Alcohol Food Flavoring

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We found out that most natural flavourings in foods (such as ice cream) use alcohol to bring out the flavour. Is it okay to eat the foods that have natural flavouring, or should we just stay away from anything that has natural flavouring in it? Also, does it matter if the food item is baked (i.e. the alcohol in the flavouring evaporates)?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa Alaykum Assalam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu,

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful & Compassionate

Please see the following links in answer to your question:

Synthetic Alcohol Is Not Najis – [Vanilla takes the very same ruling… Faraz Rabbani]

Alcohol in My Ice-Cream?

Kosher, Gelatin, Mono-diglycerides, Soaps, Lotions…

Is it permitted to eat food which contains white wine extract?

Medication with methyl alcohol, can it be consumed?


The Sunni Path Fiqh Team


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