Ingredient Guide

Unfriendly Ingredients for Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free Lifestyles

Ingredients that people with certain lifestyles and diets choose to avoid in their food.

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption and use of animal products.

Ingredients that people living the Vegan lifestyle, typically, choose to avoid in their food.

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Diet Ingredient Description Is it Vegan?
Vegan A1 Vitamin A obtained from vegetables, egg yolks, or fish liver oil. May be Vegan
Vegan Abalone Abalone is a common name for any of a group of small to very large sea snails and molluscs. Never Vegan
Vegan Acetate Possible sources are fish liver oil, egg yolks, butter, lemongrass, carrots or synthetics. May be Vegan
Vegan Acetic Emulsifier - May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegan
Vegan Acetylated Can come from fish oil, egg yolks, butter, lemongrass, wheat germ oil, carotene in carrots, etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Adrenaline Hormone from adrenal glands of hogs, cattle, and sheep. Never Vegan
Vegan Alanine The building blocks of protein in all animals and plants. Never Vegan
Vegan Albumen In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Albumin In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Alcloxa Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. Never Vegan
Vegan Aldioxa Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. Never Vegan
Vegan Aliphatic A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Allantoin Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Alligator Typically used for their skin and sometimes for their meat and tissue. Never Vegan
Vegan Allura Allura Red. Derived from either coal tar or petroleum. It is not derived from insects. May be Vegan
Vegan Alpha-Hydroxy Any one of several acids used as an exfoliant and in anti-wrinkle products. May be animal-derived. Never Vegan
Vegan Ambergris From whale intestines. Used in perfumes and as flavoring in foods and beverages. Never Vegan
Vegan Amerchol A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Amino The building blocks of protein in all animals and plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Aminosuccinate An amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. Never Vegan
Vegan Ammonium Another type of salt derived from Lactic Acid, which can be obtained from whey or milk. May be Vegan
Vegan Amylase Enzyme derived from either animal (usually porcine pancreas), fungal, bacterial or plant source. May be Vegan
Vegan Anchovy Not vegan if sourced from an animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Angora Hair from the Angora rabbit or goat. Used in clothing. Alternatives: synthetic fibers. Never Vegan
Vegan Animal This product contains an animal derivative. May not be vegan friendly. Never Vegan
Vegan Arachidonic A fatty acid found in liver, brain, glands, and fat of animals and humans. Never Vegan
Vegan Arachidyl A wax that can be from animal fat. Alternatives: peanut or vegetable oil. Never Vegan
Vegan Aspartic An amino acid occurring in animals and plants. Usually synthesized from glutamate. May be Vegan
Vegan Aspic Savory jelly derived from meat and fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Astrakhan Skin of still born or very young lambs from a breed originating in Astrakhan, Russia. Never Vegan
Vegan Bacon Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork/pig. Not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Bee This product contains an ingredient derived from bees. May not be vegan friendly. Never Vegan
Vegan Beef Not vegan if originating from cow flesh. Never Vegan
Vegan Beeswax Wax usually obtained from melting honeycomb with boiling water, straining it, and cooling it. Never Vegan
Vegan Biotin A whitish powder. It can be derived from animal cells, milk plants, or produced synthetically. May be Vegan
Vegan Bison Ingredient comes from bison, which is a relative to cows. Not a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Blood From any slaughtered animal. Possibly in foods such as lecithin. Never Vegan
Vegan Boar Ingredient comes from boar, which is a relative to the pig. Not a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Bonchar Animal bone ash. Black residue from bones calcined in closed vessels. Never Vegan
Vegan Bone Anti-caking Agent - Contains bones from animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Boneblack Bone Charcoal. Made by roasting bones. Used in some filters and in refining cane sugar. Never Vegan
Vegan Bonemeal Crushed or ground animal bones. Never Vegan
Vegan Bonito Smaller relative of the tuna fish. Used as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Never Vegan
Vegan Bovine Another word for cows or cattle. Not a vegan friendly food source. Never Vegan
Vegan Brain Extract taken from the brain of a slaughtered animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Bristle Stiff animal hair, usually from pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan Butter Ingredient contains butter. Most likely derived from dairy but may be plant based. Never Vegan
Vegan Buttermilk Ingredient contains buttermilk. Most likely derived from dairy but may be plant based. Never Vegan
Vegan Calamari Not vegan if sourced from an actual squid. Never Vegan
Vegan Calciferol Can come from fish liver oil, milk, egg yolks, and other animal products but can come from plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Calcium May be derived from the shells of marine organisms, snails, and eggs. Check the label to be sure. May be Vegan
Vegan Calfskin Skin from a calf. Typically found in leather products. Never Vegan
Vegan Canthaxanthin Coloring - Usually derived from plant material, but it can sometimes be made from fish and shells. May be Vegan
Vegan Capiz A shell from a marine animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Capryl A fatty acid found in cow or goat milk. May also be from palm, coconut, and other plant oils. Never Vegan
Vegan Caprylamine A fatty acid found in cow or goat milk. May also be from palm, coconut, and other plant oils. Never Vegan
Vegan Caprylic A fatty acid found in cow or goat milk. May also be from palm, coconut, and other plant oils. Never Vegan
Vegan Caramel Used as a coloring. Some caramel is derived from cane sugar and not necessarily vegan. May be Vegan
Vegan Carbamide Usually plant based. Can be extracted from animal urine and other body fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Carbon Likely derived from animals unless otherwise noted. May be Vegan
Vegan Carmine Red pigment extracted from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect, a cactus-feeding insect. Never Vegan
Vegan Carminic Red pigment extracted from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect, a cactus-feeding insect. Never Vegan
Vegan Casein The main protein present in milk and cheese. Never Vegan
Vegan Caseinogen A milk protein found in creamers, cosmetics, hair products, and beauty masks. Never Vegan
Vegan Cashmere Wool taken from a goat. Never Vegan
