My favorite grocery store is closing its stores for good this month and I am not a happy camper. This medium sized local grocery store chain taught me how to eat healthy and may have saved my life in the process. Who knew that our diets were so poisonous!

For your records, here is the EarthFare Boot List. I am open to links explaining why these chemicals are on their boot list.

Earth Fare – the link is there to a copy of their website. It was downloaded as a PDF.

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
Vanilla