If you’ve read up on all the incredible benefits of bone broth and are considering integrating it into your diet, there’s no time like the present! But before you stock up on just any broth, there are some important things you should know that will help you find a supplier that makes bone broth that is healthy, delicious, and sustainable.
The Difference Between Bone Broth and Stock
One of the common misconceptions about bone broth is that it’s the same as traditional stock. While it’s true that both of these products are made by simmering bones and tissue with herbs and spices, there is one distinct difference: The length of time the bones are simmered for.
While this may seem like a trivial detail, it’s crucial when consuming broths for health reasons. Because stocks are simmered for shorter periods of time than bone broth, they don’t absorb as many of the nutrients that offer valuable benefits like reduced inflammation and improved digestion.
For example: OWL Venice’s bone broth elixirs are simmered for a full 24 hours. This not only ensures our broths are full of flavor, they are packed with calcium, collagen, and other vitamins that promote good gastrointestinal health, boost immunity, and strengthen bones and muscle tissue.
So before you fill up your shopping basket with chicken and beef broth from the canned soup section, conduct thorough research on which companies are making genuine bone broth and which are making average stock. Your body will thank you!
The Not-So-Secret Ingredient: Quality Bones
This one is simple: A broth is only as good as the bones it’s made with. But what constitutes good bones? Well, a few things …
Bones soak up any toxins they are exposed to, so if an animal consumes inorganic material during their lifetime, a ton of unpleasant stuff is released when their bones are simmered. So unless you’re okay with drinking pesticides, insecticides, lead, and growth hormones, only consume broths that are organic.
Cows can be raised on three different types of diets: Grain-fed, grass-fed, and grass-finished.
Grain-fed animals are fed a diet of soy, wheat, and grain. This makes them grow quickly, resulting in less nutritious meat and a higher fat content. Grass-fed cows are fed a natural diet of grass and plants, yielding beef that is high in nutrients. However, to qualify as grass-fed, an animal must only be fed a diet of grass and plants at one point during their life. Grass-finished cows consume a natural diet their entire life, making their bones the most desirable and nutritious.
If you’re looking for the best of the best, only drink broth made with grass-finished bones (like our bone broth elixirs). These recipes are guaranteed to be the most nutrient dense and offer the greatest health benefits.
Grass-finished without being pasture-raised isn’t good enough. Not only is keeping animals in confinement cruel, it negatively impacts their development and generates fattier meat. By purchasing broth made with the bones of animals that were pasture-raised, you’ll receive a better product and support the humane treatment of animals. Win, win!
Good for You + Good for the Earth.
If you’re on the hunt for a bone broth that will make you feel good, sustainable packaging is a MUST. There’s absolutely no joy to be derived from consuming products that negatively impact our earth!
When it comes to selecting a product that is as good for the earth as it is for you, keep your eye out for a few things:
1. A Zero Waste Policy.
Yep, you heard us… ZERO waste. OWL Venice Bone Broth Elixirs and Mylkshakes are pressure canned like grandma used to do. Not only does this make our packaging 100% recyclable and reusable, it protects the flavor of our products and ensures they won’t go to waste. Pressure canning gives all of our broths and mylkshakes a 6 month shelf life (without the use of nasty preservatives!) so our customers have plenty of time to enjoy them before they expire.
2. Sustainable Shipping.
Here’s where a lot of bone broth companies fall short on sustainable packaging: In shipping. Companies that don’t offer vacuum sealed packaging often have to resort to freezing their products, which requires harmful packaging like styrofoam and dry ice and it can take ages to ship.
Because OWL Venice’s bone broth elixirs are pressure canned, they don’t need to be refrigerated and ship quickly… However, they are fragile. To ensure our products aren’t damaged in transit, we protect them with biodegradable packing peanuts that are non-toxic, dissolve in water, and can be thrown in a compost bin after a single use.
Even better, we offer free shipping on orders over $100, meaning the OWL Reset Program comes to you free of charge!
3. Local Suppliers.
If you’re buying broth made with bones that are organic, grass-finished, and pasture-raised, there’s a good chance you’re supporting local farms… but it never hurts to double check! There’s much more that goes into broth than just bones. Ingredients like vegetables, herbs, and spices offer flavor and additional nutrients that take a broth from average to amazing.
Make sure the company you’re purchasing your bone broth from sources all of their ingredients from local farmers. Why? Because local businesses support communities, are better for the environment, and are held accountable to the quality of their products.
We admit, this may seem like a lot to keep track of. But doing your due diligence while shopping for bone broth will make a world of difference! Not only will it guarantee the broth you purchase is the best for your body, it’ll support a company that cares for our planet.
Here’s a quick summary:
-Always buy broth, not stock.
-Look for bone broths that are organic, grass-finished, and pasture-raised.
-Choose a company that uses sustainable packaging (even in shipping) and sources their ingredients from local farms.
Thank you for the time and care you put into your health and for supporting small companies with big values!
The OWL Family