Prepare to be hungry now 😉
Gelatine is parts of pigs or cows (usually). Its obtained by prolonged boiling of the skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, horns, tissues and bones with water. Its primarily used from all the left overs from the meat industry. The animal parts are sold on from slaughterhouses to a food processing plant.
Loaded into a chopping machine and cut into smaller pieces. They are washed, then roasted. They are then soaked in an acid or alkali for about 5 days. This removes minerals and bacteria and releases the collagen. The pieces are then put into aluminium extractors and boiled in distilled water. The body parts runs along a tube that draws the liquid out. This liquid contains the Gelatine. It’s passed through machines that press it into thin sheets. These are then Grinded down to create a powder, ready to be added to whatever it’s going in to.
Its used in all sorts of products like shampoos, face masks, make up, moisturisers but also, in food. Foods including, Jelly, soups, salad dressings, jams, fruit snacks, tinned hams (tinned hams?! Yum!) sweets, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts, powdered milk and vitamins. The outer shell on vitamins is usually coated in it (you can now get vegan vitamins).
ALL the above can be made without the use of gelatine/Animals, ALL OF THEM! If you can purchase and eat all the above (not that I go around eating shampoo but you know what I mean) without the need to include animals, then why, do we still produce them? Because people are buying them and it helps fund the meat industry. That’s why.
Please do make an effort to look at easy switches you can make to avoiding products without this is If you need any help, just ask me