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Why Exogenous Ketones are Expensive and How They Save You Money

When it comes to nutrition, there’s plenty to spend money on. From high-quality, farm-to-table food to supplements, changing your lifestyle can get expensive.

So, how can you discern from what’s necessary for your health and the “nice-to-haves?”

Beta-hydroxybutyrate ketones are relatively new to the health and wellness space. And even though a lot of people are talking about them — especially in the keto community — it’s tough to know if they’re 100% necessary for your keto journey.

With nothing else to compare them too, the cost of exogenous ketones can trigger some “sticker shock” to those who aren’t aware that ketones are expensive.

This article is to briefly explain why exogenous ketones are expensive and show a one-minute test to see if using exogenous ketones will actually save you money on top of helping you feel amazing.

As a case study, let’s take a look at the four main reasons exogenous ketones are expensive. But keep in mind that what we are really talking about is the question, why does it cost so much to make healthy choices?

Why Exogenous Ketones Are Expensive

It’s worth mentioning that the hefty price of ketones is one of the top problems Perfect Keto is working to solve.

Our mission is to make ketosis accessible to everyone who wants it, all the time. Ketones are notoriously beneficial, but also wildly expensive, or they taste horrible, or they are terrible quality.

Perfect Keto navigates four main hurdles to deliver a ketone product that is affordable and palatable:

#1: Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) Is New To The Market

Everyone has heard of protein and pre-workout powders. BHB is not widely known because it’s an extremely new product, in its infancy and on the cutting edge of nutritional supplements.

Because of economies of scale, newer products cost more to make — the more popular they get, the cheaper they are.

#2: BHB Is Hard to Make

BHB does not grow on trees. The process to source, purify, and isolate BHB is highly labor intensive and requires specialized lab equipment.

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#3: Perfect Keto BHB Is Made in the U.S.

We are all about quality. We don’t want to put anything in our bodies that isn’t useful, and we don’t want to provide anyone with a sub-optimal product.

Our quality standards are outrageously high, which means we are painstaking about every phase of sourcing and producing the best ketogenic nutritional supplements.

#4: Research and Development

Think about pharmaceutical companies that charge outrageous prices for their new name-brand drug. That’s because they’ve sunk tens of millions of dollars into research and development over the years behind the scenes.

Unfortunately, R&D costs for BHB also drive up the price of every step of the supply chain.

Remember that not all exogenous ketones are the same. See our guide to ketone supplements. Here is a quick summary of the specific issues Perfect Keto addresses that most of our competitors do not.

What to Expect from Exogenous Ketone Base


Perfect Keto Base is a completely clean product. It does not contain any soy, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, binding agents, or anything that doesn’t directly improve your health.

Base tastes good (some say delicious, some say palatable).

Exogenous ketones taste notoriously awful but Perfect Keto comes in Chocolate, Peaches, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla flavors that go great in almost any beverage, coffee or smoothie you can dream up.

Low GI Distress

Perfect Keto uses only the highest quality ketone salts, sourced in the United States, in just the right amounts so that the exogenous ketones are easy on your digestive system.


Perfect Keto exogenous ketones are cheaper than the standard price on the market today. We want ketosis to be available to everyone.

Doctor-Developed and Recommended

Our founder is a functional medicine clinician who developed our unique formula for maximum efficacy.

Big Takeaway: Make no mistake, if you are buying “ketones” that are inexpensive they are either sourced from questionable locations, they are jam-packed with fillers, or they are not real ketone products and they are just being marketed as “ketogenic.” See: Raspberry Ketones.

But what can you expect to gain from exogenous ketones? That’s the whole point of buying them right?

Exogenous Ketones Offer a Positive Return On Your Investment

With any purchase you make, you are (usually unconsciously) making an assessment of the return you will receive and if it is worth it, according to your internal value system.

Exogenous ketones are no different and they carry a very interesting return on investment. We like to call it the Return on Ketosis (ROK).

There are two types of return you can expect, intangible (non-quantifiable) and tangible (quantifiable).

Intangible Exogenous Ketone Return

The most obvious intangible benefit is that exogenous ketones get you into ketosis. Being in a metabolic state of ketosis carries the following difficult to quantify (but undeniable) benefits:


  • Heightened focus
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Provides a source of clean-burning, readily available energy, instead of peaks and valleys of glucose metabolism


  • Induces ketosis
  • Encourages fat-burning
  • Boosts energy for exercise
  • Increases satiety and feeling full


  • Sense of well-being
  • Emotional balance

May Lower Disease Risk

  • Ketosis induces improved autophagy (clean-up of old cells) and apoptosis (programmed cell death), where your body purges dead or underperforming cells to allow for healthy new growth. This has considerable benefits relating to disease risk reduction and longevity.

Tangible Exogenous Ketone Return

Let’s look at the brass tacks: dollars and cents. Are ketones worth it to your wallet?

