Collagen isn’t just for your beauty products any longer – it’s the newest buzziest buzzword in the healthy food industry! From health gurus to foodies alike, collagen has quickly become the newest go-to ingredient. It’s popping up everywhere from collagen enhanced coffee, to protein powder, to supplements.
What is collagen and what impact does it have on your health? Let’s discuss.
First and foremost, let’s get a handle on the ingredient itself. Collagen, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is any of a group of fibrous proteins that occur in vertebrates as the chief constituent of connective tissue fibrils and in bones. Ok, in laymen’s terms, that means it’s important. Think of collagen as glue, the glue that holds things together. According to an article published for Time, collagen is essentially the structural protein that binds cells and tissues together while helping them maintain shape and integrity.
Collagen is also the most abundant protein found in the body. Supplement manufacturers and food companies have capitalized on a few facts about collagen: 1) that it s an essential protein in your body and 2) that you make less of it as you age, starting as early as age 40 or before. And their bets have paid off. New products are hitting the shelves daily, studies on the positive impact this ingredient can have are widening and their results are showing positive outcomes.
It’s popularity as a supplement, protein powder, and food enhancement has grown tremendously over the last few years and for good reason – researchers have found that there are several health benefits to adding collagen to your diet. While some of the research around collagen’s impact is still relatively youthful, there are positive findings and correlations that have impressed researchers to date.
Some of these major benefits include reducing joint pain, enhancing elasticity in your skin, and helping to prevent bone loss.
As stated earlier, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, acting as the glue holding things together. There has been research dedicated to the positive impact collagen can have on our bodies, specifically with diseases like osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. By adding collagen to your diet, researchers have found that it binds itself to cartilage and stimulates tissue to produce more, pure collagen, which helps to better support your joints, thereby reducing joint pain.
This might be an obvious benefit considering collagen has long been a main ingredient in many beauty products. Collagen is a major building block of your skin. And since we start to produce less collagen as we age, we start to see sagging skin and wrinkles appear, as we grow older. Many beauty products have marketed their products specifically for its anti-aging properties. The introduction of collagen supplements and proteins into your diet has been shown to help reduce the aging process by increasing the skin’s elasticity, decreasing dryness, and subsequently showing a reduction in wrinkles.
Studies on the effect of collagen supplements and proteins in the prevention of bone loss have been positive, but more studies are needed to show the long-term impact they may have on preventing bone loss. Bones are made up mostly of collagen and as we age, we produce less collagen. In the studies that showed positive results in helping to prevent bone loss, participants took at least 5 grams of collagen daily in addition to calcium supplements.
Collagen may also help in reducing the appearance of cellulite, and potentially help in improving your skin’s appearance. Cellulite is deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips, and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface, affecting over 85% of women over the age of 20. One study showed an improvement in the skin’s lumpiness after taking collagen supplements for at least six months.
Although current research is somewhat limited in scope, there are promising signs of increased collagen consumption and its positive impact on gut health. Collagen helps to support and protect the lining of your digestive tract. According to an article on Healthline, increasing your collagen intake “could help build up the tissues that line your gastrointestinal tract and promote better gut health” specifically in individuals that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and similar disorders.
Collagen is key to providing structural support to the arteries. Like most of these benefits, there is still research to be done on the long-term impact of collagen supplements on heart health. However, researchers have suggested that collagen supplements could help to reduce the risk of heart-related conditions.
While there are a wide variety of potential benefits from adding collagen to your diet, remember that you can’t specifically target the benefit you are seeking. There is still research needed to determine the ideal amount of collagen to include in your diet. But like any supplement you don’t want to over stimulate your system. Follow suggested guidelines on products you purchase and start from there. You likely won’t see immediate results, but over time, you may notice some of the benefits listed above.
Bone broth (boosting a native type of collagen) was one of the first popular collagen trends to hit the food scene. You can make bone broth at home or purchase the powdered form to add to recipes. It’s a tasty and easy way to get that boost of collagen into your diet.
You may not realize it, but gelatin is actually a cooked form of collagen. Powdered gelatin is another easy way to get that extra collagen boost. This type of collagen is becoming popular in coffee, fruit snacks, and other dessert treats.
Collagen peptides are a form of collagen used in both dietary supplements and functional foods like protein powders that are added to nutrition bars and baked goods. This type of collagen has a high absorption and digestibility factor, potentially making it the most effective form of extra collagen intake.
Other recommendations are to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of a powdered collagen protein into your food and drink daily to see its (potential) impact and health and beauty benefits, like in this collagen beauty bowl smoothie recipe here.
Go ahead, add some collagen to your diet and get your glow on!
What are the key attributes of a Truth Bar?
Truth Bars are functional nutrition bars with many key attributes. They were the first bars with both prebiotics and probiotics; they are high in fiber (13-14g); low in sugar (4-5g); contain a full day's supply of Omega-3 from white chia seed (250mg); and are made from natural, real food ingredients with no fillers. They are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, soy-free and all 200 calories or less. Truth Bars contain premium, mostly organic ingredients such as organic extra virgin coconut in our coconut bars. Truth Bars come in both Vegan and Non-Vegan varieties. Best of all, Truth Bars continue to receive mostly five stars for great taste!
