My husband, bless his heart, is a great dad. But a foodie, he is not. He went to the grocery store the other day and brought home beer, dark chocolate, and jello. I have absolutely no problem with the first two items, the third item makes me angry. They market this crap (Jell-O) to kids and it’s completely absent of any nutrition. To prove this, I’m going to quickly research all the ingredients and tell you, and myself, what each of them are. The brand of Jell-O is Jell-O Handi-Snacks.
Water – thank god for this one, it’s the only healthy thing on the menu at the Jell-O factory.
Sugar – of course that is the second ingredient. FYI, if you are eating something and the first, or second ingredient is sugar, it is most certainly not healthy.
Adipic Acid (for tartness) – Wikipedia tells us, “About 2.5 billion kilograms of this white crystalline powder are produced annually, mainly as a precursor for the production of nylon.”
Locust Bean Gum – Wikipedia says, “LBG is used as a thickening agent and gelling agent in food technology.” Farm technology makes sense to me, what is ‘food technology’?
Carrageenan – This ingredient is the gelatin, was wondering where that was. Wikipedia says, “Carrageenan is a vegetarian and vegan alternative to gelatin.”
Sodium Citrate (controls acidity) – I believe it is a form of salt.
Fumaric Acid (for tartness) – Wikipedia says, “Fumaric acid has a fruit-like taste.” Hmm, why not use real fruit? Maybe real fruit doesn’t taste enough like fruit.
Potassium Citrate – This ingredient is odorless, and apparently has a saline taste. Wikipedia says, “Medicinally, it may be used to control kidney stones derived from either uric acid or cystine.”
Sodium Benzoate – preservative
Potassium Sorbate – preservative
Salt – yep
Red 40 – Wikipedia tells us, “Red AC (another name for Red 40) was originally manufactured from coal tar, but is now mostly made from petroleum.”
Natural and Artificial Flavor – what does this mean?
Kraft touts, “only 70 calories per pack,” well isn’t that just fantastic? Wouldn’t want to give kids too many calories. Wait, why don’t we give them whole foods and stop worrying about counting calories. By the way, I’m not a horrible meany, I let my oldest eat the Jell-O, but I guarantee it will be the last time that stuff makes it in my house. Don’t feed this mess to your family. Your body needs good, whole nutrition to function at full capacity. I guarantee this ‘food’ will not make you feel good, or make your body operate at full capacity.