Frequently Asked Questions
What is bone broth?
Historically, bone broth has been part of culinary traditions worldwide. Today, however, bone broth is one of the hottest trends. In fact, bone broth takeout windows have popped up to serve their broths to bone broth enthusiasts. Some even refer to bone broth as a “superfood,” and for good reason.
Bone broth can be made from any animal with bones, but many of the popular sources of these broths include chicken, turkey, beef and fish. While it is typically made with bone, it can also contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones.
Bone broth is simmered for a long period of time—usually for at least 8 hours and sometimes as much as 24 hours to 48 hours. The purpose of this long cooking process is not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints, but to also release small amounts of trace minerals from bones.
Are there any benefits of bone broth?
Brimming with certain nutrients, some of the benefits often attributed to bone broth include support for joints, bones, skin, hair and nails. That’s because, generally speaking, bone broth is rich in collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid.
Bone broth is also filled with amino acids, such as glycine, proline and hydroxyproline as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium. Bone broth can even offer a great way to replenish electrolytes after a workout.
Does bone broth contain collagen?
Yes; bone broth typically does contain collagen, depending on the source of the bone broth.
For example, bone broth made from chicken and/or turkey is usually rich in collagen Type II. Collagen Type II is found in the cartilage, bones and other tissues in animals and humans—and is a major component of joint cartilage.
Bone broth made from beef is typically rich in collagen Type I and Type III, while bone broth made from fish is usually rich in collagen Type I. Type I collagen is among the most abundant collagen found in the human body and forms collagen fibers. For that reason, it's also one of the most common forms of collagen found in collagen supplements. It’s present in ligaments, tendons, bones and other areas. Type III collagen frequently works in tandem with Type I collagen and is in bone, cartilage, bone marrow and connective tissues. Types I and III are the major components of skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, gums, teeth, eyes and blood vessels.
What herbs or seasonings are sometimes added to bone broth?
Bone broth can be great by itself, but some of the most popular things people add are onions, garlic, astragalus, turmeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme and parsley.
What’s the difference between a protein powder made from bone broth versus one made from whey?
It’s no surprise that protein supplements are popular items, and there are many kinds on the market. In fact, it seems that there’s protein breakthrough after protein breakthrough. One of the newest of the protein breakthroughs on the protein scene is a protein supplement made from bone broth.
A protein powder made from bone broth is generally made from concentrated bone broth, and is typically filled with nutrients such as collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid PLUS certain amino acids and minerals.
A protein powder made from whey includes whey protein, a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey, which is the liquid or watery material from milk that separates from the curds during the making of cheese. Whey protein is rich in amino acids.