Our boot list

We Read the Labels so You Don't Have to!

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Transparency

Since 1975, our customers have entrusted us to provide accurate, honest information about the food they buy. That’s why we decided to clearly state the foods and ingredients you’ll never find in our stores — ingredients that are harmful and unhealthy to our bodies. They shouldn’t be in our bodies, so they’re not on our shelves.

Accountability

We created a list (the “Boot List”) as a physical record of the promise we make to you, our customers, in providing foods made with only high-quality, natural, and organic ingredients.

The Boot List provides accountability for us to stock the best and highest quality products in all Earth Fare stores.

Why does the "Boot List" matter?

What you feed your body directly affects how well you sleep and work, how clearly you think, and how stable your mood is. That’s why consuming foods rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals is essential in leading a happier, healthier life.

Read the full list below to see which ingredients we’ve banned from our stores.

Read the full list below to see which ingredients we've banned from our stores.

Our Food Boot List

  • A

    • acesulfame-potassium (acesulfame-K)
    • acetylated esters of mono and diglycerides
    • ammonium chloride
    • ammonium sulfate
    • artificial colors
    • artificial fats
    • artificial flavors
    • artificial preservatives
    • artificial sweeteners
    • azo dyes
    • azodicarbonamide
  • B

    • bacteriophage preparation
    • benzoates in food
    • benzoyl peroxide
    • benzyl alcohol
    • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
    • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
    • bleached flour
    • bromated flour
    • brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
    • BST (bovine somatotropin)
    • butane glycol
  • C

    • calcium bromate
    • calcium disodium EDTA
    • calcium peroxide
    • calcium propionate
    • calcium saccharin
    • calcium sorbate
    • calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
    • caprenin
    • caprocaprylobehenin
    • carmine (cochineal)
    • certified colors
    • cotton seed oil
    • cyclamates
  • D

    • datem
    • dimethlpolysiloxane
    • Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters (DATEM) of mono and diglycerides
    • dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
    • disodium calcium EDTA
    • disodium dihydrogen EDTA
    • disodium guanylate
    • disodium inosinate
    • dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate
  • E

    • EDTA
    • erythrosine
    • ethyl vanillin
    • ethylene oxide
    • ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid EDTA
    • ethyocyquin
  • F

    • FD&C colors (All)
  • G

    • gardenia blue
    • glucose-fructose syrup
    • GMP (disodium guanylate)
    • gold leaf
  • H

    • hexa-, hecta, and hepta-esters of sucrose
    • high fructose corn syrup
    • hydrogenated oil or fat (artificial trans fats)
    • hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • I - J - K

    • IMP (disodium inosinate)
    • Inosine monophosphate
    • irradiated foods
    • isoglucose
  • L

    • lactic acid esters of monoglycerides
    • lactylated esters of mono and diglycerides
    • lead soldered cans
  • M

    • Margarine
    • methyl silicone
    • methylene chloride
    • microparticularized whey protein
    • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • N

    • natamycin-cheese slices, crumbles, shreds
    • neotame
    • nitrates/nitrites
  • O

    • Oil, solvent extracted
    • oxystearin
  • P - Q

    • partially hydrogenated oil
    • polydextrose
    • polysorbate 60
    • polysorbate 65
    • polysorbate 80
    • potassium benzoate
    • potassium bisulfite
    • potassium bromate
    • potassium hydroxide
    • potassium metabisulfite
    • potassium nitrate
    • potassium sorbate
    • propionates
    • propionic acid
    • propyl gallate
    • propylene glycol
    • propylene oxide
    • propylparaben
  • R

    • Ractopamine
    • rBGH
  • S

    • saccharin
    • sodium acid sulfate
    • sodium aluminum phosphate
    • sodium aluminum sulfate
    • sodium benzoate
    • sodium bisulfite
    • sodium diacetate
    • sodium erythorbate
    • sodium glutamate
    • sodium hexametaphosphate
    • sodium lauryl sulfate
    • sodium metabisulfite-food additive
    • sodium nitrite
    • sodium propionate
    • sodium silcoaluminate
    • sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
    • sodium sulfite
    • sodium thiosulfate
    • sodium tripolyphosphate
    • solvent extracted oils
    • sorbic acid
    • stannous chloride
    • sucralose
    • sucroglycerides
    • sucrose acetate isobutyrate
    • sucrose ester
    • sucrose polyester
  • T - Z

    • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone )
    • tetrasodium EDTA
    • transfats
    • Transglutaminase
    • vanillin
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