Gelatin is not vegan, but it is remarkably disgusting. Nothing appears more innocuous looking. In fact, it’s often a key ingredient of brightly colored desserts and candies. But gelatin’s actual production methods are incredibly disturbing. Gelatin comes from the skins, connective tissues, and bones of cattle and pigs.
It’s long-past time for food companies to stop using gelatin as an ingredient. I don’t eat meat, but I acknowledge that you can make a case for eating it. What you can’t make a case for is eating gelatin, ever. It’s quivering, disgusting, unnecessary, and nutritionally of no value. Food companies should purge their products of it. So when you see gelatin on a product’s ingredient list, why not contact the company and ask they seek an alternative?
What is Gelatin Made of?
Here is a remarkable two-minute video showing gelatin’s production process in reverse.
Over eten – De weg van een snoepje from Eén on Vimeo
Despite its revolting production methods and unfoodlike texture, people actually eat the stuff. It’s a main ingredient in Jello-brand desserts, and also most marshmallows and gummy candies. Vitamin and medicine capsules usually contain gelatin.
Gelatin-Free Vegan Products
A growing number of consumers want nothing to do with gelatin. So companies have responded by introducing excellent vegan alternatives to gelatin-based products.
- Annie’s: Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
- Dandies: Vegan Marshmallows (Nearly all other marshmallow brands contain gelatin)
- Deva Vegan Vitamins: Features Gelatin-Free Capsules
- J. Luehders: Vegan Soft Gummy Candy
- Simply Delish: Natural Jel Dessert (Available in 6 fruit flavors and unflavored)
- Trader Joes: Natural Gel Cups and Scandinavian Swimmers Gummy Candy