Eating Jell-O Could Mean You're a Cannibal



We don't like to think about it, but there's no denying that gelatin -- the gelling agent that makes marshmallows, Jell-O, pudding, and gummy candies so jiggly -- is made from boiled animal skin, bones, connective tissue, and organs. That's why most vegans and vegetarians won't touch the stuff.

Now, in an effort to create a better gelatin, scientists are working on a new recipe that, if you ask me, calls for something much grosser than animal remains ...

Get ready. Because the gelatin of the future could contain human-derived material. Relax -- it doesn't involve boiling bones but rather tinkering with human genes. According to Popular Science, here's how it works: The genes "...are inserted into yeast strains that are tuned to produce gelatin in specific, controlled ways."

On the one hand, it sounds like a brilliant idea. With anything made from animal products, there's a risk that it could carry infectious diseases. Cutting down on animal consumption can benefit our health and the environment. And the vegans and vegetarians might be happier (keyword: might).

But then there's the simple fact that no one really want to talk about: If you eat human-derived gelatin, doesn't that mean you are technically a cannibal? Even if it's too insignificant an amount or too dramatically transformed to really matter, I'm not sure there's getting around that fact. Of course, I don't have to remind you that we eat revolting things all the time -- horse semen, breast milk ice cream, meat made in a lab. But this takes the "ick" factor up a whole new notch.

It used to be you could gross people out with the old wives's tale that Jell-O is made from horse's hooves -- or worse. But Jell-O made from human genes sounds just as disgusting and unbelievable.


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jaxmadre jaxmadre

Eat real food, not science projects.

Elizabeth Clarke Matter

I'm a vegetarian, and I tend to avoid gelatin (as much because it upsets my stomach as anything else), but if we're going to continue eating meat as a society (which we pretty obviously are) then we might as well use the by-products. Anyway, there are already perfectly good non-animal-derived alternatives to gelatin on the market.

alway... alwayscurious

Something about that just sounds gross. I like jello, but I would skip this. 

Jasmine Mitose

what's disgusting about breastmilk ice cream? human milk is meant for human consumption. i think that eating milk meant for another animal is way more gross (& yes i eat cow dairy products...the deliciousness helps mask the gross factor!) 

allie... alliesmom112

this is why we dont eat jello

Victoria Goins

receive blood? get vaccines? you're a cannibal!

Julie Measner

Umm...what is made out of horse semen??

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