Bone broths are an ancient elixir that date back thousands of years as a key staple of traditional diets all over the world. We have put together some frequently asked questions in our bone broth 101 guide, we hope this helps you to learn a bit more about this amazing elixir and the reasons why we are so passionate about it.
Bone Broth 101: The Essentials…
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling animal bones with vegetables, herbs, and spices. Many societies around the world still consume bone broth regularly in their diets, and it has become increasingly popular again with an interest in gut health, and a turn towards ancestral traditions.
Is it the same as stock?
Bone broth differs from stock in that it is simmered for much longer making available a whole host of nutrients. Many stocks you will find in the supermarket are made very quickly and you do not get the same nutrient density as bone broth. Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones in water over a lengthy cooking time. This process extracts nutrients from the bones so that they become part of the nourishing broth.
How do you make bone broth powder?
We source the highest quality raw materials, then we use steam heating to expedite the process and like any traditional method, we simmer the bones to extract the nutrients. It’s then simply evaporated and dehydrated creating a concentrated bone broth powder that is easy and convenient to rehydrate. We use no fillers or unnecessary additives in any stage of production, or the products themselves.
Why should I consume bone broth?
So many reasons! It’s an all-round elixir and has been linked to benefits including gut health, skin health, joint support and immunity. Bone broth is a powerful elixir that is very nutrient-rich. Animal bones are rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals which are needed to build and strengthen our own bones. Bone broth also has a high collagen content; collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is found in our skin as well as connective tissues like joints, and tendons, it holds together bones and muscles and maintains the lining of the gut. Alongside collagen, there are an array of complementary nutrients including hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, and glucosamine which support our connective tissues. It is also rich in gelatine which traditionally was a prominent feature in human diets and anti-inflammatory amino acids that help to balance the diet and support overall health. Many of us no longer get enough of these nutrients in our everyday diet, so drinking bone broth is a good way to get more of them in an easily digestible, whole-food form.
Where do you source your bone broth?
Our bone broth is crafted from the highest quality Organic grass-fed cattle in Scandinavia which are KRAV certified. KRAV is the gold standard for farming anywhere in the world, with extremely high standards for animal welfare, and upholds even stricter standards than EU regulation for Organic production.
What is the difference between collagen and bone broth?
Collagen contains high amounts of hydrolysed collagen protein, it does not contain the other nutrients that bone broth contains. Hydrolysed collagen means the protein has been broken down into smaller, easily digestible molecules so is the best form from an absorption perspective. Bone broth contains collagen (though not in the hydrolysed form), but it contains so much more, including a full array of complementary nutrients like hyaluronic acid, and glucosamine which support our connective tissues, and minerals like calcium, and magnesium which are vital for overall health. These nutrients are delivered in an organic whole food form, which is efficient and effective for absorption and bio-availability.
How do I consume bone broth powder?
You can add our bone broth powders to foods both sweet/savoury. You can sip like a tea, or add to soups, stews and sauces. Try cooking grains like quinoa, or vegetables in the savoury flavours. We also have chocolate and banana flavours, which work well with milk, in oats, yoghurt and make delicious protein pancakes.
How often should we consume bone broth?
There is no problem in having a serving every day as it’s one of the most nutritious foods you can consume, rich in collagen protein, and complementary nutrients to support overall health, Bone broth powders are a convenient and delicious way to consume this nutritious ancient food at any time of day.
Do you test for heavy metals?
Yes, all our ranges are third-party tested for heavy metals and contaminants.
Can I use the bone broth and collagen powders together?
Absolutely, you can combine from the ranges for extra support and we find many of our customers like to do this.
What is the difference between the bone broth sports proteins?
Bone Broth sports proteins are not your traditional savoury broth (check out our organic bone broth powders in 3 savoury flavours if that’s your thing), but designed to be used as you would use a protein powder, for recovery after exercise, tissue support, or if you want to get more protein in your daily diet. The organic bone broth powder works really well with the “sweeter” – they do not contain sugar, added flavours and are perfect shaken together with non-dairy milk, added to smoothies, yoghurt or cereal bowls. The bone broth base is exactly the same in both the savoury and chocolate/banana flavours, it’s just the herbs, and foods that are added that changes their benefits and methods of usage.
We hope you found this bone broth 101 useful, and if we haven’t answered any of your questions then drop us a message @planetpaleo on Instagram.