The health benefits of gelatine involve strengthening nails and hair, giving them greater strength, thickness, growth and shine. Gelatine is also an excellent source of hydration due to its high water content, which maintains the firmness of the skin and hair and helps to combat constipation.
In addition, gelatin is a dessert of animal origin rich in collagen, which is the element responsible for the maintenance of bones, for the reconstitution and regeneration of the joints and which acts in order to delay the natural flaccidity process typical of aging, thus avoiding wrinkles, cellulite and expression marks. See other collagen-rich foods .
Gelatin is not fattening, because despite having sugar, it also has a lot of water, which makes this food a very good complement to diets. Anyone who wants can opt for diet or light gelatin, and there is no sugar.
Gelatin has no fats and is a sweet alternative that can be consumed in the diet version, and can be part of a diet for weight loss or just for skin rejuvenation, because of collagen.
Adding apple, strawberry, peach or pineapple to pieces in hot water, before making gelatin, is a way to make gelatin even more nutritious.
Agar agar gelatin
As the gelatines commercially found in the supermarket contain a large amount of dyes, it is recommended to exchange it for agar gelatin, which is also beneficial. However, this gelatin is not a source of animal collagen, it is a gelatin of vegetable origin, made from seaweed, and can also be consumed by vegetarians.
The agar gelatin is rich in fibers, helping to regulate the intestine and increasing the feeling of satiety. It also yields more than ordinary gelatin and does not alter the taste of food when used in recipes such as cakes and desserts.
See the table below 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, vegetable gelatin does not become liquid at room temperature and can be kept out of the refrigerator.
Gelatin Juice Recipe
This gelatin candy recipe is very simple to make and very healthy, and can be consumed even by babies over 1 year old.
- 1 packet of colorless, flavorless gelatin
- 2 packets of regular gelatin
- 200 ml of water
Mix the ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. When very uniform, turn off the heat and place the liquid in acetate or silicone molds and refrigerate for about 2 hours. When the gelatin is firm, unmold.
The molds can be found in household products stores or purchased online and there are several shapes and sizes.