A few months ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a friend’s post. She’d posted a photo of a collagen snack bar, commenting that she was trying it out to see what the big deal was. Would it make her skin glow or minimize signs of aging? And what is collagen made from anyway? I’ll give you a hint: it isn’t made from plants.
Our bodies produce collagen to give themselves strength and elasticity. It’s found in our muscles, tendons, bones, skin, and other connective tissues. Because of this, it’s safe to say that powdered collagen is made from the bones, muscles, skin, tendons, and connective tissues of different animals. It’s just another way for the animal agriculture industry to make money off of otherwise ‘useless’ animal parts.
Even worse, while collagen products are expensive, there’s no scientific evidence that applying collagen topically nor ingesting it is actually beneficial. More than that, there’s significant evidence that certain kinds of collagen could stimulate arthritis. Are the risks worth the reward?
Now, I get it: it’s all over the internet, magazines, and TV that collagen is so great. It’s supposedly anti-aging, will improve your liver health, reduce joint pain, and make your nails and hair stronger. I understand that it’s alluring to believe that there’s some “magic pill” to solve all of your problems, that you should be able to eat whatever you want and have something out there to solve the problems from it. The media will sell you anything, and the animal agriculture industry is more than happy to profit from it.
Here’s the thing: eating healthy fats and protein will make your hair and nails stronger and help with joint pain. And by the way, your liver is literally a filter for your blood. If you’re expecting a tablespoon of animal tendons to solve your liver issues, you’ve got another thing coming to you. Eating a healthy diet is the best way to prevent health issues. You just can’t rely on some “miracle cure” to save you. Not only that, but it’s probably a lot cheaper and tastier to eat healthier than invest in a $43 tub of dried and powdered animal skin every month or two.
Questions for you:
Have you tried out any collagen products, topical or edible?
What are some of your favorite smoothie add-ins? I’m currently loving Vega Sport, but keep going back to nut butter and spirulina!
Looking for more information on collagen? Find out more here about 10 Common Cosmetic Ingredients That Are Derived From Animal Products!