Bone Broth Powder: Can You Trust This Protein?

The Ultimate Guide to Bone Broth Powder and Protein

Bone broth powder is your convenient source of collagen, hydration and protein. But you must know the risks with it.

Unlike other conventional protein, bone broth has many amino acids that are crucial to your health and longevity but we lack in a Western diet. These include glycine, glutamine and proline, which have many potent benefits to you.

Powdered versions claim to have the same benefits as liquid. These include skin health, gut health, joint health, hydration and immune boosting qualities.

But what is it and how is it made? Should you really be drinking it? Is beef or chicken better? Learn everything you would ever want to know in this article.

First a quick disclaimer. I worked for 4 years to develop the highest quality and best tasting instant bone broth in the world.

You may see that as biased. But after reading this article, you'll agree that no one knows more about making it than me.

Is bone broth powder the same as bone broth?

Bone broth powder is not the same liquid because it is further processed than regular bone broth. It has no gelatin, may contain preservatives, has sourcing quality issues and has potential taste issues. See the image below for a full breakdown.

bone broth powder vs. chicken bone broth infographic

This article explains everything you need to know about dehydrated bone broth.

What is Bone Broth Powder?

Bone broth powder is a convenient spin on traditional liquid versions. If it is properly made, it offers the same health benefits and protein, all in a ready-to-drink form.

It is an ancient superfood made from simmering animal parts and connective tissue in water at a low heat for a long time. 

Depending on the type you’re making, you’ll simmer it from 12-40 hours.

This low and slow technique is needed to harvest the collagen and gelatin from the bones. 

If you skip the lengthy simmer time then you have stock or broth, which are not low sodium, I promise you that.

The good news is that it now comes in a powder form, meaning you can control how strong or weak it tastes.

Currently you can find products made from beef or chickens in this high protein format.

You drink bone broth powder by mixing it with hot water or a liquid of your choice. You can also use it for your cooking. I’ll get into more uses below.

Powdered versions are typically more cost-effective than liquid. This is largely because it is produced in larger quantities and is not certified organic. 

Types of Bone Broth

Chicken bone broth powder

A concentrated broth made using chicken. See the image below for how it is made. You can find a few of these to purchase online. You want a low sodium one with less than 200 mg per serving or cup.

Beef bone broth powder

A concentrated broth made using beef. These are more difficult to find due to the supply chain issues in North America. There is not a ton of it so it is difficult to get a hold of to make a quality product.

Also, the taste of dehydrated beef is difficult to get right. That is why many brands choose to strip the flavor out and make it unflavored.

How Bone Broth Powder is Made

Bone broth powder is made by dehydrating a concentrated liquid broth. The dehydrating recipe removes all the moisture and liquid, leaving a powder behind. There are a few ways to dehydrate a liquid. 

  1. Spray drying
  2. Dehydrating 

Once the moisture is removed, most products go through an agglomeration process. This process helps make the powder more easily mixable into liquids.

How Bone Broth Powder is Made infographic

Agglomeration creates a larger particle size, creating more surface area for it to disperse into water when mixed.

If you skip the agglomerating step, then you end up with a product that doesn’t mix well into hot water. 

And don’t even try mixing these into cold water, they have incredibly poor solubility 

If you’ve tried some of the naked bone broth out there, then you know what I mean. Most of them leave a clumpy, goopy mess when mixed in water. Sometimes you need a blender to mix them properly. Gross. 

What does powdered bone broth taste like?

Most bone broth powder tastes bland or burnt, that is if you can get it to mix properly. The chicken varieties typically have a heavily roasted taste.

Most beef tastes very mild and slightly beefy. Beef is particularly difficult to find low sodium versions of. Be careful!

I’ll mention that these run the gamut. The one made by Bluebird Provisions is fantastic. The rest are full of garbage ingredients. But not quite as good a an organic chicken bone broth.

Bone Broth Powder Health Benefits

You can enjoy many of the same health benefits as pure bone broth. But it depends if the flavor is stripped out of the bone broth or not. More on that below. 

