Keto Chow FAQs
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.
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:
- Add liquid fish oil to Keto Chow as you mix it.
- 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”.
There are 3 “consumable” supplies you need to get
- MCT Oil
- Heavy Cream
- Fish Oil
I could sell MCT oil, but you get a better price ordering it directly from Amazon. 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.
Maybe. I don’t really have a clear answer on this one.
- The protein has kosher ingredients but has not been blessed.
- The Psyllium Husk is “kosher certified”
- Potassium Citrate appears to be OK though I don’t see anything specific, likely hasn’t been blessed
- Calcium & Magnesium appears to be OK but unlike the Psyllium 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
- The vitamin K is Kosher certified
- The multi-vitamin has a trace amount of gelatin
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.
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.
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…
MCT Oil is somewhat there for the calories but mostly it’s there to help keep you in ketosis. MCTs are processed directly into ketones. Check out http://primaldocs.com/members-blog/the-benefits-of-coconut-oil-mct-oil-and-ketosis/ (it was first in a google search for “MCT ketosis”).
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”. For this reason I only recommend MCT oil anymore, less confusing is good. 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 since many report little to no problems with it compared to MCT.
No, but it’s close. There are a few ingredients that pose a problem:
- It contains vitamin D3 which comes from animal sources.
- The vitamin I use has a tiny amount of gelatin (also animal sourced).
- 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).
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.
With wheat being anathema to ketosis, nothing in the mixture directly has any whet 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.
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:
- polyunsaturated, and
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.
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.
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.
Got a question that’s not on the list? Go ahead and ask and I’ll add it!