Bone Broth Protein: Why You Should Try It

Bone Broth Protein: Why You Should Try It

I don’t eat very many animal products, but collagen-rich bone broth is a whole food that may be a missing link even for people like me who eat mostly plants.

I’m excited to tell you what’s in it that makes it so special, and why you should try it!

What’s In Bone Broth?

Bone broth is one of the world’s oldest whole foods, used in cultures all over the world, for thousands of years. Simmering bones and connective tissue for many hours (even days!) releases into the water an impressive array of healing nutrients:

Protein: Bone broth is surprisingly high in protein, making it a very satisfying, filling drink.  Many people use it as part of a regular fast, from food, to help stay satiated while they detox and lose weight.

Bone Broth Protein contains Collagen, necessary for healthy skin
Collagen helps support healthy skin–improving elasticity for skin that is firm and tight.

Collagen: Collagen is one nutrient you can’t get from plant foods.  A strong and elastic form of protein, it provides structure and protection for tissues and joints, and building blocks for hair, skin, and teeth. Over time, our bodies lose the ability to make collagen (hello, wrinkles and arthritis!). Recent trials show that collagen supplementation, such as bone broth, can help repair and maintain arthritic joints.¹

Gelatin: The amino acids in gelatin are essential for maintaining skin health, including the “skin” of your intestinal tract (which is so big, it would cover a tennis court!).  The “heal and seal” function of this nutrient helps repair intestinal issues like leaky gut, improving digestion and absorption and quieting inflammation.  It also strengthens and repairs your outer skin, and your nails and hair, too.

Glycine: This amino acid is a building block of both collagen and muscle tissues, but it also acts as a neurotransmitter, improving mental function and helping to regulate sleep.²

Proline: Proline raises metabolism, helps with soft tissue repair, and has a special role in coronary artery health. It helps loosen and clear fatty cholesterol plaque deposits from inside arterial walls, and helps keep new deposits from forming.  Really important for reducing your heart attack risk!

And depending on the quality and source of the bones, bone broth can also have a great profile of minerals, like phosphorous, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.

"Grass Fed" is more important than "Organic," when it comes to Bone Broth Protein

“Grass-fed” Bone Sources Are More Important Than “Organic”

Bone broth is generally made from beef or chicken bones.  An “organic” cow or chicken must be fed organic feed in order to get the certification.  Sounds good, right? After all, I recommend organic produce for humans!

But animals are supposed to graze on grass, not eat “feed” (usually corn or grains).  However, fields of grass can’t be measured and labeled organic!  So if you see “organic” on the label, you know the animal has been fed something it shouldn’t–look instead for “grass-fed” sources.

But it’s a hassle to find grass-fed beef bones, and simmer it long enough to get the nutrients (usually a couple of days). I tried it for a while, and it was a stinky drag.  And very inconvenient!

So, I was thrilled to find a great source of grass-fed bone broth protein, dehydrated so it was easy, portable, and wouldn’t stink up my house!

I loved it so much that I had it made into our brand-new GSG Bone Broth Protein powder, in Natural, Chocolate Shake, and Vanilla Shake!

GreenSmoothieGirl Bone Broth Protein in Natural, Chocolate, and Vanilla Shake flavorsThe Natural version is pure bone broth protein with nothing added, and so neutral in taste that you can add protein to any food or beverage, without adding any flavor. It goes down easy by itself, too, in hot or cold water.

But the Vanilla Shake and Chocolate Shake flavors are my favorite.

They are sweetened with monk fruit, and these blends are so unbelievably yummy that we had to name them “shakes!” Because they literally taste like that.

They blend easily and are fabulous in just plain water–cold for a refreshing “shake,” or hot for a soothing, cozy “hot cocoa”-like treat at bedtime. Even kids will ask for more!

I want you to try them, too!  Through the month of August I’m putting them on a “Buy one, get one half-off” special, and I’ll even give you free shipping, with promo code BBship!

Give them a try, and let me know your favorite way to use them (my latest favorite?  Half a scoop of Vanilla Shake in my morning coffee–YUM)!

 

References

1. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-rheumatoid-arthritis/collagen/trials-for-oa.aspx

2. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2007.00262.x/abstract

16 thoughts on “Bone Broth Protein: Why You Should Try It

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  1. Robyn, have tried the bone broth in both flavors and love them both. Can’t quite yet explain it, but I feel amazingly better from the first serving. Obviously, in the laboratory of my own body the results are conclusively good.

    I’m curious how your formula gets 20gr. protein in one little serving though? Maybe because it is dried and more concentrated. Others are in a gelatinous form and have as high as 11 grams only.