Disclaimer: Everyone’s “Return on Ketosis” will be unique. The following ledger graphic describes a common use case many keto diet followers describe:

Why Exogenous Ketones Are Expensive

PK Challenge: What is your Return on Ketosis? Take one minute right now to sketch the ledger. How does it differ from the graphic? Please share in the comments or send to [email protected]

The Takeaway: Are Exogenous Ketones Worth the Cost?

Are exogenous ketones worth it? And to expand on this topic, is the price of being healthy worth it?

Exogenous ketones carry intangible and tangible benefits that are up to you to examine and then decide if they are worth it.

In a broader sense, it’s up to you to examine whether it is “worth it” to make health decisions that cost money, regardless of what style of eating and exercise you follow or specific goals you may have.

Still on the fence about exogenous ketones? Try them. If you feel the difference in your energy and overall well-being, it’s worth it. If you’re not going to use them or don’t feel a difference, then you can spend your money elsewhere.

The good news is, exogenous ketones have come a long way over the last few years. At Perfect Keto, we now have five delicious flavors or Keto Base and convenient BHB capsules that you can take with you on the go.

Already loving BHB? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


19 thoughts on “Why Exogenous Ketones are Expensive and How They Save You Money

  1. I’m trying to see when to use Perfect Keto. I just ordered and want to make sure I get the full weight loss benefits. I clicked on how/when to use and I don’t see anything that fully explains it. I am following a Keto diet and drinking 1/2 scoop in my coffee and have done that for 3 days. Please advise.

    1. Hi Crystal, using Perfect Keto varies by person. The most common uses are in the morning or afternoon for energy and a mental lift, before and during exercise for physical energy, and as a tool to get back into ketosis after eating a non-ketogenic meal. The amount of times you take it per day also varies by person. There is no danger to taking the ketones multiple times per day and multiple scoops. Most people use Perfect Keto between 0-3 times per dayand find it best to start slowly and go from there to see what is most beneficial for you.

  2. When are the best times to drink exogenic ketones? With breakfast? After breakfast? If so then 15 minutes? 1 hour? 2 hours? Between breakfast and lunch? Before dinner? If so, 2 hours? 1 hour? After dinner? One hour? Two hours? Help!

  3. Hello Alexander! I did a Keto diet some years ago, and it was the best I have ever felt, I lost close to 80 pounds. Due to age, menopause and such, I have put up all the weight and found it hard to get on a Keto diet again. I just ordered the chocolate powder, hoping it gives me a boost and helps me get started. How do you recommend I take it? I usually take 3 protein shakes and 2 protein/fat meals when in a veto diet, that I really want to start asap! Thanks!

    1. Hi Esther! You can take it in the morning or between meals. You may also try it on an empty stomach or after eating a meal.

      Try 1/4 scoop first, heavily diluted in water or if you want, you can mix it with your protein shake. Ramp up from there.

    1. Hi Danielle, we’ve never heard of a customer having problems with this but it would be best to check with your physician first.

  4. This may be a dumb question, but it is something I’ve been wondering. Does taking exogenous ketones suppress your body’s own ketone production? For example, if your body registers that there are already ketones present, does it still produce them naturally?

  5. If ketone salts are an energy source .. do they have an energy value , such as calories do .. if i drink some with a meal would it raise my potential to store fat

  6. I’m having trouble finding an actual image of the nutrition label of your product. Can you post a link?

    1. Hi Andy, you can hover your mouse on the ‘Products’ tab and select the product you would like to check. We’ve displayed Supplement Facts for each product on our page. For our Base Supplement, you can check it here Exogenous Ketone Base

  7. Do you feel the cost of Ketone Salts will gradually lower as demand/production increases? Or is there a point in the production process itself that makes that an unreasonable hope?

  8. I usually makee a bulletproof coffee for breakfast before leaving for work at 7 and that holds me till I get home at 4. I ordered matcha MCT powder to try that in the morning as a latte or added to my coffee. I’m in school full time too, so when I get home I have a snack or small meal & get right to studying. I’d love some extra focus and energy at this time of day. Would exogenous ketones help then, or would they be better in the morning? Dinner is my only big meal of the day.

  9. I have just received a re-order from ya’ll. I started by trying the choc sea salt base, loved, and now reordered several canisters along with MCT oil powder and the collagen. Can you advise how to alternate these optimally?
    Also I recently heard this may be (to some degree) an optical illusion, as part of ones body being in Ketosis is the body actually working to create the ketones. If we are intaking exogenous ketones our body is no longer making the ketones (not having to work for the ketones, but we remain in Ketosis). If testing urine using strips will provide a +, however this is the excretion of the exogenous but once again not the body working to create and spill excess ketones. Can you please explain further?

    1. Hi Brenda, if you want to boost your ketone level, you can take the base, however, if you need more fats in your diet, you can take the MCT powder.

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