What Is The Best Bone Broth? [A Simmering Review]

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Bone broth (known as “stock” in traditional culinary terms) is made by simmering bone and cartilage in water and vinegar for an extended period of time.

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Vinegar helps to pull the beneficial nutrients from the bones and connective tissues.

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

The resulting liquid contains significant amounts of protein (mostly via collagen), potassium, and sodium as well as other beneficial nutrients.

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Bone broth differs from regular chicken broth or beef broth in that it is simmered with bones vs the liquid of simmered meat (on or off the bone). The latter proves to yield far more of the beneficial nutrients!

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

So, what is the best bone broth? In this article, I will answer this question and address other hot questions for this popular health topic!

 

WHAT NUTRIENTS DOES BONE BROTH CONTAIN?

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

The nutrient content of bone broth depends on the ingredients and their quality:

Bone: The bone itself yields minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon are also present.

Marrow: Bone marrow gives you vitamin A, vitamin K2, omega-3s, omega-6s and minerals like iron, zinc, selenium, boron and manganese. Marrow from beef and lamb also contains CLA.

Connective tissue: This tissue provides glucosamine and chondroitin, which are popular dietary supplements for arthritis and joint pain.

 

If you decide to include herbs, meat, spices and vegetables, extra benefits can be gleaned from their nutrient make up as well!

Additionally, bones, marrow and connective tissue are all largely made up of collagen, which turns into gelatin when cooked. Gelatin has a unique profile of amino acids, and is particularly high in glycine which yields anti-inflammatory properties.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CONSUMING BONE BROTH?

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

 

The most notable beneficial ingredient in bone broth is collagen.

While there is not much clinical information about the health benefits of bone broth, research with collagen suggests that it may help with joint pain, pain due to osteoarthritis, and modestly improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Collagen is also a good source of protein– an essential macro-nutrient for muscle growth and maintenance!

Note: Be aware that there are different types of collagen used in bone broth products. The most commonly studied and absorbable form is collagen hydrolysates.

Bone broth is touted for healing the gut and treating various digestive disorders such as leaky gut syndrome. Laboratory and animal studies suggest that a combination of gelatin and tannic acids may help to reinforce the mucous lining of the gut and reduce symptoms of Colitis.

Nothing beats a hot bowl of chicken bone broth when sick!

 

FAQ’S

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

1. How do I get my hands on bones? 

First, think of the person you’ll want to murder….lol, just kidding!

You can use bones from the previous night’s dinner, or get them from your local butcher. Another option is talking with local farmers to see if they can save you their bones or even hunters.

2. How much collagen do I take in order to reap the benefits?

This can depend on your needs. The average recommended dose is 10-15 grams daily but you can go up to 30 grams.

3. Do certain bones yield better nutritional profiles than others? 

A study in Australia that compared the amino acid content of bone broths found that the amino acid content of broth was significantly higher when 1. made from beef rather than chicken and 2. made from long bones (i.e. marrow containing bones).

 

CONCERNS AND CAUTIONS

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Bone broth is generally quite safe to consume. However, individuals with kidney disease should check product labels and consult with their physician before consuming due to the high amounts of sodium and potassium in some products. In addition, those on dialysis who have fluid intake restrictions should consult with their physician prior to consuming.

Mild to moderate gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea and gas have occasionally been reported in people taking undenatured collagen, gelatin or collagen hydrolysate). Other side effects have been reported have been generally mild and include headache, dizziness, insomnia, lack of appetite, itchy or pustular skin rash and canker sores.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST BONE BROTH?

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Now to answer the main question at hand!

The best bone broth is broth made right in your kitchen! Homemade bone broth made from organic whole vegetables and grass-fed animal’s bones is not only nutritious and typically way more palatable than store-bought… but it’s also extremely cost effective.

Get your apron on, your crock pot ready and see my recommended recipe next!

