The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-23-2003, 05:13 PM
Broomstick Broomstick is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 18,568
Why Am I Suddenly Craving Jello?

I'm going through a pack about every 2 days. Lemon jello, lime jello, peach jello.... I actually crave the stuff.

It all started when the recent cold wave moved in.

Near as I can tell, the stuff is mostly water with some sugar and miniscule protein. And, oh yes, neon-color dyes, but the flavor/color doesn't seem to matter that much. Think maybe it's the water content my body is going for?

Does anyone know where I can get apple jello? I used to buy it years ago, but it doesn't seem to be an option on the store shelves anymore.
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 01-23-2003, 05:14 PM
Revtim Revtim is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Pregant?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-23-2003, 05:29 PM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
Quote:
Originally posted by Revtim
Pregant?
Ha! I was going to say the same thing.

Seriously though, we usually crave a particular food because the body is lacking in a nutrient that food contains (usually in abundance). Don't ask me how the body "knows" what food(s) contain a given nutrient, but I'm sure there's an explanation. Jell-O is mostly water, gelatine and sugar. Maybe you have a severe gelatine deficiency, who knows? It's probably not water, since there are easier ways to get that.
__________________
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-23-2003, 05:32 PM
Nametag Nametag is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: California
Posts: 7,694
Hmmm. maybe you need to go to the hospital!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-23-2003, 06:02 PM
MaryEFoo MaryEFoo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
It's a good old comfort food. It's light, sweet and pleasant.

Or, secretly you're using it for an excuse to have whipped cream.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-24-2003, 09:27 AM
Hello Again Hello Again is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
There's quite a bit of protein in Jello. Maybe you're not getting enough protein? Other than that, it's probably the water content. After all, Jell-o is pretty much just water and sugar in a suspension of gelatin (protein).

Green apple is one of the new "Extreme" flavors in a a bright blue box. They have it at my grocery store, I've been wondering if its any good.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-24-2003, 09:48 AM
Zumpel Zumpel is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
it's sweet, it can be gobbled down, it usually doesn't leave one with that "bad conscience" about indulging into sweet stuff en masse, er........ </me off to fetch some jello>

maybe your brain wants to get more sugar for burning into your body, now that it's gotten cold ?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-24-2003, 05:19 PM
Broomstick Broomstick is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 18,568
OK, all you smart-mouths who suggested "pregnant" - I know you're full of wit, but to say that to a woman who has been married 14 years and would not have minded having children.... that's pretty low. Also typical of guys who think they're so damn funny when they say stuff like that and never stop to think that that can be a painful thing for some women to hear.

Here's the deal - anyone who mentions that again will, within a month, receive irrefutable proof that I am NOT pregnant. Look for a small package with biohazard labels in your snail mail. Got that? You Have Been Warned

Now that THAT is out of the way - no, it's not a secret desire for whipped cream, either. I never heard of eating jello with whipped cream until I met my husband. I've tried it, but can't say it's something I'd exert myself for. Naw... I like to suck it down straight.

I suspect it's the water content, and maybe somewhat the sugar. Doubt it's the protein - I get quite a bit of that anyhow. But I am spending serveral hours a day out in the weather, so maybe my body is just craving more quick-burning fuel and water.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-24-2003, 05:32 PM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
Let's not be so harsh there. Certainly if any offense was perceived then I, for one, do apologize. The idea of cravings being associated with pregnancy is irreversibly entwined in popular culture, however, and the reference was a perfectly natural one to make. None of the people who made similar comments knew of your situation, nor would they have done so if they had known, I'm sure. The remarks were intended to amuse, not to cause hurt. Surely you can see that. I'm very sorry about your situation, and I can certainly understand why you might be upset, but try to take the comments in the spirit in which they were intended.
__________________
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-24-2003, 05:48 PM
Broomstick Broomstick is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 18,568
Well, normally I do take such comments as intended, but that does not eliminate the fact that they do, in fact, hurt. Which is my point - even if not intended to hurt they do. I don't think anyone here intended to be offensive - but they were.

