The first thing that pops into our heads when we hear the word ‘ge­la­tine’ is jelly – but there’s much more to this su­per­food than just adding the wob­ble to a favourite child­hood dessert.

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Ge­la­tine of­fers numer­ous health ben­e­fits, among them im­prov­ing hair, skin and nail growth, and treat­ing os­teo­poro­sis. Translu­cent and flavour­less, it’s largely com­posed of the amino acids glycine, pro­line, hy­drox­ypro­line and glu­tamic acid, which are pro­duced when the col­la­gen in the skin, bones and tis­sue of cat­tle, chicken and pigs is bro­ken down.

Ge­la­tine can be bought in the form of plas­tic-look­ing sheets or as a pow­der, and it’s the gelling agent com­monly found in foods like marsh­mal­lows and jelly, as well as some ice creams, dips and yo­ghurts. But there are ways to in­clude it in an LCHF diet too – in soups, sauces and stews, for in­stance – so you can en­joy the health ben­e­fits.

Here are just 10 of this nu­tri­ent-dense FOOD’S BEN­E­FITS:

1 Ge­la­tine helps heal wounds, as the amino acids in it have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties and help build mus­cle tis­sue.

2 It can help tighten the loose skin on your body, so it’s worth eat­ing if you’ve just lost a lot of weight. Stud­ies have found that peo­ple who eat ge­la­tine ev­ery day have greater skin elas­tic­ity – think fewer wrin­kles, less cel­lulite and im­proved stretch marks.

3 Ge­la­tine con­tains col­la­gen, which is used to treat the pain and in­flam­ma­tion associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthri­tis and os­teo­poro­sis.

4 If you’re prone to stress, up­ping your ge­la­tine in­take can help pre­vent and treat stom­ach ul­cers, as the short

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