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What’s New in Ample Original 4.0 and Ample K 2.0?

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Ample Meal has just launched updates to its meal replacement drinks Ample Original and Ample K, a Keto Meal Shake. The new Ample Original 4.0 formula features whole grain oat flour, organic guar gum, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, a more potent micronutrient blend, and other improvements. The new Ample K 2.0 features a decrease in net carbs, added Medium-Chain-Triglycerides (MCTs), the addition of High Oleic Sunflower Oil and other enhancements. To learn what’s new in Ample V 3.0, check out this article.

Product
Ample Original v4.0 Meal Replacement Shake

$39.00

Ample K v2.0 – Keto Meal Replacement

$40.50

To learn more about Ample meal replacement drinks, check out my previous review and comparisons.

What’s New in Ample Original v4.0?

400 Calorie v3.1 400 Calorie v4.0 600 Calorie v3.1 600 Calorie v4.0
Calories 400 400 600 600
Protein 27g 26g 38g 36g
Fat 21g 22g 33g 35g
Saturated Fat 10g 10g 16g 15g
Cholesterol 0g 30mg 0g 45mg
Carbohydrates 25g 24g 38g 35g
Dietary Fiber 10g 10g 14g 14g
Sugar 4g 4g 6g 6g
Sodium 490mg 450mg 700mg 630mg
Potassium 0mg 280mg 0mg 350mg
Protein Source Grass-fed Whey, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey, Grass-fed Collagen Protein, Pea Protein
Fat Source Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin Coconut Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Lecithin Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin Coconut Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Lecithin
Carb Source Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder Whole Grain Oat Flour, Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder, Tapioca Dextrin Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder Whole Grain Oat Flour, Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder, Tapioca Dextrin
Sweeteners Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract
Sources of Fiber Organic Psyllium Husk, Chicory Root Fiber, Acacia Fiber, Organic Psyllium Husk, Chicory Root Fiber, Acacia Fiber, Guar Gum Organic Psyllium Husk, Chicory Root Fiber, Acacia Fiber, Organic Psyllium Husk, Chicory Root Fiber, Acacia Fiber, Guar Gum
Micronutrients Vitamin C (2%), Calcium (4%), Iron (10%) Vitamin D (20%), Calcium (20%), Magnesium (20%)Iron (6%) Vitamin A (2%), Vitamin C (2%), Calcium (4%), Iron (15%) Vitamin D (25%), Calcium (25%), Magnesium (25%), Iron (8%)
Price $39.00 $39.00 $48.00 $48.00
Cost per serving $6.50 $6.50 $8.00 $8.00

As you can see in the comparison table above, Ample has made changes to its 4.0 formula across the board.  I have marked the changes in green that I would consider positive or neutral, and I have marked the ones in red that I consider negative.

Oats vs. Tapioca

Overall, I appreciate the changes Ample has made to version 4.0 as compared to the older 3.1. Even though oats are not Paleo, I think whole oat flour is a better source of carbs than the faster-digesting tapioca dextrin. I also like the additional vitamins and minerals that most of us don’t get enough through diet.

Ample Original 4.0 New Ingredients

Taste and Texture

The new Ample Original mixes smoother than ever and has a more natural sweetness and creamy flavor. Ample describes it as rich and creamy with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. I think that’s an accurate characterization.

New Ample Original 4.0 Micronutrients

New Ingredients

  • High Oleic Sunflower Oil: Ample includes this in the blend for an additional potent source of monounsaturated fats that is complementary to the meal’s flavor and very smooth to mix.
  • Whole Grain Oat Flour: Ample’s solution for a better slow-digesting source of carbohydrates. In return, the company has trimmed down on tapioca dextrin.
  • Guar Gum: In Ample’s continued effort to keep its meal replacement drinks as filling and satisfying as possible, Guar Gum has been a useful tool to improve the texture of the meals and added fiber without adding grit. While I’m not a huge fan of “gums,” Guar Gum is safe, and it offers numerous benefits due to its high fiber count.
  • Micronutrient Blend:  Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D are now included at 25% DV and Potassium at 10% DV in each meal. Many Americans are deficient in these micronutrients, and I had asked Ample in the past to include more vitamins and minerals in their meals.

Give Ample Original a Try

New Ample Original 4.0

If you want to give the new Ample Original 4.0 a try, make sure to use discount code MK15 and get 15% off your order or subscription.

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What’s New in Ample K v2.0?

