Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Kate Farms Komplete?
A: Kate Farms Komplete is a ready-to-drink meal replacement shake that is formulated to have complete nutrition in a one 325ml container.
• Dairy Free, Soy-Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO
• Certified Organic
• Does not contain the top 8 allergens: Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy.
• 45 grams of carbohydrate
• 16-18 grams of plant based protein for growth and maintaining muscle mass
• 9 grams of fat for satiety and absorption of fat soluble vitamins
• 22 vitamins and minerals
• 21 super foods for antioxidants
• Three Great Flavours: Vanilla (290 Calories), Chocolate (310 Calories) and Coffee (300 Calories)
Q: How was Kate Farms Komplete created?
A: The Founders of Kate Farms, Richard and Michelle Laver, were looking for a solution for their daughter Kate, born with advanced cerebral palsy, because she could not eat solid food. At the age of 5, Kate was only 16 pounds and her health was failing. They needed a solution.
Working with a team of doctors, registered dieticians and vegan chefs at Loma Linda University Medical Center, they worked to create what is now known as Kate Farms Komplete. After consuming four Komplete meal Replacement Shakes per day for four years, Kate, at 9 years old, is happy, healthy and thriving. Every day, more patients are prescribed Komplete as part of their daily nutritional program and the company’s email is full from people sharing their stories of how Komplete is impacting lives across the world. Check with your doctor to see if Kate Farms Komplete is right for you.
Q. Can Kate Farms Komplete be used for tube feeding?
A: Kate Farms Komplete can be used as tube feeding via gravity drip, pump or bolus method of administration. To prevent the tube from clogging, it is imperative to flush the tube with water before and after feeding, as well as before, between, and after administration of medications.1
Q: How long can I store an open container of Kate Farms Komplete when I’m using it for tube feeding?
A: Once a container is opened, unused portions should go directly into the refrigerator with the cap put back on and used within 96 hours.
Q: Is Kate Farms Komplete suitable for vegetarians, vegans, or people with certain food allergies and intolerances?
A: Kate Farms Komplete is suitable for vegetarians and vegan and is formulated without wheat and gluten, milk and lactose, peanuts and tree nuts, soy, egg, casein and whey.
Q: Are your products safe for children and adults? *
A: Although Kate Farms was originally designed for a child, people of all ages can benefit from Komplete.* Children may need less volume to meet 100% of their estimated nutritional needs compared to adults.2
Q: Can I drink Kate Farms Komplete if I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease?*
A: Kate Farms Komplete may be suitable for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as it is 100% Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Lactose-Free, Casein and Whey Free.
Q. Can I drink Kate Farms Komplete for Crohn’s Disease?*
A: Kate Farms Komplete may be suitable for someone with Crohn’s Disease as it is 100% Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Lactose-Free, Casein and Whey Free.
Q. Can people with Celiac Disease drink Kate Farms Komplete?*
A: Kate Farms Komplete may be suitable for someone with Celiac Disease because it is Gluten Free.
Q: Can I drink Kate Farms Komplete while I’m pregnant?*
A: Kate Farms Komplete may be suitable for pregnant women in addition to consuming a well-balanced diet.* Kate Farms Komplete provides the extra calories, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals pregnant women need. Most women need an extra 300 calories per day, 75 to 100 grams of protein per day, extra fiber to prevent constipation, and additional vitamins and minerals.3 All of which can be found in Kate Farms Komplete.
Q: Can I drink Kate Farms Komplete while I’m receiving chemotherapy?*
A: Komplete may be suitable for people undergoing chemotherapy to provide patients with convenient, tasty nutrition during or after treatment.
Q: Is Kate Farms Komplete suitable for diabetics?*
A: Kate Farms Komplete may be used as a meal replacement by diabetic patients.* One 11oz container equals three carbohydrate exchanges. Many diabetic diets contain three to five carbohydrate exchanges per meal.Kate Farms Komplete is 55% carbohydrate, and many diabetic diets are between 45-55% carbohydrates. The fiber present in Kate Farms Komplete may also help with blood sugar control.4
Q: How much caffeine is in Kate Farms’ Coffee product?
A: Kate Farms Coffee contains 80 milligrams of caffeine per 11oz serving. An 8 ounce cup of coffee provides 100-150 mg of caffeine.
Q. Is there Caffeine in the Chocolate and Vanilla Flavours?
A: There are 3.8 mg of caffeine per 11oz container in the Chocolate flavour and no caffeine in the Vanilla flavour.
Q. Why does Komplete contain carrageenan, isn’t it bad for the body?
A. Carrageenan has become an essential ingredient in wide variety of foods and beverages that are consumed on a daily basis and is used to add mouthfeel and texture. Kate Farms products contain minimal amounts of carrageenan, less than 1/3 of a gram in a 325 mL container. Carrageenan is a seaweed extract. Seaweeds grow in saltwater without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. The predominant seaweed types grow naturally on tropical reefs in the Philippines and Indonesia. Not all carrageenans are alike. The material Kate Farms uses Natural Grade (semi-refined), a minimally-processed type of carrageenan. Our source is non-GMO, allergen-free and free of artificial ingredients. Millions of people enjoy a wide array of food and beverage products that contain carrageenan on a daily basis without issue. Kate Farms is constantly evaluating its products to make sure the consumer experience is enjoyable and more importantly, safe. Many of Kate Farms’ core consumers purchase our products because of a medical condition and we have not received any complaints relative to the use of carrageenan.
Q. Is Agave really a healthy sweetener?
A. Organic blue agave is produced without the use of toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and genetically modified seeds. For these reasons agave is a far superior choice when compared to other sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.
*All patients, women who are pregnant or nursing, and children should check with their doctor about Kate Farms Komplete.
1. A.S.P.E.N Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum 2nd Edition
2. United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Reference Intakes: usda.gov
3. American Pregnancy Association: americanpregnancy.org
4. Joslin Diabetes Center: www.joslin.org