Banned Ingredients & Ingredient Watchlists

We’ve banned over 250 ingredients from our stores including artificial flavorings, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and more.

Our Watchlists also include ingredients that we rarely accept or only accept in special circumstances.

Acesulfame PotassiumSweetener – Artificial
Acesulfame-KSweetener – Artificial
Acetylated Esters Of Mono- And DiglyceridesEmulsifier, Sequestrant, Stabilizer
Ammonium ChlorideDough Conditioner
Artificial ColorsColor – Artificial
Artificial FlavorsFlavor Enhancer
AspartameSweetener – Artificial
Astaxanthin (Artificial)Coloring Agent
AzodicarbonamideBleaching Agent, Dough Conditioner
Benzoyl PeroxideBleaching Agent
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)Preservative
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)Preservative
Bleached FlourBleaching Agent
Bromated FlourArtificially Aged And Treated Flour
Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)Flavor Carrier, Emulsifier
Butane GlycolFlavor Solvent, Humectant
Butylene GlycolFlavor Solvent, Humectant
Calcium BromateDough Conditioner, Bleaching Agent
Calcium Disodium EDTATexturizer, Preservative
Calcium PeroxideDough Conditioner, Bleaching Agent
Calcium PropionatePreservative
Calcium SaccharinSweetener – Artificial
Calcium SorbatePreservative
Calcium Stearoyl-2-LactylateDough Conditioner, Emulsifier
CapreninFat Substitute
CaprocaprylobeheninFat Substitute
Certified ColorColor – Artificial
Cottonseed OilFat Source
Cysteine (L-Cysteine)Flavor Precursor, Processing Aid
DATEM (Diacetyl Tartaric And Fatty Acid Esters Of Mono And Diglycerides)Emulsifier, Sequestrant, Stabilizer
DiacetylArtificial Butter Flavoring
DimethlpolysiloxaneAnti-Foaming Agent, Beet & Yeast Processing
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (DSS)Emulsifier, Stabilizer
Disodium Calcium EDTAPreservative, Sequestrant
Disodium GuanylateFlavor Enhancer
Disodium Inosinate (IMP)Flavor Enhancer
EthoxyquinPreservative, Color Retention
Ethyl VanillinFlavor – Artificial
Ethylene OxidePreservative, Fumigant, Foam In Fermented Malt Beverages
Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid Edta (EDTA)Sequestrant
FD & C ColorsColor – Artificial
Foie GrasDuck Liver
GMP (Disodium Guanylate)Flavor Enhancer
Hexa-, Hepta- And Octa-Esters Of SucroseFat Substitute
High Fructose Corn SyrupSweetener – Artificial
Hydrogenated OilFat Source
Lactylated Esters Of Mono- And DiglyceridesStablizer, Texturizer, Preservative
Methyl And Propyl ParabenFood Additive
Microparticularized Whey ProteinProtein Derived Fat Substitute
Mono And Diglycerides (Except potato flakes)Stablizer, Texturizer, Preservative
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)Flavor Enhancer
NatamyacinMold Inhibitor In Cheese
NeotameArtificial Sweetener
OlestraFat Substitute
OxystearinDerived From Hydrogenated Oil
Partially Hydrogenated OilTexturizer, Preservative
PolydextroseSweetener - Artificial (Synthetic Glucose)
Polysorbate 60, 65, 80Emulsifier, Wax Coatings, De-Foaming
Potassium BenzoatePreservative, Antizymotic
Potassium BisulfitePreservative, Color Preservative
Potassium BromateDough Conditioner, Flour Maturing Agent
Potassium MetabisulfitePreservative, Color Preservative
Potassium SorbatePreservative
PropionatesPreservative, Antizymotic
Propyl GallatePreservative
Propylene GlycolHumecant, Flavor Solvent
Resistant Starch Type 4Chemically Modified Starch
RBGH/RBST (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone/Recombinant Bovine Somatotrophin)Genetically Modified Bovine Growth Hormone
SaccharinSweetener – Artificial
SimplesseFat Substitute
Sodium Aluminum PhosphateLeavening Agent
Sodium Aluminum SulfateLeavening Agent
Sodium BenzoatePreservative
