What is gelatin made of?


Gelatin is used to prepare many dishes: jelly, canned meat or fish, jelly, aspic, cakes, sweets, etc. Some hostesses are interested to know, but from what is gelatin made?

What is gelatin?

Gelatin is of plant and animal origin.

Most often gelatin is an animal protein. Bones of cattle are used for its preparation, as well as skins, hooves, and tendons. The essence is to obtain protein from bones and other above-mentioned parts of animals. This animal protein is called gelatin.

Why are bones used to make gelatin?Because they are rich, as are hooves, skins, tendons of cattle, connective tissue fibers. They contain collagen. In the process of technical processing collagen splits. Dried, peeled, processed product is gelatin.

Today, the gelatin learned to allocate from some algae and fruit. it vegetable gelatin - pectin and agar-agar derived from algae.

Gelatin Composition

Gelatin contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, water, ash, starch and minerals.

Mineral substances that are part of gelatin: iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium.

Caloric content of 100 g of gelatin is 355 kcal.

What is the use of gelatin?

Of course, one can not say about the benefits of gelatin for humans. And above all, this benefit applies to cooking.Gelatin enhances the taste of the dish.

It is used as a protection in meat and sausage products. Gelatin is a stabilizer for sweet and dairy products. Gelatin supports the shape of confectionery products. It has a neutral taste, therefore it is added to drinks, lightening them.

Gelatin is a foaming agent in bakery, confectionery products.

Gelatin brings the following benefits to the human body:

  • strengthens bones;
  • strengthens the cartilage of the joint or helps them recover quickly;
  • effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis and osteochondrosis and other diseases of the passive part of the musculoskeletal system;
  • strengthens and makes the tendons and ligaments more elastic;
  • strengthens nails and hair;
  • improves skin condition.

Gelatin is especially useful for athletes, as well as for people who have undergone bone surgery, for fractures and diseases of the spine, etc.

For non-food purposes, gelatin is used as:

  • capsule shell drugs;
  • it is a part of artificial plasma, photographic paper and film, dressing means, etc.
  • in the cosmetic industry - in the form of a reducing and useful additive in shampoos, masks, and balms.

On the benefits and harms of gelatin, read the article Gelatin: benefits and harms.

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