I think we can all agree that labels on food can be extremely deceiving. There’s low carb, low fat, good and bad fat, and don’t even get me started on the scary amount of sugar content in foods where sugar just has no business (like bread? And pasta sauces?!). Long story short, when it comes to what we’re feeding our bodies, it’s important to look closely at the labels. So, when I learned about Naked Nutrition, a supplement company that offers everything from vegan pea protein powder to grass-fed collagen, I was instantly intrigued.
On their website, they emphasize their commitment to serving their customers transparency along with their products. That means no additives, artificial sweeteners or colors. They sent over their Naked Collagen so we could give it a try and give our feedback.
And, in the spirit of full transparency, it’s important I mention that Naked Nutrition asked to sponsor this article — HOWEVER! We only agree to work with brands we believe in, and that doesn’t guarantee a positive review. And since I also believe in a little thang called the first amendment, my thoughts and opinions about the product and company are 100% honest and all my own. So, with that being said, let’s get down to… the “naked” truth, what I think about Naked Collagen.
Benefits of Collagen Supplements
I’ve seen ads for collagen everywhere. It’s in everything from supplements to our makeup, and it claims to promote skin elasticity for supple, youthful skin. But what exactly is collagen, and what other benefits does it have? In a previous article about collagen, we’ve identified that collagen is a protein, but not just any protein! It’s the most abundant protein in our bodies.
It actually does so much more than replacing dead skin cells for a youthful appearance. In fact, it strengthens your muscles, bones, joints, hair, nails and even digestive system, so it’s easy to see why it’s become so popular in health and wellness.
Naked Nutrition Collagen: First Impressions
Naked Nutrition sent over two 20oz containers of their Naked Collagen, and what first struck me as interesting was their label, which for the most part is plain, light blue with black lettering on the front that says: 100% Premium Grass-fed Collagen Peptides with Nothing to Hide.
It’s a refreshing first impression, especially since most supplement containers I’ve seen in the nutrition isles are the size of genetically modified pumpkins and plastered with holographic images of muscular men crushing protein shakes with their biceps while a bald eagle does deadlifts in the background. Another thing that caught my attention: 9g of protein, 35 calories, 0g of sugar and 0g of carbs and not to mention the highly impressive amino acid profile.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and this supplement contains 17 different types, including 8 essential amino acids. What’s also cool? It only has one ingredient: bovine hide. So, yes, the reality is that this stuff is made from ground up cow skin. Granted, it’s ethically sourced from grass-fed cows, but for those that are curious: this product, in particular, is NOT vegan. Their website has plenty of vegan options though, so I’d definitely check that out.
The instructions were simple: add 1-2 rounded scoops of Naked Collagen to 4-8 ounces of cold or hot liquid. Be sure to mix thoroughly. I’ve had all kinds of proteins before, with every flavor imaginable: vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and even gummy bear. So I wasn’t sure what to expect powdered bovine hide to smell like, but upon peeling off the seal and taking a big whiff, all I got was a very faint smell of flour.
Not offensive whatsoever. Next, came the taste. I followed instructions and added a scoop to a glass of room temperature water and stirred with a spoon. I was expecting it to cloud the water and float to the top in clumps, but to my surprise, it mixed easily and disappeared into the water like magic. I took a sip, and all I could taste was water.
I could never do this with regular protein since I’d be drinking a weird mess of liquid and globs of powder sticking together but this was an entirely different experience. The fact that it has no flavor may be a huge benefit for some, and personally, it would be a great way to integrate more protein into your diet without even thinking about it. I wanted to see if it also mixed into hot drinks, so I followed the same process this time with a hot cup of coffee. Again, it mixed in seamlessly and had no taste. I tried it again with oatmeal, with tea and finally a smoothie, all producing the same results: they all tasted as if I had added absolutely nothing.
I understand the benefit of flavorless protein powder and the sheer simplicity that you can literally add it to anything. It also has just one ingredient, so there’s no question to what you’re putting in your body, and it’s also dairy free, soy free, gluten free as well as Paleo and Keto-friendly.
The only thing I would advise is the scoop size is smaller than most protein powder scoops, so one serving is just 9g of protein. The easy solution to this would be to just add another scoop, and since there is no taste, it’s really up to you what you prefer. As for cost, you have a couple options. You can make a one-time purchase for 41.99, or you can select a subscription to receive one container every to months and save 5% for $39.89.
This was the first I’ve had the chance to try a powder collagen supplement, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I used to be really into regular powdered protein but got bored with the same old flavors. The fact that I can mix this into anything and get additional protein without having to think about it is a huge plus.
Also, the amino acid content– I can’t stress enough how important this is, and I compared it to a generic protein powder brand I used to use, and it had one-fifth of the amino acids this did. Overall, I’m a fan of this product, and I’m on board with their brand messaging and attitude, I’m considering trying out their other protein powder flavors including their pea protein!
Check out their website to see the Naked Collagen and all their other options!