real food abc's - gelatin

October 21, 2013

real food abcs - gelatin

G for Gelatin

Gelatin is a fantastic healthy, real food that can enhance your wellbeing and elevate your nutrition.

If you are thinking this post is all about that jiggly dessert in bright colors, you are a bit off. Although jello does contain gelatin, my focus will just be on the gelatin itself.

Part of the reason I chose gelatin for G was because I also wanted to do more research on it for myself. I knew gelatin was healthy, but I wanted to know more.

What is gelatin?
Gelatin is a protein. Although it is a good source of protein, it is not complete; which means it is missing some of the essential amino acids.

Where does it come from?
Gelatin is derived from the collagen of animals.  It is usually found in connective tissue and bones.

What is it good for?
There are so many purported benefits of gelatin. I am not going to name them all, but I do want to share some that I think are enough to convince you (and me) to consume more gelatin.

  1. Gelatin is hydrophilic (water-lovin') and helps attract digestive juices to the gut for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Source
  2. Decreases cellulite! Anecdotal
  3. Protects the stomach lining form ulcers. Source
  4. Weight loss Anecdotal
  5. Protects and strengthens the joints and helps alleviate pain from osteoarthritis. Source
  6. High in the amino acid glycine, gelatin can help with sleep, inflammation, and blood sugar levels. Source

Where to get it?
First and foremost, you can get it from animals themselves. You know after you cook a chicken and put the leftovers in the fridge  Then the next morning there is that congealed stuff around it. Do not throw it away. Eat that up!

Secondly, you can buy gelatin powder. It is best to get the powder from animals that have been raised ethically. For example, grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. You can get grass fed gelatin here (affiliate link)

So will gelatin become part of your real food journey?

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