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Too Much Gelatin?

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Created April 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I know this is kinda the opposite of how most arrive at q's on gelatin, but I'm a bit concerned about my intake being excessive.
I started supplementing gelatin ~2mo ago, taking more and more as time went on (there was a noted 'delay' in digestion that I liked, ie it helped slow/smooth food and stimulant(caff/ephedrine) digestion; I also am very convinced that gelatin is extremely beneficial nutritionally, in addition to being a good 'gelling agent' for slowing down digestion and coating esophagus/stomach)

ANYWAYS, I make really good broths only 2 or 3X / month, and am pretty much relying on my Knox at this point - I'm taking at least 1 packet a day (usually going through ~35 packets a month) of the 7g standard packets, and am starting to worry if this is too much? (I think my concern isn't about 'gelatin' or the amino's in it per se, but rather about consuming so much of an 'industrial' gelatin product, where I have no idea what the producer's acceptable contaminant/etc rates are, and am kind of concerned that taking so much of a 'mystery gelatin' like Knox may not be the best idea)

OTOH, I cannot afford (time or finances) to consume this much gelatin and be sure it's organic, locally-raised, home-processed from grass fed/finished livestock. So I'm posting this to help understnad where my 'happy-medium' should be!

Cheers and thnx in advance!!

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30 · April 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

LOL Matt, yeah sorry about that, I was apparently thinking backwards that day.

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41361 · April 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I disagree, it is a food isolate. It's not a terrible food isolate though. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat bone broth, and would NOT consume gelatin powder for any reason, but for fruity jello.

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17083 · April 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Weirdly enough, this is very much possible since prions aren't affected by cooking, and are just misfolded proteins that can misfold other proteins they come in contact with. If this is true, it would mean that the gelatin was made from nerve tissues such as spines or brains. However, what is unstated here is whether the mother ate CAFO beef and beef byproducts outside of just gelatin, so it makes for not much more than an urban legend.

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17083 · April 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Gelatin is real food, especially if it's a bone broth that congealed into gelatin.

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1523 · April 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

try great lakes brand and cut your consumption in half, see how you feel.

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912 · April 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

the kosher version is bovine and from grass-fed argentinian cattle. the porcine version is from pork.

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41361 · April 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The Kosher version is from pork? ;)

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912 · April 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Go for great lakes gelatin. I always have 5-10 grams when I eat grass-fed meat. This helps balance out the aminos. Too much typrophan and cysteine is not good for your thyroid. Additional gelatin which contains glycine and alanine balances the amino profile, emulating eating the whole animal as nature intended.

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30 · April 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM

While I haven't bought it myself, I planned on getting Great Lakes Gelatin, which is made from grass-fed cows (or pork if you get the Kosher version).

I too have been doing the Knox packets for the time being, until I order the Great Lakes.

Or, just make more broth in bigger batches and freeze in smaller batches so you can have it on-hand whenever needed.

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30 · April 29, 2013 at 1:37 PM

LOL Matt, yeah sorry about that, I was apparently thinking backwards that day.

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912 · April 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

the kosher version is bovine and from grass-fed argentinian cattle. the porcine version is from pork.

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41361 · April 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The Kosher version is from pork? ;)

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777 · April 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I'd stick to broth & leave the processed stuff well alone, i read one report on the net recently where this girl stated that her mother ate a famous brand/store bought gelatin for years & years eventually she died of mad cow disease, now, i HATE fear mongering, im not even suggesting it was related, but her own daughter thought it was. I wouldn't touch anything expect broth from grassfed beef/lamb/pastured pork.

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17083 · April 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Weirdly enough, this is very much possible since prions aren't affected by cooking, and are just misfolded proteins that can misfold other proteins they come in contact with. If this is true, it would mean that the gelatin was made from nerve tissues such as spines or brains. However, what is unstated here is whether the mother ate CAFO beef and beef byproducts outside of just gelatin, so it makes for not much more than an urban legend.

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41361 · April 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Put down the paleo koolaid (gelatin), chillax and eat real food.

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41361 · April 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I disagree, it is a food isolate. It's not a terrible food isolate though. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat bone broth, and would NOT consume gelatin powder for any reason, but for fruity jello.

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17083 · April 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Gelatin is real food, especially if it's a bone broth that congealed into gelatin.

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