Is Bottled Collagen Water Really Worth It? - Amandean

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June 17, 2021 6 min read

In this article:

  • Is bottled collagen water the next "big thing"?
  • The pros and cons of collagen water
  • Amandean’s quick tips: How to make your own collagen water

Is bottled collagen water the next "big thing"?

Collagen water is a great alternative to the sodas or sugary fruit juices you might find in your convenience store coolers. It's handy, relatively inexpensive, and has better health benefits than soda or regular bottled water. The benefits of collagen are widespread. When we consume collagen it breaks down into the amino acids proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline. These work together to stimulate your body's natural collagen production resulting in reduced joint pain, improved hair and nail growth, and strengthening of the gut lining, as well as improvements in skin elasticity and skin hydration, meaning fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Although collagen water is new to hit the cooler shelves, it has been around for a long time! Collagen water is not a revolutionary "liquid collagen" alternative, it is simply collagen protein powder that has been dissolved into filtered water with some added artificial flavors and sweeteners. Bottled collagen water is available in many different flavors such as peach white tea, strawberry lemon, blackberry hibiscus, lemon ginger. Each 12 fl oz bottle contains 10g of collagen powder (the baseline daily recommended value) and 3g of sugar. While these flavors sound great, you can avoid the artificial flavors and sweeteners altogether by making your own delicious collagen water at home! If you're on the go, perhaps on your way to the gym or running errands, bottled collagen might be a great way to top off your hydration and collagen levels. But, is it worth it in the long run?

The Pros and Cons of Collagen Water

Like we mentioned above, collagen water is a wonderful alternative to many of the sugary, additive-filled drinks that pack convenience store coolers. Unless you're drinking bone broth, you're probably not getting any collagen through your daily drinks or meals! Adding a scoop of collagen to your drink is easy, convenient, and inexpensive - and you can easily do it yourself!  

Pros of Collagen Water:

  • Convenience:Bottled collagen water is perfect for the convenience store! It's great to now have an alternative when we've left our collagen supplements at home or simply want a healthier drink while running errands. Just grab and go!
  • Tasty: Bottled collagen comes in many tasty flavors and is relatively low in sugar. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth or just want a drink with a little more flavor, this could be a great choice.

Great in between meals:Collagen is a protein, so when we add it to our drinks it can help bridge the hunger gap between meals. Ten grams of collagen will help keep hunger pangs away without ruining your next meal.

Cons of Collagen Water:

  • The costs add up:Buying collagen water here and there isn't so bad. At roughly $3 per bottle, it's cheaper and healthier than a Starbucks latte and on par with other convenience store drinks. But, if you consider how much collagen you get in a 12 pack (120g), you're much better off buying individual collagen packets or a tub of collagen and making your own collagen water. Amandean's Premium marine Collagen is less than a dollar per 10g serving. That's less than a third of the price compared to on-the-shelf collagen waters.
  • Plastic waste: Just like bottled sodas and juices, bottled collagen water contributes to the plastic pollution problem. Rather than buying a single-use plastic bottle, you can easily make your own collagen water at home using a reusable water bottle or mug.
  • Less versatility:If collagen water is your only form of collagen intake, you're really missing out on its versatility! Just like flavored collagen powders limit you to drinking the same protein smoothie everyday, collagen waters can be very limiting. High-quality marine and bovine collagen is hot and cold soluble and can be added to oatmeal, coffee, smoothies, pancakes, gummies, pies, you name it, without leaving a funny taste or smell to your dish. Collagen is a healthy pantry staple you can experiment with, it doesn't just belong in water!
  • Unnecessary sugars and additives: Though 3g of sugar per bottle is very low compared to other soft drinks, it's still not entirely necessary. Many brands will also use artificial flavorings to cover up unwanted tastes or smells from lower quality collagen supplements. If you want to avoid sugars and artificial sweeteners, consider adding quality collagen powder to your coffee or tea instead.

Amandean’s Quick Tips: How to Make Your Own Collagen Water

Collagen is one of the most important dietary supplements on the market, and it's also one of the most versatile! Instead of buying a pre-made collagen drink, try making your own to save money and cut down on sugar and plastic waste. Read through some of our FAQs or get started by following this quick and easy collagen water recipe!

How much should I add to a glass of water or water bottle?You can add one 10g scoop of collagen powder per one 16 oz glass of water or water bottle.

How can I store it?Once dissolved, you are set! You can keep your collagen water in a sealed pitcher or container for up to 2 days, or make it ahead of time and store your collagen water bottle overnight.

Can you flavor it?Absolutely! Amandean’s premium collagen powders are tasteless so they blend wonderfully with other natural flavors. Try adding fresh fruit like berries, oranges, mint and lemon, or even cucumbers to your water bottle and let it sit overnight in the fridge for maximum freshness. Want a bit of sweetness? Try adding some agave nectar with your fruits!

Do I need to use a blender bottle?A blender bottle is not necessary, but you may find that it helps to speed up the dissolving process. We recommend adding your collagen powder first, then pouring water on top of it for best absorption. And skip out on the ice to avoid clumping!

Do I have to use hot water in order for it to dissolve? Amandean's premium collagen peptides are both hot and cold soluble.

When should I drink it? Collagen water is a great way to start off your day. Drink it in the mornings to help you feel fuller and hydrated throughout the day. You can also bring a couple single-use collagen packets to the office so you can sip on your own collagen water throughout the day, and make it to lunch time without a grumbling stomach. It’s also great for rehydrating after hitting the gym!

Can collagen only be used with water? Collagen is extremely versatile! In fact, it should be a “superfood” kitchen staple in any home. Our pure grass-fed bovine collagen is tasteless, lean, and free of artificial sweeteners and additives. Similarly, our marine collagen is a highly bioavailable and pescatarian alternative to bovine collagen. Both supplements are dairy-free, gluten-free, fat-free, and non-GMO. Try a vitamin C infused collagen-boosting smoothie, overnight oats, paleo energy balls, or even pumpkin pie!

With Amandean, you don't need to worry about lugging around a big tub of collagen wherever you go! Both bovine and marine collagen supplements come in convenient, single-serve packets you can store at your office desk, gym locker, or even toss in your purse on your way out the door. Add them to your water, smoothie, latte, or whatever drink you'd like. Each packet contains 11g of collagen (that's one bonus gram for you) for about a dollar per serving. Or, deliver a health kick to your favorite meals by adding a full-sized container to your pantry!

In short, collagen water is a wonderful grab-and-go option, but you don't have to grab it from the convenience store. Collagen water is an easy DIY from your own home and Amandean's travel-friendly collagen packets make it simple to infuse your favorite drinks and save you money, calories, and plastic.

Summary Points

  • Bottled collagen water is not a revolutionary "liquid collagen" alternative, it is simply collagen protein powder that has been dissolved into filtered water with some added artificial flavors and sweeteners
  • Adding a scoop of collagen to your drink is easy, convenient, and inexpensive - and you can easily do it yourself
  • If you consider how much collagen you get in a 12 pack (120g), you're much better off buying individual collagen packets or a tub of collagen and making your own collagen water
  • Amandean’s premium collagen powders are tasteless so they blend wonderfully with other natural flavors



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