The following list of substances will never be found in an Effusio™ formula
Acesulfame-K (Ace-K)

An artificial sweetener. It is linked to insulin resistance and high blood sugar.

Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal)

An artificial sweetener. It’s like sugar, in that it’s unhealthy. Aspartame is linked to insulin resistance and high blood sugar.

Banned substances (by international athletic federations)

Includes more than 200 substances (including narcotics, anabolic agents, and agents that stimulate growth hormones) that disqualify athletes from competition.

Benzoic acid

Artificial preservative. When in the presence of vitamin C it can yield benzene, a really bad compound that’s carcinogenic.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

An artificial preservative that has nothing healthy going for it. It’s a carcinogen that accumulates in the lungs, liver, and kidneys and is associated with stomach tumors in animal studies.

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Another artificial preservative. It accumulates in the liver and is associated with liver tumors in animal studies.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

A plasticizer used in water bottles and other plastic containers (another reason why we are anti-plastic). BPA acts like estrogen in the body and can disrupt thyroid hormones, causing fertility issues, miscarriage, and erectile dysfunction. BPA also can adversely influence fetal development and increase cancer risk.

Carmine (cochineal, natural red 4)

A natural red dye made from insect shells (yuck). It can cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.


These artificial sweeteners are allowed in Canada and Europe but banned in the United States. Studies have associated cyclamates with bladder tumors in rodents and testicular atrophy and sperm disruption in monkeys.


Moo-ve out of our beverages!


Among the eight most common allergen groups, eggs can cause allergic reactions and intolerances.

Ephedra sinica (Ma Huang)

Although it’s a botanical used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, because it contains ephedrine, which was abused in weight loss products, it’s now banned in the United States. Ephedra abuse causes increased blood pressure and heart rate, and possibly heart attack and stroke.

Ethyl vanillin

We like to keep it real – which means no fake flavors. Ethyl vanillin, used to give chocolate a vanilla flavor, is manufactured from petrochemicals and is reported to cause allergic reactions and headaches in sensitive individuals.

Ethylene oxide (ETO)

Used to sterilize food, botanicals, and spices, the World Health Organization classifies ETO as a Class 1 carcinogen. It is highly toxic to kidneys, liver, and nerves and is banned in the United States.

FD&C numbered color pigments

They make your drink look cool, but there’s nothing cool about what these pigments do to your body. Artificial colors and dyes often contain aluminum, sometimes lead and mercury, and have been linked to cancer, hyperactivity, and allergies.


Not just because it’s trendy – gluten causes various adverse health effects in many individuals.

Glycols (propylene glycol)

Anti-freeze anyone? Commonly used as solvents, sweeteners, and preservatives, glycols are allergenic and can be toxic to the kidneys, liver, and nervous system, especially in infants and individuals who metabolize them slowly.


Effusio is all about transparency here. Although we choose to not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), it should be noted there are no industry-wide tests that can prove it. But we do promise to always be open about the ingredients we use and why we use them.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

You know it’s bad when cane sugar is the better choice. HFCS is made from corn starch and is a major contributor to fatty liver, metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and inflammation, and can be contaminated with mercury.

Hydrogenated oils (partially hydrogenated oil, trans-fats)

Examples include partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Because trans-fats are associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and inflammation, the FDA removed trans-fats from the Generally Recognized As Safe list in 2015.


Used to sterilize foods and botanicals, it is controversial because there are no long-term safety studies. Irradiation use has been banned in dietary supplements in the United States.

Nut-derived ingredients (tree nuts, peanuts)

Among the eight most common allergen groups, they can cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.


We pride ourselves on developing plastic-free packaging for you and for Mother Earth.

Polyethylene glycol (PEGs)

Often used as a coating to make tablets easier to swallow. PEGs are often contaminated with carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane, ethylene oxide, and polycyclic aromatic compounds.

Propyl gallate

A synthetic preservative. It is a carcinogen and can also induce asthma, stomach irritation, and endocrine disruption.

Saccharin (Sweet 'N Low, Sugar Twin)

An artificial sweetener. It can cause bladder cancer in animals, and there are no strong studies proving safety in humans (only observational). As a sulfonamide it can also cause allergic reactions.

Sodium benzoate

An artificial preservative. When mixed with vitamin C it can yield benzene, which is carcinogenic.


Soyonara soy, but we don’t need you either.


Because you are sweet enough! Although sugar is the beverage industry’s BFF, we use stevia and xylitol instead – both natural and naturally calorie-free.


Sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. It can cause diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

Sucralose (Splenda)

An artificial sweetener. It has caused leukemia in animal studies and in humans is associated with bowel inflammation and a decrease in beneficial GI flora.

Sulfites (potassium bisulfite, sodium sulfite)

Although sulfites can occur naturally in foods, they are often added during manufacturing as preservatives. Sulfites are allergenic and can cause asthmatic reactions in sulfite-sensitive individuals.

Synthetic Vanillin

Another artificial vanilla flavor – or as we like to call it, a vanilla villain. Whereas natural vanillin is a constituent of vanilla, synthetic vanillin is used in imitation vanilla flavoring and is generally manufactured from petrochemicals or genetically modified yeast. It can trigger allergic reactions, GI upset, or migraines.

Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ)

A synthetic preservative related to BHA and BHT. It is tumorigenic, neurotoxic, can cause liver enlargement, and it has no place in your supplements.

Titanium dioxide

A metallic colorant that makes ingredients white. It has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Class 2B carcinogen; i.e., "possibly carcinogenic to humans."