Why I’ve Been Drinking Green Jello [Well, Almost]

spirulina smoothie Why Ive Been Drinking Green Jello [Well, Almost]I’ve seen several articles lately about the health benefits of gelatin (though I can’t remember where, or I’d link to them). I’ve been taking pure gelatin for quite some time and it is a part of my daily health regimen.

According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

- Supports skin, hair and nail growth

- Good for joints and can help joint recovery

- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)

- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

-Rumored to help improve cellulite

- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.

Gelatin is a good source of protein (6 grams per Tablespoon), collagen and amino acids (it has 18, 9 of which are essential). Of these amino acids, Glycine is reported to help liver function and Lysine is utilized in muscle building and calcium absorption. Because of this, gelatin is often included in recipes for homemade baby formula, as it also helps digest milk proteins.

Gelatin is readily present in traditional foods like homemade bone broths but most of us are still likely not getting enough. As this article explains:

You know how, over the past century or so, we’ve skewed our fatty acid intake by eating less animal fat and more vegetable oils, so that we’re getting way too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s, too many unsaturates and not enough saturates? In exactly the same way, we have been skewing our balance of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Gelatin-rich foods, from bone broths to head cheese to foods like pig’s feet and ox tails, were a large part of a traditional diet. Our ancestors relished every part of the animal, and just as they ate organ meats that most modern Americans now spurn, they also ate all the gelatin-rich bony and cartilaginous bits of the animal. In this modern era of muscle meat and little but muscle meat — think boneless skinless chicken breast — much of this gelatin has vanished from the diet, but our bodies’ need for it has not.

Gelatin has been added to formulas to support joint health, and many people do notice almost immediate joint relief from it, though the reason may not be so straightforward. As this great article from a PhD in Biology/Endocrinology (read it!) explains:

For a long time, gelatin’s therapeutic effect in arthritis was assumed to result from its use in repairing the cartilage or other connective tissues around joints, simply because those tissues contain so much collagen. (Marketers suggest that eating cartilage or gelatin will build cartilage or other collagenous tissue.) Some of the consumed gelatin does get incorporated into the joint cartilage, but that is a slow process, and the relief of pain and inflammation is likely to be almost immediate, resembling the antiinflammatory effect of cortisol or aspirin.

Because of its ability to coat and heal the stomach, some experts suggest adding Gelatin to the diet to help alleviate food and other allergies.

If you’ve ever wondered why chicken soup is so good at curing colds, Enig and Fallon point to gelatin for the cause. Gelatin may also alleviate asthma, fatigue, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and colitis

Why I Take It

In addition to the health benefits above about balancing out amino acids and being a good source of protein, I take gelatin for its skin, hair and nail promoting effects. I have noticed a substantial difference in my skin tone and smoothness. I’ve actually upped my Gelatin lately as I am weight training for strength and it is supposed to be protective of joints and it helps build muscle.

As an added benefit, it is giving me extra protein and collagen and helps absorption of other minerals. If you are trying to improve skin or joint health or do strength training, I’d recommend gelatin over whey proteins (which are often inflammatory and have added ingredients). I’ve also added it to food and drinks I make for my kids to help them better absorb nutrients.

Gelatin seems to be especially effective when taken with meats (balances out the amino acids) or on an empty stomach (to promote Human Growth Hormone production).

Optimally, we’d be able to consume high-quality homemade bone broth a few times a day and would be well balanced and have no need for extra gelatin. Since I’m not there yet, I’ve actually been supplementing with high quality powdered gelatin. Not the stuff from the store, though you can make some healthy Jello variations with it (recipes soon!).

How I Take Gelatin

The brand I’ve been using is Great Lakes Kosher Gelatin. According to their website and emails I’ve exchanged with them, it is sourced from grass-fed and humanely raised cows. It is the only fully grass fed Gelatin that I know of, and I’m impressed with the quality.

