Q: What the heck is collagen?
A: Collagen is the protein that holds everything in your body together. It makes up about 30% of all the protein in the human body, and is found in your bones, tendons, ligaments, connective tissues and skin, and plays various roles in your overall health. Collagen production naturally declines with age, reducing the structural integrity of the skin and instigating the weakening of cartilage in joints. You can help make up for decreased collagen production by eating collagen sourced from grass-fed bovines pasture-raised in Brazil.
Q: Why should I eat collagen?
A: The collagen protein used in Primal Kitchen Coconut Cashew Bars is collagen hydrolysate from grass-fed cows, which is broken down into individual amino acids and easier to absorb and digest, so it’s a preferable alternative to taking collagen in, say, capsule form. Furthermore, it’s 100% protein, and we all know the benefits of ingesting clean protein.
Q: Where does your collagen come from?
A: Our collagen comes from Grass Fed cows from a few countries in South America, humanely treated in accordance with country regulations. The use of growth hormones (rBST and rBGH) is prohibited in countries where our raw materials are collected.
Q: What types of collagen do the bars contain?
A: Our collagen includes Types 1 & 3 for hair, skin, nails, and bones.
Q: What is the Protein breakdown (seeds, nuts, etc)?
A: Each individual package of bars provides both the amount of collagen and the total amount of protein per bar. Subtract the amount of collagen from the total amount of protein to find the protein amount provide by the other sources (ex. seeds and nuts). We do not provide specific amounts of protein of each of the other sources - this is proprietary information.
Q: Are the seeds and nuts tested for mycotoxins?
A: Yes, All of the seeds and nuts in the bars are tested for aflatoxins (mycotoxins)
Q: What is monk fruit?
A: Also called Luo Han Goa, monk fruit is a Chinese herb cultivated for centuries by Buddhist monks. Much like stevia, it’s a delicious and natural way to sweeten without all the calories of sugar. The monk fruit is water extracted.
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Q: What are net carbs?
A: You determine the net carb impact of a food by subtracting the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates. Fiber slows the digestion of carbohydrates and reduces the glycemic burden on the body.
Q: Are there GMOs in the Coconut Cashew Bar?
A: Nope! We’re working on the Non-GMO certification right now.
Q: What's the integrity of Primal Kitchen Honey?
A: We use Canadian Grade 1 pasteurized honey. Absolutely no high-fructose corn syrup is mixed into our honey, as it is in some other brands. The honey in our bars is cooked to above 100 degrees Celsius.
Q: What exactly are natural flavors?
A: Don't be alarmed! Our natural flavors are simply cocoa powder or extract, vanilla bean, or chocolate fudge, depending on the flavor, with absolutely no MSG or hidden ingredients. We list them as natural flavors per the legal guys. We are looking into calling them what they are on the label moving forward: vanilla extract. Our bar maker in Canada is one of the top facilities in the world (did you know Canada is ranked #1 in food safety?) and the company is just as committed to ingredient integrity as we are. The natural flavors do not contain synthetic substances.
Q: What is hydrolyzed collagen?
A: Hydrolyzed collagen is also called collagen peptides or collagen hydrolysate. The collagen has undergone a process of hydrolysis (separating the molecular bonds between collagen strands with an acid, like lime or enzymes) to reduce the protein into smaller peptides, which renders it more readily bioavailable. The amino acid content of collagen is the same as that of hydrolyzed collagen. Most clinical studies on the benefits of collagen have been conducted using hydrolyzed collagen peptides. Collagen hydrolysate has the same amino acids (and health benefits) as gelatin but different chemical properties. Some people may find collagen hydrolysate easier to digest.
Q: Is the collagen used in your bars, heat treated?
A: The collagen isn't heated at all in the bar making process.
Q: At what temperature is the honey when making the bars?
A: The honey is cooked to above 100 degrees Celsius.
Q: What is the protein breakdown (nuts, seeds, collagen) in the bars?
A: Each individual package or tray of the bars provides both the amount of collagen and the total amount of protein per bar. Subtract the amount of collagen from the total amount of protein to find the protein amount provide by the other sources (ex. seeds and nuts). We do not provide specific amounts of protein of each of the other sources - this is proprietary information.
Q: I have an allergy, are the bars manufactured in a facility that contains allergens?
A: The line that the bars are manufactured on is thoroughly cleaned and swabbed after allergens / before our product is run. They have an allergen control program and specific cleaning protocols to do the best they can to avoid allergen residues. No 100% guarantee, but the best you can do.
Q: Your bars are Gluten Free, does that mean you test them for Gluten?
A: Yes, we test each lot for Gluten. They must pass the test for under 5 ppm. For comparison, FDA standard for gluten-free is under 20 ppm, and GFCO is under 10 ppm. So we are more strict. This doesn't mean there is any gluten in the bars, but it does mean there could be anywhere from 0 ppm to 5 ppm (a negative result is achieved so long as there is under 5 ppm.)