The Chocolate Peanut Butter is quite simply the Chocolate with added high fat peanut flour. That adds to the mass and to the volume – makes the scoop bigger.
How will mixing Ketochow with HOT WATER affect it? Will it be able to be drank immediately or does it still need to set for at least 30 minutes?
It will usually make it thicken up a bit more and it will make it hot.
The recommendation to wait 30 minutes is to allow the “I chewed a Flinstones vitamin” taste to go away. If that doesn’t bother you (many people can’t taste it) then using hot or cold water, go ahead and drink it whenever you want.
Well, you could but it’s probably not a good idea unless you’re not trying to do keto. Keto is HIGH fat, moderate protein, low carb. It is NOT low fat, low carb.
You need calories. If your insulin is low enough (below 14), you can pull around 37 calories from each pound of fat you have per day. If your insulin is high, then you’ll need to use more dietary fat or your metabolism will go down. I never recommend more than a 15% calorie deficit doing Keto Chow unless you’re VERY in-tune with your body and know what you’re doing with months or years of experience doing keto. Water, almond milk, and all the other low-fat and low-calorie stuff out there is exactly that: low fat and low calorie. Keto is all about living off fat.
Embrace the fat. Use heavy cream or avocado oil in your Keto Chow and put butter on your steak.
The week packs of Keto Chow 2.0+ do indeed come with a scoop for quick and easy measuring. If you have a scale available I do recommend using that for higher accuracy, especially if you are recording your food intake in an app like Cron-O-Meter or MyFitnessPal – the scoop can be off by 2% or more, depending on how packed down the powder is.
Opened bags of Keto Chow do not need to be stored in the fridge… generally (I’ll get to that later). The primary factor determining how long it’s good for is humidity. If you happen to live in an arid climate, you may have bags that are still fresh and tasty after 4-5 months. If you live in Florida, the powder may get clumpy and funky after only a few days. There are a few things you can do to combat the humidity:
- Use desiccant packets (the “DO NOT EAT” things you find in stuff)
- Store your bags in the freezer, not to keep them cold but because freezers tend to be crazy low humidity, and the cold doesn’t hurt either
- Get smaller bags or split up the large bag into smaller bags
Whipping cream can work, it just has a lower fat content. Lower fat content means more lactose (sugar) which will make ketosis more difficult. Half-and-half has an even lower fat content and REALLY a lot of sugar that will likely guarantee you won’t get into ketosis. I only ever use “whipping cream” when I’m traveling and need to use the Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream.
Here are the calories and carbohydrate content for a 15ml, 1 tablespoon “serving”:
|fat %||calories||carbs||carbs/400 calories|
|Heavy whipping cream||38||51||0.41||3.22|
|Darigold “Classic 40“||40||60||0.40||2.67|
The ironic thing is all of these have less than 1g per “serving” so they will often label the package as “0g total carbs” even though the half-and-half has nearly 6x as many carbs per calorie. You have to muck around the USDA food database to get the accurate nutrition information.
That’s the beta-carotene (vitamin A) – to keep it from oxidizing, it’s encapsulated. A few minutes after you mix it, the encapsulation dissolves and it releases the beta-carotene which is a dark orange/red color. It’s completely fine and will go away with a quick shake.
MCT oil is cool stuff for a ketogenic diet. Your liver will convert it almost directly into ketones – this can give you an energy boost or more “keto clarity” (the enhanced mental state that accompanies deep ketosis). The extra ketones can also help get you into ketosis faster and potentially raise your tolerance for carbs. MCT oil does not directly help with weight loss though, it’s more of an added bonus if you’re already in ketosis.
MCT oil also is associated with… “the runs” – take more than your body likes and you will spend a lot of time on the toilet. Starting a ketogenic diet can often mess with bowels anyway so I do not recommend using MCT oil when starting Keto or Keto Chow, specifically. If you’ve been doing keto chow for a while then you can start incorporating MCT oil if you like. Most people don’t handle more than 40ml a day even after doing keto for years.
Versions prior to Keto Chow 1.9 had instructions to use MCT oil and you may still find traces of that on the blog and other locations.
If you want to use MCT Oil (which is completely optional and not recommended if you’re just starting) you can use liquid oil or take capsules, the capsules will be far more expensive.
I find it’s hard to find “Heavy Cream” and can usually only find “Heavy Whipping Cream”. Both are quite similar but the “whipping” has some additional emulsifiers that won’t matter. If you have to choose between the two, get the one you want or can find. Be sure to check the label to make sure it has 0g of carbohydrates. Be aware that even though it says it has 0g it actually has 0.48g per 15ml tablespoon.