A lot of folks jump on the GAPS protocol for healing and sealing the microbiome. Dr. Natasha, author of GAPS, says the healing and sealing must happen for the body to be supported properly. This is done through the famous protocol of nourishing, absorbable foods. Sometimes, folks want something extra, sweetie treaties and candies, to make the path easier. This is where gummies and marshmallow fluff enter the scene.

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Many GAPS Facebook pages and coaches will tell you gummies and marshmallow fluff are just fine, that folks use it supplementarily with the protocol. However, Dr. Natasha does not agree. At the 2017 Weston A. Price Conference, six Certified GAPS Practitioners, and one layperson, had a meeting with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride regarding many specifics on the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Protocol. Kombucha, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut water, coconut meat, as well as many other topics, were discussed to determine more specific parameters on the GAPS Protocol. Certified GAPS Practitioners Monica Corrado, Laura Villanti, Kim Schuette, Amy Mihaly, Lisa Middlecamp-Lowder, Becky Plotner and her husband, Kevin Plotner discussed the topics with Dr. Natasha for four and half hours.

When asked if homemade gummies are approved for the GAPS Protocol, Dr. Natasha answered, “I don’t think so. I’m not fond of hydrolyzed proteins, gelatins. It’s much better to make fresh stock, fresh broth. You’ll get plenty. That’s where they get it from, it isn’t processed. Too much processing. I don’t use it. Too processed. Too processed. Too much processing.”

After further discussion, the question was asked again, for clarity sake, “So, no gummies, no marshmallow fluff?”

Dr. Natasha answered, “No commercial gelatin. No commercial collagen. None of that. Only what you cook yourself.”

Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT spoke at the conference. As a leading expert on Glyphosate, Seneff sucked all the air out of the room when she pointed out homemade gummies were like giving your child a glyphosate pill. She says the Glyphosate is largely in the bone and the bone marrow, which make gelatin powders. This is concentrating the Glyphosate. 

When it comes to making gummies or homemade marshmallow fluff, they are not part of the GAPS Protocol. Many people cheat while on GAPS and consider using marshmallow fluff cupcakes for a birthday treat. This is a better choice than serving your GAPSter a cupcake from the store. This birthday cake is Full GAPS.

When asked Is there ever a case to use the collgen powders? Ever?, Dr. Natasha again reiterated, “I don’t think so.”

Monica Corrado, the GAPS Chef answered here saying, “I am so happy to hear that.”

Dr. Natasha confirmed the comment by saying, “Absolutely, yes.”

For GAPS approved gelatin, click here to read more. 

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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5 Responses to Proper Use Of Gummies, Marshmallow Fluff and Gelatin While On The GAPS Protocol

  1. Margot says:

    I was actually surprised when I read the label of the grass-fed gelatin I have at home and the brand generally uses the skin of animals, not the bones to make the gelatin. So this argument that it’s a glyphosate pill seems unfounded.

    • Becky Plotner says:

      Different gelatins powders are made differently. Great Lakes Gelatin is made from the skins. Others are made from the bones.

  2. Karen Keener says:

    I’m kind of surprised that gelatin is considered three times over “too processed” but some encapsulated supplements are still a recommended part of the protocol. Fascinating! Thanks for keeping us updated.

  3. shallpal says:

    Interesting. What about gelatin from grass fed beef? Where would the beef be getting Glyphosate if they have a healthy diet? Now I have to go research to process of making gelatin powder…

  4. Mel says:

    How do we actually know that grass-fed beef gelatin(let’s refer to Great Lakes grassfed beef gelatin, which claims on the package to be made from the BEEF HIDE) contains glyphosate, or heavy metals? Has no one tested it?

    Ok, fyi my can of Great Lakes grass-fed beef gelatin says it is “kosher beef hide”, and on the package and site I find no mention of the bones.

    Great Lakes Gelatin shows this on their own website:
    Glyphosate has been on the radar with Great Lakes Gelatin since 2013. We had the Neotron company test hundreds of agricultural chemicals including insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides commonly used. See highlighted “Glyphosate” on the bottom of page 9 (right) with results expressed “As lower than the detectable limit known by modern day science”. We continue to test random lots for the safety and well being of our customers. Please click the graphic to the left for the results regarding our glyphosate testing.”

    And you can see the page with the results, and the line with the results for glyphosate highlighted.
    Their website also has a claim about their heavy metal statement, as there have been rumors of concern regarding animal bones heavy metal content(though this article has not mentioned these concerns in gelatin specifically.)

    So far, I can make no bones about it. But more information is always helpful.

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