Bone broth is promoted as a natural source of collagen, an immune-booster, and a remedy for everything from joint pain to wrinkles. But how much collagen and protein is really in each brand? Are they high in sodium? Are bone broth labels correct? Can they do all the things people say they can?
To answer these important questions, ConsumerLab.com purchased and tested popular bone broth liquids and powders. In addition to finding out how much protein, collagen and sodium was really in each product, each bone broth was also checked for potential contamination with lead, cadmium or arsenic — toxic heavy metals.
We were shocked to find that one product delivered only 38% of the protein listed on its label. Making matters worse, it had 75% more sodium than listed — a concern for anyone with high blood pressure.
We also found big differences in cost: You could pay from 56 cents to $9.99 to get an equal amount of collagen, depending on the product.
Among the bone broths that passed our laboratory tests, provided good amounts of collagen and total protein, were judged favorably in our taste tests, and were well priced, four products were selected as Top Picks.
You must be a ConsumerLab.com member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks and ConsumerTips on how to choose and use bone broth liquids and powders. You'll get results for 11 bone broths: nine selected by ConsumerLab.com and one that passed the same testing in our voluntary Quality Certification Program. In our review, you'll learn:
- ConsumerLab.com's Top Picks for best bone broths based on quality, nutrients, taste and value
- Which bone broth liquids and powders passed or failed testing
- The amount of collagen found in popular bone broth products — something that's not listed on most labels
- How bone broths compare on quality, ingredients, sodium, protein and collagen content, and cost
- The clinical evidence for and against bone broth
- What to look for on labels — and what labels won't tell you