Hospitals that serve gelatin are giving their patients enough calories since many patients situated in hospital cannot eat anything better except for gelatin or Jello. In addition to this, gelatin promotes healthy bowel movements and good intestinal transit by absorbing water and keeping fluids in the digestive tract.
What exactly is chewy ice? This type of ice is also called nugget ice or chewblet ice. The nuggets are smaller and softer than larger ice cubes and easier to chew. It's more of a cloud layer than pack of icebergs, is how one fan described it on the Food52 blog. Chewy ice often is found in hospitals.