The substance is a tasteless component in confectionery made by boiling up the skin, cartilage and bones from animals, usually pigs or cows.
IF you’re a fan of jelly babies, you might want to give this video a swerve.
It shows the process of making gelatin, a substance found in many types of sweets as well as puddings, certain cosmetics, cheeses, yogurts, soups and the coating of vitamin tablets.
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It’s made by the prolonged boiling up of skin, tendons, ligaments and bones, usually obtained from cows or pigs, with water.
Gelatin is a type of protein derived from collagen which is used to stabilise and thicken ingredients.
The video, which reveals the manufacturing process of sweets in reverse, is certainly eye-opening – and could put you off them for life, especially if you’re a vegetarian.
It shows pig carcasses being stripped of their skin and chopped up before their bones are boiled up and ground into a fine powder.
The video was posted to Facebook via Alina Kneepkens with the caption Gelatin – the Real Story.
Since it was uploaded yesterday it’s been viewed 2.8 million times and been shared nearly 40,000 times.
The video has certainly divided opinion, with many disgusted by the process.
One Facebook user commented: “Wow when u watch it like this it really brings it home… I do say no to sweets that state type of gelatin such as bovine but if it just says gelatine I say ok… Cause what u don’t know won’t hurt… but just told kids no more jelly sweets in this house!!!!! Thanks for the share.”
But others criticised the suggestion that people should boycott gelatin products, pointing out animals aren’t purely killed for production of the substance.
One Facebook user wrote: “No, it’s NOT the real story.
“My husband works in a gelatin factory. Firstly. No animal is killed to make gelatin. They don’t use the skin of any animal and then just throw away the rest. That’s just silly.
“They actually use the carcass/skin from cows (here in New Zealand) that have already been used to put a steak on people’s plates, so they actually just using the left overs no one else wants (otherwise they’d go to the landfill) which is a good thing.
“Secondly confectionery is only a tiny percentage of where gelatin is used, it’s used widely for medicinal purposes.
“Its health benefits are amazing. I understand vegans and vegetarians might like to paint gelatin in a bad light but they’re just using the waste, so how is that a bad thing?
“Thirdly most of the lollies shown there don’t even contain gelatin. Going gelatin-free nowadays is incredibly hard, it’s found in more foods than anyone realises.
“All boycotting gelatin will do is ensure more animal carcass is dumped in landfills. It won’t save a single animal.”
Gelatin does carry certain health benefits – it’s derived from the animal parts that provide us with important amino acids – the “building blocks” of proteins – like glycine that strengthen the gut lining and therefore lower inflammation.