Gelatin is one of the most ancient foods and source of medicine around. There are so many amazing digestion benefits of gelatin. From playing apart in healing the digestive lining, helps the stomach with acidity, digestion and also so many more benefits to the body.
Dr. Mercola says “Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion”
Hydrophilic means “water loving”. It means that gelatin can support digestion by keeping water in the digestive system helping the entire digestive process, such as helping the stomach acid digest food and can actually stimulate stomach acid secretion thanks to the amino acid glycine.
Sally Fallon Says” “Gelatin was universally acclaimed as a most nutritious foodstuff particularly by the French, who were seeking ways to feed their armies and vast numbers of homeless in Paris and other cities. Although gelatin is not a complete protein, containing only the amino acids arginine and glycine in large amounts, it acts as a protein sparer, helping the poor stretch a few morsels of meat into a complete meal.”
How to Get Gelatin in your Diet
Gelatin is naturally found in bone broth and you can get it in your diet this way. I use beef broth in soup, in a big mug and often times will add some of my dinners to get some broth into my day. There’s another way to get gelatin into your diet and that is through purchasing grass-fed gelatin. It is a great product that I can put my stamp of approval on. My favorite is made from a company called Great Lakes and they have grass-fed gelatin. You can find it here Amazon.com. (Buy Here: Red or Green)
I recommend getting broth or gelatin in your diet once a day in some way. You can drink broth, eat beef broth soup, or add gelatin to a smoothie, gummies or you can get a lot more ideas and recipes from the book The Gelatin Secret.
What are the different types of Gelatin?
The red container is cooked collagen. It causes liquids to thicken, a good example is jello. (BUY HERE)
Here are some other good uses for this gelatin:
- Added to smoothies (you could also use the green for this)
- Thickening liquids
- Thickening ice cream or puddings
The green container is Collagen Hydrolysate. It has NO thickening ability and will not thicken and gel a liquid. You will still get the benefits of gelatin, but has many different uses. It’s just processed at a higher temperature and loses its ability to thicken. That’s why you don’t want to boil the red canister gelatin because it will lose it’s thickening ability and will become just like this green canister. You can stir this into any liquid and it won’t thicken. (BUY HERE)
- Iced Tea
- Really, any liquid
Did you know that you can use gelatin as an egg in a recipe to make a recipe egg free?
1 Tablespoon gelatin (red container)
1 Tablespoon room temp water
2 Tablespoons hot water
- In a small bowl add the gelatin and mix the water in with the gelatin. It will make a thick paste. You will let this sit for about 2 minutes before adding it to your recipes.
- This equals 1 egg
- You can use a gelatin egg to substitute up to 3 eggs in a recipe