Can You Drink Gelatin to Help with Appetite Control?
Dieters look to include foods that help them feel full without a lot of calories to make it easier for them to lose weight. One such food is gelatin. Gelatin is a source of protein, and protein tends to be more filling than either carbohydrates or fats. Preliminary research shows that there may be some benefits of consuming foods containing gelatin for controlling appetite.
A small study published in "The Journal of Nutrition" in October 2009 found that gelatin was better for controlling appetite than the protein casein, which is found in many dairy products. Another study, published in "Clinical Nutrition" in April 2009, found similar results, with gelatin being about 40 percent more filling than whey, soy or casein. Further research is necessary to verify these effects and to determine the amount of gelatin needed to reduce appetite levels. If you'd like to try drinking gelatin, dissolve powdered gelatin in a warm beverage and drink the beverage before it cools completely. For weight loss, unflavored gelatin or sugar-free flavored gelatin are better choices than regular flavored gelatin, which is high in calories.
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- The Journal of Nutrition: Single-Protein Casein and Gelatin Diets Affect Energy Expenditure Similarly but Substrate Balance and Appetite Differently in Adults
- Clinical Nutrition: A Breakfast with Alpha-Lactalbumin, Gelatin, or Gelatin + TRP Lowers Energy Intake at Lunch Compared with a Breakfastwith Casein, Soy, Whey, or Whey-GMP
- The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Protein, Weight Management, and Satiety
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.