OM Mushroom looks like a great bone broth powder, but this product is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Read this OM Mushroom Bone Broth review to find out if you should think twice before trying it.
First a quick disclaimer. If you’re new here, I make and sell chicken bone broth powder.
That obviously invites a potential bias.
That is why I only review bone broth powders based on three objective measures:
First, I compare nutrition facts on the label, second I look at ingredient lists and third I look for independent, 3rd party reviews on the bone broth.
Sticking to objective criteria allows you to learn about the quality, sourcing and ingredients of any bone broth.
In this review, you’ll learn about red flag ingredients in OM Mushroom Bone Broth. You’ll also get insight into some shockingly high values on their nutrition facts.
Let's get into it.
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About OM Mushroom Superfood
OM Mushrooms is a popular brand of mushroom powders based in Carlsbad, California. They sell a lot of different mushroom powder products including:
- Turkey Tail
- Hot chocolate
- Vitamin C drinks
- Bone Broth
As far as mushroom powders go, OM does a great job. Their Reishi and Chaga powders are high quality. If you’re looking for a way to get into functional mushrooms, OM is a good start.
But their Bone Broth Powders aren’t quite as good.
OM Mushroom sells 2 types of bone broth:
- Mighty Chicken Bone Broth
- Mighty Beef Bone Broth
Let’s do a deep dive into the nutrition facts and ingredient lists for each.
OM Mushroom Bone Broth Nutrition Facts
OM Beef Bone Broth
Can you spot some of the issues with OM Beef Bone Broth nutrition?
Right off the back you’ll notice the sodium bomb. One serving gives you 459 mg sodium or 19 % of your recommended daily intake.
This is a lot of sodium for bone broth powder.
You’ll also notice 3g of carbs per serving. This is high for bone broth and means that OM bone broth is not a keto friendly option.
The 3 g of carbs come from the mushrooms and the myceliated oats that the mushrooms are grown on. More on that later, because you’ll want to know about oats in bone broth…
Finally, OM Mighty Beef Bone Broth has 10 g protein per 15 g serving. This is on the low end for bone broth powders.
OM Chicken Bone Broth
OM Mighty Chicken Bone Broth also has lots of sodium. However, it comes in at slightly less than the beef: 415 mg per serving. This works out to 17% of your daily intake.
There’s 2.5 g of fat per serving, which is not a huge deal unless you’re really watching your calories.
OM Chicken Bone Broth also has 3 g of carbs per serving which is about a third of the amount of protein.
This bone broth powder is also on the lower end of average for protein at 10 g per 15 g serving.
There’s a lack of hydration in OM’s Mighty Chicken Bone Broth. You get only 12 mg of potassium per serving with no other electrolytes listed (except sodium).
This usually tells you that the chicken bone broth they are using in the formula has something wrong with it.
Traditionally made chicken bone broth will have at least 250 mg of potassium per 15 g serving. Ths falls short, leading us to believe something is not right in the manufacturing of the chicken bone broth.
OM Bone Broth Ingredient Lists
OM Mushroom Beef Bone Broth Ingredients
OM Mushroom Chicken Bone Broth Ingredients
OM Mushroom is a hybrid product with both medicinal mushrooms and bone broth powder.
They list their proprietary mushroom blend first, then the other ingredients. You should notice that salt is the third ingredient. This explains why both bone broths are sodium bombs.
Do you see any red flag ingredients?
At first glance, maybe not, but I assure you that there are a couple of ingredients you should know more about.
Natural Beef Bone Stock
Natural beef bone stock is an interesting name for a food ingredient. I’ve never seen anything labelled with this verbiage.
It does not specifically say ‘bone broth,’ which leads me to believe this is an ingredient purchased from a large ingredient supplier.
It is concentrated beef stock, not bone broth.
OM Mushroom is certainly not making their own bone broth for this product.
Savory Spice Blend
A tricky ingredient that is intentionally vague. This could be any blend of yeast extracts, spices, gums or filler ingredients used to make the bone broth taste better.
If you have food sensitivities, then you might find some reactions to these types of spice blends.
I’m certainly not a mycologist, although I used to make and sell medicinal mushroom broth.
With that aside, I’ll briefly explain why oats are in your bone broth.
As medicinal mushrooms got popular, brands needed ways to farm them. Brands like OM Mushroom found ways to get the farming production costs down by growing mushrooms on grains like oats.
Yes the mushrooms are literally grown from grains in this case.
Mycologists are split between whether mushrooms should be grown on grains (ex: oats) or if they should be grown on wood as they do in the wild.
When they are grown on grain, some of the grain remains in the finished product. That is why there are oats in your bone broth.
It is controversial to grow them on grain, but many brands do it. So best to do your own research to decide if you want oats in your bone broth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Aside from these, OM Bone Broth Powder uses apple cider vinegar. If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I’ve already debunked why apple cider vinegar doesn’t work in bone broth.
OM Bone Broth Reviews
There’s a lot of fishy activity with Amazon reviews. But they are still our greatest hope at finding objective reviews and feedback about a bone broth sold online.
It is important to steer away from any 1 star reviews that have 2-5 words. These are usually fake.
It is also important to steer clear of 5 star reviews with lengthy paragraphs. These tend to be fake as well.
That being said, here are three recent reviews for OM Mighty Bone Broth.
Doesn’t taste very good
I’ve tried other bone broths before and this does not taste good. The smell is terrible so maybe that’s what I can’t get past. I usually drink another brand, which tastes great, but wanted to try this for the mushroom benefits and I just can’t do it.
Why are there oats in bone broth??
Not Safe for Celiacs Ugh, I bought this to have bone broth on the go and it said it was gluten free. Only it really isn't glute free as there are oats in this (seriously WHY oats in bone broth??) that aren't certified gluten free. Then I tried to return it, unopen and unused but it is not returnable for whatever reason. So now I have $20 worth of trash. So tired of companies slapping gluten free labels all over everything that's not actually gluten free. Just wanted to warn others that need to eat a gluten free diet to steer clear of this pricey garbage.
It tastes pretty good for an instant product, and it's full of good for you ingredients.... easy and fast to make... especially good for cold months but excellent in the summer and for travel... I like everything about this soup and I buy it regularly... you should try it too..
Here’s a handy chart comparing OM Mighty Chicken Bone Broth to Bluebird Provisions Chicken Bone Broth.
As you can see, when you equate for serving size, you’ll notice a few key things:
OM Bone Broth Packaging
Lastly, when it comes to sustainable packaging, Bluebird seems to have the edge. They use 100% recyclable pouches so that you can enjoy your bone broth with a clean conscience.
OM Bone Broth uses a single-use plastic pouch for each individual serving. This is a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging.
Conclusion: Is OM Mushroom Bone Broth For You?
Here’s a couple of things we like about OM Bone Broth
- Certified organic ingredients
- Hybrid bone broth / functional mushroom broth works well
Here’s a couple of things we do not like:
- Beef stock as the main ingredient in the beef bone broth
- Wasteful packaging
- Oats do not belong in bone broth
- Carbs and fat in bone broth