Bone broth powder is your convenient source of bone broth, collagen, hydration and protein. But what are the risks with powder? Is beef or chicken better? Read on.
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 and proline, which have many potent benefits to you.
Powdered bone broth is supposed to have the same benefits as liquid bone broth. These include skin health, gut health, joint health, hydration and immune boosting qualities.
But what is bone broth powder and how is it made? Should you really be drinking it?
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 few people know more about bone broth than me.
Is bone broth powder the same as bone broth?
Bone broth powder is not the same as bone broth 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.
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 bone broth. If it is properly made, it offers the same health benefits of bone broth and protein, all in a ready-to-drink form.
Bone broth 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 of bone broth 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 bone broth now comes in a powder form, meaning you can control how strong or weak your bone broth tastes. Currently you can find beef or chicken broth 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 for bone broth below.
Powdered bone broth is typically more cost-effective than liquid bone broth. 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 chicken broth 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 beef so it is difficult to get a hold of to make a quality beef bone broth. Also, the taste of dehydrated beef bone broth 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 process removes all the moisture and liquid, leaving a powder behind. There are a few ways to dehydrate a liquid.
- Spray drying
Once the moisture is removed, most products go through an agglomeration process. This process helps make the powder more easily mixable into liquids.
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 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 powder 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. There are one or two that taste decent. But not quite as good a pure liquid bone broth.
Bone Broth Powders 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.
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) in bone broth helps to decrease inflammation in your gut. This improves your digestion and can help to cure leaky gut.
Read our guide to bone broth for gut health.
3. Joint Pain Reduction
Collagen, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin are all found in bone broth.These work together to increase connective tissue around your joints.
4. Control Inflammation To Increase Immunity
4. Hydrating Electrolytes
Chicken bone broth in particular is the perfect hydrating beverage. It is full of potassium, phosphorus, chloride, magnesium and natural sodium.
A low sodium chicken broth will have a 2:1 potassium to sodium ratio, which means you’ll buffer out all of the sodium due to the potassium content.
5. Collagen Protein
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 in bone broth. Two tablespoons of instant bone broth gives you 12 g of protein.
6. Appetite Suppression for Weight Loss
Bone broth 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 (3, 4).
Allergen Free Certification
Dehydrated bone broth 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 the bone broth. This is why you find chocolate or vanilla flavoured bone broth. 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.
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’ or ‘beef bone broth’ on your label.
You do not want anything with guar gum, xanthan gum, stevia or natural flavour. These will not be low sodium broths.
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.
Unhappy animals make for low quality bone broth which is bad for your health. They could be full of GMOs, hormones and antibiotics.
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) flavour out of the finished bone broth. 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 bone broth.
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 bone broth 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 powder 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 bone broth comes from bones, joints and adhering meat. As a result, bone broth has 4 times the electrolytes compared to collagen.
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.
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 your bone broth powder 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’ or ‘beef bone broth.’
- ‘Bone broth concentrate’ or ‘bone broth collagen’ 99% of the time are just collagen powders, not bone broth.
- Be sure you are actually getting bone broth. Not collagen.
- 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 products are coming from and where it is packaged. 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 dehydrated broth in Canada, just be sure to source it correctly.
The instant bone broth from Bluebird Provisions is the only one that meets all of these four criteria. If you want to try a bone broth powder, you won't find a better one.
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, flavouring agents and de-clumping filler ingredients which are sometimes used.
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 of bone broth protein. It can easily be added to smoothies, oatmeal, salad dressings, stir frys or any soup, stew or sauce.
Something For Sipping:
Follow the directions on the label. Usually add 2-3 tbsp of powdered bone broth 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 bone broth for inspiration.
Most bone broth 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 bone broth, adding it to stir frys and sauces or sauteing with it.
Obviously bone broth powder 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.
Bone broth powder typically has a longer shelf life than liquid options, about 1-2 years from manufacturing date.
How Much Bone Broth Should I Drink Daily?
Famous comedian and actor Mindy Kaling drinks bone broth in the morning.
"My new morning coffee/elixir is bone broth. It's so delicious."
Try adding two tablespoons of bone broth powder to one cup of hot water. If you have a bone broth powder that mixes properly, then it should provide most of the nutritional benefits as liquid bone broth,
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.
Just ensure that you are not using bone broth 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 bone broth powder has most of the same benefits as liquid bone broth. However, it is more convenient, portable and cost effective.
Powder will save you hours in the kitchen or some money instead of buying liquid based bone broth.
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 in a low sodium product.
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.
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 bone broth 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 of 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.
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.
Why don’t we want anything with added flavor? Mine has cocoa and Stevie and it is absolutely awesome.
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.
email@example.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
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?
I want to know can I just mix this with a cuppa coffee in the mornings
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.
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?