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the graze ingredient decoder

July 19 2017 by Holly

Here at graze we never use any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sweeteners. This means we have to be creative about how we make our snacks taste delicious, and stay that way until you want to enjoy them! Luckily for us, nature has lots of great alternatives we can turn to, from tree sap to fruit juice.

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It's always good to read the label of the food you eat, so you know what you're putting in your body. Here at graze we like to be completely transparent, so hopefully this ingredient decoder can help you graze with confidence, and help you make better food choices throughout your day!

Holly, graze taste expert

Ascorbic acid

What is ascorbic acid?

Otherwise known as vitamin C!

What is ascorbic acid for?

This handy vitamin doesn’t just support your immune system, it adds a fresh flavor and also stops fruit from going brown.

Burnt sugar

What is burnt sugar?

The sugar isn’t actually burnt, just caramelized to create a very deep, rich, brown-colored sauce.

What is burnt sugar for?

Its rich brown color makes it a great natural alternative to synthetic caramel colorings.

Citric acid

What is citric acid?

A weak acid found naturally in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and limes.

What is citric acid for?

It’s a natural preservative, pretty useful when you don’t use artificial ingredients! We also use it to add a zesty flavor to some of our snacks.

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What is dextrose?

A simple sugar made from natural sources like corn, wheat or rice.

What is dextrose for?

As its about 20% less sweet than granulated sugar, we choose dextrose to coat our jalapeno chickpeas with their fiery flavor to get the best taste possible.

The amount used is so small - it would take several tablets of raw ingredient to provide even a single calorie!

Jess, graze nutritionist

Disodium diphosphate

What is disodium diphosphate?

A sodium salt made with phosphoric acid, a naturally occurring mineral.

What is disodium diphosphate for?

It’s added to foods like pasta, cereal and cookies to enhance the nutritional phosphate content and to make it easier to cook by helping to combine the ingredients.

Although disodium diphosphate might sound overly chemical, the fact is phosphates are actually very necessary for good health!

Jess, graze nutritionist

Glucose syrup

What is glucose syrup?

A naturally sweet liquid used in foods and drinks, made with glucose and fructose sugars. Don’t worry, it’s not the same as high-fructose corn syrup (which contains about twice the amount of fructose).

What is glucose syrup for?

We use it to give our fudge and caramel just the right amount of sweetness, and since it also helps them last longer, we don’t need to add any preservatives!

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What is glycerine?

A naturally sweet, syrupy liquid. We only use glycerine distilled from plant oils so it’s suitable for vegans.

What is glycerine for?

Often used to give royal icing its hard set - we use it to make our cocoa fudge nice and chewy.

Glycerol monostearate

What is glycerol monostearate?

A naturally occurring emulsifier used in baking.

What is glycerol monostearate for?

A thickener handy as a natural preservative - perfect for making our cocoa fudge last longer!

Gum arabic

What is gum arabic?

A natural gum made of acacia tree sap.

What is gum arabic for?

It gives food a thicker texture, perfect for chocolate and yogurt coatings, and gooey caramel sauce. We love this because it means we can create delicious chewy goodies like our yogurt coated raisins.

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What is inulin?

Naturally produced by plants as their energy source, inulin is full of fiber and low in calories.

What is inulin for?

We use it to add dietary fiber to our multigrain soy rice crackers.

Invert sugar

What is invert sugar?

Made by boiling sugar, water and a little bit of citric acid or lemon juice -
tastes a little bit like honey!

What is invert sugar for?

Used in our snickerdoodle cookie dip to make it extra creamy and stop it crystallizing.

Malic acid

What is malic acid?

Naturally found in many tart fruits such as green apples, nectarines, cherries and mangoes.

What is malic acid for?

Adding a delicious tang to our kern pops and cashews.

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What is maltodextrin?

A carbohydrate taken from corn, rice, potato and wheat.

What is maltodextrin for?

Ideal as a natural thickener, we use it to coat our flavored nuts and peas with delicious seasoning.

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Nutritional yeast

What is nutritional yeast?

A deactivated yeast popular as a cheese substitute in vegan lifestyles.

What is nutritional yeast for?

We use nutritional yeast in the cashew butter coating on our kale crisps, to give it a delicious creamy texture.

I love nutritional yeast because it’s a rich source of B vitamins, protein and fibre.

Jess, graze nutritionist

Palmyra blossom nectar

What is palmyra blossom nectar?

A pale powder with a caramel flavor, made from the sap of the palmyra tree.

What is palmyra blossom nectar for?

It’s a great sugar substitute since it has a low GI, and has lots of other nutritional benefits. It’s also organic, ethically sourced and sustainable.


What is pectin?

Found naturally in berries and apples, often used to thicken jams and jellies.

What is pectin for?

We use pectin as a vegan alternative to gelatine, to add that chewy jelly texture to our natural fruit strings and chews.

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Rapeseed lecithin

What is rapeseed lecithin?

A thickener made from the rapeseed crop.

What is rapeseed lecithin for?

To help oily and watery ingredients mix properly. Rapeseed lecithin is a popular choice for food makers, and helps give a delicious smooth texture to our chocolate sauces.


What is sorbitol?

A plant-based slow-metabolizing sugar substitute (compared with granulated sugar which metabolizes quickly, causing sugar peaks and crashes).

What is sorbitol for?

We use it to naturally sweeten our delicious vanilla sponge drops.

Soya lecithin

What is soya lecithin?

A naturally occurring oil made from soybeans.

What is soya lecithin for?

An emulsifier and flavor protector that makes chocolate and yogurt velvety smooth.

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Torula yeast

What is torula yeast?

A gluten-free food made from fruit, with an umami flavor.

What is torula yeast for?

Its delicious flavor makes it perfect for seasoning our sriracha kern pops.

Xanthan gum

What is xanthan gum?

A natural ingredient made by fermenting glucose.

What is xanthan gum for?

Perfect as a butter or margarine substitute, we use xanthan gum to give our protein flapjacks their chewy texture.

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By Holly, assistant taste expert.

Holly is the newest member of the taste team, working with Bobby to make sure our snacks are always the best they can be. She's got a sweet tooth and especially enjoys working with chocolate and creating our unique deconstructed desserts.

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