Glossary of Terms
Sometimes the future can be complicated. We’ve therefore untangled a few of those words for you that you may have not been familiar with. If you still have questions, simply let us know!
Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular matrix found in the body’s various connective tissues. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. Collagen consists of amino acids bound together to form a triple helix of elongated fibril known as a collagen helix. It is mostly found in connective tissue such as cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments, and skin. (Source: Wikipedia)
A flexitarian is someone who follows a mostly plant-based diet but occasionally includes meat and animal products. This dietary approach combines elements of vegetarianism and omnivorism, and allows for greater flexibility and variety in food choices. The focus is on consuming mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and plant-based proteins, while also allowing for the occasional inclusion of animal products like meat, dairy, or eggs. The flexitarian diet has become popular for its health benefits and its potential to reduce the environmental impact of food production. (Source: ChatGPT)
FODMAPs or fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and are prone to absorb water and ferment in the colon. (Source: Wikipedia)
Functional foods are foods that provide health benefits beyond their traditional nutritional value. They contain added ingredients or are processed in a way that enhances their health benefits, such as reducing the risk of chronic diseases or improving gut health. (Source: ChatGPT)
Hyaluronic Acid or HA for short is a humectant — a substance that retains moisture — and it is capable of binding over one thousand times its weight in water. This substance is naturally found in many areas of the human body, including the skin, eyes, and synovial fluid of the joints. HA used in beauty and skincare products is primarily made by bacteria in a lab via a process called biofermentation. (Source: Harvard Health Publishing)
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal product—particularly in diet—and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan. Distinctions may be made between several categories of veganism. Dietary vegans, also known as “strict vegetarians”, refrain from consuming meat, eggs, dairy products, and any other animal-derived substances. An ethical vegan is someone who not only follows a plant-based diet but extends the philosophy into other areas of their lives, opposes the use of animals for any purpose, and tries to avoid any cruelty and exploitation of all animals including humans. Another term is “environmental veganism”, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable. (Source: Wikipedia)