I dissolve one tablespoon in warm water on an empty stomach when I wake up, and mix some in my daily veggie smoothie (vegetable flavored Jello, anyone?). I’ve also lately started taking a tablespoon at night right before bed, which seems to be improving my sleep and I certainly don’t wake up hungry.

My kids most enjoy taking it in the form of a coconut smoothie…

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces homemade coconut milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter or 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Gelatin Powder
  • natural vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Ice and additional coconut milk as needed to thin

[Important Note: This type of supplemental gelatin is NOT the same as Jello or similar brand products at the store. While these products do contain Gelatin, they are also packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors! Do not eat these foods as part of a health regimen. There are, however some great recipes for homemade healthy "Jello-like" treats]

Ever taken Gelatin? If not, what is the strangest supplement you’ve ever taken? Tell me below!

Reader Comments

  1. Anisa Taft says

    Wow- very informative article!  Thanks for doing all the research to present this to your readers— Any opinion on adding gelatin to a 21 month old’s raw milk?

    • says

      I would. I have given it to mine as soon as they started eating solids and most WAP homemade formula recipes include it. It is supposed to improve digestion of dairy and is basically tasteless!

  2. Karyn says

    I’m assuming you can add it to just about anything, like pot roast or chicken soup, etc. Yes, I realize these would already have some gelatin, if using homemade stock, I was just thinking it would up the amount and would be easy to disguise.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. Natalie Kimble says

    This was a fantastic post.  Thank you!  I did not know some of this, especially that gelatin helps with fatigue and growth hormone production.  I also wanted to say that I looove how your email updates come as a summary of the week.  I get way too many emails, but I want to keep track of some blogs, and this feature totally rocks.  :)

  4. Sara H. says

    I have read something about never heating it up in a microwave-do you know anything about that? If I remember right it changes something in it that makes it dangerous to consume, carcenogenic maybe? One of those tidbits I’ve filed away but can’t remember fully.

      • guest says

        you will probably notice if you ever do put it in the microwave – you won’t have gelatin anymore, it won’t gel! I don’t remember why, but if not straight dangerous, microwaves at the very least render gelatin ineffective

    • Lee G. says

      Whatever form of gelatin is used, it should never be cooked or reheated
      in the microwave. According to a letter published in The Lancet, the
      common practice of microwaving converts l-proline to d-proline. They
      write, “The conversion of trans to cis forms could be hazardous because
      when cis-amino acids are incorporated into peptides and proteins instead
      of their trans isomers, this can lead to structural, functional and
      immunological changes.” They further note that “d-proline is neurotoxic
      and we have reported nephrotoxic and heptatotoxic effects of this
      compound.”55 In other words, the gelatin in homemade broth confers
      wonderous benefits, but if you heat it in the microwave, it becomes
      toxic to the liver, kidneys and nervous system.

  5. says

    When you make smoothies using coconut oil, are you using warm or cold ingredients? I keep getting chunks of solid coconut oil in my smoothies because I like them cold. Any tips?

    I love the advice for eating gelatin. I’m currently having a crohn’s flare and my stressful schedule is making it impossible for me to make chicken soup right now!

    • Jill says

      I just ran across this page, so you may have already discovered a reliable way of incorporating coconut oil into cold smoothies. If not, here’s how I do it: prepare the smoothie completely, but without the coconut oil. Once the smoothie is blended to your satisfaction, open the top and spoon in a couple of TBSPs of coconut oil, then replace the top and blend again for 15 seconds or so. The CO will not congeal into hard blobs, but will be completely mixed in. I use a VitaMix, so I don’t know whether this will work as well with a standard kitchen blender.

    • says

      Sometimes. I’ve recently just been mixing the gelatin in warm water (1/2 cup cool first then hot to dissolve) or herbal tea at night and then still taking the coconut oil/almond butter after that. How are you doing? :-)

  6. says

    I’m wondering if you know what the difference is between the Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (beef kosher) Unflavored and the Beef Gelatin?  I just looked on their website, since your post has me interested, and it looks like the Hydrolysate is for mixing in cold liquids.  Have you tried both?  What’s your preference?  I’m very interested as I know my family would greatly benefit from this addition to our smoothies.  Thanks!

