Is Collagen Good for Keto and Whole 30 Diets?
about 1 year ago
BUBS Naturalsis approved for the keto diet and Whole 30 approved. Here’s how it helps your diet.
How Collagen Fits in with Your Diet
There are many reasons to try a new diet. Maybe you just want to try something new. Maybe you are ready to break bad habits that are causing weight gain or other issues such as pre-diabetes and heart disease. Sometimes people change their diets to treat underlying problems such as autoimmune disease. Whatever your reason may be, it sounds like you are ready for a reset.
Keto and Whole30 are two popular diets that instead of looking at how much you eat focus on what you eat. But when starting a diet such as keto or Whole30, you have to tackle one big question: what can you eat?
We are proud to say that our collagen is both keto and Whole30 certified! So let’s get into it.
When we say diet, you say…
The word diet may provoke a knee jerk reaction as its connotation is usually weight loss. But a diet doesn't just have to be restrictive eating over a short period of time to lose weight. Your diet is everything you eat, and it is normal for your diet to change throughout the course of your life. Where we live, our schedules, and lifestyle may cause our diet to change, for better or for worse.
Whole30 is a diet, but not in the way that many think of diets. Unlike many diets which are geared toward weight loss, the Whole30 diet is aimed at eliminating common “trigger foods” that may be causing inflammation. Whole30 is often referred to as a “reset,” but really it is an elimination diet. By eliminating common trigger foods for thirty days and then gradually introducing them, you may find that you have food sensitivities that you were not aware of. Then you don’t have to stay on the restrictive diet forever--but you do know what food you should avoid.
Since Whole30 is a reset meant to change your relationship with food, your goal isn’t counting calories, which can require quite a bit of attention. You’re even encouraged to avoid stepping on the scale during those thirty. That being said, while you might not be limited by how much you can eat, you are limited to what you can eat.
The Whole30 diet is all about eating whole, unprocessed foods. Since Whole30 should encourage good habits once you return to “normal,” you are also encouraged not to recreate unhealthy desserts and snacks using approved ingredients.
While on Whole30 you can enjoy:
Ghee and clarified butter
Meat and fish
So what about collagen?
Good news! BUBS Naturals Collagen is Whole30 approved, so you can continue to enjoy them while on the Whole30 diet.
Collagen peptides meet the Whole30 requirements because they are simply animal connective tissue that has been broken down to a size that the body can absorb. Like meat, they are considered a whole food.
However not all collagen is Whole30 approved because many brands have added flavors and fillers. While not necessarily bad for you, they are not Whole30 approved. Instead, opt for flavorless varieties that have been Whole30 certified, such as BUBS Naturals original collagen peptides.
The Ketogenic Diet
So what about the keto diet? The ketogenic or keto diet is a low-carb high fat way of eating. Some people turn to keto as a way to lose weight while others find it helpful for managing energy and bulking up.
In some ways, the keto diet is pretty similar to other low-carb diets such as Atkins. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to replace carbs with fats so that your body reaches a metabolic state called ketosis. When your body reaches ketosis it is much more efficient at using fat for energy. It also starts turning fats into ketones, which can energize the brain.
The ketogenic diet is also a good option for people who struggle with blood sugar and insulin resistance, just make sure you talk with your doctor before making any major changes.
What can you eat on a ketogenic diet?
Much like Whole30, the keto diet avoids added sugars and grains which are heavy in carbohydrates. But while the Whole30 diet is concerned with the quality of your ingredients (no processed ingredients, no added sugars) it is not actually concerned with what kind of macros you consume (fats v. carbs v. protein). You can eat many things on Whole30 that are not keto approved, like fruits that naturally contain sugar, or higher carb vegetables such as sweet potatoes. Meanwhile the keto diet allows for many foods that are not Whole30 approved (butter, cheese) because they are low carb. So what else can you eat on the keto diet?
While going keto you can enjoy high fat and low car foods such as:
Low carb vegetables such asparagus, avocado, cucumbers, peppers, and spinach
Meat and poultry
Plain greek yogurt
Nuts and seeds
Butter and cream
Collagen, because it is pure protein, is also allowed on a ketogenic diet. As long as you steer clear of heavily flavored collagen, your collagen peptides should be free from any sneaky carbs like sugar.
Collagen can be added to countless keto recipes including a long-time favorite: bullet coffee. We recommend making bullet coffee with our unflavored collagen peptides and MCT.
BUBS Naturals can help with many of your diet goals
Collagen not only fits into the keto and Whole30 diets, it may also help achieve your diet goals including sealing the gut to treat autoimmune issues and building more muscle. We are proud to offer collagen that has been certified for Whole30 and keto diets, so that you can confidently enjoy collagen while sticking to your diet!