Collagen and Cartilage

Nose-to-tail eating means a diet rich in collagen, a healthy protein that has largely gone missing from the modern American diet. Collagen is vital for our body and is the basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. We can get plenty of it from homemade bone broth or from quality collagen and gelatin products.

Here’s my favorite cartilage product. I talked about Dr. Prudden’s research using bovine tracheal cartilage in Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World.   Ready to try it?

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Gelatin (Collagen Protein) will thicken or “gel” in cold liquids. It’s perfect for jello desserts and aspics. And if your homemade soups aren’t getting good and jiggly — because you didn’t add chicken feet, couldn’t find a pigs foot, ran our of good knuckle bones or just don’t yet have the knack — add some gelatin. Your bones and joints will thank you.

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Collagen peptides match gelatin nutritionally but stay soluble in either hot water or cold. There’s no taste, smell or “mouthfeel.” Collagen peptides are just the thing to add to coffee, tea, soups, stews and other foods where you might not want gelling.

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How about a vanilla-flavored protein bar that is rich in pastured collagen protein?     There are 12 grams of protein per bar, and it includes XCT and Brain Octane too.    For more info,

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How about a protein bar made with both collagen and chocolate?    There are 11 grams of protein per bar, and it includes XCT and Brain Octane too.    For more info,

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