    • says

      I haven’t tried the Hydrolysate. I haven’t been able to find any reason it wouldn’t be just as good…. the regular just seems less processed to me. For smoothies, you really can’t tell a difference anyway since it is getting all mixed in, but if you wanted to be able to dissolve in juice or something, the hydrolysate might be better. If you do try it… let me know how you like it!

      • Sally Parrott says

        The GL website says the regular gelatin will clump in cold things, like smoothies, but have you not found that to be the case?

          • QuoVadisAnima says

            Isn’t hydrolysate a split (and therefore damaged & excitotoxic) protein of the kind (similar to isolates) that Sally Fallon says should be avoided?

  7. Theresa says

    I accidentally purchased the one made from pigs, instead of the one made from cows.  Do you think there is a significant difference in the two products?

    • says

      You should still get all the good effects of the Jello. I just like the beef version better and it might have a slightly higher amount of nutrients, but when I talked to them, it sounds like their pigs are raised in a healthy/humane way.

      • Hillaryt says

        Hi!! So I just tried taking this gelatin for the first time but stupidly stirred it into cold juice and so it got all caught in my throat and was all powdery – major fail! I’ve pieced together that if I try to stir a tablespoon into a cold liquid, I need to add a hot liquid after to dissolve it, correct? And if so, does it make your drink all thick and gelatin-ey?
        Thanks for the info :)

        • says

          It shouldn’t make your drink hot. What I do is stir it in to about 1/4 cup cool water (stir quickly) and then add 3/4 cup brewed herbal tea that is still hot. This makes a hot tea that doesn’t have the weird texture at all if consumed within about 5 minutes…

  8. hope says

    Really interested in putting this in my smoothies. Do you just put the powder in and, if so, does it dissolve in the cold liquid? Or do you dissolve it in some water and then pour that in?

  9. Bev says

    I love your website!!  I am interested in starting to take gelatine and was wondering about how to start – once a day and build up or dive right in??  Also how much do you give your kids (mine are 9 & 11 year old boys)?

  10. says

    Thank you for an amazing post and for linking us to the gelatin you use. Takes a lot of the much needed work to find a decent brand out of the way.
    I’ve been thinking about adding vitamin d to my soon to be 1 daughters coconut milk. But now I will also be adding gelatin.
    Can I ask you? I’m looking for a coconut milk without all this added sugar I see all the time. Any suggestions?

  11. Ursula says

     My brother was born a preemie with the cord around his neck (blue when delivered) and spent one month in the hospital. This was in 1961 in Germany. As soon as he came home, my mother cooked calf’s foot jelly for him and gave him about a tablespoon daily. He never had any other problems and had a totally uneventful childhood.

  12. Lkbwithlove says

    This has been VERY informative. I’ve recently found out I have developed an allergy to eggs and soy, and it’s been a long search online all day trying to find a good protein substitute for these. I’m so grateful for this information. Now I not only have a good egg and soy protein substitute, but a new understanding of the health benefits of gelatin. Thank you so much!

  13. Formerlysanders says

    I’ve been doing some research about gelatin.  Since reading your article I started supplementing the gelatin you suggested twice a day.  I am breastfeeding.  I’ve read a few articles that state that Arginine  is not recommended to supplement during pregnancy or breastfeeding.  Thoughts?

  14. Sdbrougher says

    I am a little confused.  Are you saying you replaced the gelatin for your protein over whey protein?  I generally add a vegetarian protein powder (Sun Warrior) to my green shakes every morning.  Is gelatin a better substitute?

  15. NoGrainNoPain says

    I’m pregnant. One of the problems I’ve been dealing w/ (besides constant nausea) is an aversion to meats. I’m worried I’m not getting enough protein, which is adding to my “morning” sickness. I haven’t found anything saying gelatin is bad to take while pregnant, but thought I’d ask around here, and get your take on it.

