The health benefits of gelatin involve strengthening the nails and hair, giving them greater strength, thickness, growth and shine. Gelatin is also an excellent source of hydration, because of its high-water content, which maintains firmness of the skin and hair and also helps to fight against constipation.
In addition, gelatin is a dessert of animal origin rich in collagen, which is the element responsible for the maintenance of the bones, for the reconstruction and regeneration of the joints. Moreover, it slows down the process of aging itself and natural sagging, thus avoiding the wrinkles, cellulite and expression marks.
Gelatin makes you fat?
Gelatin is not fattening, because despite having sugar, it also has plenty of water, which makes this food a very good complement to any diet. Anyone who wants can opt for diet or light gelatin, as there is no sugar.
Gelatin has no fat and is a sweet alternative that can be consumed in the diet version, being part of a diet for weight loss or just for skin rejuvenation, because of collagen.
Adding apple, strawberry, peach or pineapple pieces in hot water, before making gelatin, is a way to make gelatin even more nutritious.
As the gelatin commercially found in the supermarket contain a large amount of dyes, it is recommended to exchange it with the agar- agar powder which is equally beneficial. However, powder is not a source of animal collagen, it is a gelatin of vegetable origin. Agar-agar powder is made from seaweed, and can also be consumed by vegetarians.
Agar-agar is rich in fibre, helping to regulate the intestine and increasing the feeling of satiety. It also yields more than ordinary jelly and does not alter the taste of food when used in recipes such as cakes and desserts.
See the following table for the difference in nutritional composition for 100 g of the two types of gelatin.
|Components||Animal Gelatin||Vegetable Gelatin|
|Energy||380 kcal||191 kcal|
|Carbohydrate||89.2 g||10 g|
|Protein||8.9 g||2 g|
|Sodium||235 mg||125 mg|
|Vitamin C||40 mg||600 mg|
In addition, the vegetable gelatin does not become liquid at room temperature and can be kept out of the fridge.
Gummy Candy Recipe
This recipe is very simple to make and is very healthy. Moreover it is also suitable for babies over 1 year old.
1 package of unflavoured, colourless Gelatin
2 packets of plain Gelatin
200 ml of water
Method of preparation
Mix the ingredients in a pan and simmer, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. When it is very even, turn off the heat and put the liquid in silicone moulds. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. When the gelatin has a firm consistency, unmould it.
You can buy jelly moulds in home supply stores or online and there are several shapes and sizes.
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