Gelatin is considered to be one of the NEW superfoods, a miracle, magic health supplement. BUT IS IT? Yes, it is. However, it is NOT new – just forgotten. Gelatin has been used successfully throughout history in the medical world for a variety of reasons as it was readily available and affordable.
The question of grass-fed / grain-fed Gelatin and its source is something we get asked regularly. The answer in all its complexities is actually reasonably simple.
The food-grade Gelatin – the Gelatin, best for cooking with – is derived from Australian cattle. While cattle are predominantly grass-fed and raised for the supply of meat to Australians and export to the world, there is no guarantee that cattle are "100% grass-fed". High standards are applied, and Australia has a reputation for compliance with strict regulations and providing the highest quality product. All stock are vet checked and certified, suitable for human consumption.
It is essential to know that the Collagen structure is not dependent on what the feed is. IE – Collagen is not affected by the type of feed (grass or grain); the animal DNA determines the Collagen structure. Whereas the meat can indeed be affected by diet, as the protein, and fatty acid structure is affected by the type of feed. – IE grains vs. grass.
We hope this clears up any confusion and welcome any questions – please feel free to contact us.
Allergen Declarations as required by FSANZ
The Gelatin that we use is supplied by a manufacturer of Gelatin from hides of cattle that have been deemed fit for human consumption.
It is our understanding that the German cattle also experience similar conditions with feed and environment. While it is impossible to guarantee all cattle are grass-fed, we can confirm that all cattle are healthy, vet checked and certified for human consumption.
It is essential to know that the Collagen structure is not dependent on what the feed is. IE – Collagen is not affected by the type of feed (grass or grain); the animal DNA determines the Collagen structure.
Whereas the meat can indeed be affected by diet, as the protein, and fatty acid structure is affected by the type of feed. – IE grains vs. grass.
Is Gelatin Certified Organic?
While we would love to say that our Gelatin is certified organic, we really cannot, as this is an almost impossible task. We would need to know precisely where each individual cow was sourced and that each farm had been certified organic. Additionally, a purpose-built processing plant would need to be built to verify that the products are certified organic, and guarantee no cross-contamination.
Hypothetically, if you could produce organic Gelatin, the cost of the product would be immense, and the retail market would not be willing to pay the price. It would just be too expensive.
However, we do have quality products that meet the high standards we implement in Australia to ensure that we can supply the very best product possible.
The earliest commercial production of Gelatin appears to have been in Holland around 1685, followed shortly after that in England about 1700. The first commercial production of Gelatin in the USA was in Massachusetts in 1808. Gelatin is a versatile material finding a variety of uses in the food, pharmaceutical and photographic industries. Gelatin has been around for centuries. The earliest known application of Gelatin was in the Ancient Egyptian era, where archeologists found traces of Gelatin in a pharaoh’s grave in the form of glue. The word “Gelatin” comes originally from the Latin word “gelatus” and means “jellied, or frozen.” However, history’s first recorded references to Gelatin were in 1682; yet, it wasn’t until the 1900’s that Gelatin became a household name. Gelatin has a variety of applications in many different industries, but in the health industry, we use it because of the pure protein and their benefits in the body for:
- Strengthening hair, skin and nails / Skin elasticity
- Protein is necessary for tissue building and repair
- Connective tissue production / Bone and joint health
- Protein contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
- Promotion and stimulation of cell growth in joint cartilage
- Restoring mobility of the joints by decreasing inflammation, which can reduce pain (like the pain experienced from arthritis).
Collagen is protein and is extremely versatile and can be used in many ways
- Prior to exercise for increased strength and performance
- In the morning to help increase satiety and stop sugar cravings
- Before bed for improved sleep quality
- After exercise for faster recovery
- While recovering from chronic health conditions
- Daily as a healthy energy boost and snack
- After a meal high in animal protein to help balance amino acid ratios
- While recovering from surgery and injury
Easily dissolves in any liquid without clumping.
Most protein powders clump when added to liquid and require stirring or shaking. Our Collagen peptides are hydrolyzed, meaning that they are naturally broken down in very fine particles. This process ensures that the Collagen peptides dissolve effortlessly into your beverage of choice. Hydrolyzed Collagen peptides are bioavailable and are quickly absorbed by your body upon drinking so you can experience all the health benefits fast.
What is the type of Collagen used?
All of our products are made from type I and type III Collagen, found in skin, tendons, etc. Ingesting type I & III Collagen stimulates the production of type II Collagen in the body. Type II Collagen is the Collagen found in cartilage, which promotes the growth of new cartilage.
It is important to note it is not the Collagen being ingested that goes into the joints. It is the Collagen that is ingested being utilised in the body to send signals to the cartilage cells to produce more Collagen.
Are there any preservatives/sulphates
For Gelatin and Collagen products to classified as fit for human consumption, it is required by law to be cleaned. Early in the production process before it becomes "Gelatin," the raw materials are treated with sulphuric acid and a lime wash.
The residual sulphites (the breakdown of sulphuric acid) are a result of chemical reactions occurring during the alkaline/acid washing and extraction by water and heat. This method is typical of all Gelatin manufacturers worldwide.
There are no added preservatives to our products; however, it's possible there may be residual sulphites present due to the wash process.