Gelatin is the key ingredient in Jell-O right after sugar and before the artificial flavors and it’s what makes this brightly colored dessert jiggly yet firm, served up on cafeteria trays in hospitals and schools for generations. It’s easy to see why most of us would overlook gelatin as a dietary must. Here’s what you should really know about this unexpected health food. It is one of the best ingredient to treat gut related problem.
IS IT ENTIRELY PROTEIN?
One half-cup of gelatin provides nearly two grams of protein. As I often discuss here on my site, protein is a macronutrient, which means your body needs a large amount.
WAS IT A PART OF THE TYPICAL ANCESTRAL DIET
Our hunter–gatherer ancestors ate much more gelatin than we do today. That’s because they widely practiced nose-to-tail eating, meaning they cooked with and consumed the entire animal, including its skin, tendons, and other gelatinous features. We’ve lost the practice of whole-animal eating, and gelatin-rich cuts are typically discarded.
Gelatin is the name for cooked collagen which is the most abundant protein found in our body. It is primarily made up of the amino acids glycine and proline. It also happens to be a gut healing super food.
Thanks to the amino acids glycine, proline , and glutamine, gelatin can improve gut integrity and digestive strength by enhancing gastric acid secretion and restoring a healthy lining in the stomach. Gelatin also absorbs water and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract, promoting good intestinal transit and healthy bowel movements. Gelatin rich soups and broths are one of the key components of the GAPS diet, which has been designed to heal the gut and promote healthy digestion.
There are three main ways that gelatin will heal your gut:
The lining of the gut contains collagen and adequate intake of collagen is crucial for maintaining it. When you consume gelatin, it basically acts like spackle to fill any holes you have in your gut. Gelatin also lines the gut mucosa to guard against further injury.
Wait, increases gastric acid production? Then won’t gelatin cause ulcers? Contrary to what all those heartburn medicine ads tell you, our bodies need gastric acid for healthy digestion. In fact, a deficiency of gastric acid causes heart burn. Without enough gastric acid, your body isn’t able to break down foods properly. Bacteria feed off of the food and produce gas as a byproduct. This results in inflammation which is what pushes stomach acids into your esophagus causing those terrible heartburn symptoms.
How on earth does gelatin assist GUT health?
Halal gelatin is one of the largest manufacturer of gelatin in Pakistan. They supply gelatin not only in Pakistan but around the globe like Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Germany.