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Do any Carman’s products contain palm oil?

We use sunflower oil in most of our products. The products that have a yoghurt or choc compound drizzled on them contain RSPO certified Palm Oil. The RSPO certification means only 100% segregated and certified palm oil is used.

Should I be avoiding all foods that contain preservatives, colours, flavours, additives etc?

Food additives play an important role in the food supply. Not only do additives have a functional role in foods, but food additives also ensure that food is safe and meets the needs of the consumer. Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is Australia’s regulatory food body and additives are required to undergo extensive testing prior to approval for use. Additive-free foods still contain their own set of natural chemicals. These include food chemicals such as salicylates, amines and glutamates. Your body can’t tell the difference between natural food chemicals and ‘artificial’ ones, so often food sensitive people will react to both natural food chemicals and ‘artificial’ food additives. Preservatives and some additives are derivatives of naturally found ingredients, for example, Antioxidant 306, which is actually Vitamin E which is found in fruit and vegetables. This can be used to extend the shelf life of products with minimal fat content.

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Are Carman’s products suitable for people with fructose malabsorption?

Are Carman’s products suitable for people with fructose malabsorption? Many of Carman’s products contain honey which is a source of fructose. Although honey is added in small amounts, this may not be suitable for people with fructose malabsorption. Carman’s products containing dried fruit may also not be suitable for people with fructose malabsorption. It’s important to note that fructose malabsorption doesn’t mean you need to eliminate all fructose from your diet. Most people can tolerate small amounts in each sitting. It is recommended that in consultation with your health professional that foods are trialled to see if they produce symptoms.

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Do Carman's products contain genetically modified ingredients?

We use the most wholesome ingredients in our Carman’s range and these recipes do not contain any genetically modified ingredients. A few of our products contain soy. The soy we use is not genetically modified, however there may be potential for cross contact due to shared facilities hence we cannot make the 100% GM free claim on those products. We are therefore progressively updating our packaging to reflect this. Products containing soy include our Deluxe Gluten Free range, our Crunchy Cluster range and any product with Dark Choc or Yoghurt.

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What allergens do Carman's products contain?

A variety of healthy ingredients are used in Carman's products including dairy, soy, nuts, seeds, oats and wheat. Each product will vary as to the allergens it contains. Allergen information is listed clearly on each label and this is the best way to tell what each product contains or what may be present due to shared equipment.

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Is the fructose found in dried fruit and honey good or bad for me?

Is the fructose found in dried fruit and honey good or bad for me? Fructose consumption in Australia has not been linked to obesity. In fact as obesity trends continue to rise, our sugar consumption is decreasing. There is no evidence to support the strict avoidance of sugar, thus honey and dried fruit can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

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Carman's products contain an ingredient called glucose (corn/maize). Is this the same as high fructose corn syrup?

The NZ glucose syrup used in Carman's Muesli Bars and Muesli Bites is not the same as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The glucose syrup starts out as cornstarch and is chemically or enzymatically degraded to glucose and some short polymers of glucose. This is a two stage process and the NZ glucose syrup Carman's use is from this stage. To make HFCS, a third processing step would need to occur where another enzyme would be used to convert some of the glucose to fructose. Carman's is aware of the poor health outcomes associated with high consumption of HFCS which is why we choose not to use this ingredient in our products.

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Are Carman's products suitable for an elimination or low FODMAPs diet?

Most Carman's products contain dried fruit and nuts, therefore will not be suitable for an elimination or low FODMAP's diet. Carman's Traditional Australian Oats contain 100% wholegrain oats and are suitable for a low FODMAP's diet. People with food sensitivity will vary with symptoms and what they will tolerate. Some of the Carman's products may be tolerated symptom-free, although this will vary with each individual. It is recommended that in consultation with a health professional that foods are trialled to see if they produce symptoms.

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Which Carman's products are gluten free?

Carman's currently has eight gluten free products in their range. Carman's Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli; Carman's Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli Bars; Carman's Almond, Cashew & Cranberry Roasted Nut Bars; Carman's Almond, Hazelnut & Vanilla Roasted Nut Bars; Greek Style Yoghurt & Blueberry Roasted Nut Bars; Dark Choc Espresso Roasted Nut Bars; Gourmet Protein Bars-Dark Choc & Cranberry and Greek Style Yoghurt Protein Bars.

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Are oats gluten free?

In Australia, oats cannot be labelled as gluten free. Oats contain a gluten containing protein called avenin and this has been shown to affect approximately 1 in 5 people with coeliac disease. Oats in Australia are also at risk of contamination by other gluten containing grains such as wheat, rye or barley due to crop rotation. Whilst Australia takes a cautionary approach to the labelling of oats in terms of gluten, some countries do allow uncontaminated oats to have the 'gluten free' label.

