Keto Gummies have grabbed my attention recently when one of my social media followers posted a “Halleluiah” moment of her life! She discovered industrial gummy bears with no added sugar (you can guess the producer). How awesome, right?!
Well, not quite. Whenever something like this happens, I immediately activate the Greek Goes Keto detective and put the product under a serious investigation!
Industrial Keto Gummies?
So, this gigantic industrial producer of sweets, candies and similar addictive stuff claim their gummies are sugar-free and, therefore, Keto friendly. A naive Ketonian will immediately fall for them! This is particularly interesting. Dear industrial producer, let’s cut into your ingredients. In fact, let’s see the label together:
Greek Goes Keto Industrial Keto Gummies Verdict
This product should not be consumed by humans in no case – here’s why:
Most of the people who consume so-called Keto gummies containing maltitol, particularly in massive amounts, could encounter abdominal gas and painful cramping. Some will even experience severe cramping and finally – diarrhoea. The consequences can last for days after overdosing with maltitol. Products that utilise maltitol as a sweetener can be identified as “sugar-free,” notwithstanding the reality they can, and they will influence blood sugar level in sensitive individuals, especially diabetics. Industrial producers like to take pride in the claim that maltitol does not influence blood sugar. However, this is not true and not ethical.
2. Natural and artificial flavours
Why artificial? Aren’t your all candies trying to imitate the flavour of fruits? Well, fruits should be natural, why the need for artificial fruit flavouring?
3. Canola oil
So, in this product, you’ve used coconut oil, bravo! Now, why in the world do you need canola oil too? You can read all about the health hazard of canola oil in this article.
4. Carnauba Leaf Wax
This wax is a highly processed product made up of simple alcohols, fatty acids, other acids and hydrocarbons. Reports show that it can be a potential hypoallergenic and common emollient. Nevertheless, some people have reported having allergic responses to this wax in its original unprocessed state. This is the principal reason for the health problems that are connected with this wax.
Why in the world? Now, I really need to repeat how dangerous is Aspartame! In fact, we should all fight against the usage of this dangerous substance in food! I wrote a whole post devoted to this industrial trash and you can read it HERE.
But there are other, less-known industrial producers. Are they better?
Maybe just a little, but in general – NOT MUCH! Why? Well, even though they don’t use Aspartame or Maltitol, they still play on the edge of gastrointestinal problems and potential overdosing with industrial ingredients. Another Social media post showed me this sugar-free product…
Here’s my verdict:
1. Prebiotic soluble fibre from tapioca – WHY?
Tapioca is something that cannot and should not make a way into Keto diet in any form. Fermented or not, this thing is highly influencing digestive system and it’s a starch. Do we want starch? If you would like to learn more about industrial fermentation of starch, such as tapioca and corn, and why I am opposing it, here’s an excellent article. In general, if it requires an industrial laboratory process, it’s not natural!
2. Chicory root fibre?
The product of chicory root fibre is basically inulin. Ironically, the enigma with inulin is that it does not have the sense or feeling of fibre. This makes it tricky and people tend to consume way too much. Of course, this will bring us to the same digestive difficulties created by an overflow of any fibre: gases, diarrhoea, typical bloating, nausea, fever, severe stomach cramping. On the other hand, some people will experience constipation and pain.
A study from the University of Minnesota published in 2010 found that most healthy people can tolerate up to 10 grams of native inulin (one type of inulin product) and five grams of “sweet” inulin (another version) daily. Flatulence was the most common symptom reported by study participants regardless of the type of inulin they consumed.
3. Rice flour – Oh my… In a Keto product?
I am not saying that this producer is advertising the product as Keto-friendly, I am just pointing it out for all the Ketonians who might fall for this. They might decide to treat themselves with sugar-free industrial gummies… Rice flour is high in carbohydrates and also it’s often produced from GMO rice.
4. Carnauba Leaf Wax
They say that Repetitio est mater studiorum, so just scroll up and read about this ingredient in the previous product overview.
So, what shall we do?
Simply, make your own Keto gummies at home! I swear it’s easy and simple! Many ketonians make them as a remedy (Here’s my version as collagen supplement) or to help them to increase apple cider vinegar consumption. Some also make MCT oil gummies. You will be sure that your gummies don’t contain starch or any industrial wax. The sweetener you use will be controlled, your acidifier will not be any industrial E-additive but a splash of good old lemon juice. They will be safe both for you and your children! Furthermore, they will provide you with some fun time while preparing them. We should all make our gummies at home, guilt-free – poison free!
Keto Gummies - HEALTHY HOMEMADE VERSION
- 500 ml (2 cups) mineral water
- 1 teabag rose hip tea organic
- 100 ml (1/2 cup) raspberry juice freshly squeezed
- 4 tbsp gelatine (preferably beef, grass-fed)
- 8 tbsp water for the gelatine activation
- 2 tbsp coconut oil extra virgin
- 12 drops natural food flavouring (this is optional, you can use the flavouring of your choice, I used raspberry and blueberry natural flavouring)
- 1/2 lemon sliced
- 3 tbsp monk fruit sweetener (you can use stevia too)
- Pour the mineral water into a deep saucepan. Slice the lemon into very thin slices and add it to the water. Add rosehip tea bag and coconut oil.
- Bring this mixture to a boil. In a big glass, mix gelatine with 8 tbsp water and add it to the saucepan. Mix well until gelatine dissolves. Add natural flavourings.
- Remove lemon slices and the tea bag from the saucepan and let it cool down for 10 minutes. Add freshly squeezed raspberry juice and monk fruit sweetener. Stir well.
- Use silicone moulds of your choice (you can even purchase gummy bear moulds online) and pour in your mixture.
- Place the moulds in the freezer for 30 minutes (maybe a bit longer depending on your freezer temperature)
- Remove the gummies from the moulds and keep them in a glass container. They will stay fresh for 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Remember, this is a 100% natural homemade product and you cannot expect them to have the same texture for a long period of time without the industrial additives.