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The Health Benefits of Eating Gelatin

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

The Health Benefits of Eating Gelatin

When you think of gelatin you probably think of jello in all its crazy colors and think…tasty but not very good for me. Or maybe you think of Julia Child’s famous aspic recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking…mmmm meat flavored jello. Yeah, no thanks.

So it may surprise you to know that gelatin has health benefits that you should not overlook. Bone broth is all the rage right? Well gelatin should be too. In fact it is found in homemade bone broths, in small amounts. We just need more of it. What is gelatin? It is derived from collagen obtained by boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones of animals. It may sound kind of gross but it packs a punch.

Some of the major health benefits derived from eating gelatin are as follows:

Metabolism & Weight Loss: Gelatin contains arginine and Glycine and they both help support the body’s metabolism. They help us to build muscle (which means we are burning more calories) and they help us convert glucose to energy rather than fat. By eating gelatin you can make gains within a strength training program (and get stronger) and also lose weight if that is your goal.

Joint Conditions: Gelatin is a product which might be able to help people suffering from stiff or sore joints, especially before the condition worsens. Since it has a lot of amino acids it acts as an important component in the prevention of degenerating cartilage. If your parents or grandparents suffered from joint pain or arthritis than you need to take preventative measures.

Skin Health: Beauty products that have collagen in them are in high demand. Collagen helps to plump our skin up, make it more firm, and make it look and feel more youthful. These products are largely useless though because collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin. We can however get benefits from dietary collagen…aka gelatin. Many people report that their skin looks and feels more youthful and healthy immediately after introducing more high quality gelatin into their diet. It is also supposed to help with loose skin and wrinkles.

Strong Hair & Nails: Keratin is the key structural component of our hair and nails. Gelatin is also a source of this important protein and it can vastly improve the appearance of your hair and nails as well as improve their strength. In short, gelatin is a powerful beauty tool.

Digestion: Gelatin can help with digestion by giving the foods we consume a smooth passage through our digestive tract.

Cellulite: Of course this cannot be proven but gelatin is gaining traction as a way to combat cellulite nonetheless. It makes sense because collagen helps to plump and firm our skin. If it can help with wrinkles than why not those unsightly skin dimples?

So now that you know why you need gelatin how do you get more of it the diet…short of aspic and jello? Easy. This site has some supplements. Also you can try adding high quality gelatin to:

Warm cereals – oatmeal, cream of wheat
Soups and stews

I recommend Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin. It is much higher quality than the cheapy stuff you find at most local grocery stores. You want gelatin from pastured cows not from factory farmed, sickly animals.

To your health!

  • Emily

    I like bone broth, but I never thought to add gelatin into things!! Great post!

  • valmg

    I never knew that about gelatin. I’ve really only ever thought of gelatin as in jello.

  • Brian

    Interesting! I’m starting to eat healthier and will look into this.

  • Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutan

    I’m practically kicking myself or not knowing this stuff earlier… definitely eating gelatin from here on out! Thank you for sharing :)

    Diary of a Debutante

  • ThePistachioProject

    I love adding gelatin to our foods!

  • Jen

    Today I’ve learned how beets AND gelatin are good for us in so many ways! Wow, thanks for the great info!

  • James Paulson

    Great recommendations. Never knew that gelatin was in so many products and was so good for you!

  • vivienne

    how much is the recommed daily allowance?

  • heidi

    so making broth from chicken bones is not included in the great for you category? thats the only kind of bones I can get for this since we live in India.

    • Chicken broth is an excellent source of gelatin. I highly recommend it!

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  • Brenda

    I use that gelatin for gummies, but to add to smoothies, etc, don’t you need to use the green canister that doesn’t “set”?

    • You can use either. If you use the red you just need to make sure it is well blended.

  • Marita

    Is gelatin safe for toddlers? My son is 20 months and I wonder if gelatin can be added to his food or would it be harmful?