If you are like many people out there who love the keto diet, you'd know that being on keto is liberating as you can have your cake and eat it too. Considering all the delicious foods that you get to eat. With the only exception of-coarse, that you give up of some of your carb intake.
But what about all the snacks that are out there sold and labeled as "Keto Friendly" or "completely Natural". Are they actually keto friendly and natural as they claim? or do they have hidden gems that you don't know about?
We took the matter in our own hands and did a little bit of digging to find out if some of these brands out there are indeed keto friendly as they claim they are.
So we contacted a few brands anonymously asking whether their products contained some of these harmful ingredients and the results, were astonishing. Most of these brands didn't even reply to our emails. And the ones that did assured us that they would get back to us. but we never heard back.
We don't like to bash other brands however we did compile a list of the most important ingredients you'd want to avoid, no matter where you buy your supplements. Here are the few:
Ace K or Acesulfame Potassium
The first one is Ace K or Acesulfame. Ace K is typically around 200 times sweeter than sugar and is used to give food and drinks a sweet taste without adding calories. It can be found in diet sodas, ice-creams, jelly and ofcaorse in keto products such as keto shakes. This chemical is known to make the above foods taste amazing, but according to a study Acesulfame K may cause premature delivery or affect the taste preferences of babies whose mothers eat a lot of the sweetener.
One animal study suggests that long-term use may also impair brain function. Therefore it is safe to stay away from products that contain this chemical. One example of a healthy Ace K free product is DaKetoShop's Keto Collagen shake, which is Ace K free and made with 100% natural ingredients.
Sucralose or E955
Sucralose is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that's 400–700 times sweeter than sugar, and Splenda is the most popular sucralose-based product used today in the USA. Sucralose is commonly used as a sugar substitute for a variety of foods and baking practices. It's also added to thousands of food products worldwide because of its 0 calorie benefits which has caught the eyes of many health conscious folks. But here comes the big question; is sucralose actually good for your keto diet or will it spike your blood sugar?
Sucralose is known to have little or no effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. However, this really depends on each individual and whether they're used to consuming artificial sweeteners or not. Furthermore one study found that heating sucralose with glycerol, the backbone of fat molecules, produced harmful substances called chloropropanols. These substances are known to raise the risks cancer.
This is the reason we recommend staying away from even sporadic use of splenda or other sweeteners that contain sucralose. Hence using sucralose from time to time it could spike your insulin and alternatively, using it consistently it could raise your risks of developing other health problems. This is the reason why we refrained from using sucralose in our keto collagen shakes and made it our priority to stick with natural ingredients.
Thickeners and Gums
Thickeners and gums, including xanthin gum, as well as fillers are often added to bulk up the protein and save money for the manufacturer. Furthermore xanthin gum can create many gastrointestinal issues like bloating and constipation. For example some fillers include ingredients such as coconut flour, psyllium, sugar, which can cause gastric distress such as bloating, constipation and reflux in people who are sensitive to digestive issues.
We always take our customer's health seriously and only use natural silica to make our keto collagen shakes. Silicon dioxide is found in plants and drinking water and it is perfectly safe. A research done recently shows that consuming silica in our diet, is safe as it doesn’t accumulate in our bodies. Instead, it is throughly flushed out by our kidneys.
We hope you are now more equipped and knowledgable to know what substances are safer to stay away from in order to stay healthy and get the most out of your keto diet. On behalf of DaketoShop we are wishing you a happy and healthy 2020 new year!