Collagen: The protein with many jobs
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body and a major player in supporting our overall health. It is thought to help enhance our skin’s elasticity, prevent bone loss, and ease joint pain. Finding ways to incorporate more collagen into our diet, especially as we age, is one possible way to keep us feeling good. Many foods naturally contain collagen. Collagen supplements are also available, which have been broken down (or hydrolyzed) into individual amino acids and peptides with the aim of aiding absorption. This hydrolyzed collagen is also a great option to cook and bake with. It is thought to be heat stable and won’t gel when combined with liquid, making it easy to incorporate into your favourite recipes without drastically changing their texture. Rhubarb Strawberry Collagen Jam
For those who enjoy more unique tastes, try stirring a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper into the jam along with the collagen. The pepper adds a pleasant spice to the jam and makes it perfect for serving next to your favourite dairy and non-dairy cheeses.