How does Ketone-IQ™ compare to other ketone esters, ketone salts, and MCT oil?

Updated 6 months ago by Taylor

Ketone-IQ™️ delivers pure ketones with no salts, no fat—just fuel immediately available for your metabolism.

Read on to learn more about how Ketone-IQ™️ compares to Salts, MCTs, and more.


  • Acutely raises blood ketones to an optimal range: 1.0-2.5 millimolar (mmol) per liter (L) of blood.
  • Sustains elevated ketone levels for more than 6 hours.
  • Delivers a direct dose of ketones without salt or acid load.
  • With single doses of Ketone-IQ™️ as a sports drink, gastrointestinal (GI) side effects are rare.
  • Published clinical evidence demonstrates efficacy for performance and/or recovery.
  • Tastes better than ketone esters.

Ketone Salts

  • Raises blood ketones up to ~1.0 mmol/L.
  • Currently cheaper to produce than ketone esters.
  • To raise blood ketone levels, you have to consume a large amount of salt (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) far in excess of the recommended daily dietary allowance.
  • Moderate to high risk of GI symptoms at suggested doses.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

  • Raises blood ketone levels up to ~0.5 mmol/L
  • Currently cheaper to produce than ketone esters.
  • A 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 blood ketones to moderate levels (~1.0 mmol/L).
  • In the current formulation, some report GI symptoms.
  • No improvement in performance (likely related to GI symptoms).

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