Jello seems to be clearly innocent, doesn’t it? Plain and tasteless by itself (when without coloring). However, I’m not sure you’re quite ready to know where in the world it comes from. And no, it’s not from outer space, even though it does seem like it.
Gelatin comes from a see-through substance taken from collagen in a pig’s skin, bones and connective tissue. It can also can come from cattle, chicken and fish (just whatever animals they have lying around, you know?). Oh yeah. That was an easy one, wasn’t it?
Where can gelatin be found?
Oh, yes, not only in your Jell-o. It’s also in:
- Vitamin capsules
- Ice creams
- Whipped cream
- Non-food products: photography and cosmetics
Why is it bad?
Well, for instance, animals get killed in the process. But if you’re not at that level of sensitivity just yet, you might consider these other reasons:
Dilute acid solutions and solvents are used to remove calcium, salts and fat content. No calcium and more acid (perfect PH for cancer to grow on)? The upside is the collagen, but you can eat these veggies to help your body produce it all by itself.
Take this wonderful image we found at foodbabe.com:
So, what now? How do I replace it?
- Agar agar or kanten
- Carrageenan or Irish moss
- Vegan gel powder (vegetable gum)
Where do you get this weird-sounding stuff anyway?!