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26th-Oct-2010 09:17 pm
Jane (Book One) - fireflys_locket
I was extremely upset today to find out the Yoplait yogurt I've been eating for months and month had gelatin in it. I just stupidly never thought to look for it. I'm just really upset with myself (kind of can't stop crying...) even more than with the company. I mean, I've been a vegetarian for 8 years! I should know better. Though who would want bones and other animal parts in their dessert?! Are regular people aware of these things?

Now technically, the label says "kosher gelatin", and I've found mixed results as to what exactly that means. Does anyone have some insight? I wrote a complaint/inquiry to the company, but I doubt it will do much. Anyone who'd like to join in in asking for a vegetarian gelatin replacement, would be appreciated.

And finally, does anyone know of some similar yogurts that definitely do not have gelatin in it? I was especially partial to the Raspberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate Raspberry whip flavors.

ETA: There's gelatin in my poptarts, too. :/
27th-Oct-2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Stonyfield Farms? I think that's what it's called? Anyway, theirs is gelatin free.
27th-Oct-2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Some of their kid/baby yogurts have tuna oil for DHA, though, which is probably not relevant to this topic, but might be helpful to those with young kids.
27th-Oct-2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Hang in there, don't feel bad. You didn't do it on purpose. And hey, you rectified it the second you found out. The other day I found out that this cheese that was supposedly vegetarian friendly being sold in my town had rennet and I felt pretty bad. But banging yourself up about it won't do much.
27th-Oct-2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks. <3 I just upset really easily, and this is so, so important to me. I really should have been paying more attention. That's what upsets me. Things I've been eating for years without knowing.. It's just really disturbing.
3rd-Nov-2010 10:05 am (UTC)
same thing happened to me recently. was taking antibiotics so i went and bought yogurt. got it home, read the packaging, and nearly lost my shit. i don't even know. threw it all away. and was super upset. who wouldve fuckin' thought?
27th-Oct-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
From my experience, it's the lower fat stuff that tends to have gelatin and other fillers in it (to thicken it up, I guess)...gross, gross, gross.

I'm in Canada and the Astro brand tends to be safe here...assuming that's available where you are.

Good luck...ptooey, eh! :)
27th-Oct-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm in Canada too, and I think Liberté is also safe. Or at least I haven't found gelatin in it.

27th-Oct-2010 02:00 am (UTC)
YES! How could I forget that? Delicious and safe! :)
27th-Oct-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Heh, I tend to forget about Astro so we did each other a service tonight. :D
27th-Oct-2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Silk Soy yogurt contains no gelatin or milk. Some other soy yogurts contain milk derivatives. This is the only yogurt I buy for my very milk sensitive granddaughter.
27th-Oct-2010 01:52 am (UTC)
*hugs* That sucks, but (like jinkun2702 said)you did't do this intentionally, and as soon as you found out you rectified the situation.

I thought kosher gelatin came from fish? Okay, apparently it can come from fish bones, beef skin, or from agar-agar. You can read more here: http://www.ivu.org/faq/gelatine.html
27th-Oct-2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for the hug. I really need one.

That's the confusing thing about kosher gelatin. It could be vegetarian safe, but it probably isn't.
27th-Oct-2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the hug. I really need one. Aww, any time. :)

Hopefully the company will get back to you soon. At the moment it's just best to take note and move on, that's all you can do. :)

Not to make light of your situation, but you could have opened a Cesar snack for your dog, causing some sauce to fly up and hit you in the lip. Yuck.
27th-Oct-2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Kosher gelatin usually comes from fish, as fish are considered neither meat nor dairy in terms of a kosher diet. I'm vegan, and I totally love the So Delicious yogurt that is made with coconut milk. They don't have too many fancy flavors, but the taste is great and coconut has medium length fats that are good for you and actually increase metabolism.
27th-Oct-2010 02:59 am (UTC)
I love Chobani greek yogurt, but it's quite different from Yoplait. A lot thicker and kind of tart. It does have a lot of protein (14g) which is a plus. A lot of greek yogurts don't have gelatin from my experience. Wallaby organic yogurt doesn't have gelatin either, and it's more similar to Yoplait. I know they have raspberry and vanilla versions.

I do miss Yoplait yogurt, though. They just have so many varieties that aren't replicated in other brands.

Gelatin is in a lot of random things. I always check ingredients when buying food even if I think it's safe; you just never know. I have slipped up a couple of times myself.
27th-Oct-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Unfortunately according to this it does look like the gelatin in Yoplait yogurt is beef derived. But maybe you already saw that, in which case, sorry for bugging you with it again.

But don't feel bad. People make mistakes. I used to buy this one type of noodle dinner, and I thought all the brands were vegetarian, and it turned out I was buying one that had fish sauce in it. (I also thought I had checked the ingredients of all the brands... but I guess not.)

But I've found that many non-vegetarians don't actually know where gelatin comes from. I knew when I was a kid (and omnivore) but many people don't.

Er, sorry for the long comment.
27th-Oct-2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for showing me that. I hadn't seen it.
27th-Oct-2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Jell-O and yogurt just seem so innocuous, don't they? I can tell you that until I got more interested in food science I sure didn't know what was in any of it. It was news to my veg boyfriend when I mentioned it a few years ago (in one of those "so if I made jell-o, which has this in it, is it going to bother you?" conversations).

People do the best they can with what they have. When I was fundamentalist, I cried for days when I accidentally lopped a small lock of hair (from my head, thanks) off with a razor while shaving in the shower. It'd been purely an accident, but oh wow did I beat myself up over it. ZOMG HELLFIRE. If it bugs someone to find out what's in that brand of yogurt, just stop eating that brand of yogurt. :) It was an accident.
27th-Oct-2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I can totally relate. I used to be an Orthodox Jew and I would break rules by accident and just panic. Even though pretty much everyone does it now and then.

But once I was at a party, and I turned down the Jell-O, and they wanted to know why, and I didn't really want to explain! But I had to.
27th-Oct-2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they were pretty surprised!

Who are the people in your icon? It's neat looking.
27th-Oct-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's Walter and Seras from Hellsing. They're not really a couple; I just wish they were. And I'm OK with that.
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3rd-Nov-2010 10:08 am (UTC)
hooray jews. haha. it's def weird being around people/party "scene"s and avoiding jello shots. but yuck, wouldnt want that in my body.
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27th-Oct-2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
don't forget about cream for body and so on
there are also you can find a collagen ( a part of gelatin)

it's so awful
28th-Oct-2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I know Roundy's (I think it's the Copps store brand?) doesn't have gelatin, and if I remember correctly, Darigold doesn't either. I don't know if either of those is available where you are.

Gelatin in yogurt makes me sad because not only is it not vegetarian, but the texture of non-gelatin yogurt is so much better in my opinion.
1st-Nov-2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Yeah. I got an uneasy feeling when I learned how sugarcane is refined. Bone char (bones from animals) are used in the process of refining and decolorizing sugar. Scary.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_cane - (under the section marked "refining")

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