Are SAD folks "gelatin deficient"? Is it essential or can we make it on our own? Are there benefits/side effects to getting any particular amount from food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 16, 2012 at 5:31 AM

It occured to me today as I tossed my millionth batch of jello consistency bone broth in something, that the SAD (that I used to follow) provided practically no gelatin. Obviously it isnt required to live or people would be dropping like flies. I couldnt think of a specific benefit I had recieved from consuming it. Yet it has an undeniable affect in the food I eat. More than just a nice mouthfeel. The body seems to greedily crave anything that is cooked with gelatin rich broth. In the same way I MUST have a nice rare steak once a month (Im a woman). Not to be confused with a "need"(addiction) for sugar but a deep seated "GIVE BODY MORE OF THIS" feeling. Hopefully you will have some insight=)

All though... Pills tend to be made with gelatin capsules maybe SAD folks arent as deficient as I thought ..(snark)

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on October 16, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Just a thought, but it may be one of those nutrients deficiencies that doesn't really kill you, but over long periods of time can cause issues. Knee/joint problems are becoming very, very common. As are digestive and immune problems.



on October 16, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I have noticed an awful lot of people seem to need hip and knee replacements nowadays.
I suspect eating gelatin plays a role.


on October 16, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Just wanted to co-sign on that visceral "GIVE BODY MORE OF THIS" feeling that bone broth invokes.

As this site points out,

"Especially helpful for people dealing with digestive problems, leaky gut or gut flora imbalances. [Bone broth] extracts some nutrients from the bones that we only seldom get in our diets nowadays. Some examples are collagen, gelatin and glucosamine. Those nutrients are some of the main building blocks of the digestive system and help it stay healthy."



on October 16, 2012
at 04:59 PM

I thought this article actually summed it up rather nicely. In short: amino acids, easier digestion of other foods eaten, intestinal health. However, almost all the citations are from Sally Fallon Morell/WAPF, so not a lot of variety in the evidence.


on October 16, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Gelatin = egg yolks = whey = extremely easily absorbed protein. It requires no digestion. Even those with low-stomach acid can "digest" it since it's just amino acids.

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