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Frequently Asked Questions

 
What is the shelf life of Estee products?
How do you decipher the code dates?
Where can I find your products?
Are Estee products Kosher?
Which Estee products are made without gluten (wheat, oat, malt or barley) and sugar?
What is Fructose?
What is Crystalline Fructose?
How should Crystalline Fructose be stored?
Is Fructose Safe for People with Diabetes?
Is Fructose beneficial for people with Hypoglycemia?
Can I use Fructose if I am allergic to corn?
How can I use Fructose in recipes?
What are Sugar Alcohols?
What is Splenda?
Can people with diabetes use Splenda?
Which Estee products contain Splenda?
 

What is the shelf life of Estee products?

Estee Sweeteners 18 Mo.
No Sucrose Added Chocolate Bars 12 Mo.
No Sucrose Added Boxed/Bagged Chocolate/Caramels 15 Mo.
Estee Smart Treats-Sugar Free Candies 15 Mo. — 18 Mo.
Estee Fructose Sweetened Fruit Spreads 18 Mo.
Estee No Sucrose Added Syrups 15 Mo.
Estee Low Sodium Peanut Butter 12 Mo.
Estee Smart Treats-Rice Crunchy Bars 9 Mo.
Estee Smart Treat Graham Crackers 9 Mo.
Estee Smart Treat Sugar Free Cookies 9 Mo.
Estee Smart Treat Ketchup 15 Mo.

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How do you decipher the code dates?

Julian Date (Manufacturing Date)

211 Y 8 1
Julian Date Plant Code Last Digit in Year Shift

  • The Julian Date is a calendar system where each day has its own unique numerical designation, for example, January 1 would be 001 and February 1 would be 032. The Julian date is the day which the product was manufactured.
  • The plant code is an alphabetical designation for a specific plant.
  • The last digit in the year is for 8 for 199(8).
  • The shift is numerical

This dating code would therefore mean that the product was manufactured on August 9, 1998.

*Also note that our packages now have readable “Best Before” or “Use By” expiration dates.

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Where can I find your products?

Most supermarket chains carry our products and independent food stores, the products can be located in the diet food aisle.

However, if these stores have limited shelf space, they may not carry our complete product line. If so, you may request the store manager to order it for you or you may arrange to purchase our products directly by calling the following mail order house or you may purchase direct by visiting our Estee Foods website?

TAD Enterprises
9356 Pleasant
Tinley Park, IL 60477
1-800-438-6153

www.esteefoods.com

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Are Estee products Kosher?

Fructose Sweeteners KOF-K P
Fructose Sweeteners KOF-K P
No Sucrose Added Chocolate Bars KOF-K D
No Sucrose Added Bagged/Boxed Chocolate/Caramels KOF-K D
Estee Smart Treat Sugar Free Candies KOF-K P
Estee Sugar Free Créme Wafers KOF-K P
Estee Smart Treat Sugar Free Cookies KOF-K D
No Sucrose Added Syrups OU P

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Which Estee products are made without gluten (wheat, oat, malt or barley) and sugar?

Lollipops, assorted fruit candies, mint hard candies, tropical fruit hard candies, hard toffee candies, gourmet jelly beans.

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What is Fructose?

Fructose is the sweetest naturally occurring sugar. It is found in fruits, berries and honey. It has four calories per gram, the same as sucrose (table sugar). It is not a low calorie sweetener, but in many foods you can use less because fructose can be up to 1 1/2 times sweeter than table sugar. The colder the temperature of the food containing fructose, the sweeter it tastes. However, in a food or beverage served hot, fructose sweetness will be similar to sugar. Hot temperatures do not destroy its sweetness, so it may be used in dishes that require cooking or baking. Fructose is unbleached.

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What is Crystalline Fructose?

Commercially-produced crystalline fructose (the type that Estee uses) is made from corn starch in process that produces a free-flowing granulated substance that looks and tastes much like regular sugar.

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How should Crystalline Fructose be stored?

Fructose readily absorbs moisture from the air. To keep fructose dry and free from lumps, store in a tightly covered canister or other air-tight container.

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Is Fructose Safe for People with Diabetes?

Yes, The American Diabetes Association policy states that fructose is acceptable in the management of diabetes. Eating fructose causes a significantly lower rise in blood sugar than eating an equal amount of sucrose (table sugar) or other simple sugars. Many research studies have shown this to be true for people with both Insulin Dependent and Non-Insulin Dependent diabetes. People with poorly controlled diabetes, however, may see a greater rise in blood sugar after eating fructose. Consult your healthcare professional for individual guidance.

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Is Fructose beneficial for people with Hypoglycemia?

Yes, because fructose does not cause a fast or high rise in blood sugar, it helps people with hypoglycemia to avoid drastic swings in their blood sugar level from high to low. Consult with your healthcare professional for individual guidance.

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Can I use Fructose if I am allergic to corn?

Fructose is a carbohydrate. Allergies are caused by the protein part of the food. The corn protein is processed out when making fructose and therefore is not likely to cause a reaction.

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How can I use Fructose in recipes?

For jams, jellies, baked breads, cookies, pies, fruit desserts and puddings, the general rule is 1/3 less fructose than you would sugar. When substituting fructose for sugar in Cakes, the results can vary from recipe to recipe. You may get better results by using a cake recipe that was specifically developed for fructose.

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What are Sugar Alcohols?

Sugar Alcohol is not sugar or alcohol, it is a hydrogenated liquid starch derived and processed from corn.

Examples of sugar alcohol in the food are xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, isomalt, lactitol, hydrogenated starch hydrosolates, hydrogenated glucose syrups, erythritol, or a combination of these.

They are used as a texturizing agent, humectant, anticaking agent and as a sugar substitute for diabetics.

The ingredient is perfectly safe for diabetics and others not able to consumer sugar. However, caution should be used to consume the daily recommended daily allowance only. Anything over that may have a laxative effect.

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What is Splenda?

Splenda is the only no calorie sweetener made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar, with no unpleasant aftertaste. It can be used virtually anywhere sugar is used, including cooking and baking. The granular form measures and pours just like sugar.

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Can people with diabetes use Splenda?

Splenda is suitable for people with diabetes. Numerous studies have shown that the sweetening ingredient in Splenda, or sucralose, is not recognized by the body as sugar or as a carbohydrate. It is not metabolized by the body and Does not affect blood glucose levels. Splenda, or sucralose, has no effect on carbohydrate metabolism or insulin secretion. Foods and beverages sweetened with Splenda provide good-tasting, lower-calorie alternatives for people with diabetes who are interested in reducing their caloric or sugar intake. As with any nutritional concerns, people with diabetes should consult their doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for advice on an individualized dietary plan.

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Which Estee products contain Splenda?

Estee Assorted Fruit Hard Candies
Estee Tropical Fruit Hard Candies
Estee Toffee Candies
Estee Butterscotch Hard Candies
Estee Peppermint Hard Candies
Estee Maple Syrup
Estee Blueberry Syrup
Estee Chocolate Crème Wafers
Estee Strawberry Crème Wafers
Estee Vanilla Crème Wafers
Estee Lemon Crème Wafers
Estee Peanut Butter Créme Wafers

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