As it’s usually considered safe there are folks with allergic reactions to casein and or any dairy products.
Whole Milk Powder
Powdered milk or dried milk is a manufactured dairy product made by evaporating milk to a dry form. One purpose of drying milk is to preserve it; milk powder has a far longer shelf life than liquid milk and does not need to be kept cold, due to its low moisture content. Often an inexpensive filler in protein shakes.
Psyllium seed powder (plantago psyllium)
Psyllium powder is ground psyllium husk. Because it is finely ground, it disperses more easily in liquid than the husks and is easier to drink. It is high in fiber and nutrients.
Brown rice flour
Brown rice flour is a nutritious alternative to wheat flour and is naturally gluten-free. It is high in protein, iron, fiber and vitamin B. Brown rice flour is rich in manganese, which helps in the proper development of bones and cartilage. It also helps in better absorption of calcium.
Gamma-cyclodextrin (gamma-CD) is a cyclic alpha-(1,4)-linked oligosaccharide consisting of eight glucose molecules. Like other cyclodextrins, gamma-CD can form inclusion complexes with a variety of organic molecules because the inner side of the torus-like molecule is less polar than the outer side. In foods, gamma-CD may be used as a carrier for flavors, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and other ingredients. It also has useful properties as a stabilizer in different food systems. The daily intake from all its intended uses in food at highest feasible concentrations has been estimated at 4.1g/person/day for consumers of gamma-CD containing foods. The present review summarizes the safety data of gamma-CD. The toxicity studies consist of standard genotoxicity tests, subchronic rat studies with oral and intravenous administration of gamma-CD for up to 3 months, a subchronic (3-month) toxicity study in dogs, a (1-year) oral toxicity study in rats, and embryotoxicity/teratogenicity studies in rats and rabbits. In the studies with oral administration, gamma-CD was given at dietary concentrations of up to 20%. All these studies demonstrated that gamma-CD is well tolerated and elicits no toxicological effects. Metabolic studies in rats showed that gamma-CD is rapidly and essentially completely digested by salivary and pancreatic amylase. Therefore, the metabolism of gamma-CD closely resembles that of starch and linear dextrins. A human study with ingestion of single doses of 8 g gamma-CD or 8 g maltodextrin did not reveal a difference in gastrointestinal tolerance of these two products. An interaction of ingested gamma-CD with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins or other lipophilic nutrients is not to be expected because the formation of inclusion complexes is a reversible process, gamma-CD is readily digested in the small intestine, and studies with beta-CD, a non-digestible cyclodextrin, have shown that the bioavailability of vitamins (A, D, and E) is not impaired. On basis of these studies it is concluded that gamma-CD is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for its intended uses in food.
Non fat dry milk
Organic decaffeinated green tea extract
Organic glyconutrient-rich aloe vera gel
Aloe Vera is a plant that originated in Africa and has been used for centuries because of its versatility and life supporting properties. It is comprised of several important constituents including beneficial minerals, vitamins and polysaccharides.
Potassium phosphate is used to acidify the urine and lower the urinary calcium concentration.
Potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate is in the FDA pregnancy category C.
This means that it is not known whether potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate will harm an unborn baby.
Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
The over use of antibiotics, coupled with the consumption of chlorinated water, alcohol, and the preservatives in food, has compromised our body’s ability to maintain proper intestinal flora equilibrium. Without these natural defenders to guard against pathogenic organisms, we can become susceptible to a wide range of health problems that affect all other bodily processes. By replenishing the healthy intestinal flora on a regular basis we can help the body fight off invading bacterial organisms and improve our overall quality of life. For this reason all probiotic blends are great resources for your health.
According to manufacturers’ claims, raspberry ketones regulate the hormone adiponectin, which tends to be present at lower levels in people with obesity than those without it. Some studies show that increasing adiponectin levels may help treat insulin issues such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome by increasing insulin sensitivity.
Rice protein powder has many benefits for health and fitness. It provides a convenient source of protein for vegetarians and others who follow restricted diets. Like white rice, brown rice is a grain that contains natural starches and proteins, the difference being that brown rice still contains its bran or natural fiber content. Since brown rice protein powder is considered allergen -friendly, it may also make an excellent choice for individuals with dairy, soy and/or gluten allergies.
Whole grain brown rice protein
Sunflower oil powder
Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds. Sunflower oil is commonly used in food as a frying oil, and in cosmetic formulations as an emollient.
a mineral found in many foods that
Help your body utilize iron
Reduce tissue damage caused by free radicals
Maintain the health of your bones and connective tissues
Help your body produce the pigment called melanin
Keep your thyroid gland functioning normally
Preserve the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects your nerves
Coconut oil powder
Lots of recent hype surrounding coconut oil and powders. Coconut oil supporters claim that this exotic oil can boost metabolism, help you lose weight, and fight infections, and is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease.
claims have connected cinnamon powder to curing everything form diabetes, diarrhea, infections, worm infestations, the common cold, influenza, upset stomach, gas (flatulence), spasms, appetite stimulation, and menstrual discomfort.
Chromium makes the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, cholesterol and protein more efficient by increasing the effectiveness of insulin. The citrate is added as a chelating agent.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult’s needs for the day. They also provide 6% of vitamin C needs, 2% of calcium needs and 2% of iron needs per serving.
another name for Vit B5
Calcium Caseinate is derived from fresh skim milk. It is comprised of 92% protein and is found in your common weight gainers for that thick taste. Casein is very very slow to digest, thus it leaves a constant flow of aminos through your blood stream long after you take it in.
a compound of protein
Per the the World Food Organization Bioflavonoids have been used in alternative medicine as an aid to enhance the action of vitamin C, to support blood circulation, as an antioxidant, and to treat allergies, viruses, or arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Cyclodextrins are a family of compounds made up of sugar molecules bound together in a ring. Cyclodextrins are produced from starch by means of enzymatic conversion
The good bacteria….. Bacillus coagulans is a type of bacteria. It is used similarly to lactobacillus and other probiotics as “beneficial” bacteria.
Apple fiber organic
Organic apple fiber powder aids in the removal of toxins from the digestive tract as well as enhancing bowel function. Apple fiber keeps you ‘regular’ by normalizing the digestive process and bowel movements. Also known to help with bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea, apple fiber powder is an excellent at soothing irritated intestinal lining.
Acerola berry se
Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) is a significant source of vitamin C in the natural form of ascorbic acid, containing as much as 1000 to 4500 milligrams per 100 grams of edible fruit.
Acacia gum fiber
Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It’s a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
Rebaudioside A is a compound found within stevia that is responsible for giving stevia the sweet taste.
What can high-zinc foods do for you?
-Help balance blood sugar
-Stabilize your metabolic rate
-Prevent a weakened immune system
-Support an optimal sense of smell and taste
Zinc oxide is added to many foods as a source of zinc.
Zinc gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid. It is an ionic compound consisting of two moles of gluconate for each mole of zinc.
Zinc gluconate is a popular form for the delivery of zinc as a dietary supplement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers zinc gluconate to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used in accordance with good manufacturing practice, although this does not constitute a finding by the FDA that the substance is a useful dietary supplement.
Zinc citrate is a form of zinc, an essential mineral, which is easily absorbed by the body.
Zinc amino acid chelate
Zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate is a safe source of zinc for all animal species, considering the maximum authorised contents for total zinc in feedingstuffs. The use of zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate as feed additive is not expected to modify the current consumer exposure to zinc. Therefore, no concerns for consumer safety are expected from the use of zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate.
Yucca root powder
The root of the yucca plant may be anti-inflammatory and help lower cholesterol.
Yucon root is a perennial plant traditionally grown in the Northern and Central Andes from Colombia to Northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous roots.
These edible tubers contain fructooligosaccharides, an indigestible polysaccharide made up of fructose.
Fructooligosaccharides taste sweet, but pass the human digestive tract unmetabolised and hence have very low caloric value.
Moreover, fructooligosaccharides have prebiotic effect, meaning that they are used by “friendly” bacteria that favor colon health and digestion.
Xylitol is widely used as a sugar substitute and in “sugar-free” chewing gums, mints, and other candies. Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause ear infections.
As a medicine, xylitol is used to prevent middle ear infections (otitis media) in young children, and as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
Wildcrafted mangosteen fruit
Known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia.
Mangosteen peel contains xanthonoids, such as mangostin, and other phytochemicals having antioxidant properties in vitro.
Some studies demonstrated that juice containing mangosteen peel extracts may reduce blood levels of C-reactive protein, a biomarker of inflammation.
Whey protein isolate
This is the purified form of whey protein concentrate.
Basically, the protein that is collected as protein concentrate is purified again to reduce the levels of carbohydrates and fats.
Additionally it absorbs more quickly than any other protein.
Whey protein hydrolysate
A whey hydrolysate can be created from sweet whey all the way up to isolates. Also, the enzymes and reaction conditions used – as well as the number of available bonds that are broken – dictate the final composition of the hydrolysate. The greater the degree of hydrolysis, the smaller the number of amino acids per peptide … and the more bitter-tasting the resulting protein. So hydrolysates can vary a lot more than concentrates or isolates. Concentrates and isolates are already fast-digesting, so a hydrolysate, which digests minimally faster, may not be worth the taste tradeoff and extra cost for the small benefit.