Vegan Castoreum A secretion from muskrat or beaver genitals. Never Vegan
Vegan Catalase Enzyme that decomposes hydrogen peroxide. It is derived from cattle liver or fungus. May be Vegan
Vegan Catgut Tough cord or thread made from the intestines of sheep, horses, etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Cattle Cattle, or cows, are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. Never Vegan
Vegan Caviar Caviar are fish eggs. Not a vegan friendly option. Never Vegan
Vegan Cetyl May be a wax derived from sperm whales, dolphins, or other marine animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Chalk A powder that occurs in marble, limestone, coral, eggshells, pearls or oyster shells. May be Vegan
Vegan Chamois Soft leather from the skin of the chamois antelope, sheep, goats, deer etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Charcoal Charred animal bone or wood. May be Vegan
Vegan Cheese Most likely dairy based. Some forms are plant based and should be clearly labeled if true. Never Vegan
Vegan Chicken Not a vegan food if a byproduct of an animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Chitin Organic base of the hard parts of insects and crustacea e.g. shrimps, crabs. Never Vegan
Vegan Chocolate Most chocolates are not vegan. Check the ingredients for dairy or milk. May be Vegan
Vegan Cholecalciferol Vitamin usually derived from animal sources like lanolin, milk, egg yolk and fish liver oil. Never Vegan
Vegan Cholesterin Derived from animal fats or oils, nerve tissues, eggs or blood. Never Vegan
Vegan Cholesterol A steroid alcohol occurring in all animal fats and oils, nervous tissue, egg yolk and blood. Never Vegan
Vegan Cholic An acid found in humans and animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Choline Frequently obtained from eggs, nerve tissue, blood, and milk. Never Vegan
Vegan Chondroitin Produced synthetically or derived from the cartilage of cows, pigs, sharks, fish or birds. May be Vegan
Vegan Chymosin Extract usually obtained from a newly-born calf stomach. This can also be derived from synthetic sources or from bacteria and fungus. May be Vegan
Vegan Chymotrypsin Enzyme primarily derived from ox pancreas. Never Vegan
Vegan Cistine An amino acid which can come from animals. May be Vegan
Vegan Citric Emulsifier - May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegan
Vegan Civet Substance painfully scraped from glands in the anal pouch of the civet cat. Never Vegan
Vegan Cochineal Red pigment extracted from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect, a cactus-feeding insect. Never Vegan
Vegan Cod Not a vegan option if from the cod fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Collagen Protein found in most tissues, including bone, cartilage and skin. Typically from cows or chickens. Never Vegan
Vegan Confectioner Glazing Agent - Most likely a resin secreted by the lac bug. Never Vegan
Vegan Coral Substance consisting secreted by coelenterate polyps for their support and habitation. Never Vegan
Vegan Cortico Cortisone. Hormone from cattle liver. Widely used in medicine. Alternatives: synthetics. Never Vegan
Vegan Corticosteroid Steroid hormones secreted by the adrenal cortex and their synthetic analogs. May be Vegan
Vegan Cortisone Steroid hormones secreted by the adrenal cortex and their synthetic analogs. May be Vegan
Vegan Crab Not a vegan option if sourced from a crab. Never Vegan
Vegan Crisp May contain dairy ingredients such as casein, whey or animal-derived enzymes. May be Vegan
Vegan Crustacean Includes such familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill, woodlice, and barnacles. Never Vegan
Vegan Cysteine An amino acid found in the hair protein keratin. May be Vegan
Vegan Dairy Dairy products are a type of food produced from or containing milk of mammals. Never Vegan
Vegan Dashi Stock made from fish and seaweed. Used in Japanese cuisine. Never Vegan
Vegan Dexpanthenol Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. May be Vegan
Vegan Dextrose Sometimes derived from animal tissues and fluids. Check the label to determine if plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Diacetyl Emulsifier - May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegan
Vegan Diglyceride Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Disodium Flavor Enhancer - Often made from animals. May be Vegan
Vegan Down Goose or duck insulating feathers. Often from slaughtered or cruelly exploited geese. Never Vegan
Vegan Duck Not a vegan option if sourced from a duck. Never Vegan
Vegan Duodenum A part of an intestinal tract. In some vitamins and medicines. Never Vegan
Vegan E120 Coloring - Cochineal (another name for carminic acid, a pigment made from powdered insects) Never Vegan
Vegan E322 Emulsifier - From soy or eggs. Check for vegan labeling or contact the supplier. May be Vegan
Vegan E422 Sweetener - Likely plant-based but may be derived from animal fat. May be Vegan
Vegan E471 Mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids (sometimes derived from animal fats). May be Vegan
Vegan E542 Edible Bone Phosphate: A product made from the bones of cattle or pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan E631 Disodium Inosinate: Can be produced from meat, fish or tapioca starch. May be Vegan
Vegan E901 Glazing Agent - Made from beeswax. Never Vegan
Vegan E904 Glazing Agent - Shellac is the secretion of the lac bug. May be Vegan
Vegan E920 Improving Agent - Produced commercially from animal and human hair (and feathers). May be Vegan
Vegan Egg This product contains egg in one form or another. Not vegan friendly. Never Vegan
Vegan Elastin Found in the neck ligaments and aorta of bovine. Similar to collagen. Never Vegan
Vegan Enzyme Protein produced by living cells. Can be derived from animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and yeast. May be Vegan
Vegan Ergocalciferol Vitamin usually derived from plant sterols or yeast. Can also be derived from animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Ergosterol May be from various animal glands or from plant tissues. May be Vegan
Vegan Escargot A food consisting of cooked land snails. Not a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Estradiol Estradiol/Estrogen: From cow ovaries and pregnant horse urine. Never Vegan
Vegan Estrogen Estrone/Estrogen: From cow ovaries and pregnant horse urine. Never Vegan
Vegan Estrone Estrone/Estrogen: From cow ovaries and pregnant horse urine. Considered a drug. Never Vegan
Vegan Fatty Fatty Acids: Organic compounds - Saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated. May be Vegan
Vegan Feather Generally from exploited and/or slaughtered birds. Never Vegan
Vegan Felt Cloth made of wool, or of wool and fur or hair. May be Vegan
Vegan Ferrous Coloring - May be derived from animal source. May be Vegan
Vegan Fish Fish are not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Fletan Rare ingredient derived from fish liver which includes lecithin, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Never Vegan
Vegan Folate Used in foods or as a supplement, especially for pregnant women. Usually produced synthetically. May be Vegan
