The Following Beverage Industry Ingredients may not be clean label


Advantame is a non-nutritive sweetener extracted from isovanillin and and aspartame. It can be found in frozen desserts, gum, and beverages.


Aspartame is an artificial, non-nutritive sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages.

Azo Dyes

Azo compounds are used as dyes or pigments in some food and beverage products for their vivid color properties, especially: reds, oranges, and yellows. Click here to see a list of azo dyes.

Benzoic Acid

Benzioc acid is used for its “preservative properties”. It is a white crystalline solid. Note: Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants.


Bisulfites are typically used for their antioxidant /preservative or sterilization properties. Examples: Potassium bisulfite, Calcium hydrogen sulfite 

Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is a complex mixture of plant-derived triglycerides that have been reacted to contain atoms of the element bromine bonded to the molecules. BVO is primarily used  for its emulsification properties. It is generally used… Read More


Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and my drug of choice (sorry to editorialize). Naturally available in numerous plant sources (coffee and tea being the most common), but in its purest form it is a bitter, white… Read More

Calcium Disodium EDTA

Calcium disodium EDTA is often abbreviated as its group of acids, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). It is a polyamino carboxylic acid, colourless, and water-soluble solid.

Calcium Saccharin

Calcium saccharin is a a white crystalline powder and used as a sweetener in food and beverage applications.