Sodium BisulfitePreservative, Color Retention
Sodium DiacetatePreservative, Sequestrant
Sodium ErythorbatePreservative
Sodium GlutamateFlavor Enhancer (See MSG)
Sodium HexametaphosphateSequestrant, Emulsifier, Texturizer
Sodium MetabisulfitePreservative, Color Retention
Sodium Nitrate/NitriteFlavor, Color Retention Agent
Sodium PropionatePreservative, Antifungal
Sodium SilicoaluminateAnti-Caking Agent
Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate)Dough Conditioner, Emulsifier, Whipping Agent
Sodium SulfitePreservative
Sodium ThiosulfatePreservative
Sodium Tripolyphosate 3Binding Agent
Sorbic AcidAntifungal
Stannous ChlorideColor Retention
SucraloseSweetener – Artificial
Sulfites (Sulfur Dioxide)Preservative, Color Retention
TBHG (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone)Preservative, Sequestrant
Tetrasodium EDTAPreservative, Sequestrant
Trans Fats, ArtificialA Component Of Hydrogenated Fats
VanillinFlavor – Artificial
Vegetable Mono And DiglyceridesStablizer, Texturizer, Preservative
Artificial Colors (FD & C)Not acceptable
Artificial SweetenersNot Acceptable
Artificial FlavorsNot Acceptable
Emu OilNot Acceptable
TriclosanNot Acceptable
Mineral Oil - Petroleum DerivativeNot Acceptable
MethylparabenNot Acceptable
EthylparabenNot Acceptable
PropylparabenNot Acceptable
ButylparabenNot Acceptable
HeptylparabenNot Acceptable
IsopropylparabenNot Acceptable
IsobutylparabenNot Acceptable
BenzylparabenNot Acceptable
MethylisothiazolinoneNot Acceptable
Urea not Derived from Comfrey (Allantoin)Not Acceptable
LidocaineNot Acceptable
MicrobeadsNot Acceptable
Sodium Lauroyl SarcosinateNot Acceptable
Butyl Cellosolve (2-Butoxyethanol)Not Acceptable
Diazolidinyl UreaNot Acceptable
TouleneNot Acceptable
Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether (EGBE)Not Acceptable
Isoceteth 20Not Acceptable
Lauramide MEA Not Acceptable
Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate)Not Acceptable
AcetoneNot Acceptable
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)Not Acceptable
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Butylhydroxytoluene)Not Acceptable
DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)Not Acceptable
DEET (Diethyl-meta-toluamide)Not Acceptable
FormaldehydeNot Acceptable
DMDM HydantoinNot Acceptable
Quaternium 15Not Acceptable
PhthalatesNot Acceptable
Aerosol SpraysNot Acceptable
AlcloxaNot Acceptable
BenzocaineNot Acceptable
Bronopol (2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol)Not Acceptable
Bronidox (5-bromo-5-nitro-1, 3-dioxane)Not Acceptable
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)Not Acceptable
HomosalateNot Acceptable
Partially Hydrogenated OilNot Acceptable
Synthetic BeeswaxNot Acceptable
TriethanolamineNot Acceptable
HydroquinoneNot Acceptable
DMDM HydantoinNot Acceptable
Imidazolidinyl UreaNot Acceptable
Stearamide MEAPermitted if no Alternative
Fragrance (Parfum)Permitted if no Alternative
Potassium BenzoatePermitted if no Alternative
Petroleum DerivativesPermitted if no Alternative
CarbomerPermitted if no Alternative
Cetrimonium ChloridePermitted if no Alternative
Disodium CocoamphodiacetatePermitted if no Alternative
Disodium Dihydrogen EDTAPermitted if no Alternative
EthylhexylglycerinPermitted if no Alternative
PEG-7 Glyceryl CocoatePermitted if no Alternative
Benzethonium ChloridePermitted if no Alternative
Hydroxypropyltrimonium HoneyPermitted if no Alternative
Nanotechnology IngredientsPermitted if no Alternative
PPD (Acceptable in Hair Color Only)Permitted if no Alternative
Sodium Lauroyl SarcosinatePermitted if no Alternative
Soyamidopropalkonium ChloridePermitted if no Alternative
PEG-150 DistearatePermitted if no Alternative
PEG-7 Glyceryl CocoatePermitted if no Alternative
