep going until they’re ALL gone.

 

By |2018-11-24T13:59:02+00:00November 24th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Effects of Keto on blood work in identical twins

When we went to Low Carb USA (San Diego) earlier this summer, over a meal I mentioned to Dave Feldman that one of our sets of twins had one doing keto (hereafter referred to as “KT”) for a year and the other not doing keto (hereafter referred to as “NKT”). Dave got really excited (that’s a SEVERE understatement) and wanted to know if we could convince them to get some blood tests to see how keto was affecting their cholesterol, insulin, glucagon, and other factors. Dave wanted to make sure they had similar activity levels. Both have Fitbits Alta HRs, you can see the raw data from those here (KT) and here (NKT). They are relatively close in activity 169,928 steps for KT vs 158,278 for NKT over a 2 week period before the blood tests. Sleep patterns are noticeably different: the Fitbit on KT recorded 5524 minutes of sleep, the Fitbit on NKT recorded 6388 for the same 2 week period; that’s 92 vs 106.5 hours.

The same 2 weeks leading up to the blood draw, each was taking Dave Feldman style photos of everything they ate, which proved to be the biggest annoyance for both during the experiment and they were looking forward to concluding so they could stop with that. This was to ensure that we had a record of what they were eating and that both stayed pretty much consistent with their food during the 2 weeks before the blood draw. The day of the blood tests came, KT was worried as she has had issues with blood and fainting – strangely KT had absolutely no problems at all with the blood draw and was done in about 3 minutes. NKT, on the other hand, went pale and ended up needing to lie down before the lab could finish the blood draw. We were very happy that she came out OK, though I doubt she’ll be donating blood anytime soon. =)

Before we get to the results I should explain that both parents in our home are quite strict with keto for ourselves. Two of our daughters are also strict about staying keto, though both are more “lazy keto” and don’t track carbs or such – frankly, it’s not really necessary. As young and healthy as our children are, simply the act of cutting out sugar and flour was likely enough to prevent problems in the future. Our other children are not doing keto and will eat candy, pizza, fruit, and such if given the opportunity – though we, as parents, do not buy anything non-keto anymore so it’s usually at school or when visiting.

Now for the data! Dave wanted to get a recording of his first read-through of the blood tests:

Most of the analysis was done by Dave during the video so refer there for commentary. If you prefer to look at the data yourself, you can either read it in tabular format on the “Twins” tab of this spreadsheet (the other tabs are data from previous experiments I’ve done) which also has % difference and absolute value difference columns for comparison, or you can grab the original blood tests in PDF format: KT, NKT. I’ve made some handy graphs (also on that spreadsheet in the “Twin Charts” tab) to illustrate some of the takeaways.

To start, we have a comparison of their NMR Lipid Panels. Nothing here is really a surprise at all, KT has higher numbers for all of the measurements except LDL size which is the same for both, this follows Dave’s hypothesis regarding the lipid system as an energy distribution aparatus. Both are low on HDL but have fantastic Triglyceride levels. Both also have a remnant cholesterol of 8. Dave has explained this better but this number represents energy parked in the blood in VLDL particles and you want this as low as possible since it tends to be a legit indicator of risk; an 8 is fantastic.

Both have really good fasting glucose.

Which should make their nearly identical Hemoglobin A1c not a surprise at all. This number represents the percentage of their red blood cell hemoglobin that has become “glycated” or exposed to glucose. It serves as a way to measure your average glucose over several months, usually 6 months. HbA1c is the test used to diagnose Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, although elevated HbA1c is a symptom of T2DM, not the cause. Most experts agree that the underlying cause is hyperinsulinemia or chronically elevated insulin levels.

Boom.

KT’s low fasting insulin doesn’t indicate how close she is to having hyperinsulinemia or her risk of T2DM or Alzheimers – that would require a Kraft test and measuring insulin response to glucose over time instead of once while fasting. NKT’s elevated fasting insulin does indicate that even without eating for 12 hours, her insulin was still elevated. For now, she’s likely to be able to handle that insulin load; but Dave feels that he’d like to see insulin below 10 in the future. This higher number for NKT was one of the few surprises that were in the test, most of the other markers fell in-line with what Dave expected to see based on the other results he has seen from both keto and non-keto subjects.

The other surprise was the low glucagon levels in both. A typical level is 50, and one would expect KT to have higher than normal levels. While hers is higher than NKT, both are abnormally low. Glucagon is something that Dr. Benjamin Bikman presented about at the 2018 Low Carb Breckenridge conference, interesting stuff.

So, in summary: It’s interesting to note the difference in the LDL numbers of the two. Many professionals are of the opinion that LDL is causal in atherosclerosis and would insist that KT has a higher risk of heart disease in the future. The cool thing with this data is that genetically they’re identical, with the same environment, same living conditions, same lack of cholesterol-lowering medication. They actually have almost the same triglyceride numbers too! NKT and KT both are handling the glucose load really well (that’s rather expected, given all the machinery is still new and fully functional). It is important to note the massive difference in their respective fasting insulin. So many of the chronic diseases in modern society are a direct result of too much insulin: chronic hyperinsulinemia. NKT is in danger of hyperinsulinemia causing problems in the future which is something to be truly concerned about.

By |2018-12-05T08:55:14+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Ketogenic|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Facebook Live recording from Nov 20, 2018

Last night we did our weekly live broadcast. Talked about stuff, answered viewer questions, and went over some of the questions we had received during the week. Here is the high-quality recording that we posted on YouTube

Or, if you prefer, here is the original Facebook video with the viewer comments from the live broadcast

By |2018-11-21T09:00:04+00:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week Nov 19-Nov 25: 10% off sale on Chocolate Toffee 21 meal packs + our Black Friday deals

For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Chocolate Toffee 2.1. Most of the flavors of Keto Chow were what Chris wanted, Toffee is one of 2 flavors (the other is Raspberry Cheesecake) that Miriam mandated had to be released! Check out the flavor reviews of 2.1 Chocolate Toffee!

Normally I’d put in some reviews here but instead, I’ll announce our Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/”I don’t work Sunday”/Cyber Monday sale! Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 19 – 25  we are having a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Chocolate Toffee weeks, that sale ends the following Monday morning…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Orange Cream weeks (the sale will continue through Dec 2)

Here’s what we got going on NOW! – Black Friday, November 23 – Cyber Monday, November 26:

  • The orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes). Because there are different options (Color/Size/Etc…) you’ll be prompted in the cart to select the one you want.
  • Sold out! Order 4 of the 21 meal packs of Keto Chow and get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle (while size supplies of HydroFlasks last, we have limited numbers of the different colors, does not apply to Base Powder or Subscriptions). Because there are different options (Color) you’ll be prompted in the cart to select the one you want. You can even place several different orders of 4 and get a bunch!
  • 5% off ALL 21 meal “week” bags of Keto Chow.
  • 10% off the large bottles of Fasting Drops (comes with an empty little bottle)
  • 20% off Keto Chow branded BlenderBottles.
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP18. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing expedited UPS Shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $18.00 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
By |2018-11-24T13:52:21+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |1 Comment