About a month ago, I wrote about the differences of Collagen Peptides and Gelatin. I wanted to try Gelatin, but to be honest, I didn’t know where to start.
I didn’t know the differences myself. As most people know, I’m a Vital Proteins Ambassador so in exchange for a couple of products each month, I get to try new products. I’m not being paid to promote the products.
First, What is Gelatin?
Gelatin is a substance derived from collagen. As I’ve written about before, Collagen is well known for its hair, nail, and skin benefits. Gelatin is also just as good for those. Gelatin also has about the same amount of protein. So it’s a great addition to smoothies after a workout.
In food, collagen is found mostly in tougher cuts of beef that contain a lot of connective tissue. Typically these are pieces we don’t use.
Most people don’t eat animal skin or tendons raw. When you cook collagen, it transforms into gelatin.
In short, Gelatin is the cooked form of Collagen.
The properties of both gelatin and collagen are slightly different, but the health benefits are the same.
Gelatin produces a “gel” effect in foods.
Collagen Peptides are better mixed into foods because they don’t turn to gel.
I currently use the Flavorless Beef Gelatin Powder. Many people have asked, but it truly has no flavor. I’ve mixed it with sweet drinks and never had an issue.
What is Gelatin better for?
It’s better than Collagen Peptides for a few things:
- Homemade jello or jello type desserts
- Homemade marshmallows (I’ve wanted to make this)
- Thickening smoothies, sauces, and soup.
One thing that Gelatin has that regular Collagen peptides do not is more of an effect on overall “gut health.” Gelatin fills the holes of the stomach lining and reduces inflammation. It also increases the amount of gastric acid in the gut. Gastric Acid is used to digest protein.
Hopefully, that helps with Gelatin. I would love to hear how you’re using collagen or a recipe for Gelatin you have!
Thank you Vital Proteins for keeping me as an ambassador.
Questions for you:
Have you tried cooking with gelatin?
Do you have any easy recipes?