Wheat grass is a food prepared from the cotyledons of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum.
It is sold either as a juice or powder concentrate.
Wheatgrass differs from wheat malt in that it is served freeze-dried or fresh, while wheat malt is convectively dried.
Wheatgrass is also allowed to grow longer than malt is. It provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.
Claims about the health benefits of wheatgrass range from providing supplemental nutrition to having unique curative properties, though few if any have been scientifically proven.
Vitamin K, and vitamin K as MK-7 in particular, plays an important role in keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Hopefully, as we cast a broader net of understanding, clinical bone trials will include analysis of vitamin K status along with calcium intake evaluation.
Vitamin E acetate
Vitamin E acetate, also called tocopherol acetate, is a dry form of vitamin E that is commonly referred to as tocopherols. The acetate form is an ester, which has a much greater stability than unesterified tocopherols. One of the principle differences between the dry and oil forms of this vitamin is that the former has no immediate antioxidant properties. An antioxidant is a substance present in many all natural foods that are rich in nutrients. They help to retard the aging of cells and play a vital role in protection against free radicals.
Vitamin E is a powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damage caused by free radicals and prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The term vitamin E encompasses a group of eight compounds, called tocopherols and tocotrienols, that comprise the vitamin complex as it is found in nature.
Vitamin D, often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” is actually a fat-soluble hormone that the body can synthesize naturally. There are several forms, including two that are important to humans: D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is synthesized by plants, and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized by humans when skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays from sunlight.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. The main function of vitamin D is to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bones and aid in cell to cell communication throughout the body.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make ascorbic acid and must obtain vitamin C from the diet.
Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. The body needs vitamin B6 for more than 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism. Vitamin B6 is also involved in brain development during pregnancy and infancy as well as immune function.
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 is very common in most foods and helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
Vitamin A palmitate
Vitamin A palmitate is the form of vitamin A found naturally in animal sources and also produced synthetically.
Vitamin A acetate
Vitamin A acetate is a natural form of vitamin A that is commonly used to vitamin supplements.
Vanilla Bean Extract
Vanilla is a plant. The bean (fruit) is commonly used to make flavoring, but it is also used to make medicine. People take vanilla to treat intestinal gas and fever. In foods and beverages, vanilla is a well-known flavoring, but it is also added to foods to reduce the amount of sugar needed for sweetening. Some people add vanilla to food to help stop tooth decay.
Vanadium is an essential trace mineral that can be found in the form of vanadyl sulfate. It is needed for normal cell development and function and may help to maintain normal-range blood sugar levels.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is used to produce noradrenaline and dopamine; supplemental appears to be anti-stress for acute stressors (which tend to deplete noradrenaline) and may preserve stress-induced memory deficits.
Tricalcium phosphate is a calcium salt of phosphoric acid. It is also known as bone ash. Tricalcium phosphate is frequently used in the food industry as an additive in powdered spices, and acts as an anti-caking agent. It is sometimes used as a rising agent.
Natural mixed tocopherols (forms of vitamin E) can help maintain the freshness and shelf life of products.
Thiamine mononitrate is a form of vitamin B1.
Taurine promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation. In animal research, taurine protected against heart failure, reducing mortality by nearly 80%.
Its benefits are so broad and extensive that scientists have described taurine as “a wonder molecule.
Tapioca is a starch extracted from Manioc (Manihot esculenta).
This species is native to the Northeast of Brazil but spread throughout the South American continent.
People on gluten-free diets can eat bread made with tapioca flour (although these individuals do have to be careful, as some tapioca flour has wheat added to it).
Tapioca is also used as an ingredient in the Canadian Daiya brand cheese substitute
Sunflower oil is becoming a popular alternative to many types of oil because it is associated with health benefits including its healthy unsaturated fats and vitamin E.
Sunflower Extract has antioxidant and anti-free radical properties that has been used for skin and hair care.
we have no idea what this is but we’re guessing it won’t harm you.
Sugar beet fiber
Sugar beet fiber is a natural product made from sugar beet after the sugar has been extracted.
This highly functional dietary fiber has a unique composition and excellent characteristics that make it a much appreciated and useful ingredient in baking, meat and other food applications.
Steviol glycosides are responsible for the sweet taste of the leaves of the stevia plant.
Stevia leaf extract
stevia or stevia leaf extract is an all natural sweetener with no known side-effects. Voted the sugar killer in 2012.
Spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein.
It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids, though with reduced amounts of methionine, cysteine and lysine when compared to the proteins of meat, eggs and milk.
It is, however, superior to typical plant protein, such as that from legumes.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine stated that spirulina was no better than milk or meat as a protein source.
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled.
It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganes, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B 2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B 6, folic acid, copper, protein,phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.
Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. It is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement. Some types of soluble fiber may help lower cholesterol, but the effect on heart disease is not known.
Sodium selenite, another name for selenium, is a mineral essential for optimal health, even though your body only needs small amounts.
Sodium selenite is present in plant foods, in some meat and seafood, and in supplements.
Selenium is touted as a treatment for a variety of diseases because it’s an essential component of glutathione, your body’s most potent natural antioxidant.
Sodium ascorbate is a more bioavailable form of vitamin C that is an alternative to taking ascorbic acid as a supplement.
Skim milk yogurt powder
Skim milk powders and Yogurt powder can be used in a wide variety of food applications, including snacks, confections, bakery items and breakfast cereals.
Silicon dioxide is found in many multivitamin and mineral supplements because silicon is necessary for good health.
As a necessary nutrient for the health of your skin, hair, nails and bones, dietary silicon may also help to prevent arthritis and osteoporosis.
It also works as an anti-caking agent, and is added as an ingredient in foods to help keep your processed foods appetizing.
Some people do not get enough selenium and wish to take a selenium supplement.
Selenium yeast is a dietary supplement that is used to increase the amounts of selenium in your diet.
Selenium amino acid chelate
Amino acid chelated minerals may help make vitamins more effective. Helps enhance the immune system and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Schizandra berry has been used for over 2,000 years in China, where some claim it can help revive the body from stress and fatigue.
Schizandra berries are sold as supplements online and in health food stores worldwide.
Safflower oil complex
Safflower is in the same family as Sunflowers, and is a natural source of Linoleic Acid – an omega-6 fatty acid that is essential in the diet.
A seed high in omegas and tryptophan levels, helping to alleviate depression and reduce inflammation in the body.
Rosa canina fruit
The plant is high in certain antioxidants. The fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level and is used to make syrup, tea and marmalade.
When rice is milled, the hull is removed to produce the familiar brown rice kernel. Manufactures put the hulls through a proprietary process to produce a highly concentrated functional fiber. Rice Fiber can often deliver more fiber.
is a type of starch that isn’t fully broken down and absorbed, but rather turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria.
Ganoderma lucidum, commonly referred to as reishi, is derived from the cap and stem of the Japanese reishi mushroom.
Reishi has been a popular medicinal herb for at least 2,000 years in the Far East, where it is touted as the mushroom for longevity and eternal youth.
A great source of antioxidants
Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
Psyllium seed powder (plantago psyllium)
Psyllium powder is ground psyllium husk. Because it is finely ground, it disperses more easily in liquid than the husks and is easier to drink. It is high in fiber and nutrients.
Psyllium husk powder
If you’re often troubled with constipation or other intestinal problems, psyllium powder may be helpful. It’s ground from the husk of blond psyllium seeds and used as supplemental fiber to ease disruptions in bowel movements.
Potato protein powder
A plant-based, vegan, protein powder made with potatoes.
Potassium citrate is a potassium salt of citric acid with the molecular formula C6H5K3O7. It is a white, slightly hygroscopic crystalline powder. It is odorless with a saline taste. It contains 38.3% potassium by mass.
As a food additive, potassium citrate is used to regulate acidity. Medicinally, it may be used to control kidney stones derived from either uric acid or cystine.
Potassium is an essential nutrient we get from the food we eat. It typically comes in the form of potassium chloride.
Along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium, potassium is an electrolyte, meaning that it helps to conduct electrical charges in the body. Like all the other electrolytes, our bodies have evolved elaborate systems to control blood levels in a narrow range.
This is good news since normal levels of potassium are absolutely critical to life—if potassium levels get too high or too low, the heart and nervous system completely shut down.
Pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits.
It is nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.
Polydextrose is an indigestible synthetic glucose.
It is a food ingredient classified as soluble fiber by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration.
Pineapple is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries.
Pine bark extract
Proponents claim that pine bark extract is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds that block the action of free radicals, activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells. Supporters believe pine bark extract protects against arthritis, complications from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and problems with circulation such as swelling and varicose veins. Other reported benefits include improved memory, fewer effects from stress, better joint flexibility, and decreased inflammation. Some claim that pine bark extract supplements are much more effective in eliminating free radicals than vitamins C and E.
Phytomenadione naturally occurs in a variety of green plants and is often referred to as vitamin K1.
Pea fiber is an excellent choice for fiber fortification, improving shelf life and extending yield.
