Frequently Asked Questions
Why do Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Drinks look so different from the ones I used to buy? Why did you change the packaging?
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® is excited to bring consumers new and refreshed packaging. By moving from plastic bottles to Tetra Pak© cartons, we will be eliminating over 3.8 million pounds of plastic annually while providing the same 8 fl oz (237 mL) serving size. Our new reclosable cartons are fully recyclable and made with responsibly sourced paper. And they are also easy to hold.
These new single serve cartons look smaller than the former bottles. Is there less product in there?
No, the new Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Drinks provide the same serving size as the former (we moved from an 8 FL OZ bottle to an 8 FL OZ reclosable carton).
What are the differences between the improved and former Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional drinks & drink mixes?
Nutritional Drinks: Our improved Nutritional Drinks provide the same protein, vitamins & minerals, and calories as before. Our improved original Nutritional Drinks provide 25% less added sugars vs our former drinks (11g vs 15 g) and an improved recipe, while our High Protein and Light Start drinks feature an improved recipe only (no change to sugar levels).
Nutritional Powder Drink Mixes: Our improved Nutritional Powder Drink Mixes provide similar protein, vitamins & minerals, and calories as before. Our improved original Nutritional Powder Drink Mixes and High Protein Nutritional Powder Drink Mixes provide 25% less added sugars vs our former drink mixes‡ and an improved recipe, while our Light Start Nutritional Powder Drink Mix features the same recipe and sugar levels as before.
‡Added sugars for each serving of our original Powder Drink Mixes have been reduced from 12 to 9 grams (Rich Milk Chocolate flavor) and from 11 to 8 grams (Classic French Vanilla and Strawberry Sensation flavors). Added sugars for each serving of our High Protein Powder Drink Mixes have been reduced from 9 to 6 grams (Rich Milk Chocolate flavor) and from 10 to 7 grams (Classic French Vanilla Flavor).
Pregnant and breastfeeding women have increased requirements for protein as well as iron, zinc, magnesium, B-vitamins, and vitamins A & C. Each prepared serving provides at least 20% of the daily value for these vitamins and minerals plus protein. Check with your healthcare provider if you have any questions about the nutritional products that may be right for you.
Can Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Drink Mix products be mixed with any kind of dairy or non-dairy beverage?
Our Powder Drink Mixes were designed to be mixed with 1 cup of skim milk for a nutritional drink that provides 20% or more of the daily value for protein plus 21 vitamins and minerals. The powder can be mixed with other dairy beverages (such as 1%, 2% or whole milk), if preferred. The nutritional content of non-dairy plant-based beverages is variable, and if used, may not contain the amount of protein, vitamins and minerals found in dairy beverages.
Our family of products help meet the nutritional needs of not only kids and teens but adults as well. The Original, Licensed Flavors, and Light Start® products are nutritionally appropriate for ages 4 years and older, including teens and adults The High Protein products are nutritionally appropriate for ages 9 years and older, including teens and adults.
Our Ready to Drink products are suitable for lactose intolerance but not for individuals with galactosemia. Our Powder products contain nonfat milk (which is a natural source of lactose), and therefore are not suitable for people with lactose intolerance.
I noticed the statement “Not for individuals with galactosemia” is found on Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Drink products. What does this mean?
Galactosemia is a genetic metabolic disorder. Individuals with this condition are unable to metabolize galactose, which is one of the two molecules that make up lactose or "milk sugar". These individuals must therefore eliminate all lactose from their diets. Nestlé Health Science products that are labeled as "suitable for lactose intolerance" may contain some residual lactose and therefore would not be appropriate for individuals with galactosemia.
How many tablespoons of Carnation Breakfast Essentials® powder found in the Canister format are needed for recipes that use 1 powder packet?
Six (6) level tablespoons are equivalent to one powder packet.
Our products do not contain any added caffeine. However, the chocolate flavored products contain a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine contributed by the cocoa (< 5 mg per serving).
Yes, our Ready to Drink beverages can be heated, provided you pour the beverage into a microwaveable glass or cup prior to heating. Our 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 the Powder. Be sure to check the temperature of the product before consuming or offering it to a child.
Our Ready to Drink products are not designed to be frozen. However, they can be frozen if you prefer a slushy or ice cream consistency. In that case, pour the drink in a clean, sealed container prior to freezing, and freeze for approximately 60-90 minutes. Consume the frozen product. We do not recommend freezing Carnation Breakfast Essentials® drinks and then thawing them.
All of our Ready to Drink products are gluten-free. Our Powder Drink Mixes do not contain wheat; however, they are made on equipment that also processes wheat. Therefore, they are not considered gluten-free.
Our products provide supplemental nutrition, but not sole-source nutrition. Although our Ready to Drink products are rich in protein and 21 vitamins and minerals, they do not provide sufficient levels of essential nutrients including molybdenum and selenium. Additionally, our powder products do not contain essential fats.
Check with your doctor if you have any questions about the nutritional products that may be right for you.
Am I required to refrigerate Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Drink products before drinking?
It is best to chill all Ready to Drink products before consuming. However, refrigeration is not required. Once opened, unused portions should be tightly covered, refrigerated and used within 24 hours.
Our Ready to Drink products are WIC* eligible in most states. Ask your healthcare provider or local WIC* representative if your child can benefit from the nutrition in Carnation Breakfast Essentials®.
Our Powder products are not WIC* eligible.
*WIC is a registered service mark of the US Department of Agriculture for USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Check with your State WIC Agency for local policies regarding coverage. No endorsement of any brand or product by the USDA is implied or intended.
The Original, High Protein, and Licensed Flavor products do not contain any artificial flavors, colors* or sweeteners. The Light Start™ products do not contain artificial flavors or colors, however, they do contain artificial sweeteners.
*Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Froot Loops® Flavored Nutritional drink contains color from Beta-carotene, and our Strawberry Flavored Nutritional Drink Mix contains color from beet juice. These colors are from natural sources.
How does the nutritional profile of the Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Licensed Flavored Nutritional Drinks (Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®, Kellogg’s® Krave®, Kellogg’s® Frosted Flakes®, and Golden Grahams™) compare to the original Ready to Drink products?
The nutritional profile of our Licensed Flavored Ready to Drink products and original Ready to Drink products are similar. Each 8 fl oz serving provides:
a. 240 nutrient-rich calories
b. Excellent source of 10 grams protein to help build & maintain muscle
c. 21 vitamins & minerals, including calcium and vitamin D to help build strong bones
d. Contains no artificial flavors, colors* or sweeteners
e. Nutritionally appropriate for ages 4 years and older, including teens and adults
*Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Kellogg’s® Froot Loops® Flavored Nutritional Drink contains color from Beta-carotene, which is a natural source.
Our Licensed Flavored Ready to Drink products are creamy drinks made with natural flavors that closely emulate the flavor of your favorite cereals. They do not contain cereal pieces.