In this section, we’ll explore some of the mashbooh (doubtful) ingredients you may never have placed any doubt in. Food product labels are growing and, let’s face it, you may not be able to pronounce many of the ingredients, let alone know what they all are. Some may look familiar, while others may look like they belong in a science textbook. Here we’ll detail what the ingredients are, what they are made of, where they come from, and why they may not be permissible.

We hope you’ll use this section as a guide to verifying the acceptability of the products you buy. The ingredients we’ll feature may be derived from non-halal sources, thus that product may not be halal. If you see any of these ingredients on the label of your favorite item, contact the manufacturer to find the source of the ingredients. Of course, there is no substitute for authentic, halal-certified products. Look for the Crescent-M logo on the package to be sure.

Come on and take a closer look at labels…coming Summer 2014.


Examples of Mashbooh (Doubtful) Ingredients

Bread Lecithin, Mono/Di-glycerides, Folic Acid, Riboflavin
Bagels Cysteine Hydrochloride, Enzymes, Folic Acid, Niacin
Candy Glycerin, Gelatin, Mono/Di-glycerides, Whey, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate
Cereal Natural & Artificial Flavors, Vitamins A, B2, C, D & E
Chips Enzymes
Cookies Folic Acid, Thiamine
Granola Bars Natural & Artificial Flavors, Riboflavin, Folic Acid
Coffee Creamer Natural & Artificial Flavors, Mono/Di‑glycerides
Cake Natural & Artificial Flavors, Mono/Di‑glycerides
Donuts/Pastries Natural & Artificial Flavors, Mono/Di‑glycerides
Ice Cream Whey, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Mono/Di‑glycerides
Jello/Pudding Gelatin, Natural & Artificial Flavors
Cheese Enzymes
Shortening Animal Fat, Mono/Di‑glycerides
Peanut Butter Mono/Di‑glycerides
Soda Natural Flavors
Ketchup Natural Flavors
Yogurt Natural & Artificial Flavors, Gelatin, Whey
Gum Glycerin, Stearic Acid
Mouth Wash Alcohol, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Glycerin
Nutritional Supplements Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate
Soap Sodium Tallowate, Glycerin
Toothpaste Sodium Lauryl Sulfate