Artificial colors of Jell-O

[ 1 ] June 26, 2011 |

Strawberry, grape, apricot and other fruity desserts of Jell-O (Kraft Foods) are made of the same three ingredients: Sugar, gelatin and adipic acid. No fruits or berries.

Jell-O strawberry, grape and apricot. 3 OZ (85 g), $0.62

Jell-O strawberry, grape and apricot. 3 OZ (85 g), $0.62

Insignificant differences come with variations of the artificial colors and flavors. “Strawberry” means Red 40; “grape” means Red 40 plus Blue 1 and “apricot” means Yellow 6. The amounts of the food dyes detected in every container are given in the chart below.

Food dyes detected in Jell-O

These quantities may be enough to trigger ADHD reactions in some children (see pages 6 – 16 in Diet, ADHD and Behavior and pages 13, 14 in  Behavior, Learning and Health: The Dietary Connection)

Strawberry Jell-O Risk Score Diagram, DDRS ~ 38

  • Anti-nutrient risk DDFI = 21/7 = 3 (high)
  • Nutritional value, DDNF = 7/31 ~ 0.2 (very low)

Strawberry Jell-O Risk Score DiagramGrape Jell-O Risk Score Diagram, DDRS ~ 52

  • Anti-nutrient risk DDFI = 31/7 = 4.4 (high)
  • Nutritional value, DDNF = 7/45 ~ 0.1 (very low)

Grape Jell-O Risk Score Diagram

Apricot Jell-O Risk Score Diagram, DDRS ~ 36

  • Anti-nutrient risk DDFI = 19/7 = 2.7 (high)
  • Nutritional value, DDNF = 7/29 ~ 0.2 (very low)

Apricot Jell-O Risk Score Diagram

As you can see from the above DyeDiet “Dyegrams”, all Jell-O formulations are of high risk and low nutritional value. Please avoid buying and eating a Jell-O dessert unless you are dangerously starving in a desert. A homemade gelatin dessert would be a much healthier alternative.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Food Dyes Exposure, Gelatin dessert

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. benamore says:

    To make healthier gelatin:
    Make plain gelatin with fruit juice.

Leave a Reply

Please calculate *