Flavor, Solubility, and Odor.
Unflavored vs. Flavored
Just because the source of your collagen supplement is beef or fish, doesn't mean it has to come with a funky odor. One of the attractive characteristics of premium collagen supplements is that they are unflavored and orderless making them easy to incorporate into your daily diet. This also makes collagen highly versatile for cooking and baking. Most unflavored brands advocate adding a scoop to your morning coffee, tea, juice, or smoothie, or using them in home baking and cooking recipes. Amandean's Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides, Beef Gelatin supplement, as well as our Marine Collagen powder are all unflavored making them easy to use on a day-to-day basis.
Flavored collagens can be an attractive marketing ploy to steer consumers away from the idea that they're adding a product made from fish into their mango smoothie by making it taste like raspberries. However, it's important to be aware of the pitfalls of artificial flavoring. In general flavored collagen supplements contain sneeky sugar or sweetener-based additives, which cross a thin line between healthy and unhealthy, potentially compromizing a healthy diet. It is very common for companies to add sugar or sweetener into collagen to increase palatability or disguise an unwanted flavour. In order to get the most out of your supplement without ingesting the evils of artificial sweeteners or sugar additives, the smartest choice would be to go for an unsweetened, sugar-free, and unflavored form such as the varieties offered by Amandean.
The absence of color of the product when added to a drink, is also sign of the purity of the collagen supplement. Furthermore, plenty of flavor and sweetness can come from the natural ingredients that you mix it with, such as fresh fruits or unsweetened juices. Check out our recipes section for a little inspiration.
If there is going to be any sugar in your collagen supplement, it is important to know the type. The healthiest sugar options include stevia, raw honey, palm sugar, and coconut sugar. These sugar sources are less harmful to your health given that they’re plant-based and natural. By Contrast, artificial sweeteners should be Sucralose, aspartame, as well as fructose can trick our brains into only associating adequate flavor with overly-sweetened foods.
Almost all collagen brands claim to have a high degree of solubility, which makes them easier to use in both cold and hot liquids. It's important, however, to consider the specific directions for use based on the kind of collagen you've purchased.
Marine Collagen is best dissolved when adding the powder first and liquid second and most soluable when mixed with room temperature or warm liquids. Collagen Peptides from bovine sources are cold water soluable and can be easily mixed with most liquids. Beef Gelatin, which has simliar health benefits as collagen peptides, will gel and thicken when mixed with cold liquids, making it a great product to use in cooking and baking. Beef Gelatin dissolves completely in hot liquids.
If you're a consumer wanting to get more experimental in the kitchen with collagen supplements, then its important to keep in mind the solubility differences between each kind of collagen.
Is Hydrolyzed Collagen the Best Choice?
The fact that hydrolyzed collagen supplement is actually processed may raise some eyebrows for supplement consumers, but not for long. Just because it is processed doesn’t mean that the benefits have been compromised in the process. On the contrary, it is the hydrolysis process that accounts for collagen’s bioavailability in humans. Why is it necessary? Well, collagen molecules are simply too large for our body to absorb. Therefore, they need to be broken down into smaller particles in the form of chains - collagen peptides, for our body to use effectively.
Hydrolyzed collagen can be obtained in two ways, by chemical hydrolysis or enzymatic hydrolysis. Although chemical hydrolysis is always used by a few manufacturers, enzymatic hydrolysis is the preferred method because it is more controlled than chemical hydrolysis. Amandean's collagen products are produced by a carefully controlled enzymatic hydrolysis producing much smaller and easily digestible collagen peptides.
As studies indicate, not only do hydrolyzed collagen peptides arrive straight into the bloodstream, but they also promote natural collagen production. Collagen molecules consist of 18 different amino acids, all of which are needed in order for the entire chain to be formed. This is why collagen products, which offer all 18 amino acids, are recommended over supplements containing only the most prominent amino acids such as glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline. Amandean’s Collagen Peptides contain all 18 of them.
In addition to collagen being hydrolyzed and containing all 18 amino acids, the best quality collagens should offer around 90% pure all-natural protein.
The next time you’re shopping for collagen, be sure to do your research and read the label. All of these factors need to be checked off the list in order for a collagen supplement to earn the prefix 'premium'. Visit our online store to find our top-notch quality collagen products.