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Boycott All Forms of Jello

Stop violence against animals!!
Jell-O consists of four basic ingredients:

Gelatin, water, sugar or artificial sweetener and artificial flavors, food coloring

The gelatin in Jell-O is what lets you transform it into all sorts of different shapes. What exactly is gelatin? Gelatin is just a processed version of a structural protein called collagen that is found in many animals, including humans. Collagen actually makes up almost a third of all the protein in the human body. It is a big, fibrous molecule that makes skin, bones, and tendons both strong and somewhat elastic. As you get older, your body makes less collagen, and individual collagen fibers become crosslinked with each other. You might experience this as stiff joints (from less flexible tendons) or wrinkles (from loss of skin elasticity).

The gelatin you eat in Jell-O comes from the collagen in cow or pig bones, hooves, and connective tissues. To make gelatin, manufacturers grind up these various parts and pre-treat them with either a strong acid or a strong base to break down cellular structures and release proteins like collagen. After pre-treatment, the resulting mixture is boiled. During this process, the large collagen protein ends up being partially broken down, and the resulting product is called gelatin. The gelatin is easily extracted because it forms a layer on the surface of the boiling mixture.
You might also mention 15.Mar.2004 15:46


That Jello is an excellent source of Mad Cow disease.

not that i need a substitute 15.Mar.2004 16:03

for food i don't eat

of course, the industry will probably plead innocent because the animals had already died a pleasant natural death from a bolt gun and all they were doing is disposing of the unpleasant remains efficiently. recycling, mind you. (aren't they just dear, those industry people? don't you just want to have them stuffed and put them on the mantlepiece?)

but i have it that the gelatin caps on my herbal suppliments are vegetable based. so, if that's correct, if you'd rather leap off a bridge than live without food that wiggles, gelatin doesn't have to actually involve animal cruelty, correct? and the strange thing about vegetable matter is that it's cheaper to produce than animal matter because all we do is feed tons of vegetable matter to the animals, correct? plus veggie jello could have the important missing amino acid in its protein content.

of course next i'll have some crazy idea that food should show pictures on the box of how it was made, for those of us who can't read. dunno why not, stuff like worked with airport signs. but you see, it's obvious now i'm a total left wing looney. i may even be a (gasp!) democrat. figures.

true 15.Mar.2004 16:05


Jello is Murder 15.Mar.2004 16:47


and death for no reason,
and death for no reason,
is Jello.

the squiggle in your mouth
as you savor the flavor of murder.

According to the Snopes page, 15.Mar.2004 17:00


"Jell-o is made from bones and hides."

However, a vegan version is available from Hain's (Wild Oats, and probably Whole Foods). Savor jelled dessert without the stink of a desperate life on a factory farm, and miserable death for the animals!

It some ways, it's not so bad 15.Mar.2004 17:07


Well, even though it is profit-motivated instead of sustainability or compassion-motivated, at least the people killing the animals are making use of parts they might otherwise throw away.

alternatives 15.Mar.2004 17:10


Pectin, agar agar, and something called "Kosher gelatin" are all vegetarian options. In avoiding gelatin, make sure to check the ingredients on everything from yogurt to cereals to (if u eat them) candy and marshmallows. Gelatin is in all sorts of things. You can almost always find a gelatin-free option. (Though you have no idea how hard it is, or how expensive it is, to find vegetarian marshmallows. I know, yuk. But like, I was going camping, and I was nostalgic.)

veggie marshmellows 15.Mar.2004 20:29


I, too, like them for camping. And, after several years of none to be found anywhere, they can finally be found at Food Fight!, a great vegan store, just off Division. They are called "vegan supreme marshmallows." Check out the store for other hard-to-find goodies in a socially-conscious atmosphere.

. 15.Mar.2004 20:50


Meat is Jello
Meat is Jello