Trust me, I am not hyper-sensitive about this - after all, the husband and I have not gotten on the IVF merry-go-round or put ourselves through the wringer of adoption. I have, however, seen other women reduced to tears by such unthinking comments. At which point they're told to not take it so seriously, it was only meant in fun, etc. etc. Well, to them it's not funny. Minstral shows with white men in blackface were intended solely for amusement as well. Ask the average black person how they feel about that episode of vaudeville.

Even if something is common in society that doesn't mean it should be.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-24-2003, 05:48 PM
msgotrocks msgotrocks is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
I'm gonna try a different angle here... Sometimes a craving is a sign of something the body needs, sometimes of something the mind needs.
You said it started when things got cold. Do you have any memories that would connect Jello w/ cold weather? What about some other event that's happened recently?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-24-2003, 06:02 PM
Daniel Daniel is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Quote:
Originally posted by Broomstick
Here's the deal - anyone who mentions that again will, within a month, receive irrefutable proof that I am NOT pregnant. Look for a small package with biohazard labels in your snail mail. Got that?
oh ew. Ew!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-24-2003, 06:08 PM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
I suppose my point really was, if you're going to post about cravings on a heavily-used message board, you ought to expect that sort of comment and maybe include something in the OP to head that off. But, I DID say i was sorry
__________________
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-24-2003, 06:45 PM
Duckster Duckster is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 12,788
You are having nightmares with Bill Cosby in them?



Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-24-2003, 06:59 PM
kniz kniz is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
A large serving of Tomato Aspic should cure you.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-24-2003, 08:22 PM
occ occ is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Quote:
Originally posted by Broomstick
Well, normally I do take such comments as intended, but that does not eliminate the fact that they do, in fact, hurt. Which is my point - even if not intended to hurt they do. I don't think anyone here intended to be offensive - but they were.

Trust me, I am not hyper-sensitive about this - after all, the husband and I have not gotten on the IVF merry-go-round or put ourselves through the wringer of adoption. I have, however, seen other women reduced to tears by such unthinking comments. At which point they're told to not take it so seriously, it was only meant in fun, etc. etc. Well, to them it's not funny. Minstral shows with white men in blackface were intended solely for amusement as well. Ask the average black person how they feel about that episode of vaudeville.

Even if something is common in society that doesn't mean it should be.
Woah, there. You're creating a strawman by comparing this to blackface minstrel shows. Society in general, as was mentioned above, considers that comment perfectly acceptable. When something is personally offensive to you, it makes the person who made the (supposedly) offensive remark feel terrible when you lay into them like that. Note how Q.E.D. felt he/she had to apologize profusely. While everyone empathises with your situation, they needn't walk on eggshells because something they say might offend someone. If the comment was personally offensive to you, you could have politely mentioned that, and everyone would have been fine with it.

Sorry about the further hijack -- carry on.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-24-2003, 10:26 PM
Revtim Revtim is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
I'm sorry if my comment was hurtful, my apologies. No harm intended, I assure you.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-24-2003, 11:02 PM
mambozzy mambozzy is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Yeah, I have to side with OCC and Q.E.D. here. They're not mind-readers (to my knowledge). How were they supposed to know that a comment like that would be hurtful to you. That fact is, if you weren't in your particuar situation, I doubt you would have seen it as offensive and I'm positive you wouldn't have criticized their judgement in authoring such a post.
What I'm trying to say is that YOU were the one to commit a social blunder by accusing the afore mentioned of committing a social blunder. The rant you posted was uncalled for, imposing undue guilt on them. I, for one, believe they are owed an apology.
I can understand your situation and the emotions one would experience with such a situation. The fact it, it's not acceptable to make general society feel lousy for your own personal problems when it's not their fault.
It also helps to look at things from another person's point of view as well.
Best Wishes to You,
-Ozzy
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-24-2003, 11:17 PM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
I think the point has been well-made. I don't see any further need to hijack the thread this way. I bear Broomstick no ill will for lashing out the way she did, and I explained my feelings about it. I say, just let it be and let her have her thread back.
__________________
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-24-2003, 11:59 PM
Walloon Walloon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: America's Dairyland
Posts: 12,780
Jell-O is a brand of gelatin.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 01-25-2003, 04:46 AM
Broomstick Broomstick is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 18,568
[QUOTE]Originally posted by occ
Society in general, as was mentioned above, considers that comment perfectly acceptable.[quote]No, I don't think "society in general" thinks that's a perfectly acceptable statement. If pregnancy speculation was deemed totally OK I wouldn't see people stumbling over themselves wondering if a co-worker is pregnant or not, but afraid to ask straight out. I think MEN think pregnancy is funny and fair game for jokes. Pregnancy is NOT a joking matter to most women I know.

