The Benefits of Collagen/Gelatin & RECIPE: Chocolate Coconut Gummies

I recently started adding gelatin and collagen to my diet and have been loving it so far!  I first noticed a significant improvement in my joints. I usually have pain and swelling around my knees after a long run or leg workout from a condition called patellofemoral syndrome.  I get stiffness and it often hurts to go up and down stairs afterward for a day or so, but since adding collagen I have significantly noticed less pain.   I also saw a difference in my skin, hair and nails.  My skin is clearer, my hair has less breakage and my nails are stronger.  I’m sure this is just the beginning and I will notice even more positive effects from this supplement!

So what is a collagen/gelatin supplement? It is a translucent, colourless, flavourless powder substance, derived from collagen found in animal bones.  Most people commonly know it as the main substance in Jello but that type of gelatin is processed and not healthy at all.  Kosher collagen/gelatin from grass-fed, pasture raised animals is the best source.

Why is collagen/gelatin so fabulous and why should I try it?

Here are just a few benefits you get from collagen/gelatin:

  • Helps liver reduce inflammation because of its non-inflammatory amino-acid profile
  • Aids in bone and joint care
  • Regulates hormones
  • Reduces wrinkles, cellulite and stretch marks
  • Improves hair growth, smoother, tighter skin and stronger nails
  • Contains about 6g protein per tablespoon and has no carbs

What is the difference between collagen and gelatin?

Collagen Hydrolysate is cooked collagen which has been heated to higher temperatures and treated with enzymes.  This process breaks the bonds between the amino acids, but keeps the amino acids intact.  This makes it easier to digest and is easily absorbed into the body.  It can be used in place of protein powders in many different recipes.  It will not congeal when cooled.

Gelatin is also cooked collagen; the same as you would find in homemade bone broth.  It has been dried and turned to powder.  It is used to make foods that gel such as Jello, gummies, marshmallows, yogurts, desserts etc.  Gelatin must be dissolved in hot water and will congeal when cooled.

What type of collagen/gelatin should I buy?

It’s very important to buy grass-fed gelatin from pasture raised cattle.  If the cows are pumped full of hormones and eating grass sprayed with pesticides, you will be ingesting those nasty things too!  Two fabulous brands are Great Lakes and Vital ProteinsGreatLakes-B-2 vitalWhere to buy…

In the USA:
Great Lakes Unflavoured Gelatin
Great Lakes Collagen Hyrdolysate
Vital Proteins Collagen Protein

In Canada:
Great Lakes Unflavoured Gelatin
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate

How do I use collagen/gelatin and how much?

Collagen:  Since collagen is easier to digest, a serving is typically 2 tablespoons per day.  Collagen dissolves easily in hot or cold liquids, is colourless and odourless and therefore can be added to many recipes such as shakes, smoothies, ice cream, sauces, etc.

Gelatin: As mentioned above, gelatin is used to make foods that gel.  Start small, 1/2-1 tablespoon a day and you can increase it up to 2 tablespoons a day.  Be careful though, eating too much too quickly can overwhelm your body and cause bloating and stomach aches.

Start with this easy recipe… Chocolate Coconut Gummies ~ www.thehappyhealthfreak.com ` #glutenfree #dairyfreePrint Recipe

 

Makes 30 x 1 ounce gummies

1 can full fat coconut milk (1 1/2 cups)
3 Tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
10-20 drops liquid stevia

In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the water and set aside.  In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk.  Stir in the gelatin, vanilla and stevia whisking until fully dissolved, about 3 minutes.Chocolate Coconut GummiesRemove from heat and immediately transfer to a silicon mold.  Top with mini chocolate chips and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.Chocolate Coconut Gummies2Remove gummies from the mold and keep refrigerated.Chocolate Coconut Gummies4Nutritional info for one gummy – 1 oz
35 Calories, 1g Carbs, 0g Fibre, 1g Net Carbs, 3g Fat, 1g Protein, 1g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients.  Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV.  If you decide to add a gelatin supplement to your diet, please consult your doctor first!

Source: thehealthyhomeeconomist.com

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