THIS MONTH’S MIRACLE INGREDIENT: Grass-fed GELATINE
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.
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