Questions About Prebiotics and Probiotics:
What is a probiotic?
Probiotics are good bacteria in your digestive system that help to keep your gut healthy and that make a beneficial contribution to your overall health.
What is a prebiotic?
Prebiotics are indigestible fibers that come mainly from certain plant foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics together?
Prebiotics feed the probiotics to help them thrive and work longer in your body. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced, healthy microbiome.
How much probiotic is in each Truth Bar?
1 Billion CFU's.
What is the strain of probiotic used in Truth Bars?
Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has extensive studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastrointestinal issues, bloating, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. This spore-producing bacteria remains dormant in the package and on grocery store shelves, but becomes activated once eaten. This hardy bacteria strain has a protective shell that helps it survive the acid and bile in your stomach so that it can reach your intestines unharmed. Once there, the low ph and moisture in your intestines allows it to activate and multiply rapidly. This is especially true when it has prebiotics there to feed it.
Questions about ingredients:
How are Truth Bars sweetened?
In order to achieve a balance between sweetness and low sugar, Truth Bars are sweetened by a combination of natural sweeteners and real food ingredients.
How many grams of sugar do Truth Bars have?
The number of grams of sugar ranges from 4 grams per bar in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar to 5 grams per bar in the rest of the Truth Bar flavors.
Are Truth Bars Made With All-Natural Ingredients?
Yes. Truth Bars are made with 100% all-natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, and no fillers. Truth Bar ingredients are also non-GMO.
Are Truth Bars Vegan?
Two Truth Bar flavors are vegan. Our Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.
Three of our Truth Bars are protein based (10g per bar) and non-vegan. Our Chocolate Almond Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein, whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein.
Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?
Yes. All Truth Bars are 100% gluten free.
Are Truth Bars soy free?
Yes. Though often found in chocolate, the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of soy. (the chocolate coating itself is also sugar free)
Are Truth Bars dairy and lactose free?
Truth Bar's vegan bars (Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut) are dairy and lactose free. Truth Bar's protein bars contain both Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate. These whey proteins contain a small percentage of lactose.
What about other allergens?
If you have allergies, please read the food ingredients on the label carefully or talk to your nutritionist, allergist, or doctor about what is best for you. Also note that though not every Truth Bar contains these ingredients, they are made on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soy and dairy.
Are Truth Bars kosher?
Yes. They are certified OU Kosher by the Orthodox Union.
What is the source of Omega-3's?
Truth Bars contain Omega-3s from white chia seed.
Do Truth Bars contain MCT (medium chain triglyceride) Oil?
MCT Oil can be found in four of our bars: Chocolate Raspberry Coconut, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Almond Crunch.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch contains no MCT oil.
Where can I find a full list of ingredients?
You can find a full list of ingredients on each bar’s label and product page on truthbar.com. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab on each product page.
Where can I find nutrition information?
Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages on truthbar.com. Just click the third tab.
You can also find information on the ingredient page on truthbar.com that outlines key ingredients and their benefits.
Truth Bars & Popular Diets:
Are Truth Bars Keto Friendly?
Keto diets are very low in carbs, high in fat, ideally higher in fiber, and have some balanced amount of protein. The strictest Keto diets require very low to almost no carbs. Truth Bars would not be ideal for the strictest keto diet. But if you are looking for a snack option for a basic or moderate keto diet, Truth Bar's Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bar is a great choice -- high in fiber (13g), high in healthy fat (12g), moderate protein (10g) and relatively lower net carbs (6g).
How many Weight Watchers points does a Truth Bar have?
Truth Bars have approximately 8-9 points per bar.
Are Truth Bars Paleo Friendly?
Paleo diets in their strictest form include foods that hunter-gatherers would have eaten. This means no foods that were not available to them (like sugar, processed foods, artificial ingredients) and lots of fruits, grains and lean protein. Paleo diets also restrict grains, legumes and dairy. Truth Bars, while gluten-free and only containing real food ingredients, would not fit in the Paleo diet in its strictest form as they contain some sugar (4-5g).
What is the shelf life of Truth Bars?
Truth Bars have a shelf life of 12 months from the date of production. We make our bars in small batches, which should ensure that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars when rotated correctly.
Do Truth Bars need to be refrigerated?
No. This type of probiotic is not in a live state on the shelf, it is activated only after it's eaten. For this reason, Truth Bars do not need to be refrigerated.
Questions about buying Truth Bars
How do I find out if Truth Bars are sold in a store near me?
You can use the Store Locator on truthbar.com to search by zip code, city or state to find a store near you.
What if there aren't yet stores near me that carry Truth Bars?
First, you can talk to your grocery store or health food store's manager and ask them to stock Truth Bars in their store. They can contact us directly and we can help. Meanwhile, Truth Bars can be purchased on amazon.com/truthbar and truthbar.com.
What is your return policy?
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