A comprehensive list of Halal and Haram ingredients starting with the letter A. The list contains common uses of the ingredients in the food/medicine/cosmetical industries, sources and halal and haram status.
Acesulfame Potassium (Halal)
Acesulfame Potassium (K is the symbol for potassium) or Ace K, is a calorie-free sugar substitute (artificial sweetener), and marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. Acesulfame potassium is made from a process that involves the transformation of an organic intermediate, acetoacetic acid, and its combination with the naturally occurring mineral, potassium, to form a highly stable, crystalline sweetener.
Acetic acid (Halal)
Acetic acid is a colourless liquid organic compound. Acetic acid is produced industrially both synthetically and by bacterial fermentation. About 75% of acetic acid made for use in the chemical industry is made by the carbonylation of methanol. Used as a preservative in food.
Acetone is used in a variety of general medical and cosmetic applications and is also listed as a component in food additives and food packaging. Dermatologists use acetone with alcohol for acne treatments to peel dry skin.
Acid Casein (Doubtful)
The skim milk may be acidified to produce acid casein or treated with an enzyme, resulting in the so-called rennet casein. The precipitated casein curd is separated from the whey, washed and dried. Water-soluble derivatives of acid caseins, produced by reaction with alkalis, are called caseinates.(Source: nzic.org.nz). Consume if Halal or Kosher certified.
Adenosine 5′ Monophosphate (Haram)
Adenosine monophosphate (AMP), also known as 5′-adenylic acid, is a nucleotide that is used as a monomer in RNA. It is an ester of phosphoric acid and the nucleoside adenosine. AMP consists of a phosphate group, the sugar ribose, and the nucleobase adenine. Nucleotides are commercially produced from Torula yeast cells by providing alcohol as nutrients for growing torula yeast cells in millions. Then Nucleotides are obtained RNA of torula yeast cells. Nucleotides are used in baby infant formula to provide immunity against diarrhea and other diseases in new born babies and 0-12 months old babies. (Source: muslimconsumergroup.com)
Agar or agar-agar is a jelly-like substance, obtained from algae (plant).
Made from egg white or dried egg white.
Commonly used as a solvent in natural and artificial flavours. Haram in liquid and dry form.
Alginic Acid or Algin (Halal)
Alginates are refined from brown seaweeds. It is used in the food industry as a thickening agent for drinks, ice cream and cosmetics, and as a gelling agent for jellies.
Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, Turkish yenibahar, or newspice, is the dried unripe fruit (berries, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica, a midcanopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world.
Alum is used to increase the viscosity of a ceramic glaze suspension; this makes the glaze more readily adherent and slows its rate of sedimentation. Alum is the major adjuvant used to increase the efficacy of vaccines, and has been used since the 1920s. Aluminum potassium sulfate, also known as potash alum, is used as an astringent and antisepsis in various food preparation processes such as pickling and fermentation and as a flocculant for water purification, among other things.
Aluminum Ammonium Sulfate (Halal)
A chemical used in water purification, in vegetable glues, in porcelain cements, in deodorants and in tanning.
Ammonium Bicarbonate (Halal)
Ammonium bicarbonate is a chemical used in the food industry as a raising agent for flat baked goods, such as cookies and crackers, and in China in steamed buns and Chinese almond cookies. It was commonly used in the home before modern day baking powder was made available.
Ammonium Carbonate (Halal)
Ammonium carbonate is used as a leavening agent in traditional recipes, particularly those from northern Europe and Scandinavia. Buckley’s cough syrup from Canada today uses ammonium carbonate as an active ingredient intended to help relieve symptoms of bronchitis.
Ammonium Chloride (Halal)
In several countries, ammonium chloride, under the name sal ammoniac or colloquially salmiak is used as food additive under the E number E510, commonly as a yeast nutrient in breadmaking. It is a feed supplement for cattle and an ingredient in nutritive media for yeasts and many microorganisms.
Ammonium Sulfate (Halal)
Food additive. It is used as an acidity regulator in flours and breads.
Amylase (alpha) (Halal)
The α-amylases form is found in plants, fungi (ascomycetes and basidiomycetes) and bacteria (Bacillus).
Amylase (beta) (Halal)
Synthesized by bacteria, fungi, and plants.
Anise or Aniseed (Halal)
A spice derived from a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia.
Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana). It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma.
Apple Cider Vinegar (Halal in USA and Canada, verify in other countries)
Apple cider vinegar, otherwise known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple must and has a pale to medium amber color. ACV is used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, and chutneys, among other things.
Arrowroot is a starch obtained from the rhizomes (rootstock) of several tropical plants, traditionally Maranta arundinacea, but also Florida arrowroot from Zamia integrifolia, and tapioca from cassava (Manihot esculenta), which is often labelled as arrowroot.
Artificial Colors or FD&C Yellow No. 5 and others (Doubtful)
Artificial colors or FD&C colors are chemical dyes and they are Halal if use as is in powder or granular form. If theyse as liquid colors a slovent such as vegetable oil or glycerin has to be added. If glycerin is used as a solvent in liquid colors the they are Halal if plant fat glycerin is used, Haram if pork fat glycerin is used. (Source: muslimconsumergroup.com)
Artificial Flavors (Doubtful)
Artificial Flavors are usually made from chemical and synthetic raw material. For Halal artificial flavor the synthetic raw material has to be Halal and solvent should not be alcohol. Not Halal artificial are made from non Halal raw material and alcohol is used as a solvent. (Source: muslimconsumergroup.com)
Ascorbic Acid (Halal)
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. The source is mainly plant based.
Is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. Alcohol maybe used during processing.
A chemical. As a food additive, azodicarbonamide is used as a flour bleaching agent and a dough conditioner.