Vegan Fur The skin of an animal. Used in clothing. Never Vegan
Vegan Gelatin Protein obtained by boiling animal skin, connective tissue or bones, usually from cows or pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan Glaze A pure food glaze and natural glaze. Made with shellac from the lac bug. Also known as beetle juice. May be Vegan
Vegan Glucono Also known as gluconolactone or GDL. Typically from oxidation of a glucose by microorganisms. May be Vegan
Vegan Glucosamine Usually extracted from the tissues of shellfish. Sometimes from corn or produced synthetically. May be Vegan
Vegan Glucose Sometimes derived from animal tissues and fluids. Check the label to determine if plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Glutamic An amino acid found widely in plant and animal tissue. May be Vegan
Vegan Glyceride Most likely from animal fat but may be plant based. Never Vegan
Vegan Glycerin Often derived from animal fat but may also be plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Glycerol Sweetener - Mostly from animal fats, unless otherwise stated. May be Vegan
Vegan Glyceryl Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Glycine Flavor Enhancer - Can sometimes be prepared from gelatine, but can be made synthetically. May be Vegan
Vegan Goose Geese are not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Guanine Pearl Essence. Obtained from scales of fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Hair In some blankets, mattresses, brushes, furniture, etc. Alternatives: vegetable and man-made fibers. Never Vegan
Vegan Hide Same as gelatin but of a cruder, more impure form. Never Vegan
Vegan Hogs Hog - Derives from a domestic pig. Never Vegan
Vegan Honey Sweetener - A substance secreted by bees and some related insects. Never Vegan
Vegan Humectant Sweetener - Mostly from animal fats, unless otherwise stated. May be Vegan
Vegan Imidazolidinyl Typically synthetic. When extracted from animals, it is excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Inosinic Flavor Enhancer - Almost always made from animals and fish. May be Vegan
Vegan Inositol A sugar-like dietary supplement. Present in almost all plant and animal tissues. May be Vegan
Vegan Insulin From hog pancreas. Used by millions of diabetics daily. Never Vegan
Vegan Isinglass Very pure form of gelatin obtained from the air bladders of some freshwater fishes. Never Vegan
Vegan Isopropyl Acid typically derived from nut oils but occasionally of animal origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Junket A dish of sweetened and flavored curds of milk, often served with fruit. Never Vegan
Vegan Katsuobushi Made from skipjack tuna or the bonito fish. Used as a topping or filling in many Japanese dishes. Never Vegan
Vegan Keratin Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Keratin Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. Never Vegan
Vegan L-cysteine Improving Agent - Produced commercially from animal and human hair (and feathers). Never Vegan
Vegan Lactate A type of salt derived from Lactic Acid, which can be obtained from whey or milk. May be Vegan
Vegan Lactic Typically derived from plants such as beets. When animal-derived, found in blood and muscle tissue. May be Vegan
Vegan Lactitol Sweetener - Derived from Lactose, commercially prepared using whey/milk. Never Vegan
Vegan Lactoflavin A food coloring. Can be produced from animal sources like beef, especially when marked as natural. May be Vegan
Vegan Lactose Milk sugar. A type of sugar only found in animal milk. Never Vegan
Vegan Lactylated Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Lamb Not vegan if sourced from a lamb/young sheep. Never Vegan
Vegan Laneth A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Lanogene A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Lanolate A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Lanolin Wax from sheep excreted by the skin of sheep and extracted from the wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Lanosterol A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Lard Fat from the abdomen of a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking. Never Vegan
Vegan Leather Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. Never Vegan
Vegan Lecithin May contain egg yolks. Can also be directly obtained from animal fat or soy. May be Vegan
Vegan Linoleic An essential fatty acid. Used in cosmetics, vitamins. Never Vegan
Vegan Lipase Enzyme from the stomachs, tongue glands of calves, and lambs. Can be from plants, fungus or yeast. May be Vegan
Vegan Lipid Fat and fat-like substances that are found in animals and plants. Alternatives: vegetable oils. May be Vegan
Vegan Lipoid Fat and fat-like substances that are found in animals and plants. Alternatives: vegetable oils. May be Vegan
Vegan Lobster Lobster is not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Luna A plantlike animal used to make sponges. Never Vegan
Vegan Lutein Deep yellow coloring from marigolds or egg yolks. Typically found in commercial food coloring. May be Vegan
Vegan Lysozyme Enzyme - From eggs. Never Vegan
Vegan Magnesium Another type of salt derived from Lactic Acid, which can be obtained from whey or milk. May be Vegan
Vegan Marine Likely from fish or marine mammals (including porpoises). Never Vegan
Vegan Mayo Almost certainly will contain eggs unless otherwise stated. Never Vegan
Vegan Meat Not vegan if originating from any animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Merling A common type of fish. Not a vegan friendly option. Never Vegan
Vegan Methionine Essential amino acid found in various proteins (usually from egg albumen and casein). Never Vegan
Vegan Milk Not vegan if derived from an animal. Check the ingredients. Never Vegan
Vegan Mink A weasel like rodent used in cosmetics, creams, and for their skin. Never Vegan
Vegan Mohair Hair taken from the angora goat. Never Vegan
Vegan Mollusc Mollusca is the second largest phylum of invertebrate animals. Not a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Mono-Diglyceride Emulsifying agents in puddings, ice cream, bread etc. Can be derived from plants or animals. May be Vegan
Vegan Monoazo Coloring derived from coal tar. Sometimes filtered through bone char. May be Vegan
Vegan Monocalcium A salt found in rocks and bones. Used as an anti-caking agent. May be Vegan
Vegan Monodiacetyl May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegan
Vegan Monodiglyceride Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Monoglyceride Often from animal fat but may be plant based. Check the label. May be Vegan
Vegan Monooleate Derived from animal or vegetable sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Monostearate Manufactured by reacting stearic acid with sorbitol to yield a mixture of esters. May be Vegan
Vegan Musk Dried genital secretion obtained from deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, otter, and other animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Mussel Mussels are animals belonging to the shellfish family. Not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Myristal Acid typically derived from nut oils but occasionally of animal origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Natural Ingredients are not synthetic or artificial, but extracted directly from plants or animal products May be Vegan
