There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little dessert after a satisfying dinner, but rarely do we indulge ourselves under the notion that doing so is actually good for us. However, a new finding out of the German University for Prevention and Health Management in Saarbrücken is offering up a dessert pairing that actually does the body good: Steak and Gummy Bears.
Researchers studying protein replenishment provided by various food foods discovered that the source of gelatin found in gummy bears boosts the biological protein value of steak to a level of 98 — a scale based on the protein of an egg, which measures at 100.
How about gummy bears eaten just on their own? Due to gelatin’s lack of the amino acid tryptophan — found largely in beef — it cannot convert the protein into something the body can absorb. It is only when the gelatin interacts with the compounds of beef that the full protein can be released into the body.
The research of course only looks at one nutritional aspect of the gummy bear, ignoring the fat and calorie intakes of this post-dinner snack, but if you’re going to indulge yourself anyway, you might as well pick a treat that also benefits the body.