- What is it? Bone broth (made from simmering chicken or beef bones) can be a good source of protein — particularly collagen. Although vitamins and minerals are naturally found in bone broth, amounts are small — less than 5% of daily requirements. The mineral found in highest concentration is potassium. (See What It Is). Sodium naturally occurring in bone broth is about 100 to 150 mg per cup, but some have added salt, boosting levels to about 500 mg.
- What does it do? Although there is not much clinical information about the effects of bone broths, research with collagen suggests that it may help with joint pain and modestly improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. The protein in bone broth also contributes to one's daily requirement for protein. (See What It Does).
- What CL found: The bad news: One product contained only 38% of its claimed protein and 75% more sodium than listed. The good news: All other products met their label claims for protein and sodium and none exceeded stringent limits for contamination with heavy metals. However, CL found large differences in the amounts of protein and collagen in products and the cost to obtain them. To obtain 5 grams of collagen, for example, the cost ranged from just 56 cents to $9.99. (See What CL Found). Powered bone broths, in general, cost only one-quarter that of ready-to-drink bone broths. Chicken bone broths are about half the price of beef bone broths — although more of the protein in beef broths tends to be collagen.
- Best choice? Based on results of our laboratory and taste tests, as well as cost, CL chose 4 products as its Top Picks.
Bone Broth Review
Find the Best Bone Broth. Find Out How Much Collagen and Sodium Is Really In Popular Bone Broths
Bone broth liquids and powders compared in this review
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein
Bare Bones Bone Broth
Jarrow Formulas Beyond Bone Broth Powdered Drink Mix Chicken
Jarrow Formulas Beyond Bone Broth Spicy Beef Ramen Flavor
Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
Kitchen Basics Bone Broth Chicken
LonoLife Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth
Organixx Bone Broth Protein - Smooth Chocolate
Pacific Organic Bone Broth Chicken
The Flavor Chef Organic Chicken Bone Broth
The Osso Good Co. Beef Bone Broth
- 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
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