Vegan Niacin Used as a cholesterol treatment. In rare cases it can be derived from animal sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Nicotinic Used as a cholesterol treatment. In rare cases it can be derived from animal sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Nucleic In the nucleus of all living cells. Likely animal based. Never Vegan
Vegan Nutritional A food containing deactivated yeast. Often vegan, but some brands use animal products like whey. May be Vegan
Vegan Ocenol Found in oil derived from fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Octadecanoic Tallor and other animal fats and oils. Never Vegan
Vegan Octyl Mixture of solid waxy alcohols. Primarily from stearyl alcohol. Never Vegan
Vegan Oestrogen Female sex hormone from cow ovaries or pregnant mare urine. Never Vegan
Vegan Okaka Made from skipjack tuna or the bonito fish. Used as a topping or filling in many Japanese dishes. Never Vegan
Vegan Oleic Fatty acid occurring in animal and vegetable fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Oleinic Animal tallow/fat found in synthetic butter, cheese, some vegetable fats and oils, etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Oleostearin Solid obtained from pressed tallow. Never Vegan
Vegan Oleth Found in oil derived from fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Oleyl Found in oil derived from fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Organ Not vegan unless sourced from plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Ostrich An ostrich is a large flightless bird. Not a vegan food option. Never Vegan
Vegan Ox Ox or oxgall is sourced from bovines, which are often castrated. Typically used in creams. Never Vegan
Vegan Oxgall Oxgall. From castrated bovines. In creams. Never Vegan
Vegan Palmitamide A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegan
Vegan Palmitamine A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegan
Vegan Palmitate A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegan
Vegan Palmitic A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegan
Vegan Panthenol Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. In shampoos, supplements, emollients, etc. May be Vegan
Vegan Panthenyl Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. In shampoos, supplements, emollients, etc. May be Vegan
Vegan Paracasein The chemical product of the action of rennin or pepsin on casein. Never Vegan
Vegan Parchment Typically the skin of the sheep or goat, dressed and prepared for writing etc. May be Vegan
Vegan Pasta Some pasta noodles are made with eggs. Check the label or ask if vegan. May be Vegan
Vegan Pearl Pearl Essence: Obtained from scales of fish. Never Vegan
Vegan Pepsin Enzyme usually derived from the stomach of grown calves or sometimes pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan Pesto Many varieties contain Parmesan cheese. May be Vegan
Vegan Phosphatide Sometimes made using Glycerol. May come from animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Pig Pig, or pork, is not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Placenta Contains waste matter eliminated by the fetus. Derived from the uterus of slaughtered animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Pollen The primary food source for a bee hive. Produced for bees by bees. May be Vegan
Vegan Pollock Pollock is a fish. Not a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Polyglycerol A byproduct of soap manufacture (normally uses animal fat). May be Vegan
Vegan Polyoxyethylene Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Polypeptide From animal protein. Used in cosmetics. Alternatives: plant proteins and enzymes. Never Vegan
Vegan Polyricinoleate A liquid which is a by-product of the soap-making process. Can be from animal fats or from sugars. May be Vegan
Vegan Polysorbate Derivatives of fatty acids, which are commonly sourced from animals. In cosmetics, foods. May be Vegan
Vegan Pork Pork, or pig, is not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Poultry Poultry is another name for domestic fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Never Vegan
Vegan Pristane Obtained from the liver oil of sharks and from whale ambergris. Never Vegan
Vegan Progesterone A steroid hormone used in anti-wrinkle face creams. Alternatives: synthetics. Never Vegan
Vegan Propanediol Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Propolis Bee glue. Used by bees to stop up crevices and fix combs to the hive. Never Vegan
Vegan Propylene Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Provitamin A pigment found in animal tissues and plants. Typically plant based when used as an additive. May be Vegan
Vegan Puttanesca A pasta dish that often includes anchovies. May be Vegan
Vegan Qivuit The wool taken from the muskox. Never Vegan
Vegan Quail Quail is a mid-sized bird and is not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Quanternium Fat from cows, sheep, pigs, etc. Often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan Quinoline May involve the use of gelatin as a carrier. May be Vegan
Vegan Rennet Extract usually obtained from a newly-born calf stomach. This can also be derived from synthetic sources or from bacteria and fungus. May be Vegan
Vegan Rennin Extract usually obtained from a newly-born calf stomach. This can also be derived from synthetic sources or from bacteria and fungus. May be Vegan
Vegan Resinous Glazing Agent - Glaze that comes from the hardened resinous material secreted by the lac insect. Never Vegan
Vegan Reticulin One of the structural elements (together with elastin and collagen) of skeletal muscle. Never Vegan
Vegan Retinol Vitamin A obtained from vegetables, egg yolks, or fish liver oil. May be Vegan
Vegan Riboflavin May contain milk. May be Vegan
Vegan Ribonucleic RNA is in all living cells. Used in many protein shampoos and cosmetics. Alternatives: plant cells. May be Vegan
Vegan RNA RNA is in all living cells. Used in many protein shampoos and cosmetics. Alternatives: plant cells. May be Vegan
Vegan Royal A honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. May be Vegan
Vegan Sable From the fur, or other parts of sables (weasel-like mammals). Never Vegan
Vegan Saccharum Milk sugar. Used as a culture medium for souring milk and in processed foods. Never Vegan
Vegan Salmon Salmon is a kind of fish. Not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Saltpetre Usually assumed to be of natural origins but it can be manufactured from animals. May be Vegan
Vegan Scale Used in shimmery makeups (eye, etc.). Alternatives: mica, rayon. Never Vegan
Vegan Scallop Scallops are a kind of shellfish and are not considered to be a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Seafood Seafood is any form of sea life regarded as food by humans. Not a vegan option if from an animal. Never Vegan
