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Difference Between Gelatin and Jello

Jello, which is made from gelatin, has been a popular snack since way back and it is still consumed all over the world. It may be a favorite for many people. However, many may not know what or how jello is made. This leads to an interesting topic to understand the difference between gelatin and jello.

 

What is Gelatin?

This is a flavorless, colorless, and translucent super food which is derived from collagen. The collagen is obtained from animals’ body parts including bones, connective tissues, and skin. It is gummy when moist and brittle when dry, and is commonly used in in the food, cosmetic, pharmacology as well photographic industries. In the food industry, gelatin is used to make yogurts, ice creams, candy, dips, marshmallows, gelatin desserts not to mention gummy candy.

It is associated with many health benefits including weight loss, muscle and bone wellness, improving hair health, providing the body with essential minerals and amino acids and hormones regulation, just to name a few.

 

What is Jello?

Also referred to as jelly, jello is a food product prepared by boiling gelatin. It contains artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring, not to mention sugar. For preparation, gelatin is dissolved in hot water, chilled and allowed to set. Other ingredients such as flavorings and sugar are then added. It is then refrigerated until served.

 

Similarities between Gelatin and Jello

  • Both contain gelatin

 

Differences between Gelatin and Jello

Definition

Gelatin is a flavorless, colorless, and translucent super food which is derived from collagen. On the other hand, jello is a food product prepared by boiling gelatin.

Additives

While gelatin has no additives, jello contains artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring and sugar.

Flavor

Gelatin is flavorless. On the other hand, jello has added flavors.

Color

While gelatin is colorless, jello can be made using any color.

Use

While gelatin is used in the food, cosmetic, pharmacology as well photographic industries, jello is only used in the food industry.

Gelatin vs. Jello: Comparison Table in an image form

 

Summary of Gelatin vs. Jello

People enjoy gelatin and jello, according to personal preference. While gelatin may not be appealing in terms of taste, it has many health benefits. Although it’s derived from gelatin, jello should be consumed in moderation because it contains artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring, not to mention sugar.

 

Tabitha Njogu

Tabitha graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, whereby she specialized in Finance. She has had the pleasure of working with various organizations and garnered expertise in business management, business administration, accounting, finance operations, and digital marketing.

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