Papaya (fruit powders)
Papaya fruit is a source of nutrients such as provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber.
Papaya skin, pulp and seeds also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including lycopene and polyphenols.
This protein-packed grain contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber.
The health benefits of oats are documented in hundreds of studies.
Millet is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available. It is a good source of some very important nutrients, including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Organic Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are extremely high in Omega-3 and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Olive leaf extracts are best known for their blood pressure-lowering effects, but the latest studies reveal their health benefits extend well beyond that. Additional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties offer promise in fighting atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and even arthritis.
Oligosaccharides is a saccharide polymer containing a small number of simple sugars (monosaccharides).
Oligosaccharides can have many functions; for example, they are commonly found on the plasma membrane of animal cells where they can play a role in cell–cell recognition.
Generally, oligosaccharides are well tolerated. Some people reported increased flatulence in some of the studies.
At higher levels of intake, that is, in excess of 40 grams per day, FOS and the other oligosaccharides may induce diarrhea.
Inulin and oligofructose are natural food ingredients commonly found in varying percentages in dietary foods.
They are present in >36,000 plant species (Carpita et al. 1989).
In fact, it has been estimated that Americans consume on average 1–4 g of inulin and oligofructose per day and Europeans average 3–10 g/d (Van Loo et al. 1995).
Inulin and oligofructose are present as plant storage carbohydrates in a number of vegetables and plants including wheat, onion, bananas, garlic and chicory.
Oatgrasses are very common perennials with yellowish roots. The shining stems grow to a height of 1.5 meters, but die off in winter. The leaves are hairless with blunt ligules. The inflorescence is a panicle with two-flowered bisexual spikelets.
Bran contains a high content of a unique type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which bestows some remarkable health properties, and is incredibly beneficial for weight loss.
MSM is an organosulfur compound which is safe for most people when taken for 3 months or less. In a few people, MSM might cause side effects like nausea, diarrhea, or bloating, but generally the benefits far outweigh the problems.
MSM can be effective for chronic pain, arthritis, joint inflammation, ,osteoporosis, bursitis, and tendonitis. It can offer protection against sun/wind burn, eye inflammation, periodontal disease, wounds, cuts, and abrasions. You may have heard about MSM because of the book The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain.
MSM is also used for treatment of many other common ailments.
Moringa is a plant whose leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine. Moringa has all essential amino acids, beneficial fats and omega oils. It has rich amounts of calcium, iron and many other vital minerals, as well as a wide variety and copious amounts of vitamins, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances but very few calories attached to it.
A fruit whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a natural low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks, and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.
Molybdenum amino acid chelate
Molybdenum is an essential trace element that is necessary for a variety of reactions in the body.
Mixed tocopherol concentrate
A source of vitamin E, obtained by vacuum distillation of edible vegetable oils or their by-products.
Micellar Casein is a dairy protein derived from milk and accounts for approximately 80% of the protein found within milk. Micellar Casein is undenatured casein that exists in its natural globular structure (known as a micelle).
Medium chain triglycerides
Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides. People use MCTs as medicine.
Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, as well as for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass.
MCT (Medium chain triglycerides)
MCT occurs naturally in coconut oil and other foods. Coconut oil is an incredible health food that is proven to improve health and help you lose weight. People take MCT oil supplements to fight diseases such as mal-absorption and obesity. Even bodybuilders have started taking these supplements in order to burn fat and increase energy levels.
maqui berry is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods. It contains an abundance of vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium, anti-aging anthocyanins and polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Numerous scientific studies have already proven that mangosteen contains compounds that are considered as powerful antioxidants because they are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal in nature.
Manganese is a mineral that is found in several foods including nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is considered an essential nutrient, because the body requires it to function properly. People use manganese as medicine. Manganese is used for prevention and treatment of manganese deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough manganese.
Manganese gluconate is a nutritional element that combines the mineral manganese with glutamic acid. Manganese gluconate has been used as a food additive for its color and texture, as well as a nutritional supplement for its potential health benefits.
Manganese citrate is classified as a micronutrient or a trace mineral. It helps the body convert protein and fat into energy.
Manganese amino acid chelate
Manganese is a vital nutritional element, especially for the activation of enzymes. This essential micromineral is necessary throughout the body, from protein metabolism to brain function. High levels of manganese are found in the pancreas, pituitary glands and kidneys.
The maitake mushroom has been prized in Asia for thousands of years for its health benefits.
It has been linked to benefits such as cancer prevention, immune system, blood sugar control, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and weight loss.
Magnesium is found mineral and is important for many things, mainly human metabolism. It is found in small to medium amounts in many foods. Vegetables (especially green leafy ones), nuts and seeds, and legumes are your best whole foods sources for magnesium. We like to think of magnesium as the best supporting actor of the mineral kingdom. One little know fact is that magnesium is necessary for more than 300 chemical reactions in the human body.
Magnesium citrate, called below by the common but ambiguous name magnesium citrate, is a magnesium preparation in salt form with citric acid. It is a chemical agent used medicinally as a saline laxative and to completely empty the bowel prior to a major surgery or colonoscopy.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is crucial for health. Massive magnesium deficiencies exist in the general population because of our highly refined diet. This has led to a tidal wave of sudden coronary deaths, diabetes, strokes and cancer. Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.
Magnesium supplementation is often necessary, and magnesium chloride is an effective supplement.
Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids.
Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12.
Luo han guo
Luo han guo fruit is an herbaceous perennial vine of the Cucurbitaceae family, native to southern China and northern Thailand.
The plant is cultivated for its fruit, whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in China as a natural low-calorie sweetener for cooling drinks, and in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.
Lemons are thought to have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and are sometimes used for weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
a key probiotic that is very beneficial to gut health.
Lactase is an enzyme produced in the digestive enzyme of infants and some, mostly European, adult humans. Lactase is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk. Lactase breaks down lactose, a simple sugar which gives milk its sweetness. Lacking lactase, a person consuming dairy products may experience the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Lactase can be purchased as a food supplement, and is added to milk to produce “lactose-free” milk products.
Selenomethionine is a naturally occurring amino acid containing selenium.
L-lysine is an essential amino acid that is not produced by your body but is critical for maintaining your health.
L-leucine is an essential amino acid, which means the body does not manufacture L-leucine, and it must be acquired through diet or supplementation.
L-Isoleucine is an essential amino acid, it is required by everyone for health reasons.
As an amino acid, l-glycine provides several benefits to the body. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and also encourages the production of essential neurotransmitters and enzymes needed for proper brain functioning. In addition, it slows down the muscle degeneration process and helps to maintain the body’s thymus gland, spleen, bone marrow, and white blood cell levels.
Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine might help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress. It is also important for providing “fuel” (nitrogen and carbon) to many different cells in the body. Glutamine is needed to make other chemicals in the body such as other amino acids and glucose (sugar).
Korean ginseng root extract
Ginseng has been used for improving overall health. It has also been used to strengthen the immune system and help fight off stress and disease. Asian ginseng (from Chinese and Korean sources) has been used to help unclear thinking and a variety of other health benefits.
Konjac gum is a plant of the genus Amorphophallus.
It is native to warm subtropical to tropical eastern Asia, from Japan and China south to Indonesia.
Perhaps because of several highly publicized deaths and near-deaths in the San Francisco Bay Area among children and elderly caused by suffocation while eating konjac candy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued product warnings in 2001 and subsequent recalls in the United States and Canada.
Unlike gelatine and some other commonly used gelling agents, konjac fruit jelly does not melt readily in the mouth.
Kelp, a type of seaweed that grows in colder ocean regions, boasts many health benefits including its ability to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and breast cancer risk.
This grass reaches about 4 feet high and has stems that undulate just below the flower head.
The black, humped kernels grow to about twice the size of durum wheat kernels.
Kamut grain contains 20 to 40 percent more protein than common commercial wheat does, and has a greater concentration of amino acids, according to Robert M. Quinn in “Perspectives on New Crops and New Uses.”
Irvingia, an extract of the West African mango, has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes in Africa for many centuries. Recently, there have been a few studies on the use of this extract for weight loss.
Iron is a mineral needed in the body for a variety of functions. Many health problems in the world are related to an iron deficiency than by lack of any other nutrient.
Ionic alfalfa (medicago sativa)
A flowering plant with reported health benefits such as boosted energy levels and decreased anxiety.
Inositol, sometimes known colloquially as “vitamin B-8,” is a beneficial nutrient that has been implicated in the treatment of some behavioral or emotional disorders.
Thiamine hydrochloride is a white, crystalline hygroscopic food-additive used to add a brothy/meaty flavor to gravies or soups.
It is a natural intermediary resulting from a thiamine-HCl reaction, which precedes hydrolysis and phosphorylation, before it is finally employed (in the form of TPP) in a number of enzymatic amino, fatty acid, and carbohydrate reactions.
Tara gum is a natural ingredient from the tara tree, a plant commonly found in South America and Africa. Studies have shown it to be safe for human consumption. New Zealand and Australia Food Standards approved it as did the World Health Organization. However, the results of these studies were not entirely positive, as tara gum is indigestible and may cause various problems when consumed in high quantities (>5%)
Sugar has been coined the new American cancer. But today the proof and research has replaced speculation as it’s shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food, in all its myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll on your health.
