Some say protein powder is the new milk and sugar.
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.
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.