Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth is one of the most popular bone broth brands in the U.S. The founder is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) named Kellyann Petrucci, and she wrote a best-selling book called the Bone Broth Diet.
But is Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth really better than what you can buy at your local grocery store? Does it contain any questionable ingredients? Is there a difference between “bone broth” and regular broth?
In this article we’ll seek to answer all of these questions by reviewing every ingredient in Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth.
Is “Bone Broth” Different From Regular Broth?
Consumers are often confused about the term “bone broth” since it’s relatively novel. This term simply refers to the resultant liquid created from boiling animal bones. It’s no different from any broth containing an animal name.
So “chicken bone broth” and “chicken broth” are exactly the same product. We consider the term “bone broth” to simply be a more specific way to market the product.
The liquid versions of Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth contain entirely whole foods ingredients and we would recommend these from a health (but not a price) perspective.
All of the bone broths are sourced from pastured animals such as grass fed and finished beef, which is a nutritionally superior option to conventional animal products. A medical review published in the Food Science of Animal Resources journal found that grass-fed meat had an improved omega-3 fatty acid ratio, and less saturated fat than grain-fed meat.
The liquid bone broths are flavored with spices and botanical ingredients such as onion, ginger and thyme.
While we would recommend the liquid versions of these bone broths, we do not recommend the powder or protein versions, because both contain natural flavors. This is a broad term that fails to reference the specific flavoring agents, and some may be unhealthy. A 2009 medical review documented how solvents and preservatives may be added to “natural flavors.” Since this ingredient contains no nutritional value and has questionable health effects we recommend avoiding it entirely.
We Tried Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth – Our Take
As the author of this article, I wanted to purchase and try Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth myself to share my thoughts on its taste and the overall product experience.
I bought the Thai Lemongrass version at my local Whole Foods, which is a flavored chicken broth.
I didn't like the taste very much as the lemongrass flavor was far too overpowering. I like broths to taste like meat and veggies, with herbs and spices to provide subtle undertones rather than dominating the taste profile.
I also found it strange that lemongrass extract was used rather than lemongrass powder. The use of a concentrated extract in a bone broth seems like a weird choice.
I didn't like the plastic packaging and how I had to carefully unseal it over the sink so it wouldn't spill everywhere. I much prefer a simple glass jar (for convenience and health reasons).
I cooked the broth in the microwave along with some kale, and overall the broth was fine, but this is not something I'd ever purchase again.
I'd rate Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth a 3.5/10.
Is A Bone Broth Diet Unsafe?
Dr. Kellyann doesn’t only sell bone broth products, she also recommends a “bone broth diet” which entails consuming primarily bone broth for 21 days.
While bone broth is a nutritionally dense food, this may be unsafe because bone broth can contain high levels of contaminants such as lead. Bones contain much higher levels of lead than muscle or tissue, and a clinical trial found that bone broth contained “markedly high lead concentrations.”
Many foods contain small amounts of contaminants, such as mercury in fish, but are still considered healthy. We’re not suggesting bone broth is unhealthy overall. We believe the pros outweigh the cons when considering regular intake. However, in light of the lead contamination, it may be logical to avoid consuming bone broth daily for 21 days unless the broth brand publishes lead data (which Dr. Kellyann does not).
We would not recommend a “bone broth diet” unless otherwise advised by a doctor.
Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Real User Review
A YouTube channel called “Karen’s Crazy Keto Life” reviewed Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth as part of Dr. Kellyann’s “5 Day Cleanse.” The review appears unsponsored, and the creator was not a fan of the bone broth:
Questionable Health Claims
Dr. Kellyann’s website makes a number of uncited health claims that we find to be highly questionable, and that we disagree with.
The site proudly declares that you can “lose up to 15 pounds…in just 21 days” on a bone broth diet. There is no link to any medical research proving such.
While an individual can lose weight on any one particular food if it’s eaten at a significant caloric deficit, we have not seen any clinical research suggesting that bone broth is especially effective for weight loss. If someone were to eat only carrots for a week, they would lose weight, but it would be illogical to proclaim that carrots cause weight loss. Eating at a caloric deficit causes weight loss.
Dr. Kellyann also makes the comically unscientific claim that her diet helps people “detoxing from sugar, grains, and other toxins.” Sugar and grains are not toxins. They are food products. Toxins are defined as substances created by plants or animals that are toxic to humans, such as cholera bacteria.
Something being unhealthy does not make it a toxin.
Our Bone Broth Recommendation
We recommend EPIC Bone Broth for several reasons. First, it’s free of any questionable additives like natural flavors. It’s sourced from pastured animals. It’s also shipped in glass containers which we consider to be a significantly healthier option than plastic containers for an acidic product like bone broth.
Medical research has proven that harmful plasticizing chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) leach from food containers into food, and this effect is enhanced with higher acidity. This is why we would never recommend consuming bone broth (or other acidic foods like salsa) from a plastic carton. We recommend limiting plastic use as much as possible, but we consider it especially important for acidic foods.
EPIC Bone Broth costs $41.94 for a pack of 6 cartons, or $6.99 per carton. Kellyann’s Beef Bone Broth costs $129 for a 6-pack, or $21.5 per pack.
Interested consumers can check out EPIC Bone Broth at this link.
Dr. Kellyann Lawsuit
In 2020, Dr. Kellyann was sued by a non-profit organization in California called the Environmental Research Center. The lawsuit alleged that several Dr. Kellyann products, including their bone broth, contained lead levels that required a Prop 65 warning.
Dr. Kellyann appeared to settle the suit. We cannot identify the specific lead levels that caused this lawsuit, but this furthers our concern about a “bone broth diet.” We believe that such a diet, even for a relatively short period such as 21 days, may expose consumers to unsafe lead levels.
Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Real User Reviews
Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth is available on Amazon, which we consider to be a more reliable source for reviews than a brand’s website.
The product has an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Kelly” who claims the product is great but expensive:
“Really great product. But very expensive.”
The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Patricia Lansbery” who claims the product tastes bad:
“The bone broth tastes and smells awful. I used bone broth for 3 days. I had diarrhea for 4 days after. I guess that is how you lose weight. I was eating a healthy diet along with her collagen shake. SERIOUSLY???? I thought it was a healthy supplement…”