Corn starch, cornstarch, cornflour or maize starch is the starch derived from the corn (maize) grain. The starch is obtained from the endosperm of the corn kernel. Corn starch is a popular food ingredient used in thickening sauces or soups, and is used in making corn syrup and other sugars.
Sorbic acid is a compound used as a food preservative.
Although it can occur naturally, it is typically synthetically produced when added to food and has been liked to a variety of health concerns including skin irritation, eye irritation and respiratory problems.
Soluble corn fiber
Soluble corn fiber absorbs water during digestion and produces a gel-like substance that improves bowel movement by softening the stool.
Sodium molybdate is a chemically altered form of the mineral element, sodium.
Sodium is a natural salt and sodium molybdate is used in the food industry as a fertilizer and as a nutritional supplement for health.
Sodium molybdate use in food may have some benefits, as well as some side effects.
Sodium citrate is sometimes used as an acidity regulator in drinks, and also as an emulsifier for oils when making cheese.
Used as a thickening agent and emulsifier in food.
Sodium is needed for muscle contractions, nerve transmissions, maintaining pH balance, and hydration. Sodium regulates the fluid outside of the cells and is needed to pump fluid into the cells as potassium carries by-products out.
Selenomethionine is a naturally occurring amino acid containing selenium.
Reduced iron is used as a food additive to replenish a lack of iron in the body. Direct reduced iron is obtained from iron ore powder. The process involves heating and chemically reducing iron ore into iron via natural gas.
Prune powder (calcium sterate)
Although calcium stearate has many potential ingredient functions, it isn’t found in many foods. It is used as a stabilizer in fruit and cereal snack bars and may also be found in candy and confectionary products. It is used as an anti-caking agent in some baby formulas.
Potassium iodine is an organic compound that is commercial sold as white table salt.
Polysorbates are a class of emulsifiers used in some pharmaceuticals and food preparation. They are often used in cosmetics to solubilize essential oils into water-based products.
PALATINOSE™ is a pure, white, crystalline carbohydrate derived from the natural source of
sucrose. It can be found in e.g. honey and sugar cane extract
Olive oil powder
Olive oil powder is made by combining olive oil and tapioca maltodextrin. Tapioca maltodextrin is a slightly sweet modified starch that will thicken and stabilize liquids high in fat. Since it can absorb more than its weight in liquid, it can transform fat into a powdery substance that melts on the tongue.
Dairy milk with zero perfect fat.
Non-dairy creamers are liquid or granular substances intended as a substitute for milk or cream. Read the label on your particular favorite as it might contain trans fats or other harmful additives (as many do) that add up if you drink a lot of coffee.
Neutral protease is a type of enzyme sometimes used in food processing.
Molybdenum glycinate is a form of molybdenum, which is a metallic trace mineral essential in human nutrition.
Modified food starch
Modified food starches are often used as bulking agents to increase the bulk of a food without affecting its nutritional value. Modified food starches might be used as an anti-caking agent to keep foods free-flowing, or as an inexpensive way to control moisture in a food product. In low-fat meat products, modified food starch is used as a binder.
Note that people sensitive to wheat or gluten should avoid products with modified food starch as an ingredient unless it specifically states that the product is gluten free or states the specific type of starch used. Many manufacturers will use whatever food starch is cheapest or readily available for their product – corn, wheat, or otherwise.
Used as additive to stabilize and emulsify food.
Manganese(II) oxide is an inorganic compound with chemical formula MnO. It forms green crystals and is odorless. Manganese(II) oxide is the simplest ionic manganese oxide. Although it is classified as a very strong base, dissolved manganese(II) oxide is non-corrosive and does not attack the skin.
Although Malted barley has come under some controversy as of late it is used for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and for promoting weight loss. It is also used for digestive complaints including diarrhea, stomach pain, and inflammatory bowel conditions. Some people use barley for increasing strength and endurance. It is low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium, and hence good for heart health.
Magnesium phosphate is a general term for salts of magnesium and phosphate appearing in three forms: ⁕Monomagnesium phosphate ⁕Dimagnesium phosphate ⁕Magnesium phosphate tribasic Various forms have been used as laxatives and antacids.
Is used as a food additive magnesium carbonate is known as E504, used in salts, dry mixes and icing sugar. Possible side effect is that it may work as a laxative in high concentrations.
Lipase is an enzyme that hydrolyzes lipids, the ester bonds in triglycerides, to form fatty acids and glycerol.
Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food. Many “licorice” or “licorice flavor” products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste.
If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA advises that no matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time. People over 40 should definitely avoid large amounts. Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a particular drug or supplement.
L-valine is an essential amino acid and, along with L-leucine and L-isoleucine, is part of the branched chain of amino acids.
Gum Arabic is a natural gum made of hardened sap taken from the acacia tree.
It is primarily used in the food industry as a stabilizer and a natural dietary fiber.
Gellan gum is a water soluble, high molecular weight polysaccharide gum that is produced through the fermentation of carbohydrates in algae by the bacterium Pseudomonas elodea.
Green tea extract
There is some scientific evidence that drinking green tea can improve thinking skills, enhance metabolism, and might help lower cholesterol and other fats called triglycerides. Green tea consumption might also prevent or delay Parkinson’s disease and possibly help to prevent cancer of the bladder, esophagus, and pancreas. We’d give this ingredient a green but due to caffeine we are keeping it neutral.
Glycerin is also known as vegetable glycerol. It is a carbohydrate that is usually derived from plant oils. It is used as a sweetener and as an ingredient in a number of cosmetic products. Vegetable glycerin is also used in place of alcohol to extract botanicals. Glycerine is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and complies with specifications for the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), United States Pharmacopeia (USP) – See more at:
Gelatin is a product derived from partial hydrolysis of collagen taken from skin, connective tissue, and bones of animals. It is used as a thickening agent in food.
Flour hyrdrolyzed oats
Hydrolyzed oat flour is simply oat flour that’s been treated with water to break down its starch into individual sugar components. This enables it to mimic fat’s texture and mouthfeel. Oat flour also happens to be rich in beta-glucan, the soluble fiber found in oat bran and barley that’s responsible for their knack for lowering cholesterol. Beta-glucan acts like a sponge, sopping up excess cholesterol so it can’t clog arteries. “
Ferric orthophosphate, also known as iron phosphate, is an inorganic chemical containing iron. It is a mineral that is added to nutritional supplements to treat anemia, or iron deficiency.
Ferric orthophosphate also has other food and medical uses as well as uses outside of food and medical treatments.
Erthitol is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that has been approved for use as a food additive in the United States and throughout much of the world.
When compared with other sugar alcohols, it is also much more difficult for intestinal bacteria to digest, so is less likely to cause gas or bloating than other polyols, such as maltitol, sorbitol, or lactitol.
Disodium phosphate is used primarily as a food additive for stabilization, emulsification and phosphate fortification. It’s considered safe in the form in which it’s added to food products, although in its pure form it can sometimes be toxic.
Dipotassium phosphate is a salt that is often used as a food additive.
It works to preserve food and also acts as a protein coagulate, helping form semi-soft foods like protein shakes and helping compounds mix.
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Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (from Fibersol)
Of all the Maltodextrin we like Fibersol the most. Fibersol®, the premier supplier of soluble dietary fiber, offers a full line of fiber ingredients that can be used to improve the nutritional profile and increase the fiber content of foods.
Dextrose is a common name for glucose which is a sugar molecule. In nature, dextrose is exceedingly common. A very important nutritional molecule, the cells rely upon a constant level of dextrose in the bloodstream. Overconsumption of the sugar, however, can lead to a variety of side effects ranging from Hyperglycemia to fat excess fat storage.
Dextrin is actually a name for a type of low molecular weight carbohydrates.
Dextrins are produced by enacting the process of hydrolysis on starches.
Hydrolysis involves splitting water up into its basic components and allowing those components to attach to other molecules.
D calcium pantothenate is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid and sold as vitamin B-5 supplements.
An amino acid, C3H7O2NS, derived from cystine and found in most proteins.
Cupric oxide continues to be the principal source of Cu used in vitamin-mineral supplements for humans.
Corn syrup solids
Although this could fall into the yellow category we feel it important to point out a few things.
For starters corn syrup solids are manufactured from corn syrup liquid through a process that removes 97% of the water from the liquid.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts corn syrup and corn syrup solids on its “Cut Back” list.
The CSPI says these corn syrup products are not toxic, but large amounts may be unsafe or promote bad nutrition.
Corn syrup is a sweet, thick liquid that’s made by treating cornstarch with acids or enzymes.
Maltodextrin (any kind) is a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or a filler since it’s fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent. You’ll find it in canned fruits, snacks, cereal, desserts, instant pudding, sauces, and salad dressings. Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it’s also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.
Maltodextrin is usually used in such small amounts that it doesn’t have a significant impact in terms of the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrate, or fiber that it adds to foods. Although maltodextrin is processed and it’s not the healthiest thing to put in our bodies, at least we know it’s made from real food, not some nasty chemicals.