Nor was my OP an invitation to speculate on my reproductive status, any more than a statement that I'd like to buy a new pair of jeans is an invitation to speculate on my sex life.

When I was fifteen the comment was probably even MORE offensive to me that it is today - really, the idea of being pregnant at fifteen was horrifying, I couldn't see how ANYONE would think that funny or something to joke about.

Tell me, when a woman throws up, do you make a crack about her having morning sickness, too?

If she excuses herself to go to the bathroom, is it because she's pregnant or because it's been 8 hours since the last time and the tank only holds so much?

I hope you all had your giggle. Think thread is hopelessly hijacked. Mods, please close it. I'll know better than to ask next time.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-25-2003, 06:37 AM
jonpluc jonpluc is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Wow moody too...she MUST be pregnant <ducking and running >
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-25-2003, 07:08 AM
Broomstick Broomstick is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: NW Indiana
Posts: 18,568
Your package is in the mail, jonpluc
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 01-25-2003, 07:16 AM
jjimm jjimm is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Wow. My needless-offense-O-meter just broke.

Honestly, how the hell are people meant to know your life history before posting a flippant comment?

I think you should at least accept people's apologies.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 01-25-2003, 08:48 AM
Daniel Daniel is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Quote:
Originally posted by Broomstick
Your package is in the mail, jonpluc
ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 01-25-2003, 09:01 AM
jonpluc jonpluc is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Broomstick..its my understanding that a woman can still have several period cycles while she is pregnant. I could be wrong about that but if it is correct, shall i assume you will be sending me at least say..3 months worth of "shipments" to indeed prove that your not pregnant? Plus ill need another DNA sample like hair or something to insure "the shipments" actually yours.. Boy this proving your not pregnant thing is harder than one might think, but this is the straight dope after all and cites and evidence are required. <ducking and running for the hills> OK end of hijack i promise....maybe
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 01-25-2003, 09:08 AM
Q.E.D. Q.E.D. is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 22,536
I really do think continuing in this manner is inappropriate. Why does no one ever listen to me?
__________________
SnUgGLypuPpY -- TakE BaCk tHe PiT!
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 01-25-2003, 09:23 AM
astro astro is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Well if you're diabetic or pre-diabetic you could be craving the water and cold weather will tend to dehydrate you. Another possibility is that although you are not pregnant, your tapeworm is and "Tapey" knows there's always room for Jello as she releases thousands of her egg cases into your digestive tract.

Others feel the Jello call as well

Quote:
I've been craving jello lately. Not the normal cravings, but the "I NEED jello" cravings. Not really sure why, I haven't ever had a great affinity for jello. Hmmm, it's interesting. I've also had a whole bunch of water lately. On Friday I drank a whopping 76 oz of water and on Saturday, I had about 52 oz. You're supposed to drink about 64 oz a day, but I rarely drink 8 let alone 64. So I guess it's good for me. I'm also taking vitamins now, strange I know. I'm off to make jello now. I'll see ya around
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.