The Following ThickenerS may not be clean label

Calcium Lactobionate

Calcium Lactobionate is a synthetic additive used as a stabilizer. It can be found in pudding mixes as a firming additive.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil is a potent additive used as a flavoring, anti-caking additive, and anti-sticking additive. It is a colorless, pale liquid with a mild-to-acrid taste. It can be found as a butter and nut flavoring additive in baked goods, ice… Read More

Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup is obtained through simple sugars that are naturally occurring in plants, made entirely of glucose and starch of corn. Natural corn syrup is used as a sweetener and thickener, found mainly in beverages, desserts, baked goods, and other… Read More

Guar Gum

Guar gum is an ingredient used for thickening and stabilizing food and beverage products — made from guar beans. It is a free-flowing, off-white powder. Within food products, guar gum can be found in baked goods, dressings, jellies, and sauces in order… Read More

Modified Food Starch

Modified Food Starch is any non-nutritive starch that has been altered through any treatment, chemical or physical. These starches are treated to enhance stability and increase thickening ability. MFS’s are found most commonly in desserts, low-fat foods, and jellies.


Polyacrylamide is a synthetic thickening and clarifying additive. It is a white, soluble solid that is used to clarify cane sugar and wash fruits and vegetables.

Potassium Hydroxide

Potassium Hydroxide is a non-nutritive additive. It is used in the cosmetic production of soft soaps. The chemical formula is KOH. It was deemed by the FDA to be extremely corrosive and harmful when ingested.

Sodium Hexametaphosphate

Sodium Hexametaphosphate is an artificial additive used as an emulsifier and thickener. With a chemical formula of NaPO3, it can be found in artificial syrups, canned milk, cheese toppings, and other dessert items.


Toulene is a clear liquid that is used as a texturizer in painting supplies. When inhaled, toluene is a toxic inhalant.

Xanthan Gum

Yes, xanthan gum is considered “clean label”.   Xanthan gum is a naturally extracted thickening agent and stabilizer, produced by the fermentation of sugar. It can be found in dressings, sauces, ice creams, and health-related products, like toothpaste. It… Read More