  16. Cathi says

    I have a question, can this drink be made without Chia Seed.  I know Chia Seed add thickness, but isn’t the Geletin enough for that? Thank you for your help.  CatGross Ventura, CA cathi@144web.com

    PS:  Have you used Geletin yet for thickening gravies or sauces?  For health reasons I cannot use any “Grains”, “Starches”, “Pectin”, “Sugars”, or “Gums” for thickening, so I’m hoping Geletin will be a good option.  Thanks again. 

    • says

      Can definitely make without chia seeds. Gelatin is great for thickening things, just don’t boil it or it will set. It does best if sauces are semi-warm but not hot when served.

    • Cathi says

      I used to use Chia Seeds, until my Doctor placed my on the SCD Diet (Special Carbohydrate Diet) for healing my Gut.   Chia seeds are SCD illegal because they are “mucilaginous”.  What that means is that they form a gel consistency when they come into contact with water.  And this gel can feed those little bacteria in the gut that we’re trying to starve by adhering to the SCD. So, because of that, I at this time cannot use Chia seeds.  Maybe in the far future after my gut heals, I will.  But I really don’t like the idea of possibly feeding the bad bacteria in my stomach.  So, we will see on that matter.  But thanks for asking.  If your wondering what the SCD diet is for, it’s for people like me who were on the Gluten Free Diet for Celiac Disease, but it didtn’ work along with other types of Stomach/ intestinal issues such as Ulcerative Colits, Corhns desease, IBS/IBD and other stuff like this.  It’s kind of the last resort diet.  Here’s a web site you can check out, if you would like more information.  http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/

      Thank you for you question,
      Catgross
      Ventura, CA

  17. Jennpete74@msn.com says

    Thank you for your informative article! I started taking geletin when I first wake up then I do a short HIIT workout. I am wondering if it is better to take it before or after or does it matter? I was also told that branched chain amino acids are good to take for muscle growth (I just want to be strong and build muscle as I get older), but it appears geletin has that same stats if not more as the stuff they the liquid stuff they sell in the store, any thoughts? Thank you :)

  18. April Grow says

    2 years ago I started taking gelatin at bedtime on an empty stomach (we eat at 5:30 and I took it around 10) for the HGH benefits. It was like drinking cardboard, so I started adding it to herbal tea. Much better. Then I was having trouble with insomnia for the first time ever, and a friend told me about natural calm, so started combining the two instead of using herbal tea. I eventually stopped doing that and can’t really remember why… I hadn’t heard some of the benefits you listed. I will have to start again. I use the same brand you do. I did try making a jello dessert with it and made a HUGE math error and added way too much gelatin and it was ROCK. SOLID. And very funny for Thanksgiving. Glad I could laugh about it :)

  19. Devin says

    I just love your blog. So informative! I have a question about gelatin brands. I know you recommend the great lakes brand, but is the “knox” brand acceptable? It was the only brand of gelatin at my local co-op, so I figured it was safe. Thanks so much!

      • Annette says

        Hi, I’ve never commented on your blog before but thanks for this informative article. I just wanted to say that I just bought knox on amazon and was disappointed to see aspartame in it. Might want to be sure there’s no aspartame.

  20. NC Girl says

    If I am just starting to use gelatin how much should I take? How much water and/or hot tea do you use in which to dissolve the gelatin? Some specifics about the protocol would be appreciated. Thanks!!

    • says

      My typical regimen is about a tablespoon at night. I fill a mug about 1/4 full of cool water, add the gelatin powder, stir quickly and immediately pour in hot herbal tea (pre-brewed) and stir. The herbal tea makes it taste great and the cool water at the beginning helps dissolve the gelatin…

  21. Erica says

    Do you know if this is something I could take in a capsule or does it do a lot better when mixed with something and eaten/drunk? I’d really like to start taking it since it’s so good for you, but I can’t even stand to be in the room when Jell-o is made! I know it’s not Jell-o, but anything I was given as a kid when I was sick, I now absolutely can’t stand without feeling nauseous, so I really don’t know if I could stomach this. And it’s hard to make sure I get a tea in at night that I could take it with, and definitely not during the day with something like smoothies :( silly day job getting in the way of all my ideas! ;)

  22. Maria says

    Hi Katie!

