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Organic Gelatin Powder: Benefits, Uses & Cooking Tips

I don’t know about you, but in the past when I heard the word, gelatin I would automatically think Jell-O! After learning more and more about it, I’d now say it could almost be classified as a superfood, because of its many


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amazing health benefits and uses.  We have even incorporated organic gelatin powder into our family’s whole food diet and use it often. Here is why:

Benefits of Organic Gelatin:

  1. Organic gelatin contains half of the 18 essential amino acids, needed for survival with one of the most important amino acid called glycine.
  2. It improves digestion by naturally binding to water and helps food move through the digestive tract more easily.
  3. If you want to lose weight gelatin is thought to increase the production of Human Growth Hormone and to boost metabolism.  And with its nutrient-dense content, it also helps keep you full!
  4. Check this out: some experts suggest adding gelatin to the diet to help alleviate a number of allergies.
  5. It can help tighten up loose skin and reduce wrinkles when taken internally. Some say it helps with cellulite.
  6. Organic gelatin is good for both joint and bone health because it contains many of amino acids important in helping to prevent the weakness of cartilage in joints.  With its anti-inflammatory traits it has also been shown to reduce  the pain of inflammation of arthritis.
  7. Organic gelatin can help speed to heal wounds more quickly.
  8. Organic gelatin has an amnio acid called glycine which plays an important role in the neurotransmitters within the brain. Glycine helps us to get a more restful sleep and not only that it will also help reduce daytime sleepiness and help improve your memory during waking hours.
  9. Organic gelatin is a great detoxifier, helps liver remove toxins from our body.
  10. Lastly, look no further for healthy, strong hair, nails and teeth. Organic gelatin contains karatin a protein which is found in our hair, nails and teeth.

Uses For Organic Gelatin:

  • You can use this just as you would any gelatin powder. The difference is that it’s organic meaning it will not contain any preservatives, additives or chemicals.  You will be getting a better quality outcome with wonderful health benefits.
  • Organic gelatin is very versatile.  Try adding a bit to the next soup or stew you make.
  • Powdered gelatin can be used in making tasty desserts of all sorts.  Homemade Jell-Os, mousses, and puddings with organic gelatin are so yummy.  You can even make marshmallows.
  • Add 1 tsp to your shampoo to help your hair grow thick and strong.
  • Take as a daily supplement. I like to actually drink mine in tea. Add 1 Tbsp to your tea and stir.
  • Using in place of your protein powder for smoothies is an excellent alternative.
  • 1 Tbsp in a cup of chamomile tea before bed will help you get that good sleep (I mix the gelatin in with a little cold water first then poor in the hot – this helps with clumping).

Organic Gelatin Cooking Tips:

  • Jellies should never be frozen. After defrosting they lose their smooth consistency and become brittle.
  • Too much sugar can inhibit gelatinization. The more sugar in the recipe, the softer the resultant gelatin will be.
  • When making jellies and puddings using raw kiwis, figs, pineapple, papayas or mangoes you should briefly steam the fruit or pour hot water over it prior to preparation. These fruits contain an enzyme that splits protein, which breaks up the gelatin and makes it liquefy.
  • Never add gelatin to boiling liquid because it loses its gelling strength.
  • Unprepared gelatin has an indefinite shelf-life as long as it is wrapped airtight and stored in a cool, dry place.

Do you use Organic Gelatin Powder?  What are your favorite uses?

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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