Properly made dehydrated broth still has amounts of collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, potassium and magnesium. 

health benefits of bone broth protein

What are the benefits of bone broth powder?

The benefits of bone broth powder are skin health, gut health, joint pain relief, reducing inflammation, sleep, blood sugar control and more. Read the full list below.

1. Skin Health

The amino acids (mainly proline and hyaluronic acid) help your body to make healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails. It does this by hydrating your skin and helping it make new collagen. 

Read our guide to using bone broth for skin health.

2. Gut Healing Properties

Glycine (another amino acid) helps to decrease inflammation in your tummy. This improves your digestion and can help to cure leaky gut or other stomach problems.

Read our guide to bone broth for gut health.

3. Joint Pain Reduction

Collagen, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin are all found in it. These work together to increase connective tissue around your joints.

Chicken bone broth powder from Bluebird Provisions

4. Control Inflammation To Increase Immunity

Glycine and glutamine are both potent anti-inflammatories that help to bring about a positive immune response in your body following chronic stress.

4. Hydrating Electrolytes

A product made from chickens in particular is the perfect hydrating beverage. It is full of potassium, phosphorus, chloride, magnesium and natural sodium.

A low sodium chicken one will have a 2:1 potassium to sodium ratio, which means you’ll buffer out all of the sodium due to the potassium content. This is the best natural energy booster you'll find for exercise.

5. Collagen Protein

Keto bone broth has the same amino acid profile as collagen. So you can think of it as a supercharged version of collagen because of all the extra nutrition. Two tablespoons gives you 12 g of protein. 

Learn the surprising differences between collagen and bone broth.

6. Appetite Suppression for Weight Loss

It is 100% protein. We know that these (like the bone broth diet) diets may reduce your appetite. This is because more protein can reduce hunger hormones like ghrelin and increase fullness hormones like PYY and GLP-1.

bone broth powder product nutrition facts

Allergen Free Certification

Dehydrated versions could also appeal to people who can’t tolerate most protein because it is dairy-free, soy-free, nut free and gluten-free.

It is also keto, carnivore and paleo diet friendly.

What are the cons of Powdered Bone Broth Supplements?

The cons of bone broth powder supplements are that they are made using high heat that removes nutrition, they contain preservatives, there is questionable sourcing and taste and there is no gelatin.

High Heat Can Remove Nutrients

Some powders are made using high heat. The heat is used to remove the natural flavour of it. This is why you find chocolate or vanilla flavoured varieties. Weird right?

The issue is that this high heat can also denature protein and remove some of the nutrients. You can check the quality by getting in touch with the brand and asking for their lab analysis or certifications.

You should also check their labels for the nutrition facts. These powders should have potassium (at least 300 mg per serving for low sodium chicken broth, 50 mg for beef).

May Contain Additives and Preservatives

These are often added to powders to keep them from clumping and help with consistency when mixed with liquid. 

They also help to extend shelf life. Always check the ingredient label for any of these additives. It should just say ‘chicken bone broth’ on your label.

You do not want anything with yeast, guar gum, xanthan gum, stevia or natural flavour. These will not be low sodium broths.

Header image for the perfect bone broth quiz

Sourcing can be the Wild West

It is difficult to know what you are getting with broth powder products. You must trust the brand you are buying from. If not, the powder is likely sourced from factory-farmed animals kept in poor living conditions.

News flash: unhappy animals make for low quality products which are bad for your health. They could be full of GMOs, hormones and antibiotics. Again, it is always smart to ask for third party certifications.

Looking for the perfect products for you? Read our comparison chart of the top 15 dehydrated bone broths.

Taste and Palatability is all over the Place (usually)

As I mentioned above. Many of the products you find strip the actual broth (beef or chicken) flavor out of the finished version. From here they add in chocolate or vanilla flavouring (usually stevia, natural flavours, cinnamon, acacia or something similar).

The result is an awful, chalky tasting beverage. Not great.

I would stick to powders that actually taste like chicken or beef.

Powder Bone Broth Has No Gelatin

These products have all of the collagen, electrolytes and amino acids as liquid bone broth minus one thing: gelatin.

