Gelatin in Becel??

Since when is there gelatin in becel margarine? The kids like margarine on a bagel now and then – or on corn on the cob. A container lasts us a really long time so I don’t mind spending a bit more to get something with ingredients I can pronounce. I read labels today at the grocery store to try and remember why I got Becel last time and was blown away to see the ingredients have changed to now include gelatin. Gross. Horns and hooves is what that means…absolutely gross. I don’t think it should be that hard to find an all vegetable based spread but I read labels for several minutes before I found one that had no animal products in it. Even Canola Harvest which I’m sure used to be vegan now contains whey. I found some brand I’d never heard of with all veg ingredients and it claims to be dairy free. It’s also calorie-reduced which my kids don’t really need but maybe I’ll be tempted to put some on some popcorn and share with them.


  1. sarah, 17. June 2008, 19:26

    Gelatin is not made of horns and hooves. It is made of bone, intestine, connective tissues, and skin from animals. Just so you know. It is totally disgusting!

  2. Candace, 18. June 2008, 11:35

    Thanks Sarah. And yes, gross indeed.

  3. john, 12. December 2008, 22:55

    Gross, I think I will stick to hot dogs.

  4. Rys Mom, 14. January 2009, 11:47

    I don’t know what kind of Becel you are buying but the regu;ar type does not contain gelatin. The lighter versions do as it’s a bining agent. A lot of foods we eat are made from gelatin which is actually a natural thing. (we eat the rest of the cow)

    Just thought I’d share

  5. Mary cameron, 16. February 2010, 21:23

    Could someone advise on the chemical content in BECEL as it is one area where answers are not forthocming
    In fact it almost appears as if this information is deliberately being kept from us.

  6. Eldon E. Lockhart, 15. August 2010, 22:37

    I just found out that apparently “CANOLA” is a very good oil for machinery but maybe not so good for people or animals. It is very easy to grow giving it an advantage in price. Please do your own checking, I am sticking to olive oil or corn oil and carefully checking the ingredants of any margerine I buy. August, 2010

  7. NaturalHealthBuff, 24. November 2010, 17:38

    Sorry to burst your bubble but vegetable oils are just not healthy

    How often do you use vegetable oil? When you bake, when you fry…every day? If you frequently use these seemingly “healthy” oils, then you need to read on. Supermarket oils are highly processed. First, they are refined using sodium hydroxide (think Draino) to remove “impurities”. They are then treated with phosphoric acid (think Windex) to de-gum; which removes lecithin, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron. To make it look appealing, it is bleached to remove pigments, which turns the oil rancid. Colour is added later because clear oil does not look natural. It is then heated above 220?F to remove any odour, which creates monster trans-fat molecules that will eventually become part of your body! Then you take it home and heat it again in your frying pan, mutating the molecules even more.

    We must start thinking of the quality of every morsel we put into our bodies. There is a huge difference in quality between canola oil and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil is not heat treated, and extra virgin means the oil was obtained from the olives’ first pressing. Cancer is linked to processed vegetable fats. This includes hydrogenated shortening and margarine.


    Margarine is a synthetic, man-made chemical, alien to our bodies. Hard stick margarine is loaded with trans-fats. Hydrogen is forced into vegetable oil to turn it into a saturated fat, solid at room temperature. Hydrogenation changes the shape of oils at the molecular level, and the shape of a molecule s extremely important. Think of your body like a moving jigsaw puzzle. The billions of processes that occur every second are all little parts and pieces of your body puzzle. If any piece has been altered in any way, it will not be able to fit in where it should…and could even fit in places it shouldn’t! Newer margarine is made from vegetable oil and modified palm and palm kernel oil. It boasts non-hydrogenation, but I’ve never been a fan of the word “modified,” and palm oil is liquid at room temperature. Somebody messed with it, for definite. Would you like your body to be “modified” or all-natural? Remember to read the labels of any food you’re planning to consume.

    Did you know? Margarine is one molecule away from being plastic.

    Product Dissection: Becel Margarine:

    Ingredients: Canola and sunflower oils 74%, water, modified palm and palm kernel oils 6%, salt 1.8%, whey protein concentrate 1.4%, soy lecithin 0.2%, vegetable monoglycerides, potassium sorbate, vegetable colour, artificial flavour, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3, alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E).


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