You would never buy a canned good that admits it’s stewing in carcinogens, but then again the obvious dangers are always the easiest ones to spot. Over the years, shoppers have wised-up and stopped buying products that list ingredients like “nitrates” and “high fructose corn syrup” on the label; to stay competitive, companies have adapted to the times by again altering the names of their prized additives to confuse consumers. Here are the three seemingly innocent ingredients that you should avoid at all costs.

The Three “Innocent” Ingredients You Should Avoid at All Costs

Celery Extracts

It’s one of the most innocent sounding ingredients, but “celery extracts” is packed with some serious dangers. Besides sharing a name, celery extracts has very little in common with the vitamin-packed vegetable. This preservative is sometimes used as a substitute for its better-known cousin, sodium nitrate, which is known for causing cancer. When celery extracts is artificially added to food, you’re basically ingesting just as many harmful nitrates as those found in conventional products.


Soy is promoted as a protein-packed alternative to meat, but the proven side effects aren’t worth risking your family’s health. Studies show this ingredient has been linked to everything from fertility impairment to early puberty in children. More than half of foods on the market contain soy protein, soy isolate, and/or soy oil, but you won’t find a drop in any of our products because we value our motto: “keep it clean and lean.”

GMO Sugar

This is not the same sugar your grandparents enjoyed at the local candy shop. Conventional sugar is made from sugar beets, which are one of the largest genetically modified crops in the world. To avoid these frankenfruits, McLean uses all natural cane sugar, honey, and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness in our products.

McLean Meats’ products are made using just meat, salt, sugar, and spices. We only use ingredients you can recognize, trust, and pronounce because we believe shopping for allergen-free foods should be easier.

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