Ingredient Glossary

Knowing what's in your food is a vital step to a healthy lifestyle.

*Glossary updated reguarly*

Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar is a sweetener found in many health foods used as a sugar alternative.

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Artificial Flavors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines artificial flavors as chemicals that are not originally sourced from nature.

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Aspartame

Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener sold under the brand names NutraSweet and Equal, is used in many foods and beverages because it is 200 times sweeter than sugar.

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BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisole

(BHA) Butylated Hydroxyanisole (butylated hy·​droxy·​tol·​u·​ene) is a synthetic food additive that is used as a preservative to keep the fats in food from spoiling.

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Benzoic Acid

Benzoic Acid is a food preservative used to protect foods against yeasts, molds, and certain types of bacteria.

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Dextrose

Dextrose (ˈdekstrōs) is a simple sugar produced from corn, it is commonly used as a sweetener in packaged and processed foods

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Enriched Flour

Enriched Flour is flour where most of the natural vitamins and minerals have been extracted during the refining process and then "enriched" with B vitamins, iron, and sometimes calcium.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a popular additive among food makers because it is cheaper and sweeter than cane sugar.

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Lactic Acid

MAR. 23, 2023

Lactic acid is naturally- produced in our muscles during strenuous, is best known in the food industry for its role in the preparation of fermented sour dairy products like yogurt and some cottage cheeses.

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MSG

Used as a flavor enhancer MSG can be found in seasonings, condiments, bouillons, and snack chips.

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Magnesium Sulfate

Magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salt, is used to boost magnesium levels in the body.

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Natural Flavors

Natural flavors are used to add or enhance the flavor of food that has been processed.

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Niacin

MAR. 23, 2023

Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin also known as vitamin B3. Water-soluble vitamins, like niacin, are not stored in the body, so experts recommend consuming niacin rich foods everyday.

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Nitrates

Nitrates ( /ˈnai·treit/) exist naturally in large amounts of vegetables such as beets, celery, lettuce, radishes and spinach.

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Papain

MAR. 23, 2023

Papain is a digestive enzyme that comes from papayas. In food it is used in meat tenderizers and meat products making the texture of the meat softer.

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Potassium Bromate

Banned in Europe, Canada, Asia, and Brazil, potassium bromate is an additive that chemically ages flour, strengthening its elasticity.

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Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol (proh-puh-leen ˈɡlīkôl) is a colorless, odorless liquid compound with a slightly sweet taste used to maintain the moisture of food products and ensure that ingredients are spread evenly.

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Refined Vegetable Oil

MAR. 23, 2023

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Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate occurs naturally in many foods such as fruit, vegetables, seafood, and dairy products. It is used as a preservative to prevent foods from molding.

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Sodium Caseinate

Sodium Caseinate (ca·​sein·​ate) is a biochemical name for casein, a protein found in the milk of mammals.

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