Gelatin Is Made From WHAT?!

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Posted August 29, 2013 by Whitney Calk

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about one of the most well-hidden animal ingredients on the planet: casein. This week, we’re going to tackle an ingredient that isn’t actually hiding. In fact, you’ve probably seen it on miscellaneous ingredient lists more than a few times—you just didn’t think anything of it. Until now.

Ladies and gents, meet gelatin.


Gelatin is obtained by boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones of animals—usually dead cows or pigs—with water.

Now, everyone together:

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Where can it be found?

Gelatin can be found in:

    • Shampoos
    • Face masks
    • Cosmetics
    • Puddings
    • Candies
    • Marshmallows
    • Vitamin capsules

How can you avoid it?

It’s easy! Just be sure to always, always check your food and/or product ingredients before you head to the checkout counter. Yes, it’s really that simple, folks. If you spot gelatin (or casein), put that shiz back on the shelf and opt for a cruelty-free version instead.

Need the deets on which cruelty-free products to buy? No worries! Check out these nifty guides:

vegan grocery shopping

peta2 cruelty-free shopping guide

But perhaps most importantly, try our:

Until next time … :)

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  • 514 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    People eat sausages. That’s ground-up snouts, ears, peckers and assholes; all stuffed into a poop-chute.

  • 642 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
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    736 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Just read the ingredients on about every product I own. I didn’t find it, Thank God. That’s just sick!

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    804 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    my brother and his mom both made fun of me for refusing to eat gelatin -_- i told them an they keep tellin me noooo its just a filler, your so silly and dead set on bein vegan. and im like haha okay dont listen to me, im gonna live way longer and be healthyer those fools!!

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    821 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I hope a lot of people see this one. Important info, peeps! My meat eating dad even avoids gelatin after I told him where it comes from.

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    822 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Superhelpful info! And don’t just check the ingredient list once…companies change their formulas all the time, especially when they get bought out by giant corporations. My fave chewy vitamins are no longer vegan. :(

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