When I was younger I used to like eating jelly cubes – the flavoured, coloured sort that pulled off from a tablet jelly. These were made by Rowntree, but Hartley make them now – a solid tablet, marked into squares and designed to be pulled apart, stirred into a measured amount of hot water and then left to set. I didn’t much like the actual jelly dessert that resulted, it was too ‘jellyish’ but I did like the much more chewy pieces of the jelly tablet itself.
I seem to remember my Mum telling me that jelly was good for my nails, and, if I seemed to be bending or breaking them a lot, she would ‘prescribe’ jelly cubes to help the situation.
An Old Wives’ Tale?
Maybe – or maybe not.
Gelatine contains the amino acids glycine, alanine, proline and hydroxyproline which are needed for various body processes, and help to maintain the body in a generally healthy state. Lots of claims are made about using gelatine as a health supplement – you can find them on the internet yourself, eg http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3314562/Want-avoid-winter-colds-Tuck-jelly-Gelatine-boost-immune-beat-hangovers-banish-cellulite.html so maybe it’s not just an Old Wives’ Tale. Years ago many people would boil up animal bones in a stew or broth, and consume gelatine that way – fewer do that now, so maybe there is a need for a gelatine supplement in our diets sometimes.
What’s that got to do with Sea-lions?
Recently, we sent out an order of fish gelatine to the keepers at a zoological park who were concerned about the health of their sea-lions. They had been told that a gelatine supplement would be helpful and so decided to give it a go.
We are looking forward to hearing if it has had beneficial effects for them