Woolworths Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit

Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli








Breakfast Pots Fruit Free Muesli ING






Toasted Cereal:


The common oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name

Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those grains do have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most oatmeal brands unsafe on a gluten-free diet

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily. Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.



 A hybrid of wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale) first bred in laboratories during the late 19th century. Commercially available triticale is almost always a second generation hybrid, i.e., a cross between two kinds of primary (first cross) triticales. As a rule, triticale combines the yield potential and grain quality of wheat with the disease and environmental tolerance (including soil conditions) of rye. Only recently has it been developed into a commercially viable crop. In 1970, the first commercial variety of triticale went on sale and triticale bread, flour and breakfast cereals became available. It is grown mostly for forage or fodder, although some triticale-based foods can be purchased at health food stores or are to be found in some breakfast cereals

When crossing wheat and rye, wheat is used as the female parent and rye as the male parent (pollen donor). The resulting hybrid is sterile, and must be treated with  colchicine (a medication that treats gout) to induce polyploidy and thus the ability to reproduce itself.



A sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey has had a long history in human consumption. Flavours of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. Honey has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose, containing about 70 to 80 percent sugar, which gives it its sweet taste – minerals and water make up the rest of its composition

It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The healing qualities of honey were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times, such as Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) and Aristoxenus (320 BC). Honey possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties.


Canola Oil

Deemed to be heart-healthy, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorised a qualified health claim in 2006 for canola oil’s ability to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in place of saturated fat.

Developed through the hybridisation of rape seed, canola oil is actually a delicate oil that turns rancid very quickly.  Deodorisers are typically used in the making of canola oil. Rape seed oil is toxic because it contains significant amounts of a poisonous substance called erucic acid.

Canola oil is a poisonous substance, an industrial oil that does not belong in the body. It contains “the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas, hemagglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycosides. It is said to cause mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and depression of the immune system.



Also known as molasses or golden syrup (depending on colour and strength of taste), treacle is an uncrystallised syrup made during the refining of sugar. Treacle is used both in cooking as a sweetener and as a condiment


Antioxidant (306)

Food additive, also known as Tocophero and Vitamin E. Commercially it can be extracted, by distillation in a vacuum, from cottonseed, maize, rice germ, soya bean oil, wheat germ, or green leaves and may, therefore, come from genetically modified sources.  Also obtained by extraction from vegetable oils, such as wheat and rice germ, and can help prevent oxidation of Vitamin A. Its application to food products is limited by its strong flavour. It is used as a natural antioxidant in food and drink products.

Vitamin E is important in fertility and reproduction, as well as being involved in the formation of red blood cells. It also acts to protect cell membranes from oxidation. Excessive doses may cause side effects, such as blurred vision and headaches. 


Nuts: Almonds

The edible and widely cultivated seed of the almond tree. Almonds are a natural source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and high quality protein. Almonds also contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to a lot of bioactive molecules (such as fiber, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants) which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases. Nuts and seeds are vegetable foods that are richest in fibre


Nuts: Hazelnuts

A hazelnut is the nut of the hazel trees and shrubs and is also known as cobnut or filbert nut according to species. The kernel of the seed is edible and used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste. Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins.


Nuts: Macadamia

Macadamia is a genus of four species of trees indigenous to Australia and constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. Gluten-free and an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Also rich in many important B-complex vitamins and they contain small amounts of vitamins A and E



The label states just “sunflower” – it is highly unlikely that the actual flower is within the muesli as it is not a food. It is likely to be sunflower seeds or sunflower oil. Here is the dilemma – sunflower seeds get great coverage as a healthy snack whereas sunflower oil gets equally great coverage as something to avoid at all costs within our diet


Natural Flavour: Dextrose

Dextrose is a sugar. It is an isotope of glucose and is gluten-free. Dextrose has a vegetable source, but may be processed through a bone char filter. The bone char decolours the sugar. It is a simple sugar, which functions as a sweetener in foods and drinks.


Anti-Caking Agent 551

Another product with varying views – some for, some against:

Silicon dioxide – From sand or Quartz. No adverse effects are known in food use. Artificial sweetener, anti-caking agent, thickener and stabiliser in beer, confectionary, sausages, dried milk – huge range of foods.

Silica (silicon dioxide) is used in some powdered foods to ensure that they are free flowing. While its industrial uses are many, its health benefits appear to be nil. Silica is a compound that is found in soil. There are people who have made the assumption that it must be beneficial to health based on this. Another basis for the assumption about silica’s benefits is the fact that trace amounts of it are found inside fruits and vegetables, which could produce some minor contributions to good health, but mostly to the health of those fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with silica has not been shown to provide any health benefits to humans, and all silica supplements contain far more silica than anyone could consume naturally.


Contains: Gluten

A protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.


Contains: Tree Nuts 

The tree nut family includes almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts and others. Tree nuts are different to peanuts because tree nuts come from a different plant family. People who are allergic to peanuts are not necessarily allergic to tree nuts and vice versa, however people who are allergic to one tree nut have a tendency to be allergic to other tree nuts. For example people who have a cashew nut allergy are often also allergic to pistachio nut



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