Pectin is a carb that is made of hundreds or thousands of molecules chemically linked together. It is found in most plants and is particularly plentiful in the peels of apples, citrus fruits, and plums. In modified citrus pectin, the pectin has been chemically altered sometimes by pH and temperature modifications to break its long, branched chains of polysaccharides into smaller, unbranched lengths of soluble fiber molecules. Pectin in its natural form cannot be absorbed by the body and is considered a type of undigestible soluble fiber, whereas modified citrus pectin has a reduced molecular weight compared to regular citrus pectin, is mostly linear homogalacturonanic acid, and rich in galactose residues, which are easily processed by the digestive system and absorbed into the bloodstream if of the correct molecular weight range.
Citric Acid almost made our “red” category but we gave it a break. Approximately 50% of the world’s citric acid production is used as a flavor enhancer in beverages. Citric acid is used in soft drinks, teas, juices, and other beverages to create a slightly tart, refreshing flavor and balance sweetness.
The acidic pH of citric acid also makes it useful as a preservative. Since many bacteria are unable to grow in an acidic environment, citric acid is often added to jams, jellies, candy, canned foods, and even meat products as a preservative.
Chromium picolinate is a nutritional supplement that works to increase the efficiency of insulin to optimal levels. Gaining increased popularity in the United States, this supplement has been touted a miracle mineral, one advertised to have myriad effects including weight loss, mood enhancement, energy promotion, increase in life span, and even the prevention of acne (Krzanowski, 1996).
Choline occurs in a wide variety of foods, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, peanuts, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. For inclusion in supplements, manufacturers combine choline with a type of salt, such as bitartrate.
an enzyme that converts cellulose into glucose or a disaccharide
Casein is the most abundant protein in milk.
As it’s usually considered safe.
We label it orange because there are folks with allergic reactions to casein and or any dairy products.
Carmine is a general term for red food coloring.
Also referred to as cochineal extract, it is a food dye made from crushed insects.
When produced from insects naturally, it is referred to as natural red-4.
When synthetically produced it is red-2 or red-40 and it carries far greater health risks as it is derived from coal or petroleum byproducts.
Cane juice crystals
Natural sugar cane is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibers, and phytonutrients that help the body digest the naturally occurring sugars. Because of its name, cane sugar crystals seems like it would be a good choice. But in reality, the only difference in the processes used to produce the wrongly called “evaporated cane juice” and white sugar is that white sugar goes through one processing step more than evaporated cane juice. That’s the only difference. Both types of sugar come from the same crop (unless it’s organic), and they are both about 99 percent sucrose, i.e. empty calories.
Calcium steroyl lactylate
Calcium steroyl lactylate is used as a whipping agent and an emulsifier in a wide variety of foods.
Although the health effects are still currently unknown, this is a synthetic additive that is best to be avoided, if possible because using excessive amounts of sodium stearoyl lactylate can potentially lead to abnormal sodium levels.
Its use has been banned in many health food stores including Whole Foods.
A common food additive for it’s anti-caking properties.
When a manufacturer wants to ensure a baked good will rise, it may include calcium carbonate, which, as a leavening agent, promotes rising. Others use the additive as a calcium source. The uses of calcium carbonate are almost infinite and it can be found in almost all kinds of foods from dried fruits to canned sardines, also in frozen foods, cereals, aromatized beverages and processed meat and fish products
Calcium Ascorbate is a natural form of Vitamin C, which is much more readily absorbed in the blood stream than the other forms of calcium.
When made with real buttermilk, it contains natural emulsifiers that remain after the butter has been churned. These emulsifiers improve the volume, texture, and aroma of food.
However, this is not the best thing to consume in large quantities for the sake of your health and waistline.
Benzoates are sometimes added to liquids and beverages as preservatives. Some experts have linked this to cancer. However the FDA has studied this extensively and found that it is safe when consumed in amounts found in normal diets. It would take approximately 90 times the amount of sodium benzoate found in a typical diet before any problems might occur.
Aspergillus niger & oryzoe
Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, and Trichoderma reesei are three important production organisms used in industrial fermentations. Several of the fungal secondary metabolites produced by selected strains of these three fungi are capable of eliciting toxicity in animals. Among those toxic substances are the well-known mycotoxins 3-nitropropionic acid and ochratoxin A. However, many others, such as kojic acid, may not be true mycotoxins. The production, extraction, chemical structure, and the toxicity (expressed as LD50) of these substances are reviewed. Production of toxic secondary metabolites in A. niger, A. oryzae, and T. reesei is strain-specific and environment-dependent. Considering all of the safety measures taken in the industrial production process, these three fungal species are safe to use.
An amino acid commonly found in many foods.
Arabinogalactans are polysaccharides with a galactan core and side chains of galactose and arabinose sugars. For dietary consumption, arabinogalactan is isolated from the wood of the larch tree (Larix species) and is approved for use as a dietary fiber .
Amino acids are biologically important organic compounds composed of amine and carboxylic acid functional groups, along with a side-chain specific to each amino acid.
Is a protein enzyme EC 18.104.22.168 that hydrolyses alpha bonds of large, alpha-linked polysaccharides, such as starch and glycogen, yielding glucose and maltose. It is the major form of amylase found in humans and other mammals. The first step in the production of high fructose corn syrup is the treatment of cornstarch with α-amylase, producing shorter chains of sugars.
Vanillin is an artificial vanilla flavoring. *see our blog on artificial flavoring
Most vanillin is synthetic and is made from guaiacol, which is a petrochemical precursor. Petrochemicals are important…for your car, your plastic lawn chairs, maybe even for something you would wear, but you do not want to be ingesting petrochemicals. Look for labels with pure vanilla to add flavor. Read the ingredient label. If you see Vanillin, put it back. Look for pure vanilla.
Caution! If you take certain vitamins made by GNC or Centrum (as well as hundreds of other companies), you are eating titanium dioxide. This is an ingredient for which no long-term safety testing on humans has ever been conducted.
So why is it in food? This chemical is not a nutrient; it is totally insoluble and amounts to eating ground glass!
The American Cancer Society has listed Titanium Dioxide among the five most carcinogenic substances on the planet. It is considered a cause of a
sthma, cancer, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and fertility loss.
Sucrose or common table sugar is now being viewed as the American cancer. In The New Sugar Busters the authors contend that sugar makes it difficult to lose weight, promotes an increase in insulin, and encourages the storage of fat. Our society’s love affair with sugar not only creates obesity, it also is at least in part responsible for a whole host of infectious diseases. For this reason, we classify sugar, especially in quantities typically consumed in our society, as controversial.
Soy is one of the most controversial proteins today. Unlike the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, western food processors separate the soybean into two golden commodities—protein and oil. Watchdog groups claim that there is nothing natural or safe about these products and argue that most imported soy products contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens.
Do your research as soy protein has been linked to various ailments, including breast cancer, brain damage, Infant abnormalities, Thyroid disorders, Kidney stones, Immune system impairment, Severe, potentially fatal food allergies, Impaired fertility, Danger during pregnancy and nursing.
Soy oil has come under controversy. As the negative health effects from trans fats have been identified and recognized, the agricultural and food industry have scrambled to come up with new alternatives.
Per Dr. Mercola partially hydrogenated soybean oil has been identified as the main culprit, and for good reason. Unfortunately, saturated fats are still mistakenly considered unhealthy by many health “experts,” so rather than embracing truly healthful tropical fats like coconut oil, which is mostly grown outside the US.
Sodium saccharin is the salt form of saccharin, an artificial sweetener.
A 1997 report from the Center for the Science in Public Interest felt that it would be “highly imprudent for the National Toxicology Program to delist saccharin.”
They believed that doing so “would give the public a false sense of security, remove any incentive for further testing, and result in greater exposure to this probable carcinogen in tens of millions of people, including children (indeed, fetuses).”
Sodium phoshates and Disodium Phosphates have trace amounts of arsenic and arsenic is known to cause cancer.
Saccharin is a sulfa-based sweetener; its primary ingredient is benzoic sulfimide. So what the heck is that and more importantly is it harmful?
Let’s begin with the reported side effects: For those with sulfa allergies, saccharin may cause nausea, diarrhea, skin problems or other allergy-related symptoms.
Concerns: Early safety studies of saccharin showed the sweetener caused bladder cancer in rats.
The FDA recently lifted the requirement that saccharin be labeled as a probable carcinogen on food packaging. The link between saccharin and bladder cancer has contributed to saccharin being the most investigated of all artificial sweeteners. To date, no connection between saccharin and bladder cancer in humans has been proven.
We encourage you to test yourself.
Simply try switching out this artificial sweetener for all-natural alternative (agave syrup, stevia, etc) and you might feel better.
Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
We originally labeled this ingredient neutral but then got too many of you pointing us to article after article on some of the controversy surrounding brown rice or rice syrup. The health benefits of brown rice syrup were called into question when Consumer Reports released an analysis of arsenic levels in rice products like white rice, brown rice, and rice breakfast cereals. Brown rice syrup is the chosen sweetener in a host of foods considered healthy. Their analysis however found arsenic, a potent carcinogen that’s harmful to a child’s developing brain, was present in high levels in foods that were marketed to kids.
