I tend to see terms
acid stable amino acid, and
free amino acids used often in the field of nutrition, but they are sometimes used interchangeably which confuses me.
I know that:
amino acid is a general term to describe organic compounds that encompass both essential and non-essential amino acids.
free amino acids is a general term for amino acids that are not broken down from a protein source; instead it exists in its original form 'freely'.
acid stable amino acid ... no idea
Is that right (correct me if I'm wrong)? What is the larger relationship amongst all three terms? Would consuming a free amino acid be better than one from a protein, or from an acid stable amino acid? Why would one choose to consume a particular class of amino acids over another?