Do You Know What is in Jell-O?


Am I the last to know what’s in Jell-o?!

Recently I was looking up different activities to do with my toddler that used Jell-O. Out of curiosity I googled “all natural jell-o” which prompted me to search “what is Jell-O made of?”

The primary ingredient in Jell-O is gelatin. Okay, great, simple enough right? No. Gelatin comes from the protein in cows and pigs bones and hides (skin). Since the process required to make this powder results in the product being “100% pure protein it is not categorized as an animal product by the FDA.” (See below for sources; I could not verify this with another source.) I did find this tidbit on the FDA’s website under, 21CFR189.5 “Substances prohibited for human food” Gelatin is listed as number eight. 

Let me be clear: I am not a vegan nor a vegetarian and I am all about the occasional gummy bear, but we make and eat jello frequently and I found this slightly revolting. I began looking for the Jell-O brand alternatives that were vegan and I found some vegan alternatives on Peta’s website, but wanted to find something locally. Wal-Mart had no vegan alternatives nor did Target, but your selection/stock might vary. 

Simply Delish Jel

Making Jello

I found Simply Delish at HEB, it is about 90 cents more expensive than the regular Jell-O brand. As far as the product itself, the water does need to be boiling, just hot for the granules to dissolve completely which requires a little more stirring (Amelia did not mind the extra effort). As for taste and consistency I could not tell the difference nor could my picky toddler. 

You also might want to look at your gummy vitamins. We use Olly Kid’s Multivitamins until I found out it contained Gelatin. Zarbee’s Kid’s Sleep and their Kid’s Multivitamin do not contain Gelatin. We are not swearing off all Gelatin, but we are learning to keep our eyes open to ingredients and how they are produced. Mindfulness doesn’t need to be a lifestyle change right?


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Madison O
Madison is a Texas A&M Graduate who is beginning her 6th year as a Technical Theatre teacher and 3rd year at Gregory-Portland High School. She and her wife moved to the coastal bend to be closer to family as they began the fertility process to grow their family. Madison and her wife were thrilled to welcome their daughter, Amelia, to the family in May via Reciprocal IVF. Madison has also begun working toward her Masters degree in Educational Administration at TAMUCC (gotta keep it in the Aggie family!) Talk about one busy mama! Madison enjoys time outside and has always loved to write for her own personal blog in her free time. She is so excited to start this new adventure of motherhood and to be joining the wonderful community of Corpus Christi Moms on the blog!