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What are Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Family of Products?

Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Family of Products provide essential nutrition at home or on-the-go to help start the day right. Each bottle or prepared serving provides the nutrition of a balanced breakfast with 20% or more of the daily value for protein plus 21 vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D to help build strong bones. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products are available in Ready-to-Drink and Powder Drink Mix formats with Original, High Protein and Light Start™ varieties. Click here for the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® At-A Glance Nutritional Chart to see which products may be right for you and your family.

Are Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Family of Products appropriate for kids, teens and adults?

Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Family of Products help meet the nutritional needs of not only kids and teens but adults as well. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Original and Light Start™ products are intended for use by children (ages 4 and up), teens and adults. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® High Protein products are intended for use by children (ages 9 and up), teens and adults.

Are Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Family of Products provide essential nutrition at home or on-the-go to help start the day right. Pregnant and breastfeeding women have increased requirements for protein as well as iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamins A & C and B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12 and folic acid. Each prepared serving of Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink or Powder Drink Mix provides at least 20% of the daily value for these vitamins and minerals plus protein. Check with your obstetrician if you have any questions about the nutritional products that may be right for you.

Can I heat Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products?

Yes, Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink beverages can be heated, provided that you pour the beverage into a microwaveable glass or cup prior to heating. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Drink Mixes can also be heated. Heat 1 cup of milk in a microwave safe mug for 1½ minutes or until hot. Stir in one packet or serving of Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Drink Mix. Be sure to check the temperature of the product before consuming or offering it to a child.

What types of sweeteners are used in Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products?

The type of sweeteners used in Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink and Powder Drink Mixes are different depending on the variety. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Original and High Protein Ready-to-Drink contain sugar and purified stevia leaf extract. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Original and High Protein Powder Drink Mix contain sugar. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Light Start™ Ready-to-Drink and Powder Drink Mixes contain a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

Do Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products contain caffeine?

Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products do not contain any added caffeine. However, the chocolate and mocha flavors contain a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine contributed by the cocoa (< 5 mg per serving). All other flavor varieties do not contain caffeine.

Are Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products gluten-free?

All Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-To-Drink products are gluten-free. Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Drink Mixes do not contain wheat; however, they are made on equipment that also processes wheat.  Therefore they are not considered gluten-free.

Are the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products suitable for people with lactose intolerance?

All Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-To-Drink products are suitable for lactose intolerance but not for individuals with galactosemia.  Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Drink Mixes contain nonfat milk (which is a natural source of lactose), and therefore are not suitable for people with lactose intolerance.

Are Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products kosher?

Yes, all Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-To-Drink and Powder Drink Mix products are kosher.

Can Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products be used as a sole source of nutrition?

Carnation Breakfast Essentials® products provide supplemental nutrition, but not sole-source nutrition. Although Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink products are rich in protein and 21 vitamins and minerals, they do not provide sufficient levels of essential nutrients including chromium, molybdenum and selenium.  Additionally, Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder Drink Mixes do not contain essential fats.  Check with your doctor if you have any questions about the nutritional products that may be right for you.

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