Collagen vs Gelatin - why choose?

Chances are, you have heard about collagen supplements and the added health benefits that come along with it. The buzz around hydrolyzed collagen and collagen peptides have not slowed down and why would it? I mean, the hype is real! But let us not forget about our good friend, gelatin, whose supplements contain very similar skin, joint and health benefits. 


Let’s take a quick look at the science behind both supplements to really understand the similarities and differences. Gelatin and collagen hydrolysate are both byproducts of collagen proteins and both are extremely versatile, making them perfect for daily use and healthy baking and cooking!


Gelatin is amazing to cook with because, like collagen, it is flavorless, odorless and colorless. One of the most common reasons people might choose to cook with gelatin is for its thickening or “gelling” properties. Thicken a sauce or soup or even use a dash to serve as an egg substitute in your favorite recipes. Let’s also not forget that gelatin is perfect for use when making treats like healthy gummies, ice cream and even marshmallows! Keep in mind that gelatin dissolves in hot water and thickens as it cools, so adding a scoop to your morning coffee may not be the best idea. 


Now, let’s talk all things collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen and other collagen powders that contain peptides, are heat-stable and will dissolve completely in both hot and cold liquids. 

Like gelatin supplements, Collagen Hydrolysate supplements may also support joint health while promoting healthy skin. The amino acid bonds in Collagen Hydrolysate, when compared to gelatin, are broken down further into peptides, dipeptides and tripeptides making it easily dissolvable in liquid as well as easily digested by the body. Collagen Hydrolysate, or hydrolyzed collagen, also provides a layer of convenience that may seem more appealing to someone who is constantly on-the-go. Add a scoop to a smoothie, coffee, or sauce without changing texture while still reaping the health benefits.


The main thing to take away from this is that you don’t have to choose between hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin. Both offer essential amino acids that support healthier versions of us. I think the key to getting the most out of these products is to switch it up every now and then! Add Collagen Hydrolysate to your coffee but be sure to utilize gelatin in meals and desserts. The main difference in these supplements comes down to the way they react to liquid; does it dissolve or does it thicken?.. It’s really that simple.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Nor is it intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a medical professional. Individual results may vary.

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