“Even though I know it’s so good for me, I do not enjoy cooking a pot of bones… especially with chicken feet! 🙂 Can I use a quality powered gelatin and achieve similar healing results?” asks Jenny M. for today’s #AskWardee. I’m sharing my answer below!
From Jenny M.:
“Hi Wardee! I am loving your scopes each week! I’m learning so much! My question is: If I am trying to heal my leaky gut, can I use Vital Proteins powered gelatin instead of making my own bone broth? Even though I know it’s so good for me, I do not enjoy cooking a pot of bones… especially with chicken feet! 🙂 Can I use a quality powered gelatin and achieve similar healing results Thank you so much for taking time to answer this. You are a blessing!”
Are The Benefits Of Gelatin As Good As Broth?
This is a quote from The Gelatin Secret by Sylvie McCracken:
“But, even these quality gelatin products don’t compare to the whole caboodle that is bone broth. … When you cook down bones and other animal parts containing collagen, the collagen is released as gelatin. This gelatin is very rich in proline and glycine that your body can absorb. Bones aren’t just good sources of gelatin though! Broth made from bones is also rich in nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, and potassium. Not surprisingly, all of these are great for your bones. The bone broth itself is a liquid and rich in electrolytes, so it is also very hydrating.
Ideally, we’d all consume a few cups of homemade bone broth every day. The broth would provide us with a healthy dosage of gelatin along with the many other nutrients from the bones.
It turns out gelatin is one of the best foods you can eat for your gut. It basically acts like spackle and fills in holes in the gut lining. No wonder bone broth, with its high amounts of gelatin, is considered the go-to remedy for any digestive problem!”
The bottom line is: Whether it’s bone health, joint pain, overall nutrient profile, gut health… broth is a whole food and delivers a whole package of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients along with the gelatin.
It’s better to have broth rather than gelatin only.
I don’t want to leave it there, though. Let’s talk through some ways that you can get broth into your home without feeling squeamish about it (or whatever else is the issue on why you don’t care for making it).
#1 — Tweak the broth-making so you can stomach it.
Here are 7 ideas:
- Don’t use chicken feet! Just use chicken bones!
- Or use bones that don’t give off a smell you can’t stomach (if that’s the issue). Perhaps roasting the bones first (which makes an amazing dark stock) makes the process more palatable. I have great recipes for chicken, beef, or fish stock inside the Traditional Cooking School Premium Membership.
- Can you make your stock outside or in a garage where you’re not smelling it all day long?
- Can you delegate broth-making to someone else in the family?
- Barter with a friend or family member. They make broth and you make something you enjoy, then trade!
- Use an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) to make broth more quickly, therefore shortening the hands-on time.
- Make a big batch once per week or month and freeze so you aren’t making it so often.
#2 — Get your broth pre-made.
A great place to order broth online is from Wise Choice Market. It’s a quality broth shipped frozen straight to your door!
- Safe and chemical-free, bone broth is cooked, stirred, and packaged with stainless steel.
- Healthy and nourishing, organic bone broth is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and gelatin.
- The rich, balanced flavor of bone broth is perfect on its own or in other dishes.
- Shipped frozen to your door, their beef bone broth is hassle-free and stores easily.
- Real bone broth takes days to make, and their beef bone broth is slowly cooked for 48 hours.
- It’s compliant with organic, pastured, GAPS, Paleo, etc… a true, quality, nutrient-dense healing food.
#3 — Continue to supplement with gelatin.
The best combination for healing your gut is to have broth daily and also to supplement with gelatin/collagen.
You’ll find recipes in The Gelatin Secret.
Here are sources of quality gelatin online:
Gelatin (Great Lakes — red can) is great for gelling things like Kombucha jello, homemade gummy vitamins, custard, pudding, etc. It needs to be warmed to dissolve it in order for it to work as a gelling agent.
Collagen (Great Lakes — green can) does not gel, but it also doesn’t need to be warmed to dissolve. It stirs right in. I add it to to my tea and herbal coffee, and also to smoothies.
- Free Traditional Cooking Video Series
- The Gelatin Secret
- Great Lakes Gelatin
- Great Lakes Collagen
- Vital Proteins Gelatin
- Wise Choice Market
- Instant Pot
- Traditional Cooking School Premium Membership
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