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INDEX:  A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | W | X | Y | Z
A
Alcohol - See a list of halal substitutes for alcohol used in recipes.
Animal Fat

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B
Bacon - A pork product.

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C
Cholestorol - Animal fat. If extracted from a Zabiha animal, it is halal.
Collagen - Pork product.

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D
Diglyceride - See "Emulsifier".

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E
Emulsifier - Could be of animal origin, and should be considered suspect unless source is known.
Enzyme - Could be of animal origin, and should be considered suspect unless source is known.
Ethoxylated Mono-/Di-Glyceride - Should be considered suspect.

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F
Fatty Acid - Should be considered suspect.

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G
Gelatin - Usually of animal origin, most commonly pig. If extracted from a Zabiha animal, it is halal.
Glyceride - Should be considered suspect.
Glycerine/Glycerol - Could be of animal, plant or synthetic origin. If animal source is used, it is suspect.
Glycogen - Should be considered suspect.

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H
Hormones - Usually of animal origin, and should be considered suspect unless source is known.
Hydrolized Animal Protein - Should be considered suspect.

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I
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J
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K
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L
Lard - Fat, often pork fat which is totally haram.

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M
Magnesium Stearate - Used as an active ingredient in medicine tablets. Haram when derived from animal source.
Mono Glycerides - Haram when derived from animal source. Halal when derived from a plant source.

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N
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O

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P
Pepsin - A digestive enzyme mainly derived from pig stomach.
Phospholipid - Should be considered suspect.
Pork

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Q
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R
Rennet/Rennin - A protein enzyme, commonly found in cheeses.

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S
Stearic Acid - See "Magnesium Stearate".
Shortening - Fats and oils of animal origin. If source is vegetable, it is halal.

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T
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U
V
Vanilla - As vanilla extract, or "vanillin", it is haram, due to its alcohol it content. For a halal substitute, add vanilla beans to a small container of sugar. Use this sugar in recipes calling for vanilla.
Vitamins - Though commonly synthetic or from a plant source, and halal, vitamins are haram when from an animal source.

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W
Whey - Haram when from animal source. Commonly found in ice cream and yogurt.

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X
Y
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