Partially hydrogenated soybean oil
The problem with partially hydrogenated soybean oil is the trans fat it contains. The other problem relates to the health hazards of soy itself. And an added hazard factor is the fact that the majority of both corn and soybeans are genetically engineered.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
A silent killer that’s worse than alcohol, nicotine, and drugs is likely lurking in your kitchen cabinets and even your child’s school cafeteria.
It’s monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer that’s known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but that’s actually added to thousands of the foods you eat.
The problem is, MSG is an excitotoxin, meaning it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to an extent.
Additionally MSG is also a probable cause contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Mono- and diglycerides
The public apparently caught on that partially hydrogenated oils were unhealthy; so now the FDA requires labeling for trans fat content, BUT only if it contains more than .49 g per serving, AND only if it comes from triglycerides! Not too difficult to get around that rule…simply decrease the serving size, or disguise the trans fats somehow…
Of course, big industry doesn’t want us to know that they’re poisoning us…so, they exploited the loophole. They started using monoglycerides and diglycerides so they aren’t required to label the food as containing trans fats.
Monoglycerides and Diglycerides are still manufactured, just like partially hydrogenated oils, and they still contain dangerous trans fats. Trans fats that aren’t required to be reported on the labels. Trans fats that are still dangerous to your health. Trans fats that are causing our children to develop diabetes and heart attacks.
Magnesium stearate is a common additive to many supplements. However, research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells (natural killer cells) which are a key component of the immune system. According to one study, stearic acid can cause the collapse of cell membrane integrity which can destroy cell function.
Isoflavones, found abundantly in soy products, are of concern due to the fact that their chemical composition is similar to estrogen. Isoflavones cause estrogenic activity, thus possibly creating harmful side effects such as; breast cancer, digestive disorders, thyroid disorders, and headaches.
High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup is a manmade sweetener that’s found in a wide range of processed foods.
Medical and nutritional experts warn against the consumption of high fructose corn syrup due as it has been linked to causing heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and more.
A study published in 2009 by multiple high-level researchers from the U.S., Europe, New Zealand and Australia in “Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition” specifically mentioned high fructose corn syrup as contributing to worldwide obesity.
As a result retailers world wide have been taking it off the shelves and or banning it in stores, the latest being Whole Foods.
Fructooligosaccharides are a group of oligosaccharides, or connected simple sugars. These simple sugars are fructose molecules. Fructooligosaccharides are commonly used as a sweetener and as a prebiotic dietary supplement. They can be used to ferment certain good bacteria in the intestines and in small doses are not typically harmful.
However, side effects of excessive fructooligosaccharide use include intestinal problems, bloating, gas, or diarrhea. It is an indigestible carbohydrate, so that high intake can cause trouble in processing it through the body and into the waste system. There is some scientific literature suggesting that over-consumption might hinder the ability of the beneficial bacteria to survive in the gut.
Cyclamate is an artificial sweetener that is currently banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for consumption by humans due to potential health concerns.
Per Dr. Mercoloa study after study are taking their place in a growing lineup of scientific research demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all it’s myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll. And fructose in any form — including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose — is the worst of the worst!
Fructose is a major contributor to:
• Insulin resistance and obesity
• Elevated blood pressure
• Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
• Depletion of vitamins and minerals
• Cardiovascular disease, liver disease
A few years ago the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the FDA to allow manufacturers to use the term “corn sugar” instead of “high fructose corn syrup” on food labels. This renaming was a clever ploy to hide HFCS on labels, which is precisely what CRA wanted since so many people are now aware of the risks of consuming HFCS, and are trying to avoid it.
Marketeers would have you believe that when it comes to corn sugar or cane sugar, your body doesn’t know the difference – sugar is sugar. This certainly is not so with HFCS, a highly processed sweetener that is linked to obesity and a host of other health problems.
Calcium disodium is a synthetically produced salt that is sometimes added to foods to prevent air from spoiling them. Ample research has linked it to many toxic effects on the body including developmental and reproductive problems.
Brown rice syrup solids
If you’re shopping organic and see brown rice syrup or syrup solids listed first among ingredients, you may want to think twice: That product could have high levels of potentially toxic arsenic, Dartmouth researchers reported on 2/16/12.
A team led by environmental chemist Brian P. Jackson found what Jackson called dangerous amounts of arsenic in organic powdered baby formula, intended for toddlers, whose top ingredient was brown rice syrup. That formula contained six times more arsenic than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for the water supply. Our best advice is to look for another form sweetener.
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is derived from corn or soy, bonded with the element bromine. It’s added to foods as an emulsifier. The FDA limits the amount of BVO allowed because bromines are common endocrine disruptors. They have been linked to so many health concerns they are now banned in Europe.
Although they are currently still approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), health-conscious individuals should stay away from BVO.
Bromated flour, or potassium bromate, is a chemical additive used in flour to improve the action of gluten.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled potassium bromate as a category 2B carcinogen, indicating it is a probable human carcinogen.
Nearly everyone knows that white flour is not good for you, but many don’t know that bleaching makes white flour FAR worse for you. When flour is bleached, the most nutritious part of the grain has been removed and therefore its nutrients are destroyed. Abyproduct of the flour bleaching process isalloxan, a product of the decomposition of uric acid. It is a poison that is used to produce diabetes in healthy experimental animals.
BHA and BHT
BHA and its cousin BHT are additives that preserve fats and oils in food. The Food and Drug Administration deem them “generally recognized as safe.” Interestingly however, the National Institutes of Health, says they are “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Most research shows that it is relatively safe to use them at low levels, but higher levels could spell trouble. We recommend avoiding them as much as possible.
Aspartame is usually #1 of all artificial sweeteners most dangerous list. So much that it has recently been BANNED by many retailers, the latest being Whole Foods.
What’s in it??? Phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Besides being considered a deadly poison by many watchdog groups, aspartame actually contributes to weight gain by causing a craving for carbohydrates.
A study of 80,000 women by the American Cancer Society found that those who used this neurotoxic “diet” sweetener actually gained more weight than those who didn’t use aspartame products.
Other reported side effects: Headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain.
The search for “natural” sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths and expenses to obtain a given chemical. For this reason, synthetically produced flavors are frequently used in foods and beverages.
Artificial flavors have been known to cause an array of health problems such as chest pain, headaches, fatigue, nervous system depression, allergies, brain damage, seizures, nausea, dizziness and many more.
Hydrochloride is an organic compound and vitamin-like substance found in many different foods such as sugar beets, grains and spinach. It is currently being recommended by both naturopaths, as well as medical doctors, as a supplemental source of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Unlike most artificial sweeteners honey does your body good. For starters, the antioxidant-rich elixir protects your heart, and despite packing more calories than sugar (21 per teaspoon versus 16), it’s unlikely to expand your waistline: A recent study found that overweight or obese patients who received a 2.5-ounce dose of honey every day for a month lowered both their total and LDL cholesterol, while they maintained or even lost weight. And preliminary research says honey may improve memory and reduce anxiety.
Holy basil is a plant originally from India and has been used to combat the common cold, the flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, upset stomach, heart disease, fever, stress and more.
Himalayan salt is a marketing term for halite (commonly known as rock salt) from Pakistan, which began being sold by various companies in Europe,North America, and Australia in the early 21st century.
It is commonly used in cooking, in place of other table salt, in brine, and for bath products.
High oleic sunflower oil
High oleic sunflower is a trans free oil.
High oleic sunflower oil is very high in oleic (monounsaturated) acid.
Monounsaturated fats have been linked to an increase in good cholesterol and beneficial health effects.
Guarana seed extract
Guarana is a South American plant that contains caffeine.
It can be found in many Brazilian soft drinks and is a key ingredient in dietary supplements throughout the world.
The seed of the guarana plant is rich in caffeine and is used to create extracts, powders and other preparations.
Grape skin extract
Contains a variety of antioxidants, which may provide health benefits.
Grape seed extract
Grape seed extract contains powerful antioxidants and may offer a variety of health benefits.
Goji berry is one of the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet, packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants.
Glutamine peptides are glutamine molecules that are bonded to other amino acids to increase the stability of glutamine in your body once it is ingested.
Glutamine peptides are sold as a nutritional supplement to improve muscle and soft tissue repair following exercise, injury or surgery.
Ginseng root powder
Ginseng root is a nutritious herb that has been used for centuries as an energy tonic as well as to treat a variety of health problems.
Scientists believe that Ginseng helps the brain produce more endorphins that help to balance the physical and emotional stress hormones secreted from the adrenal glands.
Ginkgo is an herb.
The leaves are generally used to make “extracts” that are used as medicine. However, a few medicines are made from the seed, but these are not well studied.
Ginkgo is often used for memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.
It is also used for conditions that seem to be due to reduced blood flow in the brain, especially in older people.
Ginger root powder
Ginger root powder has proven to be an effective motion sickness antidote for travel by car, boat, train or plane.
Ginger has been clinically proven to decrease the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea associated with the common three-day and 24-hour flu viruses. Taken early enough, ginger can help thwart the flu.
Ginger root extract
Uses of ginger root are plenty. Some uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.
Rhizomes are knobby underground stems that are known for their pungent and flavorful flesh.
