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Is Gelatin an ingredient ok to use on the Paleo Diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I'm a R&D chef working on a Paleo Diet project and the question has come up a few times regarding Gelatin. Is this ok to use in small amounts?

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on November 03, 2013
at 02:35 PM

It looks as if I will be getting both...one for cooking/heated preperations and one for smoothies. Coffee huh? I have so much in my coffee already! LOL

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on November 03, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I use the one in the red container. Always in coffee - a heaped teaspoon dissolved in water then topped up with coffee. Also in almost all meat dishes - the sauce takes on a lovely unctuous quality. And I make bone broth two times weekly. Love my gelatin!

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on November 02, 2013
at 11:24 PM

shelly, the red container you can make gelatin desserts with. the green one doesn't get all gloopy like that- it dissolves pretty well in liquids. I personally use the green container and put it in my smoothies because it doesn't get clumpy at all.

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on November 08, 2011
at 02:20 PM

Here is a description of how Knox gelatin is made: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5063199_knox-gelatin-made.html

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I was thinking along the lines of the Gelatin Sheets used for pastry work.

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on March 31, 2011
at 07:26 PM

No, but when I consider foods produced though industrial processes using harsh chemicals, I think the burden of proof should be on the person claiming the result is healthy.

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on March 31, 2011
at 05:06 PM

do you have any references that show that the final product is harmful? I don't.

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on March 31, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Do you have any references that show the process is not damaging? I did some reading, and I'm still a little skeptical of it. Here are some quotes/phrases from http://www.gelatin-gmia.com/html/rawmaterials.html *chemical and physical treatment *treated with dilute hydrochloric acid *dehaired chemically with a lime/sulfide solution *lengthy treatment with an alkali (usually lime) and water *deamination of the collagen occurs, with evolution of ammonia *dehaired by scalding with a hot dilute caustic soda solution *soaked in cold dilute mineral acid for several hours (Hydrochloric and sulfuric)

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on March 31, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Do you have any references that show the process is not damaging? I did some reading, and I'm still a little skeptical of it. Here are some quotes/phrases from http://www.gelatin-gmia.com/html/rawmaterials.html chemical and physical treatment treated with dilute hydrochloric acid dehaired chemically with a lime/sulfide solution lengthy treatment with an alkali (usually lime) and water deamination of the collagen occurs, with evolution of ammonia dehaired by scalding with a hot dilute caustic soda solution soaked in cold dilute mineral acid for several hours (Hydrochloric and sulfuric acid)

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on March 29, 2011
at 09:57 PM

you can buy an organic version. The process of making the powder is not damaging to the ingredient.

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on March 29, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Yeah, gelatin from bone stock is one of the best things you can eat. But what about the little packets of industrially produced gelatin powder? I'm guessing that's what the question is asking about.

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on March 29, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Do you mean like Knox Gelatin?

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 29, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Definitely more than OK, in fact since our paleolithic ancestors seem to have scavenged often, broke down the bones, and boiled them, it would have been a major part of the diet. Some people argue that it might even be an essential part of the diet. I consume it as part of gelatinous broth daily and also sometimes make desserts with organic gelatin.

You also might be interested in our extensive discussions of gelatin http://paleohacks.com/search?q=gelatin#axzz1I0Tuh8ia

7b7ebe08c25d5a911f9c15c5e50092b9

(337)

on March 29, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Yeah, gelatin from bone stock is one of the best things you can eat. But what about the little packets of industrially produced gelatin powder? I'm guessing that's what the question is asking about.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 29, 2011
at 09:57 PM

you can buy an organic version. The process of making the powder is not damaging to the ingredient.

7b7ebe08c25d5a911f9c15c5e50092b9

(337)

on March 31, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Do you have any references that show the process is not damaging? I did some reading, and I'm still a little skeptical of it. Here are some quotes/phrases from http://www.gelatin-gmia.com/html/rawmaterials.html chemical and physical treatment treated with dilute hydrochloric acid dehaired chemically with a lime/sulfide solution lengthy treatment with an alkali (usually lime) and water deamination of the collagen occurs, with evolution of ammonia dehaired by scalding with a hot dilute caustic soda solution soaked in cold dilute mineral acid for several hours (Hydrochloric and sulfuric acid)

7b7ebe08c25d5a911f9c15c5e50092b9

(337)

on March 31, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Do you have any references that show the process is not damaging? I did some reading, and I'm still a little skeptical of it. Here are some quotes/phrases from http://www.gelatin-gmia.com/html/rawmaterials.html *chemical and physical treatment *treated with dilute hydrochloric acid *dehaired chemically with a lime/sulfide solution *lengthy treatment with an alkali (usually lime) and water *deamination of the collagen occurs, with evolution of ammonia *dehaired by scalding with a hot dilute caustic soda solution *soaked in cold dilute mineral acid for several hours (Hydrochloric and sulfuric)

7b7ebe08c25d5a911f9c15c5e50092b9

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on March 31, 2011
at 07:26 PM

No, but when I consider foods produced though industrial processes using harsh chemicals, I think the burden of proof should be on the person claiming the result is healthy.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 31, 2011
at 05:06 PM

do you have any references that show that the final product is harmful? I don't.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 08, 2011
at 02:20 PM

Here is a description of how Knox gelatin is made: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5063199_knox-gelatin-made.html

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on November 10, 2013
at 01:51 AM

@ShellyMarie

Green Container- Gelatin Hydrolysate; Kosher, doesn't gel, can be used in smoothies.

Red Container- Beef Gelatin, Kosher, does gel, can be used in gelatin desserts, sauces, etc

Orange(ish) Container- Porcine Gelatin, not Kosher, does gel, can be used in gelatin desserts, sauces, etc

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on November 03, 2013
at 12:35 AM

I found an easy crock pot bone broth recipe and making it next weekend. What I need is a good protein for a meal replacement. I used to graze throughout the day after long periods of time without a break teaching. Now I eat differently but again have long days chasing kids around. I can't stand to eat food at 6 AM unless it's my power coffee which seems to be a "new" thing. I've been doing that for years sans the MCT. I'm all over that as soon as it arrives. So back to gelatin...I went through an egg-white powder phase, and I read conflicting info on that, so the gelatin is very appealing.

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on November 03, 2013
at 12:06 AM

I was going to get this as sort of a Instant-Bone Broth. haha. Bone broth can be a huge project to make week after week. Gelatin seems to be a good alternative.

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on November 02, 2013
at 07:38 PM

I see this is an older post, but I am about to purchase some Great Lakes gelatin to use as a protein supplement. I have no idea which to get. There is a red and green canister; one being hydrolyzed. Also, Kosher or not??? I just want a protein source. I use to use egg white powder, but I think gelatin may be best for me at this point. I really need help in deciding, and soon! Thanks~

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on November 02, 2013
at 11:24 PM

shelly, the red container you can make gelatin desserts with. the green one doesn't get all gloopy like that- it dissolves pretty well in liquids. I personally use the green container and put it in my smoothies because it doesn't get clumpy at all.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on November 03, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I use the one in the red container. Always in coffee - a heaped teaspoon dissolved in water then topped up with coffee. Also in almost all meat dishes - the sauce takes on a lovely unctuous quality. And I make bone broth two times weekly. Love my gelatin!

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on July 29, 2011
at 03:08 AM

I eat it often. Definitely noticed an improvement in my skin and nails. Here's a recipe idea: chocolate pudding with gelatin! http://raspberrycoconut.com/2011/07/25/chocolate-moo-sse/

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