Gelatin desserts

My stomach is still pretty queasy from the nasty viral infection I had last week, so I am still eating lots of bland foods. In particular, I am eating lots of gelatin desserts. For those who might be in the same situation, I offer this brief guide to gelatin desserts.

Be careful of Royal brand gelatin desserts: some flavors include aspartame as a sweetener, in addition to sugar. I discovered that aspartame can (how can I put this politely) further inflame the gastro-intestinal tract, leading to unpleasant consequences.

As for Jell-o brand gelatin desserts, stick with the old tried-and-true flavors. Some of the more exotic flavors, like “Berry Blue” and “Black Cherry,” taste chemical-y. Whereas good old orange Jell-o tastes like Tang orange-flavored drink. Actually, come to think of it, Tang tastes chemical-y too, but at least it tastes like chemicals I’m used to tasting.

I will be glad when I can return to eating normal food.

10 thoughts on “Gelatin desserts

  1. Jean

    Poor Dan. That virus sounds miserable. How about white rice with organic chicken broth? Seriously. Maybe a little plain nonfat yogurt…those bacteria may help. Hope you’re back to yourself soon!

  2. Heather

    Watch out! Tang is not Tang anymore, either. It’s made with artificial sweeteer & tastes disgusting. Well, I guess some people would say that it tastes even more disgusting.

  3. Paul Hudson

    Actually, Jell-o brand gelatin is a jiggly manna of collagen extracted from the bones, connective tissues, organs, and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, pigs, and horses ;)

  4. Dan

    Carol — For certain flavors, true.

    Jean — Doctor said NO milk products for awhile. I took some acidophilus supplements, though. As for rice, see today’s post…

    Heather — Thanks for the warning about Tang. Sounds nasty.

    Paul — According to Wikipedia, they just use skin and bones, and only from pigs and cattle. If you’re willing to believe Wikipedia, here’s the article.

  5. Paul Hudson

    All this talk of gelatinous collegen got me curious as well as hungry. Turns out that that the Isrealites weren’t all that fond of manna after all. (Or at least not manna 24/7)

    Numbers, Chapter 21:5 –
    And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

  6. Dan

    Paul @ 7 — Don’t forget Numbers 11.7: “Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its colour was like the colour of gum resin.” I’m not sure I’d last through even one meal of eating coriander seed. No wonder the Israelites longed for the fleshpots of Egypt….

  7. kim

    Aspartame is creepy. I went to a lecture where the scientist speaking (Robert Sapolsky, author of Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers) said that Aspartame is one atom different from the molecule that causes Alzheimer’s. He recommended staying away from it.

  8. Dan

    kim @ 9 — No kidding, aspartame really is creepy. It makes me aggressive, and then it gives me a hangover — and when I am ill, I now know, it makes me puke. Something to stay far away from….

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