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What exactly is Froose?
Froose is the brand name for a line of delicious and nutritious better for you snacks specially made and packaged for the healthy growth and development of children. Froose, fruit snacks, for example, contains whole gluten free grains and 100% fruit juice. Froose fruit snacks was developed by a concerned mom, who was looking for a truly innovative solution to the lack of healthier options for young children, and food scientists at The International Food Network at Cornell University.What makes Froose different?
Froose® represents all-natural, products that incorporate whole food and are based on years of development. Froose® fruit snacks provide your child with an excellent source of fiber in a fun, familiar, great tasting snack format. Why is that important? It is estimated that most children only get about 50% of the daily recommended amount of fiber. The usual recommendation was that the amount of fiber that a child needs to eat each day should be equal to their age in years plus 5. So a 5 year old needs 10g of fiber each day and a 12 year old needs about 17g. However, many nutrition experts think that isn’t enough fiber. The latest recommendations are that kids should eat about 14g of fiber for every 1,000 calories they eat. So obviously older kids who eat more calories should also get more fiber in their diet.
Some general guidelines for fiber recommendations for kids include that:
- 1 to 3 year olds should get about 19g of fiber each day
- 4 to 8 year olds should get about 25g of fiber each day
- 9- to 13-year-old girls should get about 26g of fiber each day
- 9- to 13-year-old boys should get about 31g of fiber each day
- 14- to 18-year-old girls should get about 26g of fiber each day
- 14- to 18-year-old boys should get about 38g of fiber each day
Froose delivers 6 grams of fiber, or about 25% of the daily recommended amount which results in an excellent source of fiber claim.Who can benefit from Froose?
Even though the Froose are presented in “kid friendly” packaging, anyone can benefit from the wholesome nutrition and convenient on-the-go packaging. All Froose products provide an easy and great tasting way to get more fiber in the diet. Froose can also be a great solution for anyone who has dietary restrictions and cannot have gluten, dairy, soy or other allergens.What does the name Froose mean?
Froose is a made up word that is trademarked. We were inspired to find a word that connotes healthy fun. Our twist on “fruit” became “froose”. Understanding that young children love characters and love to rhyme, we invented the Froose Moose character theme for our product line. A great deal of thought, commitment, energy and time went into developing the Froose product offerings. We are passionate about and dedicated to delivering nutritionally superior snacks to young children. We also firmly believe that healthy products can be formulated to taste great and be fun for kids. The Froose Moose family of Milton, Meredith, Molly and Mitchell delight our young consumers and certainly help to establish at an early age the connection between nutrition, better choices, great taste and fun.How is Froose impacting the community?
Froose is proud to be a corporate partner of The Alliance For a Healthier Generation which has partnered with The American Heart Foundation and the William J Clinton Foundation to promote healthier products in schools. The Company is also a corporate stakeholder partner in the Get Healthy Philly initiative, which is part of Michele Obama’s Let’s Move program. Our company proudly donates product to local food banks. Last year we donated over 4,000 pounds of product to local food banks. We also work with Autism Speaks and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Froose is also a proud supporting of the Kids Central section of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) website. Froose Founder and CEO, Denise Devine, serves on the Board of the NFCA as well as The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Denise has been a children’s nutrition advocate for years and serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Education at Villanova University School of Nursing.Do you have a satisfaction guaranteed policy?
Absolutely. If for any reason you are not satisfied with any Froose® product we want to make it easy for you. Just contact us by email or phone (888) 338-4631 anytime during regular business hours 8:00 – 5:00 Eastern Standard Time and we will make arrangements to fully refund your purchase. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.Can Froose be used after the 'Best If Purchased By' date?
Actually the FDA does not require any product dating on snack products. The only products that require a “best if purchased by” or expiration date are dairy products, meats and infant formula. Froose voluntarily uses a “Best if Purchased By” date to indicate the time before which the product will be at its highest quality in terms of taste and texture. Although the flavors may dissipate after the “Best if Purchased By” date, the product would not be a health hazard.What if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions, comments or ideas, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email through the CONTACT US tab at www.froose.com or call anytime toll free at 888-338-4631 and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Why are whole grains so important for young children?
Whole grains supply complex carbohydrate, protein, fiber and other nutrients children need to maintain energy and build bones and muscles. Young children, just like adults, need fiber and the vast majority do not consume even close to the recommended daily amount. Whole grains and fiber have been clinically proven to prevent heart disease and cancers. With the obesity epidemic raging in our youth, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers are showing up in children at younger and younger ages. Adopting nutritionally sound eating habits from the start that include the incorporation of more whole grains in the diet of children throughout the day will set them on the path for better lifelong health.Is Froose wheat and gluten-free?
Yes. We specifically made Froose with Brown Rice so that the benefits of Froose could be enjoyed by all children, even those with special dietary needs.Does Froose contain gluten?