400 Calorie v1.0 400 Calorie  v2.0 600 Calorie v1.0 600 Calorie v2.0
Calories 400 400 600 600
Protein 13g 13g 19g 19g
Fat 33g 33g 50g 51g
Saturated Fat 21g 17g 33g 25g
MCTs 6g 5g 9g 8g
Cholesterol 0g <5mg 0g 5mg
Carbohydrates 16g 13g 22g 19g
Net Carbs 6g 3g 9g 5g
Dietary Fibers 10g 10g 13g 14g
Sugar 2g 2g 3g 3g
Sodium 420mg 430mg 570mg 580mg
Potassium 380mg 280mg* 530mg 350mg*
Protein Source Grass-fed Whey Isolate, Egg White Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey Isolate, Egg White Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey Isolate, Egg White Protein, Pea Protein Grass-fed Whey Isolate, Egg White Protein, Pea Protein
Fat Source Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, MCTs Coconut Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, MCTs Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, MCTs Coconut Oil, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, MCTs
Carb Source Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder Tapioca Dextrin Tapioca Dextrin, Sweet Potato Powder Tapioca Dextrin
Sweeteners Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract Dried Honey, Monk Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract
Source of Fiber Acacia Fiber, Chicory Root Fiber Acacia Fiber, Chicory Root Fiber, Organic Guar Gum Acacia Fiber, Chicory Root Fiber Acacia Fiber, Chicory Root Fiber, Organic Guar Gum
Micronutrients Vitamin D (20%), Calcium (20%), Magnesium (20%), Iron (8%) Vitamin D (20%), Calcium (20%), Magnesium (20%), Iron (6%) Vitamin D (25%), Calcium (25%), Magnesium (25%), Iron (10%) Vitamin D (25%), Calcium (25%), Magnesium (25%), Iron (8%)
Price $48.00 $48.00 $60.00 $60.00
Cost per serving $8.00 $8.00 $10.00 $10.00

Net Carbs

Ample K with only 3g net carbs

Similar to the new Ample Original 4.0, the company has updated its 2.0 formula in numerous areas. I have marked the differences in green that I would consider positive or neutral, and I have marked the ones in red that I consider negative. The reduction of potassium in the new formula struck me as odd, and so I reached out to Ample to inquire about the change. Here is what Ample told me:

The amount of Potassium we added did not go down from V1 to V2, however we used new analytical testing to verify our additions and the results were reporting lower than the amounts we added. When we had that batch manufactured, we decided to take a conservative approach and report the lower numbers until we could validate the results. We since completed that work and the next version will report an amount similar to the label on V1!

Most importantly, version 2.0 has a lower amount of net carbs and 5/8 grams (400/600 cal) of MCTs.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

New Ample K 2.0 Flavor

In case you wonder, net carbs are the total amount of carbohydrates minus those carbs your body cannot use for energy (i.e., fiber). MCTs are essential in the Keto diet because they offer an immediate source of energy (1). It is also important to note that the new formula has only a fraction of a gram fewer MCTs. But since Ample rounds to whole numbers, it shows as 1 gram less on the label.

  • 3g Net carbs and 5g of MCTs per 400 calorie meal
  • 5g Net carbs and 8g of MCTs per 600 calorie meal

I’d also like to point out that MCT is a collective term of various fatty acids, but your body cannot use all of them for energy (Ketosis). Four popular MCTs that you can also find in coconut oil include:

  • Caproic acid (C6)
  • Caprylic Acid (C8)
  • Capric Acid (C10)
  • Lauric Acid (C12)

While Ample includes all of them, the company does not count C12 because Lauric Acid does not bypass your digestive system and, thus, your liver can’t use it to make Ketones. In other words, the 5 and 8 grams shown on the label, do not include C12.

Additionally, Ample has adjusted the sweetness balance in Ample K to achieve a more natural flavor. I always liked the taste, but I agree it was on the sweeter side.

New Ingredients

Ample K - New Ingredients

Ample has also added two new ingredients that we haven’t seen in older versions of its formula:

  • High Oleic Sunflower Oil: Now included in the blend for an additional potent source of monounsaturated fats that are also low in omega-6s. It’s complementary to the meal’s flavor and very smooth to mix.
  • Organic Guar Gum: For a more filling and satisfying meal, guar has been a useful tool to add fiber without gritty texture.

The addition of Guar Gum also helps to make the meal more filling by adding some texture. Before, many users have noticed that Ample K was the thinnest and least filling meal in the lineup, especially compared to Ample’s Original formula.

Micronutrient Comparison

Ample has managed to improve the new formula in many areas, such as a reduction in saturated fat and carbohydrates. But I also noticed a few changes that aren’t so great. For example, the 600-calorie bottle offers less potassium and slightly more sodium than the previous version. While these are not significant issues in comparison to the other improvements, I’m hoping that Ample will keep improving its meals in those areas.

Try the New Ample K

The New Ample K 2.0

If you want to give the new Ample K 2.0 a try, make sure to use discount code MK15 and get 15% off your order or subscription.

Shop Ample K

Conclusion

I have been using Ample meal replacement drinks for about two years, and they’ve been a lifesaver in many occasions, especially while traveling. I prefer Ample K because of its texture, but I can’t wait to take the new Ample Original v4.0 on the road.

Have you tried the new version of Ample Original or Ample K yet? If so, let me know how you like it by leaving a comment below.

About the Author Michael Kummer

I was born and raised in Austria. I speak German, English, and Spanish. Since moving to the U.S., I have lived and worked in Alpharetta, GA. In my twenties, I was a professional 100m sprinter. These days I do mostly CrossFit. I'm a technologist and Apple fan. I love science and don't believe anything unless there is proof. I follow the Paleo diet and intermittently fast every day. I'm married and have two trilingual kids. My goal with this blog is to share what I learn so that you can spend time on something else.

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