You are being tricked by Red JELLO.
Red JELL-O seemed to be a common denominator symbol of anti-healing at Shiftcon.
I listened as Robyn O’Brien told the story about when her son ended up in the hospital after an allergic reaction and nurses brought in Froot Loops and Red JELL-O. In that moment, she made it her mission to fight for her child and through this became a Food Activist.
A day later, I listened to Vani Hari’s (aka Food Babe) story which landed her in the hospital with an appendicitis, again bringing in the Red JELL-O to help her “heal.” Today, Vani is also a passionate Food Activist.
When we are sick with anything from the stomach flu to advanced forms of inflammatory bowel disease (and illness/terminal illness in general), it is so easy to reach for that “tummy calming” Red JELL-O.
There are a whole host of healthy lifestyle bloggers who live with IBS and IBD who will tell you their Red JELL-O helps “get them through.”
I am 1,000% confident that if you are like me and have Colitis or you are not like me and have any other form of IBS or IBD, that Red JELL-O (and a million other “tummy calmers”) are not only not helping, but they are also preventing you from a true healing journey.
Tricked by Red JELLO
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There are several flavors of Red JELLO, but for the sake of this post, I’ve chosen just one (and made sure it was also a sugar-free version because, let’s be honest, it only has 10 calories, is sugar free and therefore it’s clearly the “healthiest” version <- insert sarcasm): Cherry Sugar Free, Low Calorie Gelatin Snacks.
Meet the Ingredients
Not all gelatin’s are created equally. Here is a Guide to Choosing Gelatin Powder. I can guarantee they do not use the gelatin I use. Truthfully, I don’t want my gut to deal with byproducts of the CAFO Industry, which means that we are inevitably ingesting products laced with drugs and hormones.
This is what gives the JELL-O its tart flavor and gel-like shape. “According to the Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization Food Standards website, adipic acid might be listed in the ingredient list as food additive 355.” Only a small amount can be metabolized by humans, and it is known to aggravate food intolerance (among other things).
This is food additive E331. “Citric acid was the first additive that was produced on a large scale biotechnically. The classic method used the metabolic power of certain fungi (Aspergillus niger). Research has been undertaken with genetically modified Aspergillus niger to obtain higher yields. It is possible that these methods are already used commercially. Irrespective of possible gene modifications, citric acid-producing microorganisms grow on culture media that usually contain molasses (sugar beet)) and/or glucose. Glucose can be produced form maize starch. This can be derived from GM maize.”
Fascinating -> “The reason this artificially-produced citric acid is called “natural” or an “organic acid” is that it has three carbon bonds in its formula and is therefore water-soluble. If an acid has no carbon bond it can’t be called organic. Citric acid actually grows on a fungus, namely Aspergillus niger, the ugly black fungus found around kitchen sink and bathtub tiles. But it comes in handy for manufacturing citric acid by mold fermentation of carbohydrates from molasses.”
Aspartame (and Acesulfame Potassium)
I already wrote about this horrid additive in 2012 with, “Scary: Food Additives Part II –> 7 Scary Food Additives to Avoid.” Additionally, research has shown that it tinkers with gut bacteria and can lead to obesity (<– yet another reason I preach that Gut Healing is Not a Diet).
Artificial flavors are simply chemicals derived in a lab, but this term is (one of) the most ambiguous terms a company can use in their ingredient list because we truly have no idea what it means. We do know, “Artificial flavors come from anything that is inedible (i.e. petroleum) that is processed to create chemicals of flavorings.”
Red 40 (also Allura Red AC)
The U.K. has already figured this one out. They have banned it, and for good reason. It has been linked to cancer, childhood spectrum disorders, stomach issues and more.
Debatable. Maybe. Maybe not. (Many low-quality salts contain anti-caking agents.)
Blue I (Brilliant Blue FCF)
This is anything but “brilliant.” It’s so not brilliant that it is banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. It can cause hyperactivity, skin rashes, chromosomal damage and more. “In 2003, when Brilliant Blue was used as a dye in feeding tubes, the FDA issued a public health advisory because of side effects like blue-tinged skin, urine, and feces, as well as hypotension and death.”
Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine
This relates to aspartame (see above), and it is a requirement on labels as a warning for those who have PKU.
How Does Your Stomach Feel?
Don’t let the food industry or anyone else try to trick you into thinking your stomach is going to feel better (temporarily or long-term) from “simple foods” like Red JELL-O.
There is a reason that we are not only not getting better, but that we are also getting even sicker.
Doesn’t it ever make you stop to think why it is that the U.S. Healthcare Ranked Dead Last Compared to 10 Other Countries?
I’ve been Gutsy for many years now, and even though I’ve spent these years beginning to tell my own truths to HELP the Gutsy community, I have not told all.
I feel like a new passion, a new spark has been lit.
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