Vegan Shark Products that are derived from shark flesh, meat, or tissue are not vegan. Never Vegan
Vegan Sheep Sheep are not considered a vegan option. Never Vegan
Vegan Shellac Glazing Agent - From a resin secreted by an insect called the lac beetle. Never Vegan
Vegan Shortening Most shortening is animal based and is made from butter, suet, and/or lard. Never Vegan
Vegan Shrimp Shrimp is not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Silk Silk is the fiber made by silkworms. They are boiled in their cocoons to get silk. Never Vegan
Vegan Skin Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. Never Vegan
Vegan Snail Snails are small gastropods. They are typically crushed for cosmetic or for escargot. Never Vegan
Vegan Solvent Sweetener - Mostly from animal fats, unless otherwise stated. May be Vegan
Vegan Sorbitan From stearic acid. Stearic acid is found in both vegetable and animal fats. May be Vegan
Vegan Sperm A waxy and oily reproductive substance derived from animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Spermaceti Waxy oil derived from whale heads or from dolphins but now most often derived from petroleum. Never Vegan
Vegan Sponge A plantlike sea animal used to make sponges. Never Vegan
Vegan Squalane Oil derived from shark livers. Never Vegan
Vegan Squalene Oil derived from shark livers. Never Vegan
Vegan Squid Squid is a sea animal and is not considered to be a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Stearamide When animal-derived, a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May also be of plant origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearamine When animal-derived, a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May also be of plant origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearate Salt of stearic acid. An emulsifier and/or stabilizer. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearic Fat from cows, pigs, sheep, dogs or cats. Can be obtained from vegetable sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearin Fat from cows, sheep, pigs, etc. Often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Never Vegan
Vegan Stearone When animal-derived, a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May also be of plant origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearoxytrimethylsilane When animal-derived, a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May also be of plant origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearoyl When animal-derived, a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May also be of plant origin. May be Vegan
Vegan Stearyl Often prepared from stearic acid. Typically a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Stearyldimethyl Often prepared from stearic acid. Typically a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. Never Vegan
Vegan Steroid May be from various animal glands or from plant tissues. May be Vegan
Vegan Sterol May be from various animal glands or from plant tissues. Never Vegan
Vegan Sucralose Known as Splenda. Produced from cane sugar and tested on animals. May be filtered through bone char. Never Vegan
Vegan Sucroglyceride Emulsifier - May be derived from animals. May be Vegan
Vegan Sucrose Sugar - Some sugars are processed through boneblack. May be Vegan
Vegan Suede Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. Never Vegan
Vegan Suet Hard white fat around kidneys and loins of animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Sugar A sweet material that consists of sucrose. Some sugars are processed through boneblack. May be Vegan
Vegan Tallow Solid fat of sheep and cattle separated from the membranous tissues. Typically found in margarine. Never Vegan
Vegan Tallowate A soap made by combining the fatty tissue of animals. Never Vegan
Vegan Talloweth Rendered beef fat. May be Vegan
Vegan Tartaric May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegan
Vegan Tartrate Made from stearyl alcohol and tartaric acid. May be from an animal or a vegetable. May be Vegan
Vegan Tartrazine A coloring that can be from plant, animal and synthetic sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Taurine Found in the bile of mammals. Can be, but not likely, plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Testosterone A male hormone typically produced from animals but sometimes from plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Trehalose A sugar synthesized by some animals, fungi, bacteria, and plants. May be Vegan
Vegan Triacetin Also known as glyceryl triacetate. A pharmaceutical excipient used in the making of pills. Never Vegan
Vegan Tricalcium A mineral salt found in rocks and bones. The tribasic form of calcium phosphate. May be Vegan
Vegan Trioleate Derived from animal or vegetable sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Tristearate Derived from animal or vegetable sources. May be Vegan
Vegan Triterpene A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Never Vegan
Vegan Trypsin Enzyme usually derived from porcine pancreas. Never Vegan
Vegan Tuna Tuna is obtained from the tuna fish. Not a vegan food option. Never Vegan
Vegan Turkey Turkey is not considered a vegan food. Never Vegan
Vegan Tyrosine Amino acid often of plant or synthetic origin but sometimes hydrolyzed from casein (milk). May be Vegan
Vegan Urea Typically synthetic. When extracted from animals, it is excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Uric Typically synthetic. When extracted from animals, it is excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. May be Vegan
Vegan Veal The flesh of cow calves that have been raised in conditions that prevent the development of muscle. Never Vegan
Vegan Vellum Fine parchment typically prepared from the skins of calves, lambs or goats. May be Vegan
Vegan Velvet Fabric made usually of silk but also rayon or nylon. May be Vegan
Vegan Vitamin Likely animal based but may be plant based. Check the label to verify the source of the ingredient. May be Vegan
Vegan Vitellus Vitellus is the yolk of an egg. Not a vegan friendly option. Never Vegan
Vegan Volaise Ostrich meat. Never Vegan
Vegan Wax Typically produced from shellac (lac bug secretion) or beeswax. Never Vegan
Vegan Whey The watery part of milk that remains after the formation of curds. Never Vegan
Vegan Whiting A common type of fish. Not a vegan friendly option. Never Vegan
Vegan Wool Hair forming the fleecy coat of the domesticated sheep (and similar animals). Never Vegan
Vegan Worcestershire Many varieties of Worcestershire sauce contain anchovies. Check the ingredients to be sure. Never Vegan
Vegan Xanthan Gum produced from corn sugar. Sometimes purified using chicken lysozyme or fermentation of whey. May be Vegan
Vegan Yoghurt Likely produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. Check if the milk used is plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Yogurt Most yogurts are produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. Check if the milk used is plant based. May be Vegan
Vegan Yolk This product may contain egg yolk. Check the ingredients to be sure. Never Vegan

Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.