It will not gel like a liquid one at fridge temperature because it has been hydrolyzed. While gelatin gels, collagen does not.

Is bone broth powder the same as collagen powder?

Bone broth powder is different from collagen due to the quality of animals used, where it is made and part of the animal that is used.

Collagen comes from hides or skin while this comes from bones, joints and adhering meat. As a result, it has 4 times the electrolytes compared to collagen.

collagen vs bone broth comparison

Collagen is typically sourced from factory-farmed beef operations in South America. While bone broth may be made in the USA or Canada in smaller batches from more trustworthy sources. Best to check your sourcing regardless of which you use.

Collagen is highly processed compared to broth products. It involves many additional steps including enzymolysis, decolourizing, deodorizing, filtering and degerming. 

They have similar amino acid profiles. Both have glycine and proline. Collagen is lower in price because it is now a commodity product with endless competitors.

How to Choose The Perfect Bone Broth Powder

There are a few important things to consider when buying a bone broth powder.

1. Is it a keto broth that is paleo friendly?

You want to ensure there are no carbs in it and more importantly, no allergens. 

2. Check for 8-12 grams of protein per serving

  • Be careful about serving sizes. Some will suggest you consume 1 whole scoop or up to 4 tbsp per 250ml water.
  • You want products that are concentrated enough so that you just need about 1/2 scoop or 2 tbsp of powder per 250ml hot water.

3. Check the ingredient list

  • It should read something like: ‘chicken bone broth.’
  • ‘concentrate’ or ‘collagen’ 99% of the time are just collagen powders, not what you want.
  • Be sure you are actually getting a real product. Not collagen that is mislabelled.
  • You do not want to buy anything with extra flavours, additives like guar gum, xanthan gum, ‘natural flavours’, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, stevia, yeast extract.
  • These additives make a high sodium chicken broth. You want the opposite, low sodium.

4. Check country of origin

  • You want to see where the ingredients are coming from on the product packaging. Most will be packaged in the USA or Canada, however the actual raw ingredients and the sourcing of the animals may come from somewhere else.
  • You can find a dehydrated version in Canada, just be sure to source it correctly with certification.

5. Check for low sodium chicken broth

  • Looks for less than 200 mg sodium per serving in chicken and less than 250 mg in beef.

The one from Bluebird Provisions is the only one that meets all of these four criteria. If you want to try a dried product, you won't find a better one. 

chicken bone broth powder comparison chart

Risks With Bone Broth Powder Protein

There are no major risks with bone broth powder, provided that you are really consuming real products. The risks come from the additives, flavoring agents and de-clumping filler ingredients which are sometimes used by companies who cut corners.

Otherwise, these products are generally safe to consume.

How to Use Protein Bone Broth Powder

You can use protein bone broth powder in your cooking or you can mix it with boiling water and drink it on it's own. It is a great choice for people who are looking for a convenient source protein. It can easily be added to smoothies, oatmeal, salad dressings, stir frys or any soup, stew or sauce.

how to use bone broth protein product infographic

Something For Sipping:

Follow the directions on the label. Usually add 2-3 tbsp of powder to hot water. Stir with a spoon and enjoy.

There are many popular add ins and flavours to add, check our master guide to drinking for inspiration.

Most does well when combined with some healthy fats. Try ½ or 1 tsp of the following:

Coconut oil, MCT oil, Ghee, Butter. 

Herbs and Spices. Try ½ tsp of the following:

Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, Cinnamon, Rosemary.

You can also squeeze some lemon or add apple cider vinegar in for a fresh addition to your cup of broth.

A Product For Cooking:

Think about cooking your rice or grains in broth, adding it to stir frys and sauces or sauteing with it.

Obviously, it is great for soup. You can also use it for oatmeal, in your smoothies and salad dressings.

Powdered broth is the most convenient in terms of portability and storage. You can easily scoop some into a ziploc and take it with you anywhere. 

