Answers to our top questions about Chocho, the Andean super protein.
What is Chocho?
Chocho is an ancient lupin that has been used for thousands of years by Indigenous Andean communities. It grows at an elevation of 11,000-14,000 feet, and it’s a highly functional protein source that’s packed with good stuff—fiber, vitamins, minerals, all nine essential amino acids, and as much calcium per serving as a glass of milk.
What does Chocho taste like?
Pure Chocho has a mild, nutty taste that blends nicely without overpowering other flavors. Cacao and Vanilla have a touch of sweetness. All of our products are natural and free of artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.
Is this a meal replacement?
Only if you choose to use it that way. We think of our powders more as meal enhancements, adding protein to whatever you want to eat rather than replacing what you want to eat.
Is your protein powder just for smoothies?
Definitely not. Chocho Superfood Protein is incredibly versatile. It can be used as a gluten-free flour replacement for baking, mixed into savory sauces, packed into homemade ice cream...you name it. And because of its wide range of uses, Chocho is not something you'll get tired of consuming. Check out our blog for more a recipe ideas!
What makes it different from other protein powders?
Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein is a non-isolate whole food that contains more protein than soy, pea, and quinoa (combined!) from just 1-5 minimally processed ingredients depending on your flavor choice. Chocho is the sole source of protein used in our products, full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and 9/9 essential amino acids, and it’s free from gluten, dairy, fillers, and lectin.
What makes this more easily digestible than others?
Chocho is a lupin, and unlike most other legume-based proteins, our proprietary debittering process ensures that our Chocho Superfood Protein is free from lectins. Lectins are proteins that are resistant to being broken down in the body, so they can cause digestive problems. All Mikuna products are 100% lectin-free.
Where can I find Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein?
You can shop on mikunafoods.com. You can also find us on Amazon, and if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, Mikuna is available at all Erewhon Market locations with more locations coming soon.
What are the benefits?
Mikuna Chocho Superfood Protein is a non-isolate whole food that provides vitamin E, magnesium, calcium (about as much as a glass of milk), plant fiber, 9/9 essential amino acids, and of course, protein (20 grams per serving, to be exact). It’s vegan, soy and lectin free, and paleo and keto friendly. Made from just 1-5 ingredients, Mikuna is premium functional nutrition that keeps you full and nourished, and it tastes downright delicious.
Is this pea protein?
No. Chocho is a whole food and the only source of protein we use in our products. While many protein powders are blends, Chocho Superfood Protein is made solely from Chocho—no pea, no soy, no quinoa (AND more protein than all three combined!).
Which flavor is most popular?
Between Cacao, Vanilla, and Pure Chocho, the most popular flavor constantly changes, but at Mikuna we like to keep a healthy competition going. (The person writing this is Team Vanilla for life, but her editor thinks Cacao is #1.) For those looking to use Chocho Superfood Protein in their cooking, Pure Chocho is the most popular since it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes and adds the most neutral of all three flavors without any additional sweetness.
How much protein does Mikuna Superfood Protein contain?
Our powders provide 20 grams of clean plant protein per serving, and there's no limit to how many servings you'll want to have each day.
Is it a complete protein?
Yes. Our Chocho Superfood Protein has 9/9 essential amino acids, making it a complete, whole food protein.
How much protein do I need in a day?
Depending on your body type and lifestyle, the FDA Daily Value for adults is 50 grams of protein per day based on a 2000 calorie diet. With 20 grams per serving and a variety of uses, Chocho Superfood Protein is a great way to get high amounts of healthy plant protein into multiple meals without feeling like you're always eating the same thing.
Where can I find ingredients and nutritional information for your products?
Click here to see nutritional information and our short but sweet ingredient lists.
Can I eat Chocho Superfood Protein if I’m pregnant or nursing?
It’s always a challenging answer when pregnancy and breastfeeding are involved because all bodies are different. All of our products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free and contain absolutely no preservatives, coloring agents or additives of any kind, but of course there’s always a chance for issue depending on the individual. Unfortunately, we cannot provide specific recommendations about which products to take, and we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before consuming Mikuna products if you are pregnant or nursing.
Is it safe for kids?
We recommend speaking to your pediatrician or pediatric nutritionist to determine if Mikuna products are right for your children. There isn’t one right recommendation for nutrition and kids, and children have different nutritional needs based on their age. We recommend working with your pediatrician to develop a plan for your child’s nutritional needs.
Is there sugar in it?
