1. How much sugar is in it?
Sugar is not something you want to be eating when you're eating a collagen bar or snack. If the collagen snack or beauty bar you're looking at, has more sugar than collagen or (protein) in it, put it back where it came from and walk away slowly. It isn’t anything more than a candy bar dressed in gym clothes with a full face of makeup.
Sugar these days come in a variety of hidden names. Dates, for example, are considered dried fruit but they have an enormous amount of sugar in them. So make sure you look at the back of the package to find the total amount of sugar in each bar.
(Above are two examples* of different collagen bars on the market that have an enormous amount of sugar in them)
Not only is eating things high in sugar bad for us, which has been documented in thousands of studies, sugar can actually impair the body's metabolic function and break down collagen and elastin in the skin. Say hello to breakouts, acne and possibly cellulite.
When there is high amounts of sugar in your collagen bar, any sort of benefit that the bar claims is nullified. Your body favours sugar before it does Collagen or Vitamin C.
2. Collagen percentage?
How much? What type? Where’s it from?
It is important to have a high percentage of Collagen in the bar, anything less than 2500mg won’t show results. Not only is it important to know how much collagen you're consuming but what type it is also.
Some sneaky companies (below)* brand themselves with having Collagen for 'beauty & health benefits’ on the front of their products but they don’t specify the amount or type they use on the back. Some companies don’t even have it labelled on the back at all. This generally means they have very little in them or there’s something to hide.
Collagen, Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides, Protein and Gelatin are all made from collagen but are also very different products with very different properties. So when companies bundle all these ingredients together and just name it protein, it doesn't accurately tell you what the active ingredients is in it.
Check the back of packet make sure the active collagen in the bars / snack is Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides, if it doesn’t list it or the amount is not there at all, put it back.
Also where the collagen comes from is important. I know you can’t read the source of the product from a packet but most companies on their website will tell you where they source their main ingredients.
All our collagen products are grass fed sourced from Argentina. The worlds premium source of collagen and collagen peptides.
A lot of other collagen is sourced from Brazil which in recent years has come under a lot of scrutiny for their work place practices and health standards. Currently as of today there is still a ban on meat exports from Brazil directly to the UK, US, AUS & China.
3. Is there Vitamin C?
Our bodies don’t produce or store Vitamin C, so it’s important that we include it in our diets on a daily basis. Along with collagen, Vitamin C content in both the epidermis and dermis has been shown to decline with age. So having a collagen snack with added Vitamin C is very important.
Vitamin C is found in high levels in both the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin. Its role in collagen synthesis, as well as its powerful antioxidant properties, make Vitamin C a vital player in the production of collagen and the maintenance of healthy skin.
Specifically, Vitamin C helps to boost the body’s levels of glutathione, the major antioxidant produced by the body to combat oxidative and free radical damage, assisting in the prevention of cellular ageing.
I’m very pleased to say that our Beauty Bites™ have been designed to tick all these 3 boxes & we show it CLEARLY!
We use 3800mg of Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides, We are very low in Sugar & We have 97% of the RDI of Vitamin C + we have the added benefits of Prebiotics and Probiotics.
So what you see is what you get and you never need to worry.
Disclaimer - We have used Nutritional Panels from different companies websites, while we won't disclose companies names, all information is readily available to the public.