They typically has a longer shelf life than liquid options, about 1-2 years from manufacturing date. 

how to use beef bone broth powder

 

How Much Bone Broth Should I Drink Daily?

You can start by drinking one cup of bone broth, 3 days per week, then see how you look and feel. Once you are used to bone broth, there is really no upper limit to how much you can consume.

Famous comedian and actor Mindy Kaling drinks it in the morning.

"My new morning coffee/elixir is bone broth. It's so delicious."

Try adding two tablespoons to one cup of hot water. If you have one that mixes properly, then it should provide most of the nutritional benefits.

Just ensure that you are not using it as your primary protein source. It is not a complete amino acid profile to survive off of.

Many of our guests use bone broth for fasting as well.

Should You Try Bone Broth Powder?

You should try using a powdered bone broth if you seek the convenience and want it on-the-go.

The bottom line is that powder has most of the same benefits as liquid. However, it is more convenient, portable and cost effective.

Powder will save you hours in the kitchen or some money instead of buying liquid version.

What is the best bone broth powder?

The best bone broth powder is made by Bluebird Provisions, a craft brand that has perfected the dehydration process to preserve nutrition and taste at a fair price.

I'm the founder and it took me years to formulate and source something this high quality that mixes well and tastes delicious. This powder meets all of my high standards I laid out in this article. I'd love to hear what you think. 

benefits of dehydrated dry chicken broth

It is important to note that the health benefits are extrapolations of the amino acids and minerals in both broth. It is such a new food category that we do not have direct research on its own.

Can you buy powdered organic bone broth?

There are limited options to buy powdered organic bone broth. Some searching around might yield a result, but make sure it is certified organic in Canada or the USA. It is difficult to trust otherwise.

Is powdered chicken bone broth the same as powdered beef stock?

Powdered chicken bone broth is not the same as powdered beef stock because they are from different animals. Also, stock is made at a low heat without the lengthy simmer process. You want to avoid a stock if you can. Look for a low sodium chicken broth instead. You also want to avoid any vegetable broth protein powders as they are full of common allergens.

man pouring ingredients into blender for smoothie with bone broth

Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your primary care physician for advice on any of this.

8 comments

Hi Bobbi,

You make a great point. Flavor is a matter of personal preference when it comes to bone broth powder.

The point I was tying to make is that traditionally made bone broth should not need any flavor alterations or additives as these usually contain gums, fillers, preservatives and sweeteners along with them.

Moreover, bone broth powders that are flavored go through additional processing to remove the natural bone broth flavor before they add in the extra flavors.

Hope this helps to explain where I am coming from.

Connor

Connor at Bluebird Provisions December 31, 2021

Why don’t we want anything with added flavor? Mine has cocoa and Stevie and it is absolutely awesome.

Bobbi December 30, 2021

Hi Barbara,

Sorry but I don’t have any suggestions for bone broth powder with no bone broth taste. The bone broth powder from Bluebird Provisions (my company) tastes like a delicious chicken broth.

Connor

Connor at Bluebird Provisions September 01, 2021

justjoejustbarb@gmail.comWhat is the best one to buy in a powdered bone Broth that has the least taste. I’ve tried mini and they taste terrible even the liquid. Any suggestions what to buy thank you

Barbara Casella September 01, 2021

Hi Donna,

You can certainly put the bone broth powder in your coffee in the morning. However, it does have a chicken taste. So it may ruin the taste of your coffee.

Would you prefer a tasteless version?

connor

Connor at Bluebird Provisions June 09, 2021

I want to know can I just mix this with a cuppa coffee in the mornings

Donna Jameson June 09, 2021

Hi Sarah,
You don’t necessarily lose all of the nutrients due to it being in powder form. The powder does not gel because it has been agglomerated. This is what helps the powder bone broth mix better into water.

It is a similar analogy to gelatin vs. collagen. They have the same amino acid profiles and nutrients, however, gelatin gels while collagen does not.

Connor at Bluebird Provisions November 04, 2020

As we’ll lose the gel in real bone broth, is it also part of the good nutrients that will be lost in powder form?

Sarah Chan November 04, 2020

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