Collagen vs protein powder 

Collagen vs protein powder: what is the difference? Keep reading to learn more about protein supplements and how to best meet your protein needs. This article was written by Jack Schrupp.

Protein powder vs collagen

The difference between collagen and protein powder is like the difference between whey and protein powder: Collagen is a type of dietary protein, whereas protein powder is a type of protein supplement. Protein powder can be made from collagen, just like it can be made from whey, peas, or egg whites.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a type of protein found in the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals. It is also the most abundant protein in humans, accounting for about 30% of our body’s total protein.

What is protein powder?

Protein powder is a protein supplement in powder form. It can be made from a variety of protein sources, including collagen.

Although all protein sources are not created equal, as long as you eat a balanced diet and get your protein from a variety of sources, the type of protein powder you use does not really matter. What you should worry about are the other ingredients in your protein powder (more about this later).

What is collagen protein powder?

Collagen protein powder is a type of protein powder that uses collagen as the main source of dietary protein. The collagen comes from cows, pigs, and even fish. We make collagen protein powder from bovine collagen peptides.

Collagen peptides vs protein powder

Collagen peptides are basically very small pieces of collagen. They are produced through the hydrolysis of collagen, a process that breaks down large collagen molecules into smaller ones. Collagen peptides can be used to make protein powder, just whey, peas, or egg whites can be used to make protein powder.

Why use collagen protein powder?

Collagen protein powder, in addition to being a convenient source of dietary protein, comes with a number of other health benefits. Research has shown that regularly supplementing your diet with collagen can support the health of your bones, joints, nails, and skin. For this reason, collagen supplements have exploded in popularity in the health, wellness, and beauty industries.

Note that just because collagen is good for your nails and skin does not mean it is not also a way to increase your dietary protein intake. Although other protein sources like eggs and dairy may have certain nutritional advantages, collagen can still help you build and maintain muscle mass. In fact, if you are eating a balanced diet, supplementing your protein intake with collagen protein powder is not a less effective way to achieve body composition changes than using any other type of protein powder.

How do you use collagen protein powder?

Flavored collagen protein powders and can be mixed with water, milk, or a milk alternative to make a protein shake. They can also be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and other recipes for an easy protein boost.

Unflavored collagen protein powder is particularly versatile, and can be incorporated into almost any recipe, including savory dishes like soups. You can also add unflavored collagen protein powder to hot drinks like coffee.

What is the best collagen protein powder?

Not all collagen protein powders are created equal. Many options, especially flavored ones, contain added emulsifiers, thickeners, and other additives that can cause painful side effects and long term health issues. Here are the top ingredients to avoid when buying collagen protein powder, or any protein powder for that matter:

Avoid food additives

Many protein powders are full of additives like emulsifiers and thickeners, which can not only upset your stomach (more about this later), but also alter the composition and function of your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. This can lead to gut dysbiosis, or an imbalance in your gut microbiota. Gut dysbiosis is a leading driver of inflammation and contributes to wide range of chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity, type 1 diabetes, and colorectal cancer.

Avoid artificial sweeteners 

Of all the food additives to avoid, artificial sweeteners like sucralose are at the top of the list. First of all, several studies have shown that they can increase cravings toward sugary and sweet foods, which can lead to binging and feelings of withdrawal. If you are trying to lose weight, you are probably better off just eating sugar. Research has also associated artificial sweeteners with a higher risk of glucose intolerance, which is a precursor for pre-diabetes and diabetes, and serious disruptions to your gut microbiome.

In summary, the best collagen protein powder is free from food additives, especially artificial sweeteners. As a rule of thumb, prioritize powders made with a short list of simple ingredients: the shorter and simpler the better.


drink wholesome is the best collagen protein powder

drink wholesome is additive-free

One of the reasons why we make the best collagen protein powder is that we do not use any food additives whatsoever. 

our ingredients: 

collagen, coconut, vanilla, monk fruit

the alternative:

Whey Protein Isolate, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Polysorbate 80, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Beet Root Extract (Color), Reb A (Stevia), Silicone (Anti-Foaming Agent)

In addition to being linked to long term health problems, food additives are hard to digest and feed your gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. As you might imagine, too much intestinal gas can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain.

Partially digested food additives also cause your colon to absorb too much water, which can lead to diarrhea. Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

acacia fiber, acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, ascorbic acid, aspartame, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dicalcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

Made with a short list of simple ingredients, our collagen protein powders are easy to digest and delicious. They are a great way to boost your protein intake, and can support your bone, joint, nail and skin health at the same time. Order samples to see for yourself.

In conclusion, I hope that this article has answered some, if not all, of your questions about collagen powder vs protein powder. Collagen powder, or collagen protein powder, is a versatile protein supplement that can be used to achieve a number of health and wellness goals. 


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