Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Some say protein powder is the new milk and sugar.

Why People Are Putting Collagen in Coffee (and Should You?)

Headlines declare actresses like Busy Phillips and Jennifer Aniston are obsessed with adding collagen to their morning coffee. The protein powder is an essential ingredient in coffee recipes, and can be found in trendy cafes and juice shops but what’s the story behind this new energizing drink? Sodexo registered dietitian Debbie Petitpain at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston helped us break it all down.

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the most abundant types of protein found in the body. It is a complex protein made up of amino acids, such as glycine, hydroxyproline, and proline. Collagen plays a crucial role in musculoskeletal health, contributing to the state of your bones, joints, nails, skin, and teeth. As you age, collagen production in the body decreases and you may start to notice or experience fine lines, joint pain, weaker bones, and wrinkles.

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Lightened-Up Shrimp & Grits on the Grill

Head south with this creamy and savory shrimp and grits recipe from David Rose.

Head south with this creamy and savory shrimp and grits recipe from David Rose. It's all cooked on the grill for an irresistible smokey char that will have you coming back for seconds.