The plumping protein collagen, a longtime wrinkle filler, is practically
becoming its own food group in Japan, where teas, yogurts and cocktails
enriched with it are all the rage. Women are gobbling up collagen-rich
foods like soft-shell turtles and pig’s feet in the hopes of
channeling the stuff to their skin. Now they can finish the meal with
collagen cheesecake. One version by Japanese company Meiji contains
1,000 milligrams of collagen, the amount in a couple of steaks. But
according to Annet King of the International Dermal Institute,
it’s all quite futile. “There’s no way that eating
collagen boosts collagen [in skin],” she says.
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Cheesecake, syringe: Alamy Images.