“Extracts” such as Vanilla, Almond, lemon etc are SNAP eligible? Cause, I couldn’t see the “Nutrition
Q) Can anyone please help me to understand whether “Extracts” such as Vanilla, Almond, lemon etc are SNAP eligible? Cause, I couldn’t see the “Nutrition label” on any of the extract items.
A) Yes, extracts are eligible for SNAP benefits. Extracts are considered to be food items because they are used to flavor food. They do not have to have a nutrition label because they are not considered to be a significant source of nutrients.
Here are some examples of extracts that are eligible for SNAP benefits:
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- Lemon extract
- Orange extract
- Peppermint extract
- Rum extract
- Coffee extract
- Chocolate extract
- Maple extract
- Coconut extract
If you are unsure whether an extract is eligible for SNAP benefits, you can always check with your local SNAP office.
NOTE: In general, most food items which are intended for human consumption are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. Edible cooking ingredients that are normally consumed only after being incorporated into foods with other ingredients are eligible foods. Examples include lard, vegetables oils, and pectin (used as a base in jams or jellies). Also, vegetable products imparting flavor to food, such as corn husks, banana leaves, grape leaves, and lotus leaves, are eligible foods. In addition, items that may not be labeled as food, such as water, or bags of ice, are eligible foods. Generally, if an item is intended for human consumption, and it is not specifically excluded, it is considered an eligible food.