The rhizome family includes ginger, turmeric and galangal among a few other, lesser-known rhizomes.
Galangal rhizome has been linked to improved digestion and arthritis treatment.
Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.
The essential fatty acids in flaxseeds are great for promoting good health, but don’t forget about the lignans! Derived from the fibrous portion of the flax seed, lignans are natural phytoestrogen compounds that support vital hormone-related functions in both men and women.
Long name for “Iron”, Ferrous sulfate provides the iron needed by the body to produce red blood cells. It is used in lots of things today, mainly to treat or prevent iron-deficiency anemia, a condition that occurs when the body has too few red blood cells because of pregnancy, poor diet, excess bleeding, or other medical problems.
Another name for an iron supplement.
Fenugreek concentrate fiber
Research has identified the soluble fiber of fenugreek seeds as the active component that can benefit our health.
Evaporated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice is a healthy alternative to refined sugar.
While both sweeteners are made from sugar cane, evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does.
A form of vitamin D.
Electrolytic iron is a reduced iron that is used in many foods including infant dry cereal.
Electrolytic refers to the process used to fractionate the iron into smaller pieces, making the iron easier to absorb into the body.
Egg White Protein
or Albumin refers to a class of proteins found in body fluids and tissues of animals, and constitutes the ‘egg white’ found in eggs.
Mainly used as natural flavoring and or even coloring
Dried egg white/solids
Egg white powder is dried egg white (pure albumen).
It can be reconstituted by mixing the powder with water.
An essential amino acid.
The common dandelion, enemy of well-kept lawns, is an exceptionally nutritious food. Its leaves and root contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the roots of various species of dandelions are also used as “herbs that cool the blood.”
Cranberry & rice protein
Manufacturers can use other plant proteins in food in drink to add protein to their products without turning to traditional dairy or soy sources.
These plant protein sources have a lower Biological Value (BV) than milk or soy proteins but can be wonderful sources of allergen free proteins.
Bran, also known as miller’s bran, is the hard outer layers of cereal grain. It consists of the combined aleurone and pericarp. Along with germ, it is an integral part of whole grains, and is often produced as a by-product of milling in the production of refined grains.
Cordyceps is a genus of fungi used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, and modern science is investigating its effects in applications ranging from anticancer treatments to endurance enhancement.
Copper is an essential trace element for most plant and animal species, including man. Its deficiency is characterized by specific biochemical and pathological lesions. The customary adult daily diet provides adequate copper to prevent signs of deficiency. Both copper deficiency and chronic copper intoxication are relatively rare.
a salt of copper used in the prophylaxis and treatment of copper deficiency.
Copper amino acid chelate
Copper is an essential trace element found in all body tissues. This mineral is a nutritional partner of iron in helping to metabolize food into hemoglobin. It performs critical functions in numerous enzymes, such as its catalytic role in the antioxidant superoxide dismutase.
fibers from fruit. Often used as fiber and or flavor enhancers.
Citrus bioflavonoids are derived from fruits high in vitamin C, and they appear to act synergistically with the vitamin to neutralize free radicals. Bioflavonoids’ antioxidant properties are thought to be particularly beneficial for capillary strength.
a relative of the grape family…. Cissus has been used in various ayurvedic classical medicines to heal broken bones and injured ligaments and tendons.
Cinnamon twig extract
Cinnamon bark is a common ingredient in many products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, perfume, soap, lipstick, chewing gum, cough syrup, nasal sprays, and cola drinks.
A popular food flavoring, it is valued as one of the world’s most important spices. It is also valuable in the treatment of various ailments.
claims have been given that this helps diabetes, diarrhea, infections, worm infestations, the the common cold, influenza, upset stomach, gas (flatulence), spasms, appetite stimulation, and menstrual discomfort.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that helps the hormone insulin to function at its full potential. Nicotinate and picolinate are two forms of chromium. Proponents of the picolinate form claim that it lowers cholesterol, burns body fat, and increases life span.
Chromium dinicotinate glycinate, or CDG, is a form of the mineral chromium that is used for its potential health benefits.
CDG binds chromium with niacin and glycine to enhance the uptake of chromium in your body and is the preferred form of supplement manufacturers due to its increased bioavailability.
Chromium chloride is the naturally occurring trivalent variety of the mineral chromium found in many food types and synthesized supplements.
Most commonly referred to as chromium only, chromium chloride is a human dietary requirement.
Chromium amino acid chelate
Chromium is an essential mineral that your body needs in trace amounts.
It plays a role in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism by helping insulin to function properly.
Chlorella is a genus of single-cell green algae, belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta.
It is an attractive potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients; when dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins.
Mass-production methods are now being used to cultivate it in large artificial circular ponds.
It is also abundant in calories, fat, and vitamins.
Chicory root extract (inulin)
A nautral root fiber.
Years ago it was revealed that chicory roots contain high levels of inulin, which is a polysaccharide, which has been used as a sweetener as well as a probiotic (which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine).
Nowadays, inulin is also promoted as a dietary fiber.
Celery seed powder
Cayenne pepper fruit
Cayenne pepper fruit comes from red, hot chili peppers.
It comes from the dried up pods of chili peppers and are used as a spice and for health purposes.
Cane fiber is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice.
 It is currently used as a biofuel and in the manufacture of and paper products and building materials.
commonly known as camu camu, camucamu, cacari, and camocamo, is a small (approx. 3–5m tall) bushy riverside tree from the Amazon rainforest vegetation in Peru and Brazil, which bears a red/purple/cherry-like fruit.
It is a close relative of the jaboticaba Myrciaria cauliflora and the guavaberry or rumberry Myrciaria floribunda.
The extraordinarily high Vitamin C content (in the order of 2–3% of fresh weight) is the most important property of the fruit, which has been exploited in positioning camu camu on international markets.
Is a form of Calcium is an essential mineral for human health. It is the most abundant mineral in our bodies; the average person contains about 1 kilogram ( 2 lbs) of calcium. Ninety nine percent of our calcium is stored in our bones and teeth. It is essential for bone formation, which goes on throughout our lives.
Calcium (pantothenic acid)
Another name for vitamin B5, calcium pantothenate or pantothenic acid is a water soluble found in most food.
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens.
Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples. It is a mixture of enzymes that digest protein and is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Borage seed oil contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. Borage flower might have an antioxidant effect.
is rich with antioxidants which is a wonderful thing.
Bilberry is a relative of the blueberry, and its fruit is commonly used to make pies and jams.
It has been used for nearly 1,000 years in traditional European medicine. Bilberry grows in North America, Europe, and northern Asia. Historically, bilberry fruit was used to treat diarrhea, scurvy, and other conditions.
Today, the fruit is used as a folk or traditional remedy for diarrhea, menstrual cramps, eye problems, varicose veins, venous insufficiency (a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart), and other circulatory problems. Bilberry leaf is used for entirely different conditions, including diabetes.
The fruit of the bilberry plant can be eaten or made into extracts. Similarly, the leaves of the bilberry plant can be made into extracts or used to make teas.
Beta carotene- s
Beta carotene- s is a strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. Plant carotenoids are the primary dietary source of provitamin.
Beet juice powder
The beautiful red-purple color of beet root is evidence of the amazing plant pigments known as carotenoids.
While it is believed that there are at least 500 of these natural compounds, only a handful have been analyzed, with beta-carotene being the best known.
Barely grass a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain.
Important uses include use as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures.
Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.
Astragalus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use has been to boost the body’s immune system.
D-aspartic acid, also known simply as aspartic acid or asparaginic acid, is a nonessential amino acid. This means it is produced by your body and does not need to be acquired through your diet.
Ashwagandha root is a herb.
One reason for ashwagandha’s reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system.
A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb.
Ashwagandha is a small evergreen shrub, widely cultivated in India and the Middle East for its medicinal properties. An erect, grayish plant with long roots, ashwagandha has small greenish flowers and fruits that turn orange-red when ripe. Ashwagandha has been used as a sedative, a rejuvenating tonic, an anti-inflammatory agent. It’s most compelling modern use is as an “adaptogen.” In fact, Western herbalists refer to Ashwaganda as “Indian ginseng,” because its action for users is to assist the body ‘adapt’ to the negative effects of chronic stress by increasing energy, strength, and stamina.
Compound found in apples mainly used for digestive issues
Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants.
Alfalfa, Medicago sativa, is a legume associated with a variety of health benefits including improved cardiovascular health and treatment of blood disorders such as anemia. It is high in antioxidants and can work to naturally cleanse the colon.
Acid stable protease
Have been shown to possess valuable therapeutic action as anti-inflammatory agent and break up protein into amino acids.
Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of this vitamin. Most people get enough vitamin B12 from their diet . Vitamin B12 is important to maintain the health of your metabolism, blood cells, and nerves. Serious vitamin B12 deficiency may result in a low number of red blood cells (anemia, stomach problems, and permanent nerve damage).
Cholecalciferol is a form of vitamin D, also called vitamin D3.
Biotin is a water soluble vitamin and another name for vitamin H.
Biotin is associated with many health benefits including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, as well as the production of new cells.
Pyridoxine or pyrodioxine hydrochloride
Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with pyridoxal and pyridoxamine.
