Have you ever thought of cooking creatine? I know it sounds crazy, but people have tried it and come up with varied experiences.
It may seem heat will destroy your favorite power-boosting powder but guess what, it’s not fully correct. Creatine can go up to a certain extent and absorb heat.
So, what do you think? Can you cook creatine?
Cooking creatine won’t be a good idea as heat partially reduces its efficacy. Any glycine in the meal may also cause serious health issues by enhancing the creatine side effects. Creatine monohydrate is good up to 140°F (60°C), whereas creatine ethyl ester is known to break down above 86°F (30°C).
Are you still thinking of cooking creatine or mixing in hot beverages? I don’t see any problem if you know where and how to deal with creatine when it’s hot.
Creatine Cooking: Wonder or Weird?
There is no problem with being creative with food. But keep in mind the outcome.
Creatine is a stable compound made of nitrogen bonded with hydrogen links. In every aspect, this powerful supplement is stable. However, it’s not 100% heat-resistant.
If you cook creatine, be prepared to taste something unpleasant. Unless flavored, creatine tastes like a chemical or bitter, depending on the quality. Mixing it with veggies (if you are a vegan but still love creatine), fish or meat will simply ruin their natural flavor.
Now let’s talk about efficacy. Although creatine is stable, it has heat resistance up to 140°F (60°C). If you keep or cook creatine above the level, the supplement will gradually lose its efficacy and become creatinine if heated with something acidic, like citrus fruits.
The creatine degradation process expedites if the temperature increases rather than staying constant.
Does Heat Impact Creatine in Food?
Ok, perhaps cooking creatine won’t be a good idea. But what about foods rich in creatine? Can you destroy the creatine content by cooking them?
Let’s talk about meat first. Red meats and chicken have considerable creatine (although inadequate to meet your daily needs). Cooking them in excess and increasing heat will gradually reduce creatine retention and expedite creatine to creatinine conversion.
In the case of fish, the result is almost similar. Brining and cooking significantly reduce creatine retention in fish along with other proteins like taurine, glycine, and alanine.
Can You Cook Creatine In Eggs?
Health enthusiasts and powerlifters don’t recommend cooking creatine with eggs.
I personally would choose 4 eggs over whey protein in ANY given situation. Whole/real food is overall superior to protein powder nutritionally.
So I definitely recommend taking creatine with the 4 eggs, but separately, not all together as a drink, via Rocky Balboa. Boil them, fry them, anything but throwing them in a blender with the creatine. That’s plain gross.Joseph Blowinski – Former powerlifting enthusiast
Yes, taking creatine with 4 eggs after a heavy workout is a great idea, but throwing them all in a blender is just gross.
Although eggs have a little glycine, they are enough to trigger degradation and adverse side effects.
Can You Put Creatine In Hot Coffee?
Putting creatine in hot coffee can be a great way to get boosted in the morning, but it comes with two issues if you are not careful about mixing. If the coffee is too hot, it will break down creatine, and too much caffeine with creatine can trigger dehydration.
If you want a caffeinated morning boost, check the permissible creatine amount to mix with coffee and how strong your coffee is.
Medical professionals always keep cautious when discussing mixing creatine with stimulants like caffeine, ephedrine, guarana, and phenylethylamine.
Does Hot Water Destroy Creatine?
Hot water does not destroy creatine unless the temperature goes above 140°F (60°C). In fact, mixing creatine in warm water increases creatine absorption, especially after an intense workout.
Can You Put Creatine In Pancakes?
You can add creatine powder to the pancake mix and enjoy. However, the creatine will eventually denature or break down if you cook the pancake in too high heat.
Keeping the temperature moderate and constant while cooking the pancake is recommended. Adding flavor won’t impact the creatine efficacy but will enhance the taste.
Let’s Wrap Up
So, what do you think? Can you cook creatine? You can, but perhaps it won’t be a great idea when you need to recover from an intense gym session.
You have numerous options with which you can mix creatine. Why don’t you try one of them daily and leave the cooking to make a protein or carb-rich meal?
If you need more ideas on creatine, check out our latest blog entries.
I am a health and wellness enthusiast working in a Pittsburgh-based wellness clinic. My primary role as a consultant is to tailor a balanced lifestyle for my patients, where positive steps and potent supplements play a synergistic role.