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Disturbing Clip Shows How Gummy Bears Are Made (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Although a favorite childhood treat for many, a video about gummy bears makes the candy seem like the stuff of horror movies (video below).

In a short, but graphic, video, Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens reveals the process behind the candies.

At first the video begins innocently enough. The video shows what many love: delicious and colorful gummy bears.

As the film continues, it slowly reveals the various ingredients that are poured, sliced and killed to make the sweet treats.

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It is well-known that gummy bears are made of gelatin, a substance made from various animal body parts and skin.

From hair care products to cosmetics and ice cream, gelatin is used in many products.

"Gelatin is used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics; as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (such as Jell-O); in candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, and yogurts; on photographic film; and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules, and it is sometimes used to assist in 'clearing' wines," explains PETA.

But what's less well-known, however, is how it looks while it's being made.

Kneepkens shows in vivid detail how pigs are thrown into fire, cut up and liquefied before metamorphosing into candy.

Not everyone is bothered by the video.

"What is disturbing about this any more than how meat is produced in general?" wrote one user on The Huffington Post's Facebook post about the documentary. "Gelatin production is just an example of how we are trying to use the entire animal. 'You’ll Never Eat It Again' does not apply to me."

Kneepkens has made other videos showing the animal parts that go into various foods.

In one, she reveals the slaughterhouses in which rabbits die for the classic Belgian dish rabbit with plums.

Her film on black pudding, a traditional blood sausage from Great Britain, is equally gory.

"‘Black Pudding’ is, among other things, made of pig blood," explains Kneepkens on her website. "Pigs are gassed and numbed before their blood is sucked out with a hollow knife for them to die."

Sources:  Over eten/Vimeo, PETAThe Huffington Post/Facebook, Alina Kneepkens / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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