Our Pure Chocho is naturally sugar free. The Cacao and Vanilla flavors are sweetened with natural monk fruit extract and coconut nectar. Pure Chocho has zero net carbs, and Cacao and Vanilla contain just 2 grams of net carbs per serving.
Is it good for people with food sensitivities?
Many customers and nutritionists love us because our products are gluten free, lectin-free, vegan, keto and paleo friendly. NOTE: If you suffer from severe allergies, please continue reading below for allergen information.
Does it contain allergens?
Anyone with allergy concerns should consult with a medical professional before consuming our products. Chocho Superfood Protein is produced in a location that may process milk, fish, soy, and coconut, and the Vanilla and Cacao flavors contain coconut. With that said, our facility follows current standards of good manufacturing practice (GMP), helping to reduce the risk of cross-contact.
Is it vegan?
Yes! All Mikuna products are certified vegan.
How It’s Made
How is Chocho “regenerative”?
As it grows, the Chocho plant pulls nitrogen deep into the soil. This increases soil vitality and water retention capability, and can actually make the soil more fertile for crops grown directly after Chocho! Plus it’s drought-tolerant and thrives on rainwater alone. It’s good for the body, good for local Andean farming communities, and good for the earth.
Where is it made?
Our network of farmers grows Chocho in the high elevation of the Ecuadorian Andes mountains.The crop has adapted to a temperate climate and can tolerate strong Andean winds. It’s solely rain-watered and prefers moist soil, but can tolerate drought and sandy soils.
Once Chocho has finished growing, the seeds are typically hand-picked and collected by farmers in Indigenous communities for sorting.
Do you offer samples?
If you’re interested in trying Chocho but aren’t ready to purchase a 15 or 30 serving bag, we offer single serving Go Packs! Try Pure Chocho, Vanilla, Cacao, or a variety pack of all three flavors. Click here to check out Go Packs.
Do you offer Chocho in bulk?
Currently, our largest packaging contains 30 servings. If you are interested in becoming a retailer or B2B partner, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
What shipping service do you use?
Order details determine the carrier for any given shipment. If you have questions or special shipping requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to placing an order, and we'll be happy to provide assistance.
Is Amazon an authorized distributor?
Yes, we sell all of our products on Amazon.
Account and Subscriptions
Can you help me access my account?
To access your account, click here or visit mikunafoods.com, click “My Account” and enter your email address and password. If you haven’t created an account yet, click “Sign up here.”
Is your website secure? How do I know my stored payment information won’t be stolen?
Our website is hosted by Shopify, which handles all payment information and account storage. Shopify adheres to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) ensuring our customers’ information is as safe as possible. You can read more about Shopify’s payment security here.
Why should I subscribe?
Subscribers get 20% off each order, and we automatically ship products each month, so you won’t have to remember to reorder or worry about running out of Chocho.
I love Chocho, but I'm not sure I need it every 30 days. Can I still subscribe?
You can choose the frequency of your orders, and you can change the frequency as often as you like to suit your needs. Traveling for a bit? No problem, you can delay your next order until you're back in town.
How do I make changes to my subscription?
You can update account and subscription settings by logging in at mikunafoods.com/account/login and selecting “Manage Subscriptions” on the left menu. Adjust upcoming shipment dates, product quantity, delivery schedule, payment information or shipping address. Please note, you can cancel or make changes to your upcoming subscription order up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled ship date. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at email@example.com, and we will be happy to help.
I have a subscription, but can't log into my account, can you help?
Please go to My Account at the bottom of our site and click “Having issues managing your subscriptions?” Enter the same email address you used to purchase your Mikuna subscription. Shortly after, you should receive an email from us containing account access instructions (please remember to check your spam folder). If the problem persists, we would be happy to make any changes on your behalf; simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
Once I set up my subscription, can I make changes to it or choose my own frequency?
Yes! You can skip orders or adjust the frequency of your deliveries anytime by logging into your account and clicking “Manage My Subscriptions.”
How do I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription anytime! Just go to your account and click “Manage My Subscriptions.” There, you’ll be able to adjust your delivery frequency, skip an order, or cancel your subscription. (If you have an order pending from your subscription, please be sure to cancel 24-hours in advance of your scheduled shipping date.)
Do you accept returns?
Although we cannot accept any returns (even unopened), we do honor all requests from first-time buyers for refunds submitted within 30 days of receiving our products. Please email us at email@example.com.