Gelatin -- A Healthy Protein Powder?

by 950 · March 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I just came across this article which talks about gelatin as a healthy protein powder:


I am very intrigued by it because I would like to supplement my diet with extra protein, but don't because I dislike the ingredients of most traditional protein shakes. My questions are:

  1. Has anyone used gelatin as a "protein powder."
  2. Would you use it the same as you would a protein shake (PWO, etc.)?

Thanks for your help.

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24343 · September 30, 2011 at 01:20 AM

If you want to use gelatin as a "protein powder", you might want to consider the hydrolyzed form, which dissolves without needing hot liquid.

I use gelatin for weeks at a time. So does Stabby, another paleohacker, and a couple more people if you check other gelatin threads. I personally don't make bone broth anymore because it's so stinky in my little apartment while cooking up!

There are no excitotoxins in pure gelatin products, such as Great Lakes gelatin. There are excitoxins in boxed foods that contain gelatin, such as Jello.

Another option, if you don't like the added ingredients in protein shakes, is to get pure milk protein, pure egg protein, or even a mix of the two. The two most well-known customized protein ordering websites (i.e. no sweetener, thickener, or flavor necessary) are Protein Factory and True Protein. Also, unflavored protein is available on Amazon, but sometimes more expensive and not able to be ordered in small quantities. Also also, organic unflavored protein is amazingly expensive, and a very rare bird as well.

77322 · September 30, 2011 at 08:23 AM

Cheese is far easier to make yourself, and if its from goat its absolutely superior. Far greater taste too, especially in high grade olive oil.

Additionally, it comes with K2, Calcium [probably the best form] and other stuff like α-lactalbumin.

Some people will complain now that its not paleo and sh*t like that, but ignore. If you do not have specific problems with cheese and you don not eat wheat, its generally no problem.

If you live in USA, you might want to find some good source or make your own from raw milk. In Europe, GBH is still forbidden which also means less antibiotic usage. But this is really not much different from any other animal.

Check out AA content: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=100+g+cheese

@Kamal, you like Audrey Tautou movies ? Next step is cheese if you want to be more in the spirit. Cooking bones is not what lady should do :P


21258 · September 30, 2011 at 01:22 AM

No no no 1000 times no.

Back in the 60s people died of malnourishment due to a lack of nutritive value in gelatin protein supplements while following a fad psmf diet. Your body needs more than protein post workout. link text

I don't recommend it. Instead, there are Organic whole egg and raw whey powders available on the market. Whole egg protein is available from true protein.com

0 · March 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I use Great Lakes and totally love it. You can even do subscribe and save. I don't use it for meal replacement, but I do supplement with it. I like to blend it with warm almond milk and a teaspoon of matcha green tea in my bullet before breakfast. I also will have some occasionally blended into warm almond milk before bed to help me sleep. I also get the green collagen container so that if I need to blend it when I'm away from home that stuff is easy to stir into anything.

63 · March 09, 2014 at 06:47 AM

Great Lakes Gelatin, which is available in the hydrolyzed form so that it does not clump, is a great bioavailable source of protein that does not have any excitotoxins. We toss it into our smoothies in the morning and don't think too much more about it. It delivers many of the benefits of homemade bone broth without the work or the the reduced shelf life. It's a really good choice for folks who are avoiding dairy or have trouble with plant protein powder.

5 · February 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Gelatin/collagen should be consumed but they aren't comparable to common protein powders and the general intake of protein. Protein alone isn't much meaningful but if it comes with other good nutrients such as phosphatidyl serine, phosphatidyl choline, vitamins and minerals, good fats that's something I agree with increasing in general and that mainly means good seafood and organ meats.

A reason to consume a protein powder may be to experiment with the high serotonine production factor of hemp protein.

Milk and egg protein powders aren't good at all, but if you had to consume one, that may rather be whey concentrates.

Unless you are in a serious competition about muscles...

16813 · February 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Gelatin is great stuff, useful for building new connective tissues (along with Vitamin C), and it's useful for healing the gut, but it's not a complete protein source and shouldn't be used as a muscle builder. The title is misleading in the sense that when people think "protein powder" they generally think ergogenic. In that case you'd want meat.

You don't need to buy some expensive gelatin that's been "approved" through an advertorial such as the link in OP's question - make it yoursef from bones. Get a bunch of bones - especially from joints, a crockpot, a tablespoon of salt, and a tablespoon or two of distilled white vinegar. Boil the bones down for 24 hours or longer if they're from beef until the bones break apart. Once cooled, skim off any fats at the top. The end product should gelatinize if you had enough bones vs water.

Bone broth made this way is also a good source of glucosamine and many other similar joint repair substances that you don't get in commercial products.

0 · February 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Gelatin (also known as collagen) is very good for you. Hydrolyzed is best. It has a different amino acid profile than whey but whey has 1 huge benefit as a protein source. You can get your whey as undenatured and that is not possible with collagen. Undenatured protein is very good for you and I would recommend it over collagen if it is the only protein supplement you take. However, collagen is very good for your bones, skin and connective tissue. The reason bone broth is good for you is because of the high collagen content.

0 · February 24, 2014 at 05:20 PM


25181 · September 30, 2011 at 12:29 AM

All gelatin that is commercially produced is loaded with excitotoxins. So i would never eat it. If you make your own with bone broth that is awesome.

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