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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.


Carmine is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid. It is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the… Read More

Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (DSS) is a synthetic, waxy solid used as a wetting agent, solubilizing agent, an emulsifier and thickening agent, and sometimes used to clean fruits and vegetables. Note: The FDA has specific guidelines on the amounts of… Read More


Neotame is an artificial sweetener with the chemical formula. It is used as a sweeter alternative than table sugar. It is most commonly found in beverages, snack bars, desserts, and cereals.


Shortening is a fat used in food preparation. Shortening is solid at room temperature ranging from brown to white. It is used to create a flakiness in the production of cakes, baked goods, and other pastries.

Sodium Stearoyl-2-lactylate

Sodium Stearoyl-2-lactylate is a synthetic emulsifier and plasticizer. It has a chemical formula of C24H43NaO6. It is commonly found as a whipping agent in baked goods.


Tartrazine is a synthetic food dye obtained from coal tar. It is a yellow color, and is used to dye foods, clothing, and cosmetic products. It can be found in candy, ice cream, baked goods, and many other… Read More