FAQ: Elements | Macronutrient Meals For Athletes
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How many meals will be available to choose from at the end of the Kickstarter?

We have 15 meals in different stages of progress, and those will be released over time and the nutritional info will accompany the meal's release. You will have the option after our campaign ends to enjoy and assortment of the available meals. When we launch our official website, you will have the ability to order assortments, or 10-packs of your favorites meals on a monthly schedule.

Last updated: October 27, 2017 12:20

Are your meals organic?

No, we are not organic. Here's why: many small farms lack the funding or resources to pay the hefty fee for the official "organic" certification, and the process can take years. Instead, we get to know our farmers and their practices. And we have full traceability from our farms. Are some growing organically? Yes. Do they have certification? Some do. Some don't. But the product we source is the absolute best we can get our hands on.

Last updated: August 29, 2017 14:25

I was surprised to see the shelf life of only 2 years. Most freeze-dried meals for hiking/camping/survival have shelf lives of 10+ years.

Yes, our meals are designed to be EATEN, not stored for extended periods of time. So, we use a thinner bag and we don't use the oxygen absorbers. If we get enough interest in the future for more of a long-term storage solution, we may do a limited run for this purpose, but that's not our initial objective.

Last updated: August 29, 2017 14:41

So these meals are about 1 cup after rehydration?

When hydrated, our meals are about 1 ½ to 2 cups of food. The more important question is: Is that really a “full serving”? Elements Meals for Athletes are specifically and elementally designed to feed your body.

Our meals have no empty calories. Their value is based on their super-clean, macronutrient laden caloric content, not on “volume” (alla Chuck-a-Rama). Such nutritious and macro-nutrient dense meals are truly rare, unless you’re crafting your own meals with only fresh, whole foods.

Clearly, we don’t subscribe to the American diet of “all you can eat”. Enjoying our meals, you’ll discover, they consistently put you in that coveted athletic nutritional space between “Hey, I’m totally satiated” and “Hey, I’m not bloated, over-filled, feeling heavy and brain-clouded”. The nutritional content of what you’re eating matters most, not the “volume” of that food. Eat and enjoy!

Last updated: August 29, 2017 14:41

Why do your meals have a "binder product" in them?

Or another way to ask your question: Why do you use eggs in one of your meals that includes xanthan gum? What is xanthan gum anyway? Is there a better alternative?

Our Chipotle Turkey Scramble includes an egg combination that uses xantham gum. Xanthan gum is used to increase the viscosity of a liquid—it’s “thickness”. Stated in a more formal way, a fluid’s viscosity is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress. Think: honey has a much higher viscosity than water. Xantham gum is a bacteria derived from fermenting glucose. It is widely used in salad dressings and is typically used to process whey from cheese. The amounts used in each meal is less than .0003% as measured by weight. It's purpose is to give the eggs some ability to hold together as small clusters, providing better texture. So, no harm no foul to you, nutritionally speaking.

Last updated: October 27, 2017 11:06

Why are there additional shipping charges with my international order?

When we created the Kickstarter, we dramatically underestimated the international shipping costs. The Canada orders were more than double what we estimated and other countries were 3-10x more. We added a small, reasonable addition to the shipping fees to offset the difference. Thanks to our international backers for your support of our project!

Last updated: October 27, 2017 12:17

I see coconut oil is listed in three of the five meals yet has been proven to be as unhealthy as butter and scrambled egg product?

Elements Meals for Athletes use coconut oil as a healthy fat. Are fats healthy? If so, is coconut oil truly a healthy fat?

America has been sold a “bill of goods” through institutional mis-information and bad science:

The U.S. government has told us to eat a low fat diet for over 50 years. The result of this instruction? A full 1/3 of the U.S. population is obese or grossly overweight, type 2 diabetes the is one of our country’s leading causes of death, children in the U.S. are at high risk of becoming diabetic before they enter high school … and the list goes on. The truth is that fat is critically necessary to human health, proper brain function, and fully functioning vital organs. This is scientifically indisputable. Butter has been proven to be a healthy form of fat, contrary to government mis-information.

There is no science … NONE … to support the specious claim that coconut fat is unhealthy. On the contrary, studies show that it is a healthy fat for human consumption. At Elements, we do all of our research independently and consistently read the actual studies on all food/health related matters. Of course, there are many opinions on this matter, but we stand by our own research. :)

Last updated: October 27, 2017 12:15

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