What is it?

“Gelatin or gelatine is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), flavorless food derived from collagen obtained from various animal body parts. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceutical drugs, vitamin capsules, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing…Gelatin is an irreversibly hydrolyzed form of collagen,..” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

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This substance is derived from animals.

Gelatin is extracted from the skin, bones, and tissues of different animals such as cattle, fish, pigs, and chicken. It is often taken as a by-product from the meat and leather industries.

The charitable non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) writes that Gelatine is “protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. From cows and pigs.”

How is it used?

Gelatin is most commonly used in food and beverages where it works as a gelling agent, stabilizer, or thickener.  It can for example be found in juice, candy, desserts, cream cheese, yogurt, margarine, wine, vitamins, and dumplings. To mention a few.

In cosmetics*, gelatin is most common to find under the name hydrolyzed collagen (see Wikipedia bit above). It is used in all kinds of cosmetics, including shampoos, face masks, hair dye, makeup and bath products. When gelatine is used in for example hair products it supposedly works to enhance the texture and appearance of the hair.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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