Gummie candies on a healthy blog?! Well yes, These candies are made using gelatine powder (specifically grass-fed beef gelatin powder), and my from what I researched gelatin is more like a nutritional supplement than a raw ingredient.
Gelatin is composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which are found in the skin, bones, and organs of animals. In modern society, these parts of the animals are often discarded and not consumed. Both of these amino acids are defined as non-essential as the body can synthesize them. But there is mounting evidence that proline should be reclassified as “Research shows that plasma levels fall by 20 to 30 percent when individuals in normal health are put on proline-free diets.” This suggests that the body can produce proline but probably not in sufficient quantities without dietary assistance.” (Weston A. Price Foundation) Glycine too might be considered “conditionally essential” as it is the simplest amino acid and is involved in the synthesis of hemoglobin, glutathione and DNA and RNA.
According to information from Weston A. Price foundation glycine is needed in large amounts in our body for proper detoxification after chemical exposure. More specifically benzoic acid, which is used in the food industry as a preservative.
Glycine also aids digestion by enhancing gastric acid secretion. Proper digestion plays a critical role in maintaining good health as partial digestion may lead to dietary deficiencies, even though we are eating nutritious food.
Glycine plays a critical role in wound healing and repair.
These gummies are a great way to consume this wonderful nutritious supplement and have a treat as well.
Since this recipe is made using dates there is no added sweetener, only the dates, which are very sweet.
Date and Coconut Gummies:
½ cup date puree (made by blending a ½ cup of soaked pitted dates and between 5-7 tbsp of soaking water)
½ cup full fat coconut milk
6 tbsp gelatin powder (preferably grass-fed)
½ tsp vanilla extract
In a small saucepan mix milk and date puree over a low flame. Add gelatin powder and mix until gelatin is fully incorporated, you can use an immersion blender as well. Pour into silicone molds and refrigerate for an hour. Remove from molds and store in the fridge in an airtight container. They are good for up to three weeks.
How do you use gelatin? Have you found it beneficial? I would love to hear from you in the comments.