Retinyl acetate is one of the principal forms of vitamin A used in nutritional supplements.
Dicalcium phosphate is commonly added to food as a dietary supplement for a source of calcium and phosphorus.
Due to its fairly high concentration of calcium, it should be used with caution by breast feeding mothers and those suffering from lung disease and kidney stones.
Niacinamide and niacin are slightly varying forms of vitamin B3.
Vitamin B3 is naturally in many foods like fish and green vegetables and is also found in many vitamin B complex supplements.
Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate
Dl-alpha tocophyl acetate is a form of vitamin E.
Carrageenan are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. Carrageenan can be found in many foods, even foods labeled “natural” and “organic.” It is widely used in dairy products (chocolate milk, whipping cream, ice cream, nonfat sour cream), frozen dinners, dairy alternatives (soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk), prepared poultry and cold cuts, nutritional drinks, and even infant formula.
Fibersol-2 is a soluable fiber supplement that was designed to enhance digestive health.
The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls-way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although salt in moderation has not proven harmful an increasing body of evidence indicates that we should reduce the amount of salt in our diet. The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health have begun a campaign to cut the salt intake of Americans by one-half.
The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
Cocoa powder is made when chocolate liquor is pressed to remove three quarters of its cocoa butter.
The remaining cocoa solids are processed to make fine unsweetened cocoa powder.
Pea Protein is a relatively new form of protein powder which is valued for its high digestibility (90-95%), low potential for allergic responses and ability to supress the appetite.
Pea protein has a light, flurry texture and slightly sweet taste which mixes well in solution.
Milk protein concentrate
Milk Protein Concentrates (MPCs) and Milk Protein Isolates (MPIs) are manufactured by membrane filtration through which dairy proteins are isolated from fresh skim milk.
Among proteins they hold a relativey high biological value and are rich in calcium, have good heat stability and a excellent flavour profile.
Several grocery and retail chains nationwide have banned any products containing sucralose, the latest being Whole Foods. Watchdog groups are up in arms over artificial sweeteners like sucralose suggesting research on its safety is flawed and doesn’t account for how long-term use of the additives may impact health.
What’s in it?? Sucralose is a synthetic additive created by chlorinating sugar. Manufacturers say the chlorine in sucralose is no different from that in table salt. But in fact, the chemical structure of the chlorine in sucralose is almost the same as that in the pesticide DDT. Side effects may include head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation.
Further research suggest that sucralose can cause shrinking of the thymus gland, an important immune system regulator, and liver and kidney dysfunction. A recent study by Duke University found sucralose reduces healthy intestinal bacteria, needed for proper digestion.
Soy protein isolate
Soy protein is a protein that is isolated from soybean. It is made from soybean meal that has been dehulled and defatted. Dehulled and defatted soybeans are processed into three kinds of high protein commercial products : soy flour, concentrates, and isolates. Soy protein isolate has been used since 1959 in foods for its functional properties. Recently, soy protein popularity has increased due to its use in health food products, and many countries allow health claims for foods rich in soy protein.
Hydrolyzed soy protein
The food industry uses hydrolyzed proteins to add and enhance flavors in manufactured products.
Manufacturers make hydrolyzed soy protein using a process that involves harsh artificial chemicals, resulting in a product that is swimming in controversy that is best to be avoided.
Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged, or fermented, sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.
In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods.
Soy lecithin is not soy protein, but instead a component of the soybean plant that is used an emulsifier in a variety of foods.
Silicon dioxide, or silica is actually made from fragmented granules of rock and mineral, so basically it is sand.
Companies add silica to shakes to prevent them from clumping together during shipping and processing.
Is it dangerous? Probably not. The mineral actually occurs naturally in all sorts of foods like vegetables and milk.
Potato extract (Slendesta)
Some shakes now contain potato extract, or Slendestra. It’s a protein source that is derived from under the skin of potatoes.
MCT occurs naturally in coconut oil and other foods. Coconut oil is an incredible health food that is proven to improve health and help you lose weight. People take MCT oil supplements to fight diseases such as mal-absorption and obesity. Even bodybuilders have started taking these supplements in order to burn fat and increase energy levels.
Maltodextrin is a white powder often used in processed foods as a thickener or filler since it’s fairly inexpensive, as well as in pharmaceuticals as a binding agent.
You’ll find it in canned fruits, snacks, cereal, desserts, instant pudding, sauces, and salad dressings.
Since it contains fewer calories than sugar, it’s also found in sugar substitutes, such as Splenda or Equal.
Magnesium is an element your body needs to function normally.
Magnesium oxide may be used for different reasons. Some people use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion.
Magnesium oxide also may be used as a laxative for short-term, rapid emptying of the bowel (before surgery, for example).
It should not be used repeatedly. Magnesium oxide also is used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not enough.
Inulin is a carbohydrate belonging to a class of compounds known as fructans and is closely related to fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS).
Although they aren’t the same, you will often find them used interchangeably.
These are all starches (carbohydrates), just varying in structure.
Since inulin is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, it is considered to be a fiber.
It is a soluble fiber as opposed to cellulose, which is insoluble.
Guar Gum a natural food thickener, similar to tapioca flour.
It has significantly more thickening ability than cornstarch, at a fraction of the cost.
Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells.
“Folic acid” and “folate” mean the same thing.
Folate is found naturally in some foods and folic acid is a manmade form of folate.
Since 1998, folic acid has been added to most enriched bread flours, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products in the U.S. and Canada.
This was done to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly, two birth defects that are caused in part by too little folate in a mother’s body around the time her baby is conceived.
One of an array of factory-made additives, cellulose is increasingly used by the processed-food industry to thicken or stabilize foods, replace fat and boost fiber content, and cut the need for ingredients like oil or flour, which are getting more expensive.
Cellulose is especially popular because it can be used in many ways in food and is relatively inexpensive.
Artificial and natural flavors
• There is little substantive difference in the chemical compositions of natural and artificial flavorings. They are both made in a laboratory by a trained professional, a “flavorist,” who blends appropriate chemicals together in the right proportions.
• Artificial and natural flavors are defined for the consumer in the Code of Federal Regulations. A key line from this definition is the following: “A natural flavor is the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.” Artificial flavors are those that are made from components that do not meet this definition. Artificial flavorings are simpler in composition and potentially safer because only safety-tested components are utilized. Another difference between natural and artificial flavorings is cost. The search for “natural” sources of chemicals often requires that a manufacturer go to great lengths to obtain a given. chemical.
Whey protein concentrates are created by pushing the protein source (milk, whey, etc.) through a very small filter that allows water, minerals and other organic materials to pass though.
Meanwhile, the proteins, which are too big to pass through the filter, are collected, resulting in protein powder.
Stevia is a plant that is native to South America.
It is best known as a source of natural sweeteners.
In fact, native people in South America have used stevia as a sweetener for hundreds of years.
Stevia contains 0 grams of sugar and has no known side effects.
Riboflavin also known as vitamin B12. This is naturally found in many foods and it is added to many protein shakes.
Papain is an enzyme naturally found in unripe papayas and it helps break tough protein fibers, making it great for digestive support.
Oat fiber a great source of fiber in shakes.
Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain, resulting in that full and satisfied feeling longer.
Milk protein isolate
Protein isolate is the purest form of protein, according to the American Dietetic Association.
It contains very little fat, carbohydrates or lactose and can be used as a daily supplement for those who do not consume the recommended amount of protein in their diet.
Canola oil is made from the crushed seeds of the canola plant, is among the healthiest of cooking oils.
It has the lowest saturated fat content of any oil commonly consumed in the U.S., at just 7%.
By comparison, sunflower oil has 12% saturated fat, corn oil has 13%, and olive oil has 15%.
Milk naturally contains calcium phosphate.
Foods such as breads, cereals and drink mixes also commonly contain calcium phosphate.
Manufacturers also frequently fortify packaged foods and drinks with calcium phosphate.
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes that digest protein (proteolytic) that are found in pineapples (Ananas comosus). Pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation.
Barley Beta Glucan is a molecule found in several types of fiber including yeast organisms, oat fiber, barley fiber and mushrooms of various types.
Beta glucan has been shown to have multiple positive effects on the human body.
Ascorbic acid is another word for Vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid works to preserve food.
Aminogen is a special patented protein-digesting enzyme blend that is meant to help you get the most out of your whey protein by eliminating any bloating or constipation. It is derived from all-natural.
An amino acid found in many foods.
Just Google the “dangers of Acesulfame Potassium” and your screen will light up! What is it? It is a calorie-free sugar substitute, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K. In the U.S., it is used in such products as candies, baked goods, frozen desserts, and beverages. Here’s the problem it’s highly highly controversial, especially as of late. Reported side effects: Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Because of such recent controversy towards it’s safety and side effects it’s been banned at leading retailers, the most recent being Whole Foods.
The acerola cherry is a unique fruit that favors tropical or subtropical climates in both the eastern and western hemispheres.The fruit has been consumed for many years in the areas to which it is native, but has gained popularity worldwide recently due to its rich vitamin and antioxidant content.
Acai berries may be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. But research on acai berries is limited, and claims about the health benefits of acai haven’t been proved.