 

BONE BROTH RECIPE

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Calories: 400 per serving
Prep Time: 10-15 min
Cook Time: 24-72 hours
Serving Size: 3 quarts

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 pounds of beef or chicken marrow and knuckle bones (note: bone broth can be made from any type of bones you like – chicken, beef, pork, or even fish)
  • 2 pounds of meaty bones such as short ribs
  • 1/2 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother
  • 4 quarts filtered water
  • 3 celery stalks, halved (optional)
  • 3 carrots, halved (optional)
  • 3 onions, quartered (optional)
  • Handful of Fresh Parsley (optional)
  • Sea Salt (optional)

TIP: Play with the ingredients! You can add other goodies like bay leaves, ginger, lemon rinds and liver to name a few.

Let’s Cook!:

  • Place all bones in a pot or a crock pot, add apple cider vinegar and water and let mixture sit for 1 hour.
  • Add more water if needed to cover the bones
  • Add the vegetables – bring water to a boil – and skim the scum from the top and discard
  • Reduce to a low simmer, cover and cook for 24-72 hours
  • During the last 10 minutes of cooking, throw a handful of fresh parsley for added flavor and minerals
  • Let the broth cool and strain it, making sure all marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth
  • Add sea salt to taste and drink the broth as is or store in fridge for up to 5-7 days or in the freezer up to 6 months.

TIP: Quality matters! In order to reap the most benefits from your bone broth, I highly recommend seeking bones and cartilage from organically raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.

 

PRE-MADE/STORE-BOUGHT BONE BROTH

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

While I wholly advocate for making bone broth from scratch as it usually yields more nutritious if done correctly and definitely much cheaper – but for those who prefer something pre-made, this section is for you!

Since collagen and total protein distinguishes bone broth from soup and other broths, look for products that list the amount of protein they contain – which should be at least 6 to 10 grams per cup sized at 8 fl oz or 240 ml.

Also, check that the chicken or beef broth is made with bone, joint, or cartilage, as these are rich sources of collagen.

There are two types of pre-made bone broths on the market – liquid and powder. Yes you heard that right….powder! If it’s protein or collagen you’re after from bone broth, you’ll typically get the most for your money by purchasing a powder, rather than liquid that’s made from chicken, rather than beef.

Next, you will find my top two recommendations – 1 powder and 1 liquid. Both products are consumerlab approved. To understand the qualifications of this approval, you can review their quality assurance program. In order to see the full report, and see other approved products on the list, you must pay a membership fee.

 

#1 LIQUID BONE BROTH PRODUCT

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth

PRO’s:

  • Simmered for 20+ hours
  • Made with marrow bones from 100% pasture-raised, grass-fed & finished cattle
  • Free from hormones, antibiotics,and additives
  • Certified gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • MSG-free, dairy free, and soy-free
  • Paleo friendly, Keto, and Whole30 approved
  • 10 grams of protein per serving
  • Made with organic vegetables and spices
  • Made with Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Contains collagen

CON’s:

  • Very pricey according to many
  • Bland or “acquired” taste according to some reviews

 

#1 POWDER BONE BROTH PRODUCT

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Ancient Nutrition [Dr. Axe] Bone Broth Protein

PRO’s:

  • Chicken Collagen type II, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and 19 amino acids
  • Non GMO
  • Cruelty free
  • Hormone free
  • Cage free
  • Allergy free (gluten, dairy, tree nut, egg, soy, peanuts, crustaceans, etc.)
  • Paleo Friendly
  • 20 grams of protein per serving

CON’s:

  • Not palatable/Bad taste according to many reviews
  • Some G.I. upset (e.g. gas or bloating) according to some reviews

 

CONCLUSION

What Is The Best Bone Broth?

Bone broth is nutritionally dense and packed with healthy ingredients to boost your immunity and health.

Homemade bone broth is delicious and a great addition to your daily health regimen.

If you are looking for a wholesome way to boost your health – look no further!

Have experience with bone broth? Have any questions? Please feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Kind regards,
Sherry S.

