Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

There are many definitions out there for “natural food products” and many opinions on which food additives to avoid. Among other criteria, we draw a line when it comes to hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and more than 100 colors, flavors and preservatives commonly found in food.

Our list of unacceptable ingredients for food guides us every day in choosing what to put on our shelves, so you can feel confident about what you put on your plate. Seriously, if a food contains any of these, we won’t sell it in our stores.

Unacceptable Ingredients for Food (as of March 15, 2019)

  • 2,4,5-trihydroxybutyrophenone (THBP)
  • acesulfame-K
  • acetoin (synthetic)
  • acetone peroxides
  • acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
  • activated charcoal
  • advantame
  • aluminum ammonium sulfate
  • aluminum potassium sulfate
  • aluminum starch octenylsuccinate
  • aluminum sulfate
  • ammonium alum
  • ammonium chloride
  • ammonium saccharin
  • ammonium sulfate
  • apricot kernel/extract
  • artificial sweeteners
  • aspartame
  • azo dyes
  • azodicarbonamide
  • bacillus subtilis DE111
  • bacteriophage preparation
  • bentonite
  • benzoates
  • benzoic acid
  • benzophenone
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • benzyl alcohol
  • beta-cyclodextrin
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
  • bleached flour
  • bromated flour
  • brominated vegetable oil
  • burnt alum
  • butylparaben
  • caffeine (extended release)
  • calcium benzoate
  • calcium bromate
  • calcium disodium EDTA
  • calcium peroxide
  • calcium propionate
  • calcium saccharin
  • calcium sorbate
  • calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
  • canthaxanthin
  • caprocaprylobehenin
  • carmine
  • CBD/cannabidiol
  • certified colors
  • charcoal powder
  • Citrus Red No. 2
  • cochineal
  • DATEM
  • diacetyl (synthetic)
  • dimethyl Silicone
  • dimethylpolysiloxane
  • dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
  • disodium 5'-ribonucleotides
  • disodium calcium EDTA
  • disodium dihydrogen EDTA
  • disodium EDTA
  • disodium guanylate
  • disodium inosinate
  • dodecyl gallate
  • EDTA
  • erythrosine
  • ethoxyquin
  • ethyl acrylate (synthetic)
  • ethyl vanillin (synthetic)
  • ethylene glycol
  • ethylene oxide
  • eugenyl methyl ether (synthetic)
  • FD&C Blue No. 1
  • FD&C Blue No. 2
  • FD&C Colors
  • FD&C Green No. 3
  • FD&C Red No. 3
  • FD&C Red No. 40
  • FD&C Yellow No. 5
  • FD&C Yellow No. 6
  • foie gras
  • gardenia blue
  • GMP
  • gold/gold leaf
  • heptylparaben
  • hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
  • high-fructose corn syrup/HFCS
  • hjijiki
  • hydrogenated oils
  • inosine monophosphate
  • insect Flour
  • iron oxide
  • kava/kava kava
  • lactic acid esters of monoglycerides
  • lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
  • ma huang
  • methyl silicon
  • methylparaben
  • microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
  • monoammonium glutamate
  • monopotassium glutamate
  • monosodium glutamate
  • myrcene (synthetic)
  • natamycin (okay in cheese-rind wax)
  • neotame
  • nitrates (synthetic)
  • nitrites (synthetic)
  • octyl gallate
  • olestra
  • Orange B
  • partially hydrogenated oils
  • plant sterols
  • polydextrose
  • potassium alum
  • potassium benzoate
  • potassium bisulfite (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • potassium bromate
  • potassium metabisulfite (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • potassium nitrate
  • potassium nitrite
  • potassium propionate
  • potassium sorbate
  • propane-1,2-Diol esters of fatty acids
  • propionates
  • propionic acid
  • propyl gallate
  • propylene glycol esters of fatty acids
  • propylene oxide
  • propylparaben
  • pulegone (synthetic)
  • pyridine (synthetic)
  • saccharin
  • saccharin sodium salt
  • salatrim (short and long chain acyl triglyceride molecule)
  • shark cartilage
  • smoke flavor (synthetic)
  • sodium acid sulfate
  • sodium alum
  • sodium aluminum phosphate
  • sodium aluminum sulfate
  • sodium benzoate
  • sodium bisulfite (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • sodium cyclamate
  • sodium diacetate
  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • sodium metabisulfite (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • sodium nitrate/nitrite (synthetic)
  • sodium propionate
  • sodium saccharin
  • sodium sorbate
  • sodium stearoyl lactylate
  • sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
  • sodium sulfite (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • sorbic acid
  • stannous chloride
  • succistearin
  • sucralose
  • sucroglycerides
  • sucrose acetate isobutyrate
  • sucrose ester
  • sucrose polyester
  • sulfites (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • sulfur dioxide (okay in wine, mead, cider)
  • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
  • tetrasodium EDTA
  • thiodipropionic acid
  • toluene
  • tonka bean/extract
  • vanillin (synthetic)

Note to product suppliers: This list is intended for our shoppers; it’s not for use in formulating products. Creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that we will sell it.

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