Sodium Cocoyl SarcosinatePermitted if no Alternative
Ammonium Lauryl SulfatePermitted if no Alternative
AmodimethiconePermitted if no Alternative
Behentrimonium MethosulfatePermitted if no Alternative
Ceteareth-20Permitted if no Alternative
Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone)Permitted if no Alternative
1, 2 HexanediolPermitted if no Alternative
Acetamide MEAPermitted if no Alternative
Amino-GuanadinePermitted if no Alternative
Ammonium AlumPermitted if no Alternative
PolyvinylpyrrolidonePermitted if no Alternative
Vanillyl Butyl EtherPermitted if no Alternative
Tridecyl NeopentanoatePermitted if no Alternative
Tridecyl SalicylatePermitted if no Alternative
TriethylhexanoinPermitted if no Alternative
TrihydroxystearinPermitted if no Alternative
Trideceth 12Permitted if no Alternative
Trideceth 8Permitted if no Alternative
T-butylhydroquinonePermitted if no Alternative
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate CopolymerPermitted if no Alternative
Sodium PolyacrylatePermitted if no Alternative
Sodium HydroxymethylglycinatePermitted if no Alternative
Propylheptyl CaprylatePermitted if no Alternative
Stearamidopropyl DimethylaminePermitted if no Alternative
AmmoniaPermitted if no Alternative
TalcPermitted if no Alternative
Sodium Lauryl SulfatePermitted if no Alternative
Sodium Laureth SulfatePermitted if no Alternative
Lilial (Lilyal)Permitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
Tetrasodium EDTAPermitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
Disodium EDTAPermitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
Trisodium EDTAPermitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
Sodium C14-16 Olein SulfonatePermitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
PhenoxyethanolPermitted Based on Percentage in Final Product
Acetylated esters of mono and diglyceridesDATEM, Lactylated Fatty Esters of Glycerol and Propylene Glycol SweetenersNot acceptable
Aluminum GlycinateAntacidNot acceptable
Artificial ColorsFD & C Colors, AZO DyesColorantsNot acceptable
Artificial FlavorsFlavoringsNot acceptable
Acetyl Benzoyl PeroxideNot acceptable
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisolePreservativeNot acceptable
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)PreservativeNot acceptable
Calcium SorbatePotassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Acetic Acid, Hexadienic Acid, Hexadienoic Acid, SorbistatPreservativeConditional - based on use and content
Calcium Stearoyl-2-LactylateCSL, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Stearoyl Fumarate, Sodium Stearoyl-2-LactylateEmulsifiers, Conditioning AgentNot acceptable
CanthaxanthinFood ColorantNot acceptable
CapreninCaprocaprylobeheninFat SubstituteNot acceptable
Caramel color (classes II, III, & IV)Food ColorantNot acceptable
CarmineCochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A, Brilliant Scarlet, New Coccine, SX PurpleFood ColorantNot acceptable
Corn syrup/High fructose corn syrupHFCS, Glucose-Fructose SyrupSweetenerNot acceptable
Cottonseed OilFatty AcidNot acceptable
DimethylpolysiloxanePolydimethylsiloxane, PDMS, dimethiconeFlow AgentNot acceptable
Disodium Guanylate (GMP)Sodium 5′-guanylate and Disodium 5′-guanylateFlavor EnhancerNot acceptable
Disodium Inosinate (IMP)Flavor EnhancerNot acceptable
DI-alpha Tocopherol Synthetic Vitamin EAntioxidantNot acceptable
EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)Copper disodium EDTA, Calcium disodium EDTA, Disodium calcium EDTA, Disodium dihydrogen EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTAChelating AgentNot acceptable
EMU OilFatty AcidNot acceptable
Erythorbic AcidIsoascorbic acid, D-araboascorbic acidAntioxidantNot acceptable