    Would love to know more about the product and how it is made and contents are established as to grams of protein?

    thanks, ken

  2. Hi Robyn. I was very curious about this and spoke with my brother about it, who is a vegetarian and killer researcher. He sent me very interesting info and I wondered if you had seen any of this info. It does directly counter your claim of not getting collagen from veggies.

    From and NPR article:
    “Kantha Shelke has a different take. She’s a food scientist and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists, and a principal with the food science and research firm Corvus Blue LLC.

    She says that if you want to build collagen, you need more than bone broth.

    “Eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables is ideal,” she says. “Plants offer richer sources in collagen building blocks and, in addition, provide nutrients not found in sufficient quantities in meats or broth.” ”

    And this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiIx6FBxHvk&feature=youtu.be

    He has all of the research links posted in more info.

    Interesting stuff and I have to say, after seeing this and reading the research, I changed my mind about adding it to my diet.

  3. I bought the product (which is REALLY expensive) and have been drinking it in the morning in my shaker cup. The taste is not bad, but it sure doesn’t dissolve. It has little pieces in it (bone?) that don’t dissolve. I imagine if I put it in my smoothie, it might be better.

  4. Hello Robyn! So would the Bone Broth Shake replace my green smoothie in the morning for breakfast, or is it in addition to it? Thanks!

  5. Can you please post a picture of the back of your bone broth package? I’d like to see the serving size, amount of servings, ingredients, and nutritional facts. Most companies make that readily available in their marketing. If I missed it please forgive. If it is not present can you please post? Thanks much, Deb

  6. No matter if the animal is grass fed or Organic, they are still slaughtered for our consumption. We as humans do not need to get these “nutrients” from the animal. Where are the pigs and cows getting these nutrients? From the grass. Just my 2 cents but feel like this whole bone broth fascination is all about marketing and what we may be lacking if we don’t get this from the animals. Sad!

    1. I hear you. However, as I understand it, the human gut does not metabolize grass (the now popular wheat grass included). Therefore, what other plant-based sources might provide adequate protein?

    2. susan, robyn here. i am usually highly suspect of claims being “marketing.” however, something was definitely missing in my diet after 20 years plant-based, and i’m feeling amazing after adding the gelatin, collagen, etc. from boiled bones….and the good news is, nobody is killing an animal for the bones. they would be thrown away if they weren’t utilized for bone broth. i don’t want to eat animal flesh, and i don’t want to eat unclean products, and i don’t want animals killed for my consumption. however, after $50,000 spent in my mouth, it was time to consider that something was missing. for sure bone broth is trending, but it’s also thousands of years old and known to be gut healing. (thus “chicken soup” being given to sick people since forever.) that said…maybe it’s not for you. no pigs, please. ever. there’s no collagen in grass or greens, and all greens don’t support a human, it turns out.

  7. I don’t see any nutrition facts on the label for: “minerals, like phosphorous, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.”

  8. How much of this should we eat and how often? How long would a bag last for a single person? It’s crazy expensive for someone like me in their 20s, so I want to know if it’s worth saving up for. 😉

  9. Um. I like your site here, but found a typo (?): you have the above comment dated August 9, 2017 at 8:40am. It is right now, August 9, 2017 @8:02, so that is incorrect. Just saying. Your info about organic and grass fed is right on; glad to see that here, so important to know and so common sensical. But, I hope it doesn’t discourage people from buying organic though. You don’t mention the synthetic chemicals in non organic meats that would be in the broth. Another thing; the smell of bones cooking for days; you’re marketing your product which I will be buying, but just want to say, cooking something for days is an age-old tradition and gives the cook valuable experience of independent cooking; important in my mind. Thanks for bringing it all up.

    1. hi susannah…..this blog is 10 years old, so we’re in a process of bringing our older posts current. and, it takes days, and we’re all for that….but i didn’t like it in my kitchen. (really stinky.) if you’re willing to cook beef bones in your kitchen, that is awesome! we’ve just found that most people won’t do it. (myself included, after that first time.) so we do it for you, with this new product line.

  10. I would like to try it. But I bought some from Dr.Axe and my mouth broke four in sores. Was it from too much of an amino avid like glycine? Can bone broth do that? Thank u

    1. not sure, but their product says non-GMO on it but they (jordan, his partner) told me they could not guarantee it wasn’t non-GMO corn those chickens were fed. so we decided to make our own. i doubt it’s “too much amino acid,” if it’s legitimately just bone broth. i would think gmo or chemical you’re sensitive to.

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