It’s colorful, wiggly and fun. It is one of the most versitile creative foods on the market. You can make jell-o molds, jell-o shots, jell-o gigglers, parfaits, mix flavors, colors, it is essentially a fruit party in a box. Jell-o has been a favorite of kids and adults alike since the brand was founded in 1897.
Gelatin itself dates back to as early as the 1400’s. It is a protein produced from collagen that comes out of animal bones and connective tissues when they are boiled. It became popular during the Victorian era especially among the upper crust of society. In its original form it was time consuming to produce until 1845 when a patent for powdered gelatin was issued. This made it more readily accessible to the general public. It wasn’t long after that that flavors were added and a dessert treat known as Jell-O was founded.
Modern day Jell-o is primarily chemical…
Lets take a look:
-Sugar – Sugar has been linked to obesity, and suspected of, or fully implicated as a cause in the occurrence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, and tooth decay. It has highly addictive properties. Much of the sugar produced is genetically modified.
-Gelatin is a complex mixture of proteins derived from partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from animal hides and bones. It has little nutritional value.
-Adipic Acid (pH control agent; Flavoring agent; Preservative, controls tartness) It increases shelf life. The FDA cautions to not ingest more than 227 grams per 100lbs of body weight daily.
Contains less than 2% of:
-Natural and Artificial Flavor – As “Natural” remains undefined by the FDA this can contain pretty much anything.
-Disodum Phosphate and Sodium Citrate (Flavoring agent; Emulsifier; Texturizer; pH control agent) It is an inorganic salt.
-Fumaric Acid (for tartness)
-Red 40, Blue 1 (and other assorted colors) – new studies now show synthetic preservatives and artificial coloring agents aggravate ADD & ADHD symptoms. Several major studies show academic performance increased and disciplinary problems decreased in large non-ADD student populations when artificial ingredients, including artificial colors, were eliminated from school food programs. Many of these colors include levels approved by the FDA of arsenic and mercury and have been banned in the European Union.
-BHA (preservative) Though the FDA recognizes it as GRAS (generally recognized as safe), The National institute of Health says it’s “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It has been linked to cancer and has been banned in many countries.
And alternately – in sugar free jell-o the sweetener replacing sugar is:
-Aspartame (Phenylketonurics contains Phenylalanine) Created from the excretions of genetically modified bacteria.
What’s in it: Phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Reported side effects: Headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain.
– Acesulfame Potassium is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
Reported side effects: Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglemica.
70 calories Regular / 10 calories sugar free
19 grams of sugar carbs / 0 net carbs sugar free
40-55 milligrams of sodium
2 grams of protein / 1 gram of protein sugar free
No nutrients or vitamins
Why on earth this is fed to people in hospitals on a regular basis is beyond me. Not only does it have no nutritional content and barely any energy from calories, but it also contains numerous chemicals which – though FDA approved – are shown to harm the body.
The conclusion? Jell-o may be fun, but it most certainly is not healthy.