Can You Bake Collagen Powder? A PhD & RD Explains The Science

“High-quality collagen peptides in powders are temperature stable,” notes Ferira. “mindbodygreen made sure that the collagen in beauty & gut collagen+ boasts this kind of stability. What this means is that the collagen powder is quite versatile in its ability to be incorporated into your favorite cold, tepid, warm, or hot beverage, smoothie, or food.” 

But here’s the thing: Collagen powder is not invincible or indestructible. Says Ferira, collagen can withstand temperatures up to approximately 200 degrees Celsius (or 392 degrees Fahrenheit). “A temperature significantly higher than that for a prolonged period of time will increase the potential for damage to the integrity of the protein,” she adds. 

What does this mean for your daily recipes? Well, hot liquids (like your morning coffee) usually hover around 100 degrees Celsius (or 212 degrees Fahrenheit) at boiling point—so there’s no need to worry about damaging collagen’s integrity while stirring into your brew or a hearty, skin-supporting soup.* 

But when it comes to baking, that’s when collagen care becomes necessary. That’s because when you bake, you can easily crank the heat way over 392 degrees Fahrenheit—plus, the collagen may be exposed to that super high heat over a long period of time. “Above 200 degrees Celsius (i.e., greater than 392 degrees Fahrenheit), the collagen can start to lose its inherent properties and structure,” says Ferira. “Additionally, its smell and taste may become more prominent.” 

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