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The more I have been learning about this business, the more aware I have become of the multitude of false ketogenic products out there.

Here are some examples:

Nature Sweet by Whole Earth, is currently in Star Bucks posing as a monk fruit sweetener. However, when you look at the ingredients, the second is fructose, which is actually worse than sugar for messing with one’s blood sugar and ruining the effects of a keto diet. NOTE: This is just the little packets. The tubs are fine, as they are erythritol, monk fruit and stevia extracts.

There are also “fat bombs” out there with as many as 7 grams of carbs in each small ball. Since they say “keto” on the label, one assumes that they are fine. Also, as they come in a package, who can resist a second one (or even a third)?
As one is supposed to consume as few as 20 net carbs a day, eating one of these balls is risky but eating two or more will almost certainly throw one out of ketosis.

I’ve been going online to look at the major meal preparation services that offer “keto” lines of food (alongside their regular meals) and what is passing for keto is a joke, in many cases.

What’s the moral of the story?

Really know what you are buying (and study and know your truly keto-friendly ingredients) and if in doubt, buy from true keto specialists (and even then, be alert). Remember, anything that isn’t simply meat and non-starchy vegetables might contain too many carbs, so just know what you are getting into, particularly as the holidays draw near.