Gelatin

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Gelatin is made from animal by-products

Gelatin or gelatine (from Latin: gelatus meaning "stiff", "frozen") is a translucent, colourless, brittle (when dry), flavourless foodstuff, derived from collagen obtained from various animal by-products. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic as well as photography manufacturing. Gelatine is also used in the process of making drinks such as wein, juices and vinegar, when it is a product used in the process it is not declared on the list of ingredients and so most people are unaware of it and are surprised to learn that apple juice is not vegan sometimes.

Substances containing gelatin or functioning in a similar way are called gelatinous. Gelatin is an irreversibly hydrolyzed form of collagen. It is found in most gummy candy as well as other products such as marshmallows, gelatin dessert, and some ice cream, dip and yogurt. Household gelatin comes in the form of sheets, granules, or powder. Instant types can be added to the food as they are; others need to be soaked in water beforehand.


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