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Kencko Review: Are Plant Packets Healthy?

Kencko Review: Are Plant Packets Healthy?

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Kencko makes a variety of plant-based health food products, from smoothies to gumdrops to bowls. They claim that their products are a convenient and tasty way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake throughout the day.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in all three categories of Kencko products to determine if they’re as healthy as the brand claims, and if we would recommend them.

Kencko Smoothie Review

Kencko smoothie ingredients

Kencko sells 30 different varieties of smoothies, and customers can select which ones they want shipped. Their smoothies are entirely plant-based, with no additives at all.

As an example, their “Ambers” smoothie contains the following ingredients: passion fruit, banana, dates, apple, baobab powder, yellow beetroot, chia seeds, turmeric.

We’ve reviewed every smoothie formulation currently offered by Kencko and we would recommend all of them due to the clean and whole foods formulations.

This is the second smoothie brand we’ve recommended to date: Daily Harvest was the first in a recent review.

One of the benefits of Kencko’s smoothies is they include nutrient-dense and exotic ingredients that many American consumers wouldn’t include in their diet, such as rhubarb, acai and maqui berries.

Rhubarb has been proven in medical studies to help regulate intestinal function and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity.

Acai has been shown in a clinical trial to normalize cholesterol levels due to its high polyphenol content. It’s also high in Vitamin C.

Maqui berries have been shown to improve memory and decrease oxidative stress in an animal study, due to their high antioxidant content. More research is emerging annually about this superfruit.

We believe it’s important for health-conscious consumers to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. For the same amount of fruit and vegetable servings per day, this should cause superior health outcomes because increased dietary diversity is tied to microbiome health, as documented by medical research. 

Kencko’s smoothies are a great way to increase dietary diversity in a convenient manner for consumers who can afford the service.

Kencko Gumdrops Review

Kencko Gumdrops ingredients

Kencko sells a line of gummy sweets that they call Gumdrops. Impressively, these have no added cane sugar either.

Gumdrops are made from a blend of fruit purees, with rice flour and pectin as natural and non-toxic gelling and thickening agents.

This is an innovative formulation. Nearly every gummy product we’ve reviewed (even Goli’s popular ashwagandha gummies) contained added processed sugar which is harmful to human health. The fact that Kencko used fruit purees only as a sweetener proves they care about the health of their products.

Kencko’s “gingerella” Gumdrops contain the following nutrient-dense whole foods ingredients: orange, carrot, ginger, agave fiber, apple, lemon.

We would recommend these products and they’re the first gummy products we’ve recommended to date. These are a much healthier alternative to most commercial gummy vitamins or snacks.

Kencko Bowls Review

Kencko Bowls ingredients

Kencko sells a variety of healthy soup bowls. They just need to be mixed in with hot water. Most of the bowls consist of one healthy carb, some produce and many spices.

As an example, the Speed Dhal bowl has a red lentil base with zucchini, sweet potato, and onion, and nearly 10 different healthy spices like coriander and fennel seeds.

Increasing the variety of spices and herbs used for cooking is a great way to improve dietary diversity overall.

All of the Kencko Bowls sold at the time of this article consist of 100% whole foods, and a wide variety of different types of produce, so we would recommend all of them.

Consumers should note that most of the bowls provide under 300 calories, so while they’re a nutritious option, they won’t replace a full meal.


Kencko uses biodegradable packaging according to their website. The product box and individual meal packets appear to be paper, which is safe and easily recycled.

The brand also states that they employ carbon-neutral shipping, which entails investing in environmentally-friendly projects such as reforestation to offset carbon emissions from their product shipping. This is a great ethical decision, since carbon emissions from shipping are impossible to otherwise reduce for an eCommerce brand.

The only aspect that we wish Kencko would improve in regards to environmentalism is their reusable bottle for the smoothies. They sell a plastic bottle, and we’d prefer if this was silicone or stainless steel. Plastic, no matter what type, is harmful to the environment and human health based on extensive scientific research.

We recommend that consumers using Kencko smoothies invest in a plastic-free shaker bottle rather than the bottle sold by the brand.

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Kencko is one of the few packaged food products brands that we would recommend across the board. It’s clear from their formulations that this company takes health and wellness seriously, as not one single product contained any questionable additives; even product categories like gummies which are typically laden with additives are nutritious and well-formulated with Kencko.

Their pricing is reasonable, with smoothies costing less than $2.50 when purchased in bulk and bowls for $6.90 per (much less than what you’d pay at a restaurant).

We find that Kencko’s health claim of making it easier to eat more plants daily with their service to be accurate, and we believe these products would significantly improve the health of many Americans if consumed daily.

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