The purpose of this article it to analyse some Kachava weight loss reviews, if you would like to find out what our favourite meal replacement shakes are, then check out our top 5 meal replacements review here.
Kachava or Ka’Chava as it prefers to be known is a meal replacement shake that has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Through its use of top-quality ingredients, including superfoods, it has attempted to position itself as the meal replacement of choice for health-conscious plant-based dieters. However, issues over quality control and cost have given it a bit of a reputation.
In this article, we will be analysing the reviews of customers to see if we can provide a more balanced view of the product. Does Ka’Chava live up to its own hype? Is it an over-priced scam product? Or (as is often the case) does the truth lie somewhere in between these two extremes?
What is Ka’Chava?
Ka’Chava describes itself as the world’s healthiest meal shake. It offers five flavours: vanilla, chocolate, matcha, chai, and coconut acai. It promises to improve your immunity, mental health, and increase your muscle mass. It also promises to boost energy levels, improve digestion, help you to manage your weight, and improve your appearance.
It is made with 85+ ingredients, many of which are superfoods. It has ingredients for digestion, prebiotics, and probiotics, it has a vitamin and mineral blend. It contains 19 vegetables and herbs, five different sources of fibre, 9 fruits (included for their antioxidant benefits), an adaptogen blend of mushrooms and ginger, and a protein blend.
There is zero soy, no dairy, no gluten, no preservatives, and no artificial flavours or sweeteners. Each serving contains just 240 calories. This is made up of 25 grams of protein, 24 grams of carbohydrates, and 7 grams of fat.
What’s interesting about Ka’Chava is that it is so low in calories. As you will see, many users are a little annoyed at how low the calories are. Most meal replacements contain around 350-400 calories per serving. Considering the price, it would cost a fortune to get even half of your daily calories from Ka’Chava.
Ka’Chava Amazon Reviews
Amazon is the world’s largest marketplace, which means that reviews of products can be make or break for a company. Unfortunately for Ka’Chava, the two “most helpful” reviews are highly negative.
Dawn’s post contains video evidence of animal hair being found in her bag of Ka’Chava. The video is fairly gruesome, and certainly shows footage of someone pulling hair out of a plastic scoop. Now, it should be stated that there are 749 reviews on Amazon and 4,577 ratings. Only one review mentions hair. This means that you have a 0.02% chance of some hair in your product.
Not great if you are in that 0.02%, but very low risk overall. Also, we have to concede that it is not impossible that the reviewer placed the hair in the bag themselves.
In 2018 Adam Brenton sent the supplement company MyProtein a tweet with a photo of a dead mouse in it. Eventually, it came out in court that Brenton had placed the dead mouse in the bag himself.
We’re not accusing Dawn of lying, but we are pointing out that not only is finding hair in your supplement incredibly unlikely, but people have in the past lied about things like this.
Another review caught our attention. “Reviews for you” (which by the way is a bit of a red flag for a user name) complained of an allergic reaction to the product. This is a fairly standard complaint for any supplement and is incredibly difficult to prove either way.
However, what made the review interesting was the point the user made about there being so many ingredients that they didn’t even know which one they were allergic to!
Either way, it seems pretty harsh to score a product so harshly because you personally are allergic to one of the ingredients. One of Ka’Chava’s selling points is how hard they have worked to make this hypoallergenic. Avoiding dairy, gluten, soy, artificial flavours, and sweeteners.
If you are still allergic to the ingredients list, then you probably have a very rare allergy and should find out what it is immediately. But blaming the company seems harsh in our opinion.
But don’t let the two negative reviews put you off, there are also a number of highly positive reviews of Ka’Chava.
There is actually a good tip here, adding nut butter for increased fats. It would also increase the calorie total – which is one of the biggest issues with Ka’Chava.
This is an incredibly common sentiment on Amazon. Customers like the product but find it to be too expensive. It is often cheaper to purchase directly from the website though, so keep that in mind. One of the biggest benefits of meal replacements is that they can save you time and money, but if they cost more than a regular meal then that’s a big deal.
This review is a prime example of accidentally proving the point you are arguing with. The reviewer states “for all the whiners about price: it’s less than $6 a serving”.
Six dollars per serving is almost 3x as expensive as most meal replacements, keeping in mind that the calories are almost half. So, you would need almost twice as much Ka’Chava to get the same calories.
We love the foods that the reviewer has added to improve the taste! Peanut butter, graham crackers, and Oreos. Yes, that probably did improve the flavour and calorie content.
Many reviews complain about the taste, though it should be noted that most of them are from several years ago. Ka’Chava has many more flavours now and have improved the recipe several times.
There are hundreds of reviews on Amazon, and most are positive, though the “most helpful” ones tend to be more negative. That’s fairly standard internet culture though and isn’t necessarily an inditement of Ka’Chava. It should also be pointed out that few of the reviews are recent. There have only been 12 reviews since September 2021. Including this beautiful review:
Thanks for sharing!
Ka’Chava Reddit Reviews
Reddit is often considered a better place to read reviews of products and courses. The idea is that it is less open to corruption (no fake reviews) and that people are more thoughtful with their criticism. Whether this is true or not is up for debate, but the fact that people can interact with each other is quite unique for reviews.
There aren’t that many reviews of Ka’Chava on Reddit, but we’ve found a few interesting examples that represent the general sentiments of Redditors.
