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?

10 comments:

Mary Kennedy said...

Lorna, I hear ya about the artifical sweeteners, I feel the same way. I tried a home-made version of a gelatin and fresh fruit mold, but it wasn't a wild success. Are there any recipes you would recommend?

Amanda in RI said...

Well, I gave up Diet Coke almost 14 weeks ago. Not because I don't completely love it (and miss is desperately), but because the aspartame isn't good for me. I have yet to find something to substitute for my 'treat'. Ugh.

Amanda in RI said...

miss *it* desperately....can't type...just woke up... :)

Barbara said...

For a hundred years, more or less, we bought only Dial soap. Then to save production costs, they used a new mold to make it. The new shape is so slim in the middle of the bar that it breaks after few uses and then is really pretty much useless. Rather than spend so much on it, we switched to Safeguard in anger and have stuck with it.

Aurian said...

Not that I can think of. I am pretty much loyal to the brands I use and like. I have given up mostly on cola and chocolate though, because the give me too often a headache. And it works, less headaches, but I sure still crave some.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

That's awful. I hate how they sneak things like that in. I don't do artificial sweeteners either. I just can't believe that they are healthier. I also don't do gelatin anyway as I'm a vegetarian. But I will say that I am constantly finding little things like this...including multiple juices and candies "naturally colored" ...with bug guts. Ewww!! (and so not vegetarian)

Cricket said...

There are a lot of products I will no longer buy because they contain High Fructose Corn syrup and contrary to what is being said, it isn't just like sugar. The way it's made causes it to contain trace amounts of certain chemicals which I personally do not want in my body. Breads contain it, so I stopped buying certain brands, I won't purchase certain breakfast foods, or soda pop either, if you get to looking High Fructose Corn Syrup is in just about everything. I also avoid any foods that contain GMO products. Basically, I've shop the produce (organic) Isle and grow my own foods, I also look for organic flours and sugar and I'm going bake to making things from scratch that way I know what's in it. I was very happy to see Jiff making a natural peanut butter without High Fructose Corn Syrup. Because I would of missed Jiff.

lavendersbluegreen said...

I love jello. I also like using a gelatin base and making my own... right now I have lime jello in a vintage tupperwear mold in my fridge just loaded with pineapple and mandarin oranges.... need to take a break and go eat some!

Cruze421 said...

Both the Jello and Royal brands of sugar-free gelatin contain aspartame.

All sugar-free dessert products contain artificial sweetener or"natural" alternative sweeteners like stevia. How else do you expect it to be sweet without sugar?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jello has aspartame in the sugar-free. Royal puts aspartame in all of their gelatin and pudding, sugar-free or not.