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Thanks for asking. KRAFT Singles are made with emulsifiers – an ingredient commonly used in products such as chocolate and salad dressings – which hold the fat and protein together. In fact, the fat and protein are bound so tight that they don’t separate even at high heat levels, like an open flame. In the case of natural cheese, where there are no emulsifiers to bind the protein and fat, heat causes the fat to separate and drip off as you would expect. On the other hand, KRAFT Singles need lower, longer heat for the cheese particles to melt and flow, thus creating the perfect, gooey, uniform melt that our fans know and love. Check out this short video for more information.
Thanks for asking. Dried foods have been around since the dawn of time like spices, beans and soup mixes. They’re convenient food choices and easy to prepare during a busy day.
Although dried foods are pretty easy to make, they do require a step to remove the water that's found in most foods. And that's why you can't just shred a block of cheese and turn it into a powdered cheese sauce mix - there's too much moisture.
For our powdered Cheese Sauce Mix in Kraft Mac & Cheese, we start by making our own cheese. We then blend that cheese with other ingredients to make a cheese sauce that has the one-of-a-kind taste you love.
Then, similar to a food dehydrator you might have at home, to dry out fruit like apples, we use a food dehydrator -- just a much larger version. This removes the moisture from the cheese sauce and turns our Cheese Sauce into dry powder.
By using our dry cheese sauce mix and adding your own milk and margarine or butter, you can make your batch of Kraft Mac & Cheese fresh anytime.
We believe convenience doesn’t have to mean sacrificing good nutrition.
Busy parents who feed their families Kraft Mac & Cheese can feel good because it’s made with quality ingredients and has 9 grams of protein and 10% daily value of calcium per serving.
Thanks, RuthMarie. If you are wondering how to tell if something is gluten free, you are not alone! Gluten - this six letter word - is a very talked about issue. To help get the breakdown, check out these 6 quick points:
-- Sandy, Kraft Nutrition Communications
All of our products have code dates to let you know how long they’ll be at their peak of product quality. The Best When Used By date is on either the front or back panel of a package. We recommend you enjoy the product by the date listed on the package. After that date, the product may start to lose freshness and we don’t want you to have a disappointing experience with any of our products. Check out this infographic to learn more about best by dates.
We know seeing the word “artificial” on a food or beverage label can sometimes be confusing. Artificial sweeteners, which help lower calories in foods vs. those that use only sugar, are just one tool we use in our product development so you can enjoy foods and drinks like Sugar-Free Jell-O Gelatin and Crystal Light Drink Mix without breaking the calorie bank.
Artificial sweeteners have been around for decades and their safety is consistently re-affirmed by scientific authorities all over the world. No matter what your health and wellness goals are, you can easily spot artificial sweeteners in our foods by looking for the four types we use on the ingredient list – Aspartame, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium and Saccharine.
For more information, please view: FDA-approved artificial sweeteners.
--Rachel – Kraft Registered Dietitian
We greatly respect the role our products have in your lives. That’s why making sure our food is safe to eat is our number one priority. And, if we don’t meet your expectations – or ours – we won’t hesitate to do the right thing - stopping production or pulling a food from store shelves. We’d like to take you inside one of our pilot plants, which is essentially one of our big kitchens, to show you how we embody food safety at Kraft.
Caffeine can either be found naturally in foods and drinks, or be added to give you an extra boost. There are two easy ways to spot caffeine in Kraft food or drinks. If we've added caffeine to one of your favorite foods or beverages, it will be clearly called out on the label.
This is the case for some of our drink mixes and liquid concentrates, like Crystal Light with Caffeine and MiO Energy. These are great options for those of you who want the boost of caffeine, but either don't like the taste of coffee or tea, or want to mix things up.
Of course, you can always decrease the amount of mix you use based on your taste and preference.
Other foods and drinks naturally contain caffeine – such as coffee and tea. Even "decaf" coffee has a small amount of caffeine. If you are sensitive to caffeine, check the ingredient list for any natural sources of caffeine by looking for trigger words such as coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. You can also review this guide from The Mayo Clinic to learn more about how much caffeine is typically in these ingredients.
-- Marlene - VP Research, Development, Quality and Innovation - Beverages.
Simply put, yes. About 80% of the foods you find on grocery store shelves today contain ingredients from genetically modified organisms – or foods with GMOs. Here is what you need to know about Kraft’s use of genetically modified ingredients.
Propylene glycol is a common additive found in many products such as frostings, candies, baked goods, and frozen desserts. In our beverage products such as MiO, it serves as a component of the natural flavor, and helps mix it evenly throughout the product.
People sometimes confuse propylene glycol with ethylene glycol, an industrial ingredient previously used in antifreeze, which is obviously not approved for human consumption.
Propylene glycol is safe for use in foods and beverages, and is considered by the FDA to be "generally recognized as safe.” At Kraft, we only use ingredients that have been studied and are approved for use by scientific and regulatory authorities.
Check out this infographic explaining what goes into our Hot Dogs. And if you like it...share it!
