10 Best Keto Food Products on The Market Right Now

By Sofia Norton, the Dietitian expert at www.kissmyketo.com 

According to Google Trends, queries for keto-related terms have been growing for the past two years. Manufacturers and e-commerce companies are definitely taking notice, and now we’re seeing a number of keto diet products hitting the market.

 

Some of these products, while marketed towards keto, are not specifically designed for the keto diet but, rather, make it easier. Others work to improve the diet’s outcomes. Below are 10 of the best keto products on the market right now.

  1. MCT Oil

MCT oil is a purified source of two types of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), namely C8 (caprylic acid) and C10 (capric acid). The product is made from either coconut or palm kernel oil and is often sold as a supplement. Keto dieters use it to promote ketosis, curb hunger, and even enhance weight loss. Although this product is a type of oil, it is not suitable for most cooking methods due to its low smoke point. But it does well in baked goods, smoothies, coffee, salads, and soups.

  1. Exogenous ketones

Raising ketone levels is the main goal of the keto diet. One way to do this is with the help of exogenous ketones, also known as ketone salts. Exogenous ketones are supplements scientifically proven to raise blood ketone levels for up to 8 hours. Followers of the keto diet use them to get into ketosis quicker and even to reduce uncomfortable symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal. While exogenous ketones help boost ketone levels, they do not put the body in ketosis or burn fat.

  1. Electrolyte supplements

Keto dieters run the risk of electrolyte imbalances when first starting this diet. That’s because the keto diet has a strong diuretic effect, especially in the first 3-7 days. To prevent this problem, supplement manufacturers and sellers offer a wide range of low-carb electrolyte supplements. These can include drinks, powders, and tablets. Because meeting daily requirements for specific electrolytes can be challenging on keto, these supplements also help prevent nutrient deficiencies.

  1. Digestive enzymes

Digestive enzymes break down food into nutrients so our bodies can use them to make energy, build tissue, and make hormones. When making major changes to your diet, the body may not be able to break down food efficiently due to a lack of specific enzymes. Before it can make the necessary adjustments, some keto diet followers rely on enzyme supplements to help them digest fat, which makes up 80% of the daily calorie intake on this diet.

  1. Grass-Fed Ghee

Keto diet advocates will often place great emphasis on food quality. When it comes to dairy products in particular, this focus is on grass-fed and pasture raised. Grass fed-ghee (clarified butter) being 100% butterfat is in high demand in the keto community, and now many keto food companies are selling it. The biggest advantage of grass-fed ghee is that it’s higher in omega-3 fatty acids as well as conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) than conventional clarified butter. It’s also naturally higher in fat-soluble vitamins D, A, and E.

  1. Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural source of MCTs, most notably lauric acid (C12). It comes as no surprise, then, that keto supplement and food companies are including coconut oil as an ingredient in their products. Like with dairy products, keto advocates place emphasis on the quality of oils, and virgin coconut oil happens to superior to refined coconut oil. Keto dieters use it as a cooking oil and food ingredient. This type of coconut oil is rich in valuable nutrients and was also linked to cardiovascular benefits.

  1. Keto bars

Most energy and protein bars are often high in carbs, sugar, and other ingredients that may not be suitable for the keto diet. That’s why manufacturers came up with keto bars, snacks that contain a hefty dose of fat and moderate amounts of protein. These products are often sweetened with low-carb sweeteners and flavored with natural ingredients such as cacao powder, peanuts, vanilla, and more.

  1. Collagen peptides

Another supplement that is often sold to keto dieters is collagen peptides. These are classified as protein supplements, although they are not a complete source of protein. Collagen peptides are, instead, easily-digestible proteins that helps heal the gut, increase satiety, and help with workout recovery. Collagen peptide supplements are often sold in powder form and can be included in a wide range of dishes on a keto diet meal plan.

  1. Keto coffee

Dave Asprey started the trend of adding butter to coffee to make it keto friendly. Because the process of making buttered coffee can be time-consuming and a bit messy, food manufacturers introduced keto coffee as a on-the-go alternative. These products are essentially instant coffee with the addition of MCTs, butter powder, coconut oil powder, and even electrolytes. They’re available online.

  1. Non-nutritive sweeteners

Low-carb and zero-calorie sweeteners have been around for quite some time. But with the low-carb trend going on, these products are now being sold more than ever. Examples of non-nutritive sweeteners popular in the keto community include stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and Swerve. Keto dieters can purchase a wide range of sweeteners at their local stores, health food stores, and online.