Where does jello come
from? The Chicago Tribune of March 5th, 1997 finally answers the
Gelatin seems benign enough. And in fact it is. It's nothing but
molecules of protein that have been heated and then, as they cool,
trap tiny particles of water. But where does that protein come
from? The rumors are always spoken of in hushed terms: that Jell-O
is made of horse hooves... or worse.
Actually the truth is worse. Or at least it sounds worse. The
source of the protein in Jell-O is "hide trimmings,"
animal tissue that is rendered, purified, filtered, and then purified
again, leaving a protein called collagen.
Of course, then they
have to go and ruin their exposition with gratitous veggie-bashing:
The gelatin that is the building block of Jell-O is so purified
that the FDA doesn't regard it as a meat product. Likewise, all
but the strictest vegetarians find Jell-O acceptable.