Here's an infographic explaining the differences between fats and healthy oils.
Studies say we eat with our eyes, and when it comes to our eyes, color is important. All of the ingredients, including colors, work together to deliver the distinctive taste, appearance and texture people expect and love in our foods. Check out this video with more information on why and where we use artificial colors, or "food dyes" as they are sometimes called.
We often get this question because people want to understand whether or not a product is vegetarian. The enzymes in our products are sourced from the natural fermentation process as well as from animals including cows, sheep, and goats. Enzyme derivatives help to turn milk into cheese as well as give cheese its taste, texture and color characteristics.
We take great pride in each unique recipe we have for our cheeses. And because the exact enzyme we use can impact each cheese’s taste, texture and color, it is something that we keep proprietary. So, if you see ‘enzymes’ on the ingredient line, you should contact us to determine the source of the enzyme.
That said, we recently revised the way we declare enzymes on the ingredient line for Kraft String Cheese. We now identify the enzymes as coming from a non-animal source. We’re also looking into new ways of processing our various lines of cheese products that would eliminate the need for enzymes that are derived from animal sources.
There are a variety of ways in which we develop delicious Kraft recipes for you to enjoy. Our main focus is always making cooking fun and easy for families like yours.
To learn more about our recipe development, and to get an inside look at our Kraft Kitchens, watch the following video featuring our Culinary Expert, Robin.
Like you, we care about the wellbeing of animals raised for food. While we do not own any farms, we do require our facilities and our direct suppliers' facilities that manage live animals to meet industry standards and government regulations on animal welfare. These standards cover the handling, housing, transportation and slaughter relevant to each operation. Please click here for more detailed information on animal welfare at Kraft.
Hi Sherry, we appreciate your question because we’ve been doing a lot to reduce sodium in our foods. Salt (sodium chloride) is approximately 40% sodium. Salt is complicated because it’s one of those ingredients that wears many hats - playing multiple roles not only in the body, but also in a recipe.
We’ve been reducing sodium in our foods for years. In fact, we partnered with other food companies to reduce the amount of sodium through the National Salt Reduction Initiative. By the end of 2012, we had removed 13 million pounds of salt in more than 1,300 products across North America, including many of your favorites like Oscar Mayer ham and Kraft Singles cheese. Since then, we continue to reduce sodium in our products but we know we still have work to do. Check out this video to learn more about our efforts.
Hi, I’m Kari on the Nutrition and Regulatory team here at Kraft. I have a PHD in nutrition and I am a mother of three. I want to answer some of the common questions we get about High Fructose Corn Syrup – a common sweetener used in food and beverages.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is just another type of sugar. Made from corn, it’s almost identical to regular table sugar, but the syrup is much easier to use in food production. That is why we use it in many – but not all – of our products such as drinks, sauces and salad dressings.
If we take HFCS out of one of our products, it is usually due to the consumer preference for that specific brand. If we add it or use it in other products, it is because it mixes and blends more easily, and it’s more affordable.
If you want to avoid high fructose corn syrup, look at the ingredients list. And if you’re concerned about your weight and how many calories you eat, it’s a good idea to watch your overall sugar intake.
-- Kari, Kraft Nutrition and Regulatory
Boca Burgers have a number of nutrional benefits - some of which are highlighted in the above graphic.
We know you want to be smart when grocery shopping so you feel informed and empowered to buy the right foods for your family. So before putting anything in your shopping cart, look for the food label both on the front and the back, side or bottom of the package. This is where you can find the nutrition information, the ingredient list and allergy information. Take a look at this overview of the Nutrition Facts panel, to see what information can be found where.
As a parent who has food allergies in my family, I’m always aware of what is in my food. Fortunately, in recent years it’s become much easier for people with common food allergies to determine if the ingredients they are allergic to are contained in packaged food products.
Here at Kraft, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure allergens – whether they are common food allergies or those less well known, are clearly called out on our labels.
What is the best way to get allergen information about our food? Look for a 'contains' or 'may contain' statement underneath the ingredient line and check the ingredient list itself. If our product has what the FDA declares is a major allergen ingredient in it or even if it might, we will let you know.
We follow the FDA requirements for labeling major allergens – peanuts, eggs, seafood like fish and shellfish, milk, soy, tree nuts (such as almonds) and wheat. But we know that food allergies extend beyond those – and so to help you choose foods for you and your family, we also voluntarily label celery, mustard, certain varieties of peas called lupin, mollusks, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and cottonseed in addition to sulfites over ten ppm (that’s “parts per million”).
Check out the Food Allergy Resource and Education tools and resources – or consult with your physician – for more information.
--Wendy, Consumer Relations
Phenylalanine, while not so easy to pronounce, is easier to understand. It is an amino acid. The presence of phenylalanine is only indicated as “Contains: Phenylalanine” on a product package when aspartame (a common artificial sweetener) is added to the product. Aspartame is comprised of two amino acids – phenylalanine and aspartic acid. So, if you see it on a label, it’s because the product contains aspartame.