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December 02, 2022 2 min read

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz of water

1 scoop of Muscle Feast Pumpkin Spice Isolate

1 tsp. of cocoa powder

2 tsp. of stevia

2 oz of heavy cream

2 sugar free marshmallows (optional)

1 tsp. of pumpkin spice

 

DIRECTIONS:
 
Put the hot water, cocoa powder, and pumpkin spics isolate into a shaker. Mix until combined. Pour into a coffee mug.

Make the whipped cream by adding the cream and stevia to a mixer bowl. Mix on high speed with the whip attachment until firm peaks.

To assemble, scoop the whipped cream on the hot chocolate. Then add the marshmallows, and garnish the drink with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.



Collagen vs Coffee
SHOULD WE MIX THE TWO?

Collagen protein supplements have rapidly increased in popularity over the past few years due to various associated benefits, such as increased skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles, and reduced joint pain. Various trends have accompanied the rising popularity of collagen supplements, including adding collagen peptides to coffee. 


When adding collagen to coffee, the main concern may be the effect of higher temperatures on the quality of the supplement. Generally, when exposed to high temperatures or acidic and alkaline solutions, proteins become denatured, changing their structure slightly. This means that collagen supplements on the market are in a denatured or slightly predigested form, which improves their absorption in the digestive tract. If collagen proteins are exposed to even higher temperatures, a process called degradation can occur, further breaking down the protein. At this point, the protein may not function the same, rendering the supplement useless.

One study exposing collagen proteins to temperatures of 302–788ºF (150–420ºC) observed that their initial degradation occurred at around 302ºF (150ºC). That said, coffee is typically brewed at 195–205ºF (90–96ºC) — a much lower temperature range. Thus, if your coffee is below 302ºF (150ºC) when you add your collagen supplement, the quality of the powder is unlikely to be affected.


Therefore, research suggests that adding collagen powder to hot coffee has no effect on supplement quality when the coffee is brewed within the traditional temperature range of 195–205ºF (90–96ºC).

*As always, consult your primary care physician before adding supplements into your diet.


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