Why in the world did I ever stop eating jello and gummy bears? Chewy gooey deliciousness with either a sweat fruity taste or a sour zing! YUM!
Ingredients in JELL-O:
WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, GELATIN, CONTAINS LESS THAN 0.5% OF ADIPIC ACID AND CITRIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROLS ACIDITY), RED 40, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.
Ingredients in Sour Gummy Bears:
SUGAR, INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, TARTARIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING, YELLOW 6, RED 40, YELLOW 5 AND BLUE 1.
uh…now I remember why I stopped. Corn syrup, sugar, inverted sugar and high fructose corn syrup. That is a lot of sugar! Plus fake food coloring and artificial flavoring. Yuck! Even though jell-o and gummy bears are filled with added garbage they do have one very important health promoting ingredient, gelatin!
First off gelatin does amazing things for your skin, hair and nails. Loss of collagen is one of the reasons for wrinkles but gelatin contains usable collagen which the body can process and to keep skin elastic and help keep wrinkles at bay! Gelatin also contains calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These minerals help keep skin, hair, bones and nails healthy yet most Americans lack them in their diet. Secondly, gelatin contains an amino acid called glycine which helps increase hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is needed for digestion of food as well as the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. Therefore gelatin not only helps you digest your food it also increases the nutrients you will be able to obtain from food. Finally, who doesn’t want to eat delicious, natural, nutrient-packed gummies?!
Not all gelatin is the same though. Gelatin comes from animals so buying high quality gelatin is important. I buy Great Lakes Gelatin which comes from grass-fed, humanely raised animals with no added fillers.
Great Lakes has three types of gelatin. The red can which contains bovine (beef) cooked collagen which will be the kind that gels into your wonderful jellos and gummy treats.The orange can which contains porcine (pig) and is the same as the red can except from a different animal. The green can contains collagen hydrolysate which is treated so it does not gel over. You can use this type in any hot or cold liquid and no taste/texture change is noticeable!
1 cup 100% fruit juice or squeeze your own!
3 tablespoons gelatin from the red/orange can
Boil fruit juice then wait about 5 minutes for juice to cool slightly. Mix in gelatin slowly! You will get nasty clumps of gelatin if you don’t and I promise it does not taste good. Once gelatin is mixed in, pour into a baking dish, mini-cupcake pan or jello mold and place in fridge until solid.
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