Friday, July 13, 2012

I'm no longer a "Royal" girl

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

For years I ate Royal gelatin.

NOT NO MORE.

There I was, a girl with a mortgage and a tight budget.  So when grocery shopping I looked at the boxes of Royal gelatin and Jell-O.  Whoa!  Big price difference--25%--and a bigger difference in calorie count, too; yet another 50%.  I knew a bargain when I saw one and stocked up.

Mind you, I don't eat tons of gelatin a year.  We might have it 6-7 times, usually in the summer, because it's cold (and wobbly) and kind of refreshing, and after a big meal it truly is "the light dessert."

Well, recently I got a hankering for lemon gelatin.  Hey, my local Wegmans doesn't carry Royal lemon gelatin, but they do carry Jell-O brand lemon gelatin.  I hemmed and hawed for a couple of weeks, and then on a whim tossed a box in my shopping cart.  A few days later, I thought I'd compare the ingredients to find out why there's such a difference in calories, and I got a nasty surprise.  Royal gelatin adds Aspartame.

I don't use artificial sweeteners.  I don't like them.  I don't think they're safe.  (That's my opinion, which may differ from yours or the FDA's.)  I choose NOT to use them.  That said, I feel violated when I find that a product I've been buying and using for years doesn't advertise the fact that one of their ingredients is Aspartame.  The boxes do say artificial flavor, but nowhere do they say they're artificially sweetened. So, I'm now a Jell-O girl through and through. 

Is there a product out there that you once were fond of but now refuse to buy?