    I would like to ask if you know any other brand of a really good powdered gelatin. I live in Norway and am unable to buy either Bernard Jensens’ or Great Lakes’ powdered gelatin due to shipping restrictions… I can only buy NOW brand without a problem and I know that is not a good one – for gelatin I mean.

    I (also) really need some help… I am trying to get organized with following WAP diet (doing stocks and broths) and I am getting stuck and literally drowned in all this work… which is getting me really frustrated… if I am already literally loaded with doing only stocks and broths (and the WAP formula for my baby) how is it going to be when I go to doing sourdough and fermented foods and the rest? I am somehow unable to keep all up and it seems that it is only me with this problem :( can you give suggestions? Is it only me facing this problem? TIA

  23. says

    I noticed that you mentioned that the store bought options could be “packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors” and so I checked my KNOX gela”TINE” (as stated on the box) for it’s ingredients and all it lists for ingredients is “gelatin”. It also says Natural Gelatin on the box. Is this something that should also not be used for a supplement? I am only asking because I would much rather try this brand if I will notice any relief in arthritis and sleeping through the night. I would have no issues checking out a different brand, but thought that this would at least get me on the right track since I have it in my pantry not being used. What say you about this??? :)

    • says

      That one isn’t grass fed, but it should accomplish a lot of the same things. The only reason I included the disclaimer about sugar and artificial flavors is that one reader thought I was talking about boxed Jello mix and was drinking that!

  24. says

    The biggest difference I can tell after taking gelatin every day is my gut health. Feeling great! My favorite way to ingest gelatin is through a drink mixture I love: in my BlenderBottle I scoop 1 tsp each of gelatin, activated barley, DE (diatomacious earth) Barley Green Juice, Truvia and let the whisk do it’s thing. Add 2 tsp of chia seed. During this time I’ve brewed a cup of green tea (herba mate is delish), I pour this into the bottle, add a little honey, and shake it up. You can add cacao powder for a chocolate drink or mint/peppermint for a refreshing drink.

  25. elizaveta borukhova says

    what do you think of fish collagen ? I haven’t tried it, but I read that is more effective than animal gelatin? Thank you

  26. Carol says

    Hi Katie, I was wondering if taking Gelatin capsules is the same as using powder? I don’t have easy access to a health food store and I’m hesitant to order online. I bought Spring Valley Gelatin 1300mg. It’s 2 after each meal and at bedtime. Am I wasting my time and money or is this the real thing? Thank you!

  27. Carol says

    Another question, I saw somewhere, I’ve read so many of your posts lately they’re kind of running together, that you used to have acne and now your face is clear and scars are gone. What would you say benefited you the most in reducing the appearance of scars? I don’t have many breakouts but have have some scars. Thanks again!

  28. Deanna says

    Can you tell me a little how gelatin would benefit a baby? My baby hasn’t started solids yet but I do give him a probiotic with breast milk. Could I mix gelatin in with the probiotics (not sure if I need to make them separate)? And how much would I give?

  29. jasmine51 says

    Hi Katie,

    I’ve been using Knox Gelatin for close to 20 years now, to help severe cramps I get regularly. It started when I was getting foot cramps (not a good development when you are in rush hour traffic on a freeway!), and it alleviated it. Later I developed intense cramps from colitis, and if I can get some in my system when I first feel the cramps coming on, it stops that pain quickly. It also helped my rather weak nails strengthen.

    Good work passing this on!
    Great Website!

  30. Mariam_M says

    what abt these collagen supplements you can get from whole foods are they the same? been taking collagen-c after trying out the gelatin powder to see if i get the same effect

  31. Tamara says

    Wondering if there is a vegetarian gelatin option. I don’t think I could take the Great Lakes brand….I’ve been vegetarian my whole life.

