How does Ketone 2.0 compare to other ketone esters, ketone salts, and MCT oil?

Updated 1 week ago by Taylor

H.V.M.N. Ketone 2.0 contains advanced Ketone-IQ™️ technology, which can raise blood ketone levels to an optimal range for a longer period of time compared to ketone precursors or other exogenous ketones. Ketone 2.0 delivers pure ketones with no salts, no fat—just fuel immediately available for your metabolism.

Read on to learn more about how Ketone 2.0 compares to Salts, MCTs, and more.

Ketone 2.0

  • Ketone-IQ acutely raises D-Betahydroxybutyrate (D-BHB) to an optimal range (1-2.5 mmol/L) and sustains elevated blood BHB levels for more than 6 hours.
  • Ketone-IQ delivers D-BHB without salt or acid load.
  • Ketone 2.0 is considered FDA Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use as a food.
  • Ketone 2.0 is not prohibited for use in sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
  • With single doses of Ketone 2.0 as a sports water, gastrointestinal (GI) side effects are rare.
  • Published clinical evidence demonstrates efficacy for performance and/or recovery.
  • Tastes better than ketone esters.

Ketone Salts

  • Raises D-BHB up to ~1 mmol/L.
  • Currently cheaper to produce than ketone esters.
  • Many ketone salts contain an unnatural form of BHB (L-BHB), which can't be easily metabolized in the body.
  • In order to raise blood BHB levels, you have to consume a significant load of salt (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) far in excess of the recommended dietary allowance of these substances.
  • Moderate to high risk of GI symptoms at manufacturer's suggested doses.
  • Not FDA GRAS, therefore sold as a supplement rather than a food.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's)

  • Raises D-BHB blood levels up to ~0.5 mmol/L
  • Currently cheaper to produce than ketone esters.
  • High amount of calories as fat, some of which your body converts to ketones.
  • The most ketogenic fat. Converts to ketones more rapidly than other fats, due to its "medium-chain" chemical structure.
  • Some people report GI symptoms, especially if they are not used to consuming MCTs.

Acetoacetate (AcAc) Diester

  • Mildly raises D-BHB to moderate levels (~1 mmol/L).
  • In the current formulation, some report GI symptoms.
  • No improvement in performance (may be related to GI symptoms).


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