As you can see, this is quite a recent review (just 4 months old at the time of writing) and it possibly reflects the improving flavours of Ka’Chava. Though again, the price was a major stumbling point for this reviewer.
It’s such a shame that they decided to give up meal replacements and swap for regular protein powder, as there are many other meal replacements that can compete in terms of quality while being much better value for money.
Quite a few people on Reddit complained that Ka’Chava causes digestive issues and upset stomachs. This is actually quite common with any meal replacement, as your body is adjusting to a more liquid-based diet than usual. Ka’Chava also has a number of ingredients aimed to improve digestion, which can initially cause issues.
A number of reviews on Reddit are similar to this. Hugely positive, but also using a referral code that gets them a $15 discount. Now, there is nothing wrong with this, who would want a $15 discount on a product they didn’t like? But it does affect the credibility of the review slightly.
As you can see from the comments, there are others who enjoy the taste and consistency of Ka’Chava. There definitely appears to have been an improvement over the years.
Soylent is famously low-priced, and Ka’Chava is much better than it in terms of quality. But the Redditor is correct in that Ka’Chava is too expensive for most budgets. This was found in the Soylent thread though, which should give it some context.
This feels like a really good review, again it comes from the R/Soylent discussion group. Taste okay, consistency poor, and digestive issues, but the reviewer does feel more energetic during the day.
Another issue with the taste, but also, another solution. Water and avocado oil apparently improves the flavour. We’re not sure how but maybe worth a try if you are midway through a pouch and suffering.
We’ve saved the best review until last, and by best, we don’t mean the most glowing review. Again, this was found in the R/Soylent thread, so that’s why they keep talking about Soylent as a normal meal replacement. If you’ve read our article on Soylent vs Huel you will know that it is actually one of the worst meal replacements out there.
They are completely wrong about the protein, as very high protein diets do not cause kidney damage. But yes, Ka’Chava should not be seen as a legitimate meal replacement, as it is too low in calories and is not suitable for replacing all your meals.
Not that meal replacements should be replacing all your meals in any case. Most recommend only replacing one or two meals per day.
Ka’Chava Website Reviews
It is likely that the majority of Ka’Chava sales are made via the website rather than from Amazon or similar online stores. This means that the website should have a much larger number of reviews. In fact, there are 38,082 reviews on the website at the time of writing.
But some of those reviews may be doubled, as you can see here the same user has placed two reviews simultaneously:
You may be thinking that this is a rare occurrence, but out of the five most recent reviews, four of them are doubles!
It’s actually crazy how many reviews come from the same authors.
Think about it. One of the reviews says “not sure, I gave it to one of my family members as a gift” but the other one says that they love it. These are not isolated incidents; you see them again and again.
There are several reasons why this could be happening:
- Fault in software
- Incentives to sending multiple reviews
- Fake reviews
- Really happy customers
Our opinion is that the most likely cause is a fault with the software that makes people think that they haven’t successfully sent a review, so they write another one then both end up being published. But it is odd. We’ll take these reviews with a pinch of salt.
Other Ka’Chava Reviews
Other Ka’Chava reviews come from supplement review websites, so we won’t post them here. But they all tend to say the same thing: Ka’Chava has a lot of great ingredients, but it is way too expensive to be a practical meal replacement.
So, what have we learned from the many reviews we have looked at across Reddit, Amazon, and the Ka’Chava website? Here’s a quick rundown:
- The flavour is inconsistent – Loads of people love it, many others hate it, and a large number like it sometimes but not others.
- The ingredients are high-quality – Even people who don’t like the product tend to agree that the ingredients are good quality and nutritious.
- Not enough calories – This is a big deal and comes up time and time again. A low-calorie meal replacement is no bad thing, but 240 calories is not really enough to replace a healthy meal.
- Expensive – This is by far the most common complaint, and even those who loved Ka’Chava believed that the cost per serving was way too high. A lot of people who really liked it were unable to renew because it was too expensive for their food budget.
- The name was annoying – Okay, this is not a complaint that anyone mentioned, but after writing it 40 times in this article we are thoroughly sick of adding that damn apostrophe.
So, is Ka’Chava Worth Buying?
Answering this question is difficult, Ka’Chava has a lot of good things going for it. The use of real food ingredients and the avoidance of artificial sweeteners and flavours are commendable. But there are two major issues:
- Not enough calories
- Too expensive
You may be thinking that you have a lot of money and therefore it isn’t an issue, but the main issue is actually the lack of calories. 240 calories are not enough to replace a meal, so you can’t use it as a meal replacement.
What then do you use it for? A snack? Possibly, but it’s an expensive snack! You can combine it with milk (or a non-dairy alternative) to increase the calorie target, but this would also increase the price per serving. It may also lead to digestive distress.
Alternatives to Ka’Chava
So, Ka’Chava is a bit of a dud, but that doesn’t mean that all meal replacements are! There are a number of excellent alternatives out there. If you liked the idea of no artificial sweeteners and the use of all-natural ingredients then Rootana is a great alternative.
Rootana contains a number of superfoods of its own, is 400 calories per serving (much better for weight loss), and the cost per serving is much lower.
Another option would be Instant Knockout Complete, which is very high in protein, filled with nutritious foods, and is also a high-quality product, but at a better price. Then there is Huel, which does use artificial sweeteners but is otherwise a great meal replacement that uses real food and works out at a fraction of the price.
For a complete rundown of the best meal replacement shakes, check out our article on the best meal replacement shakes for weight loss, building muscle, and health.