Gelatin ends up in a lot of foods (remember I love gelatin, just as long as its quality beef gelatin), but its important to know if its pork or beef. If its pork then run for the hills if its beef then maybe its ok in moderation, or make your own using beef gelatin.
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts (frosted) - Beef gelatin
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats - Pork gelatin
Ranch Salad Dressing - Pork/beef enzymes
Twix bar - Beef gelatinMentos - Beef gelatin
I'm not suggesting any of these foods are healthy options, I just want to highlight what you could be consuming without realizing it.
This really does highlight the fact that preparing your own food at home, even the treats and snacks, allows you to be sure that they help you stay healthy.
I've been looking at yogurt a lot this week for a client (I know, exciting life) and was amazed to see so many contain pork. The brands that I found to be safe were Dannone and Yoplait, however, don't take my word for it. Read the ingredients, check products lists on websites, ever your super keen ring them and ask to know what's in the stuff you eat?
If you didn't watch QI with Stephen Fry a few weeks ago (I tweeted this, much to some of your disgust. He talked about what was legally allowed to be in your food with Jimmy Carr.
Stephen: In the USA, there are laws about how much insect matter can be sold in food. The average jar of peanut butter is legally permitted to contain thirty insect fragments per 100 grams.
Jimmy: That’s what makes it crunchy.
Stephen: And… one rodent hair.
- The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it.
- The average American consumes 1.2 pounds of spider eggs a year and eats 2.5 pounds of insect parts a year.