  32. Amanda says

    Please help! I bought some 100% beef gelatin from our Co-op. I tried to make two things of fruit snacks with it but the flavor is horrible. The beef gelatin tastes disgusting and smells even worse. Is it the kind I bought or did I do something wrong?

  33. Julianne Gibson Spendlove says

    My husband has been taking gelatin daily for several years now, and he swears by it’s benefits. He was in a bad car accident 30 years ago, and his knees were messed up, as well as his back. He was like an old man for so many years, then the gelatin made him young. He now loves race walking and hiking. I have had several recent injuries, and have contemplated taking the gelatin as well, but I have a question. My mom used to give my brother gelatin because he got frequent nosebleeds. Do you know if gelatin has any blood clotting benefits, and if so would that be a problem for someone who should be taking anti-coagulants.

  34. Paleojay says

    Great post! I’ve been thinking of adding this gelatin to my daily Paleo Smoothie…And not I think I will!! Thank you for your well researched article!!
    PaleoJay

  35. Heather Nicole Jackson says

    What is your take on the gelatin capsules? Is that form just as healthy or is the powder form better?

  36. crystal clark-schrock says

    I am interested in trying this, but am a vegetarian. Is there a vegetarian gelatin that would give me the same benefits!!

  37. Tamara says

    I use the Great Lakes hydrolysate in my coffee, smoothies and even mixed into the fruit purée when I make fruit leather in my dehydrator. I LOVE it. I use the regular gelatin for making healthy gummies, jello and marshmallows.
    Since starting the hydrolysate daily, my digestion is better and I love how much more full and satisfied I feel for much longer after a smoothie or breakfast. Noticeable with my toddler too. And he loves his “doot wole ups” (fruit roll ups) – all organics – kale sauteed in coconut oil, banana, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds and gelatin. Puréed and dehydrated!

    • The Other Tamara says

      Pretty funny that another Tamara would post something I have a question about! I’m interested in getting this for my dad who is beginning to battle with osteoarthritis, but he’s a hardcore old school working man and so when I try to give him ideas for changing his diet, it’s often too much of a hassle for him to try it. I think adding it to his coffee is TOTALLY something he could do. Any tips? Can the coffee be piping hot?

  38. Steph Barber says

    Hi, I’m really interested in buying the gelatine however Amazon will not let me but it as I’m in Australia (thinking it must be to do with customs and the animal component of the gelatine). Wold you have any sugggestions as to how I can source this fantastic product? Thanks

  39. Sandra says

    Hi, I just want to say that I recently discovered your blog. It’s been about a day or two and I’m in love…I’m actually not doing homework right now because I just can’t help sucking in all this information like a sponge. Health means everything to me, I’ve been obsessed since I was 14, and although I got so disheartened to learn how bad grains are for you (you think you’re doing something good for yourself…) I know I’m ready for a REAL change. My skin has been so bad lately and I just know it’s because I’m eating the wrong “healthy” foods (And possibly because of my birth control…which I did read your article on, but I’m too scared to do anything about it yet). I’ve always been obsessed with health but I’ve never found something that made me feel great and made me LOOK healthy (on my face). But everything you write just clicks. It makes 100% sense, you have recipes, make things simple, without being ‘too good to be true’ and of course, you cite your sources. I’m going to start oil cleansing…and sprouting grains, if I feel like I need them…and making bone broth:) and maybe start eating red meat again! Grass fed of course. I apologize for rambling but thank you SO much for sharing your brain in this wonderful, INTELLIGENT and inspiring blog. It’s really hard to find good, solid information these days but you have provided that and so much more. I wish I had found it sooner. Thank you and wishing all the best to you and your family.

  40. kay says

    I just learned about the benefits of gelatin for arthritis from a doctor friend and discovered your blog during my research. I have been diagnosed with osteopenia- do you feel the gelatin can help reverse this condition? Also, can you comment on using gelatin capsules instead of powder? Thank you!