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Are Carman's products suitable for people with lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance means that people have difficulty tolerating lactose in standard amounts. Research shows that lactose does not have to be completely eliminated from the diet for people with lactose intolerance. Small amounts in each sitting have been shown to be tolerated well. Hard cheeses contain very little lactose, and yoghurt is thought to be tolerated well by people with lactose intolerance due to the live cultures in the yoghurt aiding the digestive process. Carman's mueslis, clusters, most muesli bars*, muesli bites, oats and instant porridge sachets are free of dairy and lactose containing ingredients, however despite our very best cleaning efforts, traces of dairy or milk residue may be found in some products. *Yoghurt bars contain dairy.

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What is GI and what are the benefits of low GI foods?

GI (Glycaemic Index) is a measure of the effect of carbohydrate-containing foods on blood glucose levels. Low GI foods are digested and absorbed slowly in the body, meaning they produce gradual rises in blood sugar levels. High GI foods are rapidly digested and absorbed, resulting in large fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Which ones keep you fuller for longer, and are associated with positive health outcomes such as weight control and improved lipid levels? Low GI foods. These are also the best choices for diabetics, as they contribute a gradual supply of glucose to the bloodstream which stimulates a lower insulin release, improving glycaemic control.

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Should I eat dried fruit? I've heard it's really high in sugar.

It is recommended that Australian adults consume 2 serves of fruit every day. Fruit is a nutritious food containing a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Dried fruit is also a healthy food, however because it's dried and the water content is significantly reduced, the portions you need are much smaller. For example, 4 dried apricots halves or 1 1/2 tablespoons of sultanas is equivalent to 1 medium apple. The quantity of dried fruit in Carman's products is not excessive and can be included as part of a balanced diet.

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Is the vanilla used in Carman's products natural or artificial?

The vanilla used in Carman's products is natural.

Could you explain the purpose of the following additives?

a. Soy lecithin used in the Indulgent range of Carman's Muesli Bars Soy lecithin (322) is an emulsifier. These additives allow oil and water emulsions to mix and prevent them from separating into layers. b. Food acid 330 (also called citric acid) in Carman's Greek Style Yoghurt Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars, Greek Style Yoghurt Blueberry Nut Bars and Greek Style Yoghurt Protein Bars Food acid 330 is an acidity regulator and antioxidant. Acidity regulators help to maintain a constant acid level in a food. Antioxidants prevent foods from deteriorating. c. Emulsifier 471 in the Deluxe Fruit Muesli and Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli Bars Emulsifier 471 is mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids produced from vegetable oils. These act to maintain oil and water emulsions so that they do not separate into layers. d. Antioxidant E307b in the Deluxe Fruit Muesli, Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli Bars, Cranberry & Apple Clusters and Honey Roasted Nut Clusters Antioxidant E307b is a tocopherols concentrate, mixed. The role of an antioxidant is to prevent the oxidative deterioration of foods.

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Are Carman's products suitable for children?

Carman's products are suitable for children as part of a nutritionally balanced diet. Supervision is always recommended, as young children can choke on small hard pieces of food.

Why are foods labelled 'very high source of fibre' important for good health?

Foods high in fibre aid digestive health as well as reducing cholesterol and reducing your risk of bowel cancer. There are a number of different types of dietary fibre including soluble, insoluble and resistant starch. Carman's prides itself on providing higher fibre products by including a range of high fibre ingredients including rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get a good hit of dietary fibre, so make sure you load up with some Carman's muesli, oats or instant porridge sachets to fill your body with goodness!

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Do Carman's products contain sulphites or preservative 220?

Most of the fruits we use do not contain added sulphites or preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide). Often our apricots are mistaken for sultanas as they are darker in colour due to the absence of sulphites. Whilst we always strive to source preservative-free fruits, unfortunately the pears used in our Maple, Pear& Almond Oat Slice are preserved due to their fragile nature and tendency to discolour fast. All of our other dried fruits are preservative free. The glucose used in our muesli bars has no added sulphites. If there is a very low level of residual sulphites – much less than10mg/kg – it is due to cross contact during production of the glucose syrup. This is rarely above detectable test limits. This is reduced even further when the honey and glucose syrup is heated up before mixing in with the other ingredients. Under the Food Standards Code added sulphites must be declared on the ingredient list of packaged food when present in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more. Our bars are frequently tested for quality assurance purposes and the sulphite level present in these tests is well below 10mg/kg, and there is often no residual sulphites detected, meaning it does not legally need to be declared on the ingredient list or allergen statement.

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Are Carman's bars wheat free?

Even though there is no wheat added as a direct ingredient to our Mueslis, Cereals and Muesli Bars, we don’t claim “Wheat Free” on any of our products containing oats. This is due to potential cross contact at our manufacturing sites – or during the cultivation and harvesting of oats. The only products which are Wheat Free are Nut Bars, Protein Bars, Deluxe Muesli Bars and Deluxe Muesli. They can be easily identified as they have ‘Gluten Free’ stated on the front of the pack.

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