Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tooth Remineralizing Gelatin Dessert

If your kids are like mine, they may have a few problems with their teeth. We thought we were avoiding the biggest culprits with no candy in the house, but alas, many tooth problems are genetic. But did you know that nutrients in food can actually help remineralize and strengthen teeth? We are witness to the fact it works! I'll save the details for a post about tooth remineralization specifically, but for now I will leave you with this delicious, kid-friendly recipe that's really great for their teeth. 

Now, please don't think I'm advising you to get a box of brand name gelatin with a bunch of unpronounceable additives. Not all gelatin is created equal. You don't really want to be feeding your kids gelatin from animals regularly treated with antibiotics and growth hormones, on a diet of genetically modified corn and soy - it would do more harm than good. See recipe for our gelatin suggestion. We buy the trace minerals at Swanson (click here for $5 off coupon), it's where we get all our natural health care products and supplements anyway (like cod liver oil, essential oils, specific vitamins, toothpaste, etc).

15 minutes
This recipe serves 4-5 people for dessert

juice of 2 lemons
1 1/2 tbsp high quality gelatin (like this)
1/2 cup maple syrup 
1 tsp bourbon vanilla
10 -20 trace mineral drops (like these)
6 cups hot water (not boiling)


1. S-l-o-w-l-y pour the gelatin into the hot water, whisking non-stop.
2. Add lemon juice, whisk.
3. Add vanilla, maple syrup, and mineral drops all while whisking.
4. Let cool 2-3 minutes, whisk, pour into ramekins and place in refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. 
5. Serve with your choice of topping and ideally some fresh, grass fed whipped cream! (a girl can dream)

If you make this recipe, we would love to know what you served it with or if you put a different spin on it! If you adapt this recipe and post it on your own blog, please link to Eco-Babyz, we would appreciate it :)

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  1. This style of dessert is completely new to me...I've never even seen beef gelatin in stores...very interesting!

    1. Thanks for the comment Emily :) The big JELLO brand usually does sell some sort of unflavored gelatin, but I wouldn't even consider because they put other toxic ingredients in there. I love getting it online, without ever needing to leave the house :)

  2. "Beef gelatin" is the same thing as "unflavored gelatin." :)

    Anastasia, what is the difference between the trace mineral drops and sea salt (besides, obviously, that drops are liquid)?

    1. Not necessarily :) Regular 'unflavored gelatin' is actually primarily pig parts with some cow hide mixed in (along with drugs, growth hormones, etc, whatever they feed the animal)

      More on that here: http://butterbeliever.com/choosing-gelatin-powder/

      Trace mineral drops and sea salt are two completely different things. You wouldn't be able to use the trace minerals in place of salt (it's bitter) and it has much higher concentration of minerals than unrefined sea salt (Real Salt). The salt is used as you normally use salt, though better not heated (salt after cooking something). The trace minerals are more of a supplement.

      Hope that answers your question and thank you for commenting! :)

  3. I finally got around to making this, it's pretty tasty! I didn't have any lemons so I used lemon essential oil instead. Have you done any other flavor variations of this? I may have to experiment :)

    1. Great! I haven't experimented yet with flavors - but I do have some chocolate extract on hand, hm, wonder if that would be yummy?!

  4. Not sure if you got my comment? What makes beef gelatin the best choice? What about agar agar? With that you are not running the risk of getting any of the bad stuff that can be in animal bones whether bovine or porcine.Here are my suggestions for altering this recipe if you are looking for a more traditional flavored gelatin treat.Substitute lemon juice for any other juice that is concentrated, replace the maple syrup with honey or the sweetener of your choice, add fresh fruit and its a whole new dessert!
    Vegan Jello
    1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    1 teaspoon water
    2 cups cherry juice **Or any other juice of your choice**
    1 teaspoon agar-agar
    1.Dissolve the cornstarch in the water in a small cup or bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of cherry juice and agar-agar powder. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Set heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute.
    2.Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining juice along with the cornstarch mixture until no longer cloudy. Pour into small serving cups and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.
    Here are some tips for working with agar agar.
    1. If you are using agar agar flakes, you need to use tablespoons instead of teaspoons. If you are using powder, then you use teaspoons. This is imperative for the execution of this dish.
    2.When the recipe above doesn't turn out well, raise temperature and simply try again. - The setting temperature for agar is considerably lower than the temperature at which it melts. This makes it useful for hot gels should you wish to do so by warming up the gel after it has set.
    3.Sugar enhances the gelling power; tannins reduce it.
    4. For an extra fast gelatin, heat only a third of the liquid you want to set, then add in the remaining two thirds of the liquid (at room temperature) while stirring . This will brings the agar near its setting temperature (32-40 degrees C or about 95-110F), reducing the setting time by hours.

    1. Thank you for your comment!

      The reason for choosing beef gelatin is because we are not vegan and the whole point of making this dessert is to help remineralize teeth - hence the name. Agar agar will gel the dessert, but has none of the health benefits. It's just one of many ways to aid teeth in remineralizing and cavities filling naturally, read more about it here: http://wellnessmama.com/3650/how-to-remineralize-teeth-naturally/
      I'm not sure what 'bad stuff' you're talking about in animal bones. Sure, if you are referring to sick animals from factory farms who are only fed GMO feed and loaded with antibiotics - then you're right. But the gelatin I chose is from healthy grass fed/organic fed animals, so no bad stuff.

      Thank you for sharing your vegan recipe with our readers! :)

    2. I am not vegan or vegetarian either. I did not understand from your article that you were getting some of what was needed for the remineralization from the gelatin. Thank you for clearing that up. I have bad teeth genetically and environmentally so that is helpful information. And yes I was talking about sick, gmo, antibiotic live stock.

  5. This looks great! I bought some excellent gelatin, but have been having a time finding ways to sneak it into things that aren't soupish. But my kids love Jello, so this will be great! Thanks for sharing :) Found you through Pinterest.

  6. Wow I didn't know that our teeth can be remineralize! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    1. You're very welcome! We learn something new every day ;)

  7. I made this today for my 2 year old who is suffering from demineralization of her front teeth. How often would I give this to her? Today I gave her 1/4. Is this something she can have once a day? And how long does it take to see results?

    1. You're definitely not going to remineralize the teeth just by feeding her this dessert, it's just one of many things you can do. I suggest reading Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, more info here: http://www.eco-babyz.com/2013/04/best-oils-for-tooth-re-mineralization.html

  8. Hi, this looks great and I couldn't wait to make it! Just wondering though, does the lemon juice not have a negative effect on teeth?

    1. I really do not think that would be a problem as you're not drinking lemon juice in concentrated form, it's hard for me to imagine that the lemon flavored jello would affect the enamel harshly - I'd think drinking lemonade would even be stronger. Good question though!


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