No. Gluten is found in products that contain wheat, barley, rye and oats. Froose does not contain any of these grains. The whole grain contained in Froose is brown rice. Generally fruit snacks do not contain ingredients that contain gluten, however, it is important to call out Froose as gluten free because it does contain whole grains and many whole grains, as listed above, do contain gluten. We want consumers who have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease to know that the grains contained in Froose are gluten free.How do I know that Froose contains whole grain?
Because the three parts of the whole grain, the germ, the bran and the endosperm are included in Froose.Is Froose kosher?
Yes, all Froose products are kosher and certified by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation of America.Is Froose vegan?
Yes. Froose contains no animal proteins and none of the ingredients contained in Froose are derived from animals. Many fruit snacks contain gelatin which is derived from animals and, therefore, are not vegan.Why not make Froose fruit snacks sugar-free?
It is not possible to make fruit snacks low in sugar or sugar free without using artificial sweeteners. One of the core elements of the Froose value proposition is a 100% natural, better-for-you product. In order to maintain an appealing fruit snack texture, a certain level of “solid” ingredients (i.e., sugars) are required. Knowing that is required we were intent on finding sugar sources that had some nutritive value which is why Froose contains brown rice syrup, a sweetener that has a glycemic index about half that of sucrose. Two other ingredients in Froose, pectin, and soluble fiber have been shown to lower glycemic index. Therefore, the interaction between the sugar and fiber in Froose is nutritionally important. Further, the fiber causes satiety which can help keep caloric intake in check.I have read about GMOs. What are they and why is Froose not labeled as GMO free?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. This is an evolving area. There are currently no FDA regulations addressing the labeling of GMOs and there is no evidence that Genetically Modified ingredients are in any way unsafe. Sometimes crops are genetically modified so that they can better withstand growing conditions without the use of pesticides. In fact, a large majority of certain crops in the United States are genetically modified (e.g., soy beans). We do not intentionally use GMO ingredients in Froose. However, even if all the ingredients in a product are GMO free, in order to be certified GMO free the manufacturing facility must go through a certification process, which will add cost to the product. We will continue to investigate this as the area evolves.Does Froose contain any artificial flavors or dyes?
No. Froose is 100% natural. All the flavors and colors of Froose are from natural sources. Other fruit snacks such as Welch’s and Gummi Bears such as Haribo use artificial flavors and dyes.Are Froose Fruit Snacks a substitute for fresh fruits or vegetables?
No, fresh is always best but when fresh is not available or the occasion calls for an alternative snack, Froose is a good choice. It is clear that eating habits and taste preferences are developed very early in life. Providing children with healthy food choices at an early age could be the most important way that you can influence your child’s lifelong health. This can be a challenge especially when it seems that parents are thwarted at every turn by advertisements and toy promotions linked to junk food. Children are busy playing and growing all day long. They burn a lot of calories and need replenishment. On-the-grow®, healthy snacks are hard to find. Froose provides a solution to that problem.What is the benefit of a snack that includes Whole Food (e.g. whole grain)?
When it comes to health, nothing seems to quite take the place of what is provided by nature. Studies have proven over and over again that when we get our antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the whole food source rather than from a tablet the benefits to our bodies are much more pronounced. Small amounts of certain nutrients, called phytonutrients, are present in whole grains and whole vegetables that seem to work together in benefiting the body when they are consumed in their original whole food form. These benefits are impossible to get by stripping out or extracting certain vitamins and other nutrients from the whole food. By giving your child whole foods throughout the day you are ensuring that they will get the maximum benefit from all the nutrients they are eating and drinking.I’ve heard that arsenic can be found in brown rice. Should I be concerned?
No – arsenic occurs naturally in the soil and, in fact, arsenic is an essential element that we need in small amounts. The Dartmouth Study (February 2012) pointed out levels in rice and Consumer Reports (November 2012) also published statistics on all kinds of rice products. The FDA tested 1300 samples and determined that levels did not represent any health risk but continues to do longer term studies. The FDA has still not recommended a maximum acceptable amount of arsenic in rice. However, based on their studies they have issued a recommended limit on the amount of arsenic in apple juice, which is now 10 parts per billion, the same as the FDA limit for water.
Referencing the levels found in Brown Rice Syrup by Consumer Reports and calculating a comparable ratio given the amount of brown rice syrup and brown rice used in the Froose fruit snacks, the maximum possible amount of arsenic that could be present is miniscule as illustrated below:
Consumer reports highlighted any samples that exceeded 5 micrograms of arsenic per serving, which is the New York state limit for 1 liter of drinking water. The brown rice syrup samples that were tested ranged from 4.6mcg to 5.9mcg per 30ml of rice syrup. 30ml of rice syrup weighs 43.68g. Each serving (pouch) of the Froose fruit snacks contains 18g of brown rice syrup. Based on that ratio, there is only about 2mcg, which is far below any level of concern.