Do love a good gelatin dessert? There’s something boundlessly appealing about this jiggly confection. It’s something about how you can squeeze it through your teeth and slurp it down. It also comes in a rainbow of flavours, and if you buy the plain stuff, you can make your own custom flavours using fruit juice (or booze, if it’s one of those get-togethers).
It also never ceases to captivate folks with its wobbly, but shape-keeping properties, which is why the 1950s and ’60s exploded with gelatin aquariums, and lately, Jell-O soda bottles became a strange viral trend.
But what you might not understand is that as alien-seeming as gelatin is, it’s essentially a naturally derived food, and it’s really good for you! So the next time you decide to indulge in a little Jell-O, you’re actually doing your body a substantial amount of good.
The other cool thing about gelatin is that it can take a lot of forms, not just the typical Jell-O mold. Gelatin can take on many forms, and might even be loitering in things you eat all the time. But that’s a good thing. Gelatin is packed with nutrients that are great for your entire body.
Read on to discover what gelatin can do for you, and remember, while they have gelatin, go easy on the Jell-O shots!
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What Is Gelatin?
Gelatin is what happens when you prepare collagen, which is the most plentiful protein in animal tissue like skin, bones, cartilage, and hooves. Gelatin is made by cooking these parts of the animal. If you’ve ever chilled a homemade soup and found it turned to jelly, that’s gelatin!
Now, eating the extracted stuff from bones and hooves might sound gross, but think about it this way: if you’re going to eat an animal, you might as well make the most of every part and not let it go to waste, right?