When anyone has ever visited or stayed at a hospital, the most common item found on the menu that the hospital staff serves to patients is their gelatin. Some patients really like it, while others really hate it. Either way, whether they like it or not, it is on the menu. Have you ever wondered why that is?
What is gelatin, and why do hospitals insist on serving it to their patients? According to WebMD, gelatin is a protein that is derived from the collagen in animal products. It contains amino acids, proline (helps with tissue repair), and glycine (protects kidneys), in it. Due to the fact that the collagen comes from the joints of animals, this is why doctors, researchers, and hospital staff believe that gelatin can help those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain.
Gelatin is also used in medications as well as for assisting with weight loss. WebMD also shows that gelatin can strengthen bones, thus preventing osteoporosis from occurring. It is also known to strengthen nails and improve overall hair quality. Although these are great reasons to consume gelatin, this still doesn’t explain why it gets used so much for patients at hospitals.
Gelatin is easy to swallow, as it is similar to the qualities water and broth-like soups have. Aside from being an easy food to digest, there is a surprising reason why gelatin is so important for sick people. Gelatin contains sugar which equals calories. When people are in the hospital, they are often sick and can’t eat certain foods or may have lost their appetite due to having a sensitive stomach. It is important for them to keep their strength up while fighting their sickness, and so this is where gelatin comes into play. It can also help improve the quality of sleep people can get, according to Dr. Axe.
Gelatin is the best choice in regards to giving hospital patients food during their stay. It will not only help them fill their stomach up, but it can also help them sleep and get through the night while at the hospital. Being easy to digest is another plus for them as well.
The next time you see a patient eating gelatin at the hospital, now you will understand why hospitals do this for them–it makes everything easier for the patient.
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