List of halal and haram food ingredients

The lists below have been taken with permission from the book 'Islamic Dietary Laws and Practices by Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini and M S Ahmad Hussein Sakr, Ph.D .

It should be noted that a product being imported from a Muslim country is not necessarily a guarantee that it is completely Halal. In fact, food is often imported from abroad into Muslim countries without proper checking of ingredients.


An alphabetical list of Halal and Haram ingredients to look out for:

Bacon: A side of pig meat (pork).

Choletsorol: type of fat always of animal origin. If extracted from Zabiha animal, it is Halal.

Diglyceride: Emulsifier. If of animal origin it should be suspected till the source is known.

Gelatin (Jello Gelatin): Usually of animal origin, mostly from pig. If extracted from a dhabiha animal, then it is halal/

Glycerol (Glycerine): It could be of animal, plant or Glyceryl-Stearate synthetic origin. If animal source is used, it is suspected.

Hormones: Usually animal hormones are used for human consumption. One has to find out the source before passing a judgement.

Lard: Fat from swine particulaly found in the abdominal cavity. Totally Haram for us.

Magnesium Stearate (stearic acid): Used as an active ingredient in medicine tablets. Haram when derived from animal source.

Mono Glycerides: When derived from animal source. (Halal when the source is plant).

Pepsin: A digestive enzyme mostly from pig stomach.

Rennin (Rennet): A protein Enzyme. Usually not labeled. (In most cheeses).

Shortening: Fats and oils of animal origin. Animal/Lard

Vanilla: Extracted using alcohol.

Vitamins: Haram when from animal source. Mostly the source is synthetic or plant and are Halal.

Whey: Used in ice creams and yogurt. Haram when from animal source.


S/N Name of Ingredients Code No Brief Description

Antioxidants: Chemical compounds used to protect certain food components from being destroyed or lost through oxidation.

Ascorbic acid: Vitamin C.

Benzoate (Benzoic acid): Benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are used for food preservation.

Biotin: A member of the B complex vitamins.

BHA: An antioxidant, preservative.

BHT: An antioxidant, preservative.

Citric acid: Sources are plant, usually of the citrus family. (e.g. orange, lime, lemon).

Cobalamine: Synthetically prepared Vitamin B12.

Dextrin: An emulsifying, sizing, and thickening agent.

Fiber: Sources are plant. Provide roughage to diet.

Fructose: Fruit sugar.

Gliadin (Gluten): Ptotein found in wheat and rye.

Hydrogenated oil: Vegetable oil being hydrogenated making it solid at room temperature.

Iodine: A nutrient for thyroid gland.

Lecithin: Emulsifier of fat. In the USA, sources are mainly soyabean and egg yolk.

Lipids : Essential fatty acids found in fish, plant and animals. If source is animal; it is suspected.

Malt: A kind of fermented grain.

Molasses: Syrup liquid obtained in refining sugar.

MSG: Flavoring. Imparts meat flavor to foods.

Niacin: One of the B complex vitamins.

PABA: A food supplement.

Pectin: A gelatinous substance extracted from fruits.

Propionic acid: A preservative.

Riboflavin: One of the B complex vitamins. Usually the source is synthetic.

Pure vegetable shortening: Source of this kind of shortening is plant.

100% vegetable shortening: Source of this kind of shortening is plant.

Sweetener: Substance that gives a sweet taste.

Thiamin: One of the B complex vitamins.

Vanillin: Flavoring agent, extracted from vanilla.

Vitamin A: If source are plant and synthetic, it is halal.

Vitamin C: Natural sources are from plant. (e.g. citrus fruit, tomatoes, etc).

Vitamin D: Natural sources are yeast and fish liver oil. Also synthetically produced.

Vitamin E: Rich sources of Vitamin E are vegetable oils. When source is synthetic, it is halal. If source is animal, it is suspected.

Water: The nutrient most vital to man's existence.

Food yeast: Microscopic, unicellular, fungal plant used for fermentation process and in baking bread.


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The vanilla is written under come vanillin extracted from vanilla is in halal list?


KCS, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

Vanilla extract is made up of many compounds including vanillin AND alcohol.
Vanillin, being a part of vanilla extract, but far from the whole of it, has many fewer compounds, none of which are alcohol. In fact, most vanillin is completely synthetic anyway (still with no alcohol).

asak, i want to know whether noodles and lays are halal or haram.



Reply to Zahra, I strictly follow only one source, which is I do come across many situations here in USA where something mentioned as halal at one place is mentioned as haraam by another Ulema Ikraam. I follow what MCG has to say, I dont say other Ulema are wrong (I dont qualify to do that) but just like how we have 4 schools of jurispridence (Hanafi, Shafai, Maliki and Hanbali), we do not say that either one is wrong, but we can only follow 100% the fiqh of any one Imaam. We cannot pick and choose rules from one imaam to another based on our desires. I would suggest following the same principle and follow only one source for Halal and Haraam. If you do the research MCG has one of the most extensive list and very deeply researched.Allah O Alam.


Los Angeles

aslamu alaykum every1 i am confused, i check more than hundered times the computer to see wat is halal and whats haram. every website gave defferent answer, like yesterday i saw something that say is halal the some thing is haram. may allah guide us please someone help me!



i need all indian food and manufacterers which is halal and haram



Donia from Melbourne : You are lucky to be in Australian city of Melbourne,many kinds of halal cheese are available. Eg. Beta brand has Halal sign.Many flavours of cadbury chocolate have Halal sign.



slaam evry1can smbdy plz guide me frm where to buy halal food, medicines cosmetics in india? I myself make moisturiser for my skin which also includes bottled glycerine...wht shud i do now? smbody knws abt any indian company which makes glycerine from plant source???? plz help!




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