Heart-Check Mark Non-Certifiable Products

Updated:Aug 19,2015

The Heart-Check Food Certification Program does not certify:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Candy and confections
  • Desserts, including:
    • All cakes (including angel food, chiffon and sponge cakes; cheesecake; pineapple upside-down cake; fruit, nut and vegetable cakes; Boston cream pie; and cupcakes)
    • Brownies
    • Candied fruit
    • Coffee cakes
    • Cookies
    • Crumb cakes
    • Custard, pudding, gelatin
    • Doughnuts, Danishes, sweet rolls, toaster pastries
    • Eclairs and cream puffs
    • Grain-based dessert bars, such as fig bars
    • Ice cream, ice milk, frozen yogurt and sherbet; frozen flavored ice and pops; frozen fruit juice bars; gelato
    • Pie filling
    • Pies, cobblers, fruit crisps, turnovers and other pastries
  • Dietary supplements
  • Diet-branded and weight-loss products
  • Foods containing partially hydrogenated oil (trans fat)
  • Grain-based/cereal bars
  • Liquid vegetable oils other than pure Olive Oil, pure Canola Oil, pure Corn Oil and vegetable oil blends containing at least 4 g Corn Oil
  • Margarines and cooking sprays
  • Mayonnaise, sandwich spreads and mayonnaise-type dressings
  • Medical foods
  • Meal replacements
  • Salad dressings
  • Snacks (except unsweetened popcorn)
  • Stanol- or sterol-containing products

In addition, a product may not be eligible for certification if:

  • It does not align with American Heart Association diet and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Government regulatory requirements limit the use of a heart symbol in the product category.
  • Program nutritional requirements have not been developed for the category.
  • The product is produced by a tobacco company or subsidiary of a tobacco company.
View the current list of Heart-Check certified foods.