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What is Gelatin?

I am totally grossed out right now. My son and I were going to make a healthy version of homemade vanilla ice cream and began looking on the web for some new ideas. We found one recipe that called for Gelatin.

That got me thinking…hmmm? What exactly is Gelatin? I did several searches and this response is the most frequent that came up.
“The gelatin you eat 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.”

This sounds like a horror flick! Is this really what Gelatin is made from? Exactly who’s bright idea was this?

All I can say is if it’s true, it is wrong, evil and disgusting.

Once again I say, we ALL need to Re-Think about what we are putting into our bodies and serving our children. Jello – never again! This is yet one more argument for going the Whole Food route!

~RawMa

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Do you know what’s in your food? Bugs!

I recently heard a report about an ingredient I never thought to look into. I stopped using products with food dyes a long time ago, but it didn’t occur to me just how many products have food dye in them.

This one takes the cake and makes me want to hurl!

Carmine: also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep red color. Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, rouge, yogurt, cosmetics, food additives, and crimson ink.

Carmine may be prepared from cochineal, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid.

Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products such as juices, ice cream, yogurt, and candy, and as a dye in cosmetic products such as eyeshadow and lipstick. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.

Food products containing carmine-based food dye may prove to be a concern for people who are allergic to carmine, or people who choose not consume any or certain animals, such as vegetarians and vegans. Many allergies can occur and some typical symptoms included itching, swelling of the eyes or tongue, difficulty breathing, hives, and headaches.

Getting to the point here, I have to advise myself and everyone else to not just read the labels, but investigate them as well. It’s no secret that we’re being duped, but let’s take a stand and stop buying these items that don’t offer full disclosure of their contents. The producers of these items, are in it for the money, not because they care about us or our health!

Shouldn’t I be able to decide for myself…eat bugs, or not? I choose NOT!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2009 in bugs, Carmine, Choices, concious, ingredients, money

 

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