Ingredients that people living the Vegetarian lifestyle, typically, choose to avoid in their food.

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Diet Ingredient Description Is it Vegetarian?
Vegetarian Abalone Abalone is a common name for any of a group of small to very large sea snails and molluscs. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Acetate Possible sources are fish liver oil, egg yolks, butter, lemongrass, carrots or synthetics. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Acetylated Can come from fish oil, egg yolks, butter, lemongrass, wheat germ oil, carotene in carrots, etc. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Adrenaline Hormone from adrenal glands of hogs, cattle, and sheep. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Albumen In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Albumin In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Alcloxa Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Aldioxa Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Allantoin Uric acid from cows, most mammals. Also in many plants. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Alligator Typically used for their skin and sometimes for their meat and tissue. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Allura Allura Red. Derived from either coal tar or petroleum. It is not derived from insects. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Ambergris From whale intestines. Used in perfumes and as flavoring in foods and beverages. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Amino The building blocks of protein in all animals and plants. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Aminosuccinate An amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Amylase Enzyme derived from either animal (usually porcine pancreas), fungal, bacterial or plant source. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Anchovy A small fish often used to give non-vegetarian food a salty flavor. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Animal This product contains an animal derivative. May not be vegetarian friendly. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Arachidonic A fatty acid found in liver, brain, glands, and fat of animals and humans. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Arachidyl A wax that can be from animal fat. Alternatives: peanut or vegetable oil. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Aspartic An amino acid occurring in animals and plants. Usually synthesized from glutamate. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Aspic Savory jelly derived from meat and fish. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bacon Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork/pig. Not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bee This product contains an ingredient derived from bees. May not be vegetarian friendly. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Beef Not a vegetarian friendly option. Beef is taken from the body of a cow. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bison Ingredient comes from bison, which is a relative to cows. May not be vegetarian. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Blood From any slaughtered animal. Possibly in foods such as lecithin. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Boar Ingredient comes from boar, which is a relative to the pig. Typically used for their hair. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bone Anti-caking Agent - Contains bones from animals. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Boneblack Bone Charcoal. Made by roasting bones. Used in some filters and in refining cane sugar. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bonechar Animal bone ash. Black residue from bones calcined in closed vessels. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bonemeal Crushed or ground animal bones. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bonito Smaller relative of the tuna fish. Used as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Bovine Another word for cows or cattle. Not a vegetarian friendly food source. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Brain Extract taken from the brain of a slaughtered animal. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Brawn Boiled meat, ears and tongue of pig. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Brawn Boiled meat, ears and tongue of pig. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Calamari Not vegetarian if sourced from an actual squid. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Calciferol Can come from fish liver oil, milk, egg yolks, and other animal products but can come from plants. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Calcium May be animal based. Double check the label to be sure of the origin. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Calfskin Skin from a calf. Typically found in leather products. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Canthaxanthin Coloring - Usually derived from plant material, but sometimes made from fish or shells. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Capiz A shell from a marine animal. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Carbamide Usually plant based. Can be extracted from animal urine and other body fluids. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Carbon Coloring derived from animals unless otherwise described as plant based. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Carmine Red pigment extracted from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect, a cactus-feeding insect. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Castoreum A secretion from muskrat or beaver genitals. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Catalase Enzyme that decomposes hydrogen peroxide. It is derived from cattle liver or fungus. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Catgut Tough cord or thread made from the intestines of sheep, horses, etc. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cattle Cattle, or cows, are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Chicken Chicken is not a vegetarian option if meat or flesh from an animal. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cholesterin Derived from animal fats or oils, nerve tissues, eggs or blood. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cholic A bile acid found in humans and animals. Most commonly extracted from cows or ox. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Chondroitin Produced synthetically or derived from the cartilage of cows, pigs, sharks, fish or birds. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Chymotrypsin Enzyme primarily derived from ox pancreas. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cistine An amino acid which can come from animals. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Citric Emulsifier - May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Civet Substance painfully scraped from glands in the anal pouch of the civet cat. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cochineal Red pigment extracted from the crushed carcasses of the cochineal insect, a cactus-feeding insect. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cod Not a vegetarian option if from the cod fish. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Collagen Protein found in most tissues, including bone, cartilage and skin. Typically from cows or chickens. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cortico Cortisone. Hormone from cattle liver. Widely used in medicine. Alternatives: synthetics. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Crab Not a vegetarian option if sourced from a crab. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Crustacean Includes such familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill, woodlice, and barnacles. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Cysteine An amino acid found in the hair protein keratin. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Dashi Stock made from fish and seaweed. Used in Japanese cuisine. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Dexpanthenol Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Dextrose Sometimes derived from animal tissues and fluids. Check the label to determine if suitable. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Diacetyl Emulsifier - May contain animal fat as it is derived from Glycerin/Glycerol. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Diglyceride Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Disodium Flavor Enhancer - Often made from animals. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Down Goose or duck insulating feathers. Often from slaughtered or cruelly exploited geese. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Duck Not a vegetarian option if sourced from a duck. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Duodenum A part of an intestinal tract. In some vitamins and medicines. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian E120 Coloring - Cochineal (another name for carminic acid, a pigment made from powdered insects) Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian E422 Sweetener - Likely plant-based but may be derived from animal fat. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian E471 Mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids (sometimes derived from animal fats). May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian E542 Edible Bone Phosphate: A product made from the bones of cattle or pigs. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian E631 Disodium Inosinate: Can be produced from meat, fish or tapioca starch. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Elastin Found in the neck ligaments and aorta of bovine. Similar to collagen. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Escargot A food consisting of cooked land snails. Not a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Feather Generally from exploited and/or slaughtered birds. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Fish Fish are not considered a vegetarian food. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Fletan Rare ingredient derived from fish liver which includes lecithin, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Fur The skin of an animal. Used in clothing. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Gelatin Protein obtained by boiling animal skin, connective tissue or bones, usually from cows or pigs. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Glucosamine Usually extracted from the tissues of shellfish. Sometimes from corn or produced synthetically. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Glutamic An amino acid found widely in plant and animal tissue. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Glycerin Often derived from animal fat but may also be plant based. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Goose Geese are not considered a vegetarian food. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Guanine Pearl Essence. Obtained from scales of fish. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Hair In some blankets, mattresses, brushes, furniture, etc. Alternatives: vegetable and man-made fibers. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Hide Same as gelatin but of a cruder, more impure form. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Hogs Hog - Derives from a domestic pig. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Inositol A sugar-like dietary supplement. Present in almost all plant and animal tissues. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Insulin From hog pancreas. Used by millions of diabetics daily. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Isinglass Very pure form of gelatin obtained from the air bladders of some freshwater fishes. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Katsuobushi Made from skipjack tuna or the bonito fish. Used as a topping or filling in many Japanese dishes. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian L-cysteine Improving Agent - Produced commercially from animal and human hair (and feathers). May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lactoflavin A food coloring. Can be produced from animal sources like beef, especially when marked as natural. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lamb Not vegetarian if meat or tissue sourced from a lamb/young sheep. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Laneth Wax from sheep excreted by the skin of sheep and extracted from the wool. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lanogene A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lanolate A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lanolin Wax from sheep excreted by the skin of sheep and extracted from the wool. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lanosterol A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lard Fat from the abdomen of a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Leather Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lipid Fat and fat-like substances that are found in animals and plants. Alternatives: vegetable oils. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lipoid Fat and fat-like substances that are found in animals and plants. Alternatives: vegetable oils. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Lobster Not considered a vegetarian option if sourced from the meat or tissue of a lobster. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Luna A plantlike animal used to make sponges. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Marine Likely from fish or marine mammals (including porpoises). Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Meat Meat is not a vegetarian option as it is derived from an animal. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Merling A common type of fish. Not a vegetarian friendly option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mink A weasel like rodent used in cosmetics, creams, and for their skin. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mohair Hair taken from the angora goat. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mollusc Mollusca is the second largest phylum of invertebrate animals. Not a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mono-Diglyceride Emulsifying agents in puddings, ice cream, bread etc. Can be derived from plants or animals. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Monoglyceride Often from animal fat but may be plant based. Check the label. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Musk Dried genital secretion obtained from deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, otter, and other animals. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mussel Mussels are animals belonging to the shellfish family. Not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Myristal Acid typically derived from nut oils but occasionally of animal origin. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Natural Ingredients are not synthetic or artificial, but extracted directly from plants or animal products May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Ocenol Found in oil derived from fish. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Octadecanoic Tallor and other animal fats and oils. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Okaka Made from skipjack tuna or the bonito fish. Used as a topping or filling in many Japanese dishes. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Olceinic Animal tallow/fat found in synthetic butter, cheese, some vegetable fats and oils, etc. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Oleic Fatty acid occurring in animal and vegetable fats. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Oleostearin Solid obtained from pressed tallow. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Oleth Found in oil derived from fish. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Oleyl Found in oil derived from fish. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Ostrich An ostrich is a large flightless bird. Not a vegetarian friendly food option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Ox Ox or oxgall is sourced from bovines, which are often castrated. Typically used in creams. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Palmitamide A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Palmitamine A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Palmitate A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Palmitic A fatty acid most commonly derived from palm oil but may be derived from animals as well. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Panthenol Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. In shampoos, supplements, emollients, etc. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Panthenyl Can come from animal or plant sources or synthetics. In shampoos, supplements, emollients, etc. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Phosphatide Sometimes made using Glycerol. Glycerol is made mostly from animal fats, unless otherwise stated. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Pig Pig, or pork, is not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Pollock Pollock is a fish. Not a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Polyglycerol A byproduct of soap manufacture (normally uses animal fat). May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Polyoxyethylene Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Polypeptide From animal protein. Used in cosmetics. Alternatives: plant proteins and enzymes. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Polysorbate Derivatives of fatty acids, which are commonly sourced from animals. In cosmetics, foods. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Pork Pork, or pig, is not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Poultry Poultry is another name for domestic fowl, such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Pristane Obtained from the liver oil of sharks and from whale ambergris. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Progesteron A steroid hormone used in anti-wrinkle face creams. Alternatives: synthetics. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Propanediol Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Propylene Emulsifier - May contain animal fats. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Provitamin A pigment found in animal tissues and plants. Typically plant based when used as an additive. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Puttanesca A pasta dish that often includes anchovies. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Qivuit The wool taken from the muskox. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Quail Quail is a mid-sized bird and is not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Quanternium Fat from cows, sheep, pigs, etc. Often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Quinoline May involve the use of gelatin as a carrier. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Retinol Vitamin A obtained from vegetables, egg yolks, or fish liver oil. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Ribonucleic RNA is in all living cells. Used in many protein shampoos and cosmetics. Alternatives: plant cells. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian RNA RNA is in all living cells. Used in many protein shampoos and cosmetics. Alternatives: plant cells. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Sable From the fur, or other parts of sables (weasel-like mammals). May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Salmon Salmon is a kind of fish. Not considered a vegetarian food. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Scale Used in shimmery makeups (eye, etc.). Alternatives: mica, rayon. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Scallop Scallops are a kind of shellfish and are not considered to be a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Seafood Seafood is any form of sea life regarded as food by humans. Likely animal based. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Shark Products that are derived from shark flesh, meat, or tissue are not vegetarian. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Sheep Sheep are not considered a vegetarian option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Shrimp Shrimp is not considered a vegetarian food. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Skin Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Snail Snails are small gastropods. They are typically crushed for cosmetic or for escargot. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Sperm A waxy and oily reproductive substance derived from animals. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Spermaceti Waxy oil derived from whale heads or from dolphins but now most often derived from petroleum. