Keto Chow is a Soylent of the keto world. It promises complete nutrition to achieve nutritional ketosis. Mix it with oil, heavy cream and water to create a meal replacement that covers your daily needs for electrolytes, vitamins, and protein. No more need for cooking and meal planning.
That’s all marketing. I wish all the products stand to their claims. Reality often differs from the marketing claims. Let’s look at Keto Chow closely to see what it can and can’t do.
Is it a meal replacement?
It depends on your point of view. Soylent, or a meal replacement powder, dissolves in water to conform to its nutrition statements. Keto chow, on the other hand, contains almost no fat. It is expected to be dissolved in a fatty liquid such as avocado oil, or heavy cream. That means that your fat source is the liquid, not the powder! If you consume it only with water you will be kicked out of ketosis due to the excessive protein being converted to glucose.
What sweetener is used?
Keto Chow uses sucralose as a sweetener. The general consensus is that sucralose has little or no effect on insulin and blood sugar levels. But the research is limited on this product and it’s up to you to decide if that’s an acceptable way to sweeten products.
What are the Ingredients?
Protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
Milk or beef protein is being used so it can’t be consumed by vegetarians. Lactose intolerant also be aware of the protein source.
Acacia gum is used as the main source of soluble fiber. According to keto chow’s website, it has some great benefits for ketosis and general gut health. That’s an oversimplification about fibers but I don’t want to go into the details about it here.
Electrolytes play an important role in the keto diet. If you lack them then keto flu can hit you hard. Keto chow consumed 3 times a day covers your magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium daily needs.
Vitamins are added but the nutritional panel contains no daily value information. It’s a cruel joke on the customers. I am not going through each vitamin in their list and figuring out if it’s sufficiently present.
Keto Chow has a whopping number of available flavors – 18. It’s hard not to find something you like from such an assortment. Also, they sell a variety pack to simplify the buying decision.
The powder doesn’t dissolve right away after shaking. It’s recommended to put in a fridge for at least 30 minutes after mixing. Without planning you might miss the perfect moment to consume it if you are in a hurry or have a tight schedule.
Keto Chow powder is basically protein powder with vitamins and minerals added. If you are lazy or want to save some time, then it might be a good choice for you. As for me, I am taking standard protein powder and mixing it up with whatever I want. Electrolytes are coming from additional supplements whenever I need them.