Collagen is one of the fasting growing products in the natural food world. There are many health benefits from collagen, including strong bones, anti-aging, and digestion. Also, collagen is rich in glycine, an essential amino acid which many people don’t consume enough of. This is especially important for meat eaters as red meat is high in the amino acid methionine. Too much methionine is problematic if your body is low in glycine. So to be an appropriate omnivore, it’s crucial to make sure you’re getting enough glycine in your diet.
One way to get collagen is through food, such as bone broth, chicken and fish skin, beef tendons, oxtail, head cheese. As many people aren’t used to eating meat with the skin on and bone in or consuming organ meats, another way to get collagen is in the form of a protein powder. And that’s the way it’s making a splash in the marketplace. Not only are collagen powders hot products right now, but many of the producers are fortunately sourcing it from grass fed cattle.
Collagen protein powder can be mixed with all kinds of foods and beverages. The powders also come in a variety of flavors. Chocolate is a popular flavor from many of the collagen business. If you add hot water to your chocolate collagen, you have a healthier and more nutrient dense substitute for hot cocoa. A nice warm cup of chocolate collagen can feel good as we deal with the cold weather this time of the year.
In alphabetical order, here are the seven best chocolate grass fed collagens:
Ancient Nutrition was founded by Jordan Rubin, who started the nutritional supplement company Garden of Life, and Dr. Joseph Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine. The company was created with the mission to “to restore health, strength and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.” The collagens come from a combination of chicken, beef, turkey, and egg shells. They offer chocolate collagens in both multi collagen protein and their bone broth protein flavors. All of their collagen is sweetened with a Stevia extract.
When people hear Bulletproof, they mostly likely think of putting butter in their coffee. This comes from the mind of Dave Asprey. Asprey was a tech company VP under 30 who felt lacking in energy. He was told by doctors that he had a high risk of stroke and heart attack. After hearing this, Asprey decided to make a trek to Tibet to learn meditation. When given a cup of yak tea, he said his brain woke and he felt better than he had in a long time. Asprey then began experimenting with adding butter to tea and coffee. He soon followed by started Bulletproof Coffee, selling certified clean and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee along medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oils, extracted from coconut oils, to be placed into the coffee. Bulletpoof has since expanded into to other products such as collagen. Their chocolate collagen includes their XCT oil, a type of MCT oil.
Further Food began with three women all experiencing chronic illness. They originally were a community based education program to support each other and provide holistic health solutions. Further Food next turned to making real food free of additives, fillers, or preservatives. Their products are reviewed by health practitioners, including naturopaths, herbalists, and nutritionists. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to chronic illness and healthy eating initiatives. Along with collagens, they have turmeric and matcha blends. Further Food’s chocolate collagen is mixed with mood boosting reiki mushrooms.
Garden of Life
Garden of Life prides themselves on always making their products with real foods, whether it be a vitamin, a probiotic, or a protein powder. They have three principles they rely on for all of their products. The first principle is to looking for the highest quality which we’re missing in our diet and which can give us extraordinary health. The second is all about traceability from where it was grown to the agricultural practices of the farmers to how the farmers were paid and treated. The last principle is paying as much as what’s in their products as to what they keep out of them. As people don’t want chemicals in their food, they see no reason to include them in their supplements. Among the supplements they produce are many types of collagen. Their chocolates varieties are a regular chocolate collagen sweetened with stevia and a chocolate collagen creamer with coconut cream, MCT oil, and a probiotic formula.
Mark Sisson became one of the first ancestral health bloggers back in 2006 with Mark’s Daily Apple. He started writing it as a way for people to take full control of their health and to investigate, discuss, and be critical thinkers of everything we’ve thought was true about health and wellness. After a huge success in the blogosphere, Sisson set foot in the natural food world with offerings that didn’t have any dairy, gluten, grains, refined sugar, or soy. Primal Kitchen was born in 2015. Their first product was a mayonnaise made with avocado oil. Primal Kitchen has since expanded into many other condiments and and delved into protein products. They have a chocolate collagen containing coconut milk powder and a monk fruit extract for sweetening.
Ultimate Paleo Protein
Ultimate Paleo Protein was created to introduce a unique protein called HydroBEEF. HydroBEEF is a non-GMO grass fed beef protein combined with L-glutamine, probiotics, MCT powder, and stevia. Ultimate Paleo Protein also has a performance formula made with BeefISO, which has a slightly higher protein content. Their products mix the Hydrobeef with collagen peptides and have flavored options such as chocolate.
Kurt Seidensticker was beginning to feel a lot of knee pain when he was running and feared having to give it up because of this. But he was able to get back into running after discovering and consuming collagen. Seidensticker then decided to create a product to incorporate protein easily into our diets. Vital Proteins has a diverse array of collagen products from beef to marine collagen, powders with all sorts of flavors, a whey protein and collagen combo, and even flavored collagen waters. And of course, Vital Proteins has their version of the chocolate collagen made with cocoa powder, coconut milk powder, cinnamon, and monk fruit extract.