What to look for when buying bone broth
With a rich flavour profile and abundant nutrients, bone broth is an ideal addition to your cooking repertoire.
But let’s be honest: not many people have the time or inclination to make their own, especially when the cooking process can take up to 24 hours, or even longer.
There are some great bone broths available when you head to the store. But keep in mind that it’s important to read the ingredient list and nutrition facts first, to make sure you’re buying the healthy product you expect.
Here’s what to look for to get maximum taste and health benefits from your bone broths:
- Bone broth label. Traditional broth, stock and bone broth are actually different, due to the cooking process and ingredients. True bone broth contains bones and is slowly simmered over a long period of time, which releases the nutrients that make it so beneficial for our bodies, such as collagen. Don’t stop at this single label, though — be sure to check the actual ingredients.
- Grass-fed bones. This is the item you want to see on the ingredient list! Happy animals raised grazing on local pastures provide the most high quality food, free of environmental toxins.
- Certified organic. Being certified organic is different than “made with organic ingredients.” Complete organic certification means that everything used to create the broths is organic and produced at a facility adhering to rigorous guidelines.
What to avoid when buying bone broth
When manufacturers add “bone broth” on packaging, consumers assume the item is good for them. If you read the ingredient list with a critical eye, however, you may find that’s not the case.
Here are some things to avoid when buying bone broth:
- Filler broths. Sometimes companies will add “concentrated chicken broth” or “vegetable broth” into their bone broths. Why? So they can sell their bone broth less expensively and produce it more quickly. These are actually stocks, not true bone broth.
- Pesticides. How can you avoid these? Organic certification means that all ingredients — including vegetables, apple cider vinegar, herbs, and spices used in the broth are organic and free of pesticides and environmental pollutants.
- Additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners or other fillers. Common ones include:
- Yeast extract. Or, by a different name: monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG. Often used to enhance flavour, MSG has been linked to negative side effects in many people.
- Maltodextrin. This white, starchy powder is a food preservative used to thicken foods and improve texture. While generally considered safe in small amounts, maltodextrin is high on the glycemic index, which means it could cause a spike in your blood sugar.
When it comes to buying bone broths, high quality means you get a product with rich, tasty flavour that offers optimal health benefits to your body, including digestive system, joints, immunity, skin and more.
At Broya, we do things different. Through each step of the supply chain, we’re intentional about creating products made from grass-fed, happily raised animals from local farms. We’re proud to support responsible local farmers with broths that provide vital nutrients.
How does Broya stand against other bone broths?
How long it cooks: Bone broth is simmered for 24 hours to maximize the amount of collagen, protein, and amino acids in each sip.
What it's made of: All products are made from local, grass-fed animals as a base for bone broth. Broya uses high-quality, organic ingredients and bones sourced from a number of local Canadian Farmers. It’s naturally rich in collagen and loaded with the amino acid glycine.
How much protein is in it: 4-5 g of protein per 250ml
How it's packaged: stand up pouch with corner mounted sprout
Price: $11.99 CAD
Kettle and Fire
How long it cooks: Grass-fed beef bones or organic chicken bones are slow-simmered for up to 24 hours.
What it's made of: Beef and chicken bones are sourced from farms that raise their animals without any added hormones or antibiotics.
How much protein is in it: 10g of protein per 250ml
How it's packaged: Packaging is recyclable and made primarily of wood fiber, a natural and renewable raw material.
How long it cooks: N/A
What it's made of: Simmered with organic vegetables, apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs, and spices, then packed with pure collagen protein and flash frozen.
How much protein is in it: 13g of protein
How it's packaged: Stand up pouch with corner mounted spout
Price: 12.99 CAD, about $10.99 USD
How long it cooks: Simmered for up to 24 hours
What it's made of: The bones, meat, tendons/ligaments, and feet of the animal, as well as organic vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, onion, celery and more), organic apple cider vinegar and organic seasonings including thyme and peppercorn.
How much protein is in it: 7-10g of protein per 240ml, depending on what kind you get
How it's packaged: 16oz. freezer safe, BPA-free stand up pouch with corner mounted sprout
How long it cooks: Slow-simmer for 18-48 hours, based on the optimal cooking time for each batch of bones.
What it's made of: Solely bones (and some particularly collagen-rich chicken feet), as well as organic onions and garlic.
How much protein is in it: 7-10g of protein per 240ml
How it's packaged: Stand up pouch