 

 

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770111/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24131075
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24401291
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/collagen-peptide-supplementation-in-combination-with-resistance-training-improves-body-composition-and-increases-muscle-strength-in-elderly-sarcopenic-men-a-randomised-controlled-trial/9426E375742D094F91029FD0364815C4
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12 thoughts on “What Is The Best Bone Broth? [A Simmering Review]”

  1. Hello Khobayer! Yes – adding bone broth to existing recipes is a great way to incorporate bone broth into your diet without having to deal with the taste on it’s own. As for the nutritional value – there is definitely nutrients, especially protein in bone broth. The quantity and quality of nutrients depends on the quality of the ingredients used and whether the broth was prepared properly. 

    Powder is certainly a convenient option!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  2. Hello James! I too love the aromas of a good broth :).

    Yes – bone broth is slow cooker compatible! It has to simmer for a long time so slow cookers and crock pots are actually ideal. Hope that helps!

  3. Hello Shubhangi! Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. I am glad you found my article informative! To answer your question – you can consume bone broth on it’s own or you can cook it into foods etc. So, you do not have to consume on an empty stomach. Hope that helps!

  4. Hello Sherry,

    It is time to turn the taste into a beneficial factor. Bone broth is one of my favorite items that I love to have on my dinner. But I do not know that this has so much nutritious value. I like the way the author has compared the nutritious value of different types of bone broth and suggest the process of cooking to enjoy a tasty broth. Not only that he also suggests an alternative to homemade bone broth. I think powder bone broth is much more beneficiary than others. As it does not have any harmful factors in it. So busy people who have money but no time can easily afford this and enjoy a tasty broth.

    Thank you so much for your amazing article.

  5. Hi Sherry, nice post about the best bone broth. I remember when my mum used to do a chicken broth. Even the cooking smells were comforting! That and some nice bread. There is nothing like it. I have a slow cooker. Is broth making suitable for a slow cooker? I want to be able to chuck the ingredients in and leave it to cook!

  6. I never knew bone broth could be really nutritional, if not the better than consuming meat broth of any kind. Kudos to the author, who took the time to research about the benefits of consuming this. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have understand why most people love gnarling bones, slurping it. Now I know it. 

    Content-wise, everything is well written and I love how the information flows from the intro to towards the conclusion. It shed a light on what I haven’t known about food. Commendable.

  7. Hey Sherry,

    What a nice informative post about bone broth, thanks for making me aware of the benefits of having it. Really surprising to know that it can boost immunity, Strengthens bones and teeth, promotes weight loss and improves hydration.

    It’s nice that bone broth powder is also available in the market.  But one question I want to ask is should I drink bone broth on an empty stomach?

    Regards

  8. Hello Touhidur! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I agree – protein is necessary for optimal health! As for your concern about cost – the store-bought can definitely be expensive. The homemade version is much more cost effective. The process can take a while but if you make a lot at one time, it can last you a week or more. To answer your question – you will not receive the benefits of collagen via the vegetables a lone as you would with the bones. 

  9. Helo Sherry!!

    Thank you about your article. You have shared such a wonderful thing full of information. protein is very much important for human body. It accounts for all the structural components as well as energy to some extant. so your bone broth that is also called stock will be very helpful for us. It also contain vegetables that is also very important source of protein. But one thing is.. it seems costly that lower middle class or poor people can not efford all the time. moreover it is time consuming as you said liquid broth takes 20+ hours. now I have a question, can we make such kind of thing only with vegetables? I think it will be helpful for many people of our community. 

    Thanks again. 

  10. Hello Peter! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I agree healthy living can be more expensive – which is why there is such an obesity epidemic. Fast foods that are processed and bad for you are cheap and organic, whole foods are expensive! It’s unfortunate :(. So yes – having cheaper healthier alternatives is necessary.

  11. Natural foods are certainly front of mind for good health and for the healing of many minor complaints.

    The cost of public available medicines means that many people will tolerate their ailments and avoid doing anything to improve their lifestyle>
    This is where a cheap and effective product like bone broth may help alleviate some conditions at a minimal cost.

    The results can only come from testing and the recipes in this blog are easy to implement and the only downside is you may not notice a cure coming slowly to you.
    It really is worth a go because you have nothing to lose and you gain a low-cost nutritional meal and many health benefits.

    Peter H

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