EthoxyquinAntioxidant (Concern of crossover from aquaculture in Omega-3 supplements)Not acceptable
Ethyl FormateFormic Acid, Ethyl methanoatePreservativeNot acceptable
Ethylene Oxide (ETO)OxiranePreservativeNot acceptable
Esters of SucroseHexa-ester of sucrose, Hepta-ester of sucrose, Octa-ester of sucrose, Sucrose esters, Ester of sucroseEmulsifiers, TexturizersNot acceptable
Hexane (as stand-alone ingredient)Solvent used in extraction of oilsNot acceptable
HGH (human growth hormone)Not acceptable
Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated FatsEmulsifiers, StabilizersNot acceptable
Hydrogenated StarchHydrogenated Starch Hydrolysates (HSH)SweetenerNot acceptable
Methyl SiliconDimethylpolysiloxane, PolysiliconeAnti-foaming AgentNot acceptable
Methylene ChlorideDichloromethane, Methane dichloride, Methylene dichloride, DCMSynthetic sweetener, also used in decaffeination process for coffeeNot acceptable
Microparticularized Whey Protein Derived Fat SubstituteSimplesse, Microparticularized Protein, Microparticularized WheySynthetic Fat SubstituteNot acceptable
Mineral OilEmollient Not acceptable
MSG (Monosodium glutamate)Sodium GlutamateFlavor EnhancerNot acceptable
NatamycinPimaricinMold inhibitor used for dairy ingredientsNot acceptable
OxystearinCoatingNot acceptable
Parabens (all)Butylparaben, Heptylparaben, Methylparaben, PropylparabenPreservativeNot acceptable
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butylAntioxidantNot acceptable
Pentasodium PentetateChelatingNot acceptable
Phenyl-butyl-nitrateAntioxidantNot acceptable
PolydextroseArtificial SweetenerNot acceptable
PolyvinylpyrrolidoneAdhesive, Emulsifier, LubricantNot acceptable
Potassium MetabisulfitePotassium PyrosulfitePreservativeNot acceptable
Potassium Nitrate or NitriteColor EnhancerNot acceptable
Propionates (Calcium and Sodium)Mold Inhibitor/PreservativeNot acceptable
Propyl GallateAntioxidant/PreservativeNot acceptable
Shark Liver Oil (SLO)Aceite de Hígado de Tiburón, Basking Shark Liver Oil, Cetorhinus maximus, Centroporus squamosus, Deep Sea Shark Liver Oil, Dog Fish Liver Oil, Foie de Requin, Huile de Foie d’Aiguillat, Huile de Foie de Requin, Huile de Foie de Requin de Grands Fonds, Huile de Foie de Requin Pèlerin, Huile de Requin, Shark Liver, Shark Oil, Squalene, Sqaulus acanthiasNot acceptable
Silica Dimethyl SilylateAnticakingNot acceptable
Silver CitrateAntimicrobialNot acceptable
Sodium DiacetatePreservativeNot acceptable
Sodium ErythorbateColor PreservativeNot acceptable
Sodium MetabisulphiteAntibacterial and Mold InhibitorNot acceptable
Sorbic AcidMold InhibitorNot acceptable
Sorbitan MonostearateEmulsifierNot acceptable
SucroglyceridesEmulsifier/Bulking AgentNot acceptable
Sucrose PolyesterOlestra, OleanSynthetic FatNot acceptable
Synthetic Vitamin E (Dl alpha-tocopheryl)AntioxidantNot acceptable
TalcMagnesium Silicate, French ChalkAbrasive, Absorbent, Anticaking, Bulking, Opacifying, Skin Protectant, Slip ModifierNot acceptable
TartrazineFD & C Yellow 5ColorantNot acceptable
TBHQ (Tertiary butylhydroquinone)Petroleum-derived AntioxidantNot acceptable
Tetrasodium N, N-bis (carboxymethyl) L-glutamateChelatingNot acceptable
Tin Oxide 2Bulking, Opacifying AgentNot acceptable
Trisodium Ethylenediamine DisuccinateTetra Sodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Trisodium PhosphateChelatingNot acceptable
VanillinArtificial Vanilla FlavorNot acceptable
BenzoatePotassium Benzoate, Sodium BensoatePreservativeConditional - based on use and content
BeetsOrganic or non-GMO only
GlycerinSweetener, Thickener, EmollientOrganic or non-GMO only
Nickle (non-colloidal)No more than 1 mg/dose in supplement formulations
TallowEmollientAcceptable if certified organic
Titanium Dioxide (nano)ColorantAcceptable if non-nano source