Keto Certified is the world’s first and most popular Keto Certification program developed in 2016 by the Paleo Foundation.  The Keto Certified Standards were designed to standardize Keto claims on products while improving the quality of available Keto diet products on the market for individuals following a Ketogenic Diet

Keto Certified Standards for keto diet approved products

 

Keto Certified Standards

Meal and Meal Replacement Products must not contain more than 10g net/effective carbohydrates per serving.  For products which contain largely whole unprocessed ingredients or ingredients with reduced digestibility,  a 12g net carbohydrate per serving is permissible for use of the Keto Certified label.

Snack Products must not contain more than 6g net/effective carbohydrates per serving. For products which contain largely whole unprocessed ingredients or ingredients with reduced digestibility, an 8g net carbohydrate per serving is permissible in Keto Certified Standards.  
Condiments must not contain more than 6g net/effective carbohydrates per serving. For products which contain largely whole unprocessed ingredients or ingredients with reduced digestibility, an 8g net carbohydrate per serving is permissible for use of the Keto Certified label.  

 

Keto Certified Macros

keto certified standards for macros

 

Exogenous Ketones:

Exogenous Ketone Supplementation is allowed in the Keto Certified program, provided that the ketones are naturally-derived beta-hydroxybutyrate compounds, such as beta-hydroxybutyrate mineral salts, and medium-chain triglycerides.  Qualification for Ketone esters are not included in the Keto Certified program at this time but may be considered in the future provided adequate safety research. 

 

Quality Requirements

Keto Certified Products should not contain the following ingredients to be eligible for use of the Keto Certified label.  

 

Disallowed Ingredients:

Partially-Hydrogenated trans fats such as soybean, margarine, and vegetable oils.  Alcohol ketone bodies, Ketone esters.  Artificial Sweeteners such as saccharin, cyclamate, acesulfame, aspartame, sucralose.  Corn syrups and Maltitol.  Artificial flavors are not allowed in the Keto Certified Standards.

 

Allowed Ingredients:

The following ingredients are eligible for use of the Keto Certified Program.  They may be amended from time to time as necessary.  However, Keto Certified Standards Require that all products must meet macronutrient requirements and maintain a low-sugar profile.  These ingredients include, but are not limited to:

Meats

All meats are allowed in the Keto Certified program.

Seafood

All seafood is allowed in the Keto Certified Program.

Nuts and Seeds

All nuts and seeds are allowed. Nut Butters must be unsweetened or low-sugar.

Fruits and Vegetables

All vegetables and fruits are allowed. Vegetable Juices Sea vegetables, Seaweed, Algae, Dried Fruits, Fruit Juices, Berries.

Fermented Foods

Apple Cider vinegar, Distilled vinegar, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kombucha, Coconut Kefirs, Coconut Yogurt and Nut-based yogurts are allowed if unsweetened or low sugar.

Spices

All spices are allowed, provided they do not contain ethoxyquin which is not permitted in the Certified Paleo Program.  Salt, Sea salts, smoked salts, and salt blends are also allowed.

Mucilages

Mucilages such as psyllium husk, and chia seeds are permitted within the Keto Certified Program.

Roots and Tubers

All roots and tubers are allowed, including potatoes provided that they meet the macronutrient requirements as outlined herein.

Flavors and Coloring

Allowed flavors include essential oils, oleoresins, extracts*, distillates*, and ingredients that contain flavoring derived from spices, fruits, vegetables and other plant material, meat or insect derivatives, insect oils, and stearic acid*.

Sweeteners

Honey, stevia, coconut sugar, date sugar, fruit juice, monk fruit, lo han guo, inulin, tapioca maltodextrin and sugar alcohols except for maltitol.

Coffee and Tea

All coffees and teas are allowed in the Keto Certified Program.

Stabilizers

 Sunflower Lecithin, Egg-Derived Lecithin, All food-grade Hydrocolloids, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid,  anti-caking Silicon Dioxide.

Oils and Fats

Pastured and Grass-fed tallow, lard, ghee, butter, cheese, duck fat, Non-Hydrogenated lard.  All nut oils, Red Palm Oil*, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil,  High-Oleic Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Peanut Butter.

Protein

Gelatin, Collagen, Bone Broths, Protein concentrates, isolates, and hydrolysates including whey, casein, egg white, pea, chickpea, soy, peanut, and hemp proteins.

Milks

All unsweetened or low-sweetened nut milks are allowed. Other allowed milks include, but are not limited to: Hemp Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Cashew Milk, and Tigernut Milk.

*Source, Substrate, and Amount dependent

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