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Sponge A plantlike sea animal used to make sponges. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Squalane Oil derived from shark livers. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Squalene Oil derived from shark livers. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Squid Squid is a sea animal and is not considered to be a vegetarian food. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Stearin Fat from cows, sheep, pigs, etc. Often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Stearyl Often prepared from stearic acid. Typically a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Stearyldimethyl Often prepared from stearic acid. Typically a fat from cows, pigs, and sheep, etc. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Steroid May be from various animal glands or from plant tissues. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Sterol May be from various animal glands or from plant tissues. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Suede Animal based unless labeled as faux or artificial. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Suet Hard white fat around kidneys and loins of animals. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Tallow Solid fat of sheep and cattle separated from the membranous tissues. Typically found in margarine. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Tallowate A soap made by combining the fatty tissue of animals. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Tuna Tuna is obtained from the tuna fish. Not a vegetarian food option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Turkey Not a vegetarian food if derived from the flesh, meat, or tissue of a turkey. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Veal The flesh of cow calves that have been raised in conditions that prevent the development of muscle. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Vitamin Likely animal based but may be plant based. Check the label to verify the source of the ingredient. May be Vegetarian
Vegetarian Volaise Ostrich meat. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Whiting A common type of fish. Not a vegetarian friendly option. Never Vegetarian
Vegetarian Worcestershire Many varieties of Worcestershire sauce contain anchovies. Check the ingredients to be sure. Never Vegetarian

A diet that strictly excludes gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains.

Ingredients that people living the Gluten Free lifestyle, typically, choose to avoid in their food.

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Diet Ingredient Description Is it Gluten Free?
Gluten Free Artisan Artisan foods may contain a wheat-based ingredient. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Bagel Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Balm May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Barley Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Beer Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Biscuit Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Bread Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Brewer Yeast used in beer making. Often contains gluten. Check ingredients if gluten-free isn't on label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Brownie Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Buckwheat Often contaminated with other grains, such as wheat. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Bulgur A cereal food often made with wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cake Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Candy Some candies include wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cheesecake Some recipes include wheat flour. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Chips Some potato chip seasonings may contain malt vinegar or wheat starch. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Chocolate Some varieties have a risk of contamination from other products. Read the label to see if gluten free. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Chow Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cookie Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cornbread Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cornflake May not be gluten free. Many brands also contain barley malt extract, which is used as a flavoring. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Couscous Made from granules of durum wheat, so it is not gluten-free. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Cracker Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Croissant Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Crouton Many types of crouton are made with wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Crust Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Dextrin If found on a meat or poultry product could be from any grain, including wheat. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Donut Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Dough May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Dressing May contain malt vinegar, soy sauce, flour. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Dumpling Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Durum Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Egg May contain gluten if used as an ingredient. Some foods add wheat based batter to eggs. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Einkorn Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Emmer Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Farina Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Farro Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Flatbread Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Fries Be careful of batter containing wheat flour or cross-contact from fryers. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Gluten Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in different forms of wheat. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Gnocchi Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Goldfish Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Graham Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Granola Some bars may contain wheat as an ingredient, and most use oats that are not gluten-free. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Gravy Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Hotdog Some hot dogs include wheat-based ingredients. Check the label for gluten-free statements. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Kamut Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Lipgloss May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Lipstick May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Malt Many malted products contains gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Marinade May contain malt vinegar, soy sauce, flour. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Matzo A type of flatbread that often contains wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Meat Many imitation or processed meats include wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Muffin Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Multi-grain Multi-grain foods may contain a wheat-based ingredient. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Naan Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Noodle Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Orzo A form of short-cut pasta. Often made with wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Pancake Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Panko Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Pasta Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Pita Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Potatobread Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Poultry May contain gluten if self-basting. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Pretzel Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Ramen Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Ravioli Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Risoni A form of short-cut pasta. Often made with wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Roll Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Roux Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Rusk A wheat-based food additive. Often refers to a hard, dry biscuit or a twice-baked bread. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Rye Often contains gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Sausage May contain wheat-based additives. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Seafood Many imitation or processed seafoods include wheat-based ingredients. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Seasoning Some seasonings contain gluten. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Seitan Includes wheat gluten. Found in many veggie burgers and imitation meat. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Semolina Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Soba Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Soup Pay special attention to cream-based soups, which have flour as a thickener. Many contain barley. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Soysauce Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Spelt An ancient strain of wheat and contains gluten levels similar to modern day wheat. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Starch If found on a meat or poultry product could be from any grain, including wheat. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Stock Some stock cubes include wheat-based food additives. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Supplement May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Taramasalata Dip made with breadcrumbs that often contain gluten. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Toast Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Tortilla Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Triticale Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Udon Often contains a form of grain gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Wafer May contain gluten. Must be verified by checking the label or by contacting the manufacturer. May be Gluten Free
Gluten Free Wheat Wheat includes gluten. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Wheatberries Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free
Gluten Free Wheatberry Variety or derivative of wheat. Check the ingredients if gluten-free is not on the label. Never Gluten Free