  41. Kate says

    So I just started taking Great Lakes and my 10 week old son virtually stopped spitting up. He is only breastfed and spits up all day. Is there any correlation here and when I googled breastfeeding and gelatin supplements I didn’t really find anything good or bad, is it safe?

  42. christine says

    Does the gelatin need to be dissolved in liquid? I have a 15mo old who doesn’t drink much. Can I add it to his yogurt or applesauce?

  43. Zorana says

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve use gelatin for a month 2 months ago and it did improve my knees mobility to some extent. I want to start using it again but I’ve read in some articles that it should be used only 30-40 days once every 6 months. Do you know anything about this restriction? Are there any side effects if it’s overused?
    Thank you so much.

  44. Lily says

    Finally found a way to add Great Lakes Gelatin hydrolysate and not taste it – by adding it to strong ginger tea! Psyched that I’ll finally be able to take this regularly. I have added it to smoothies but can always taste it. This may be a solution for others with this issue!

  45. Lajean Faircloth says

    Hello, was looking for homemade cellulite recps & came across gelatin. I am a gummy bear addict, seriously it’s all I eat 6 out of 7 days. Go thru 16 to 20 lbs a week. Im in my forties & only weighted 100 lbs tops while pregnant but the year I’ve been eatg my bears have put about 6 pounds on me but I lately noticed a major firming of my skin. Had 2 babies aftr 41 & wasnt easy on the body even on a skinny girl…readg about gelatin helping cellulite & firming the skin made me actually look on my legs and it’s barely thr, haven’t worn shorts in 3yrs but this year I think I just might. Gummies have gelatin so yes any form whether flavored mix, plain powder & even candy will work. With the flavored kind or gummies you have to watch out for those calories which in my case has finally made me not stick skinny. The weirdest thing I’ve taken is diatamaceous earth, it’s a miracle on the many wonders it works from, thinning hair, arthritis, fatigue and even a natural flea killer on pets. It’s a form of silica that your body also needs but is often lacking. Check out the many positive reviews. Just be certain you buy the food grade only. I get it at a local flower/feedstore for $8 and it lasts for years..

  46. Kavitha says

    Hello. Thanks for this interesting post and your other posts as well. I had a question on the quality of the Great Lakes Gelatin. You mentioned in your post that in your email contact with the company and on their website they said their cows are grass fed. I went on their website and nowhere does it say the gelatin comes from cows that are grass fed. I think that is odd since that is the type of information consumers are looking for and a company would actually want to promote. What type of proof did they give to you that convinced you of the product quality? I would be grateful if you can share this information. Thanks a lot!

  47. Alex says

    Thanks for the extensive article on this! I had a hunch one day that I was missing something from my diet, and internet research confirmed that it as true! Since I can’t buy Great lakes gelatin (they don’t ship to Canada), I tend to binge–eat gummy bears :( .

    It’s strange, whenever I eat gummy bears I get this weird craving, and I just eat them all up at once. Like a whole bag! I don’t have that with any other food, I think it must be because my body is craving gelatin. What do you think?

    My girlfriend laughs at me, but I think it’s true :P .

  48. Barbara says

    Katie, is there any chance you could come up with a recipe for *GUMMIBEARS MADE WITH s w e r v e *? That just would be heavenly. I crave them! Thanks Barbara.

  49. Lori says

    Thank you so much! I had no idea! I have a lot of digestive issues and would love to give gelatin a try for that as well as its many other benefits, but I’m allergic to anything from a cow. Do you know of a brand of gelatin that does not come from a cow or where I might look for it?

  50. Angela says

    I just tried 1 tbsp. Great Lakes Kosher gelatin (orange label) in my pea protein smoothie and I couldn’t tell it was there. Awesome! I have tried it in my tea and I can smell rather than taste it which doesn’t work for me so much. Thanks for your wonderful website!

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