{"id":556968706121,"title":"Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Review: Worth the High Cost?","created_at":"2022-09-18T23:34:58-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Review: Worth the High Cost?\",\n \"keywords\": \"dr kellyann bone broth, dr kellyann bone broth review, dr kellyann bone broth reviews, bone broth by dr kellyann, dr. kellyann bone broth, dr kellyann's bone broth, bone broth dr kellyann, dr kellyann bone broth diet, dr kellyann bone broth packets\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth to give our take on whether it's worth the high price. 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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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut 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?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll seek to answer all of these questions by reviewing every ingredient in Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs “Bone Broth” Different From Regular Broth?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSo “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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the bone broths are sourced from pastured animals such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003egrass fed and finished beef\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a nutritionally superior option to conventional animal products. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8728510\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFood Science of Animal Resources\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that grass-fed meat had an improved omega-3 fatty acid ratio, and less saturated fat than grain-fed meat.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe liquid bone broths are flavored with spices and botanical ingredients such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eonion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eginger\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ethyme\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we would recommend the liquid versions of these bone broths, we do not recommend the powder or protein versions, because both contain \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This is a broad term that fails to reference the specific flavoring agents, and some may be unhealthy. A 2009 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19041920\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs A Bone Broth Diet Unsafe?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Kellyann doesn’t only sell bone broth products, she also recommends a “bone broth diet” which entails consuming primarily bone broth for 21 days.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile 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 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23375414\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebone broth contained “markedly high lead concentrations.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany 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).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would not recommend a “bone broth diet” unless otherwise advised by a doctor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDr. Kellyann Bone Broth Real User Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 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:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/hvFe4w7ikX0\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eQuestionable Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Kellyann’s website makes a number of uncited health claims that we find to be highly questionable, and that we disagree with.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Kellyann also makes the comically unscientific claim that her diet helps people “\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edetoxing from sugar, grains, and other toxins.” \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eSugar and grains are not toxins.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e They are food products. Toxins \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/medlineplus.gov\/ency\/article\/002331.htm\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eare defined\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as substances created by plants or animals that are toxic to humans, such as cholera bacteria.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSomething being unhealthy does not make it a toxin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Bone Broth Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3Bq354i\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEPIC Bone Broth\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMedical research \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5977157\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas proven\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEPIC Bone Broth costs $41.94 for a pack of 6 cartons, or \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$6.99 per carton\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Kellyann’s Beef Bone Broth costs $129 for a 6-pack, or $21.5 per pack.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out EPIC Bone Broth \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3Bq354i\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDr. Kellyann Lawsuit\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn 2020, Dr. Kellyann \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/oag.ca.gov\/system\/files\/prop65\/judgments\/2019-01713J4442.pdf\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ewas sued\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDr. Kellyann Bone Broth Real User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Kellyann Bone Broth is available on Amazon, which we consider to be a more reliable source for reviews than a brand’s website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe product has an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars, which is relatively unimpressive. The good news is it received a “B” grade \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.fakespot.com\/product\/bone-broth-collagen-go-packets-7-servings-per-box-from-bone-broth-expert-dr-kellyann-100-grass-fed-collagen-daily-serving-of\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom FakeSpot\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a software tool that detects potentially fraudulent Amazon reviews. This suggests that the reviews are legitimate.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Kelly” who claims the product is great but expensive:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Really great product. But very expensive.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Patricia Lansbery” who claims the product tastes bad:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“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…”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrom a nutritional perspective, we recommend all liquid versions of Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth. They’re made using bones from grass-fed animals along with herbs and spices, and contain no questionable additive ingredients. We do not recommend Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth products in powder or protein form, which contain flavoring additives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile bone broth is a healthy and nutritionally-dense food, we do not recommend the “bone broth diet,” because bone broth may be high in lead. It seems logical to limit consumption of bone broth to several times per week.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Kellyann’s website makes a number of highly questionable health claims, including referring to grains as toxins. We urge the brand to remove or update these.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend EPIC Bone Broth because it’s shipped in glass, free of any questionable additives, and relatively cheap per carton.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-09-18T23:45:52-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:27:37-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth to give our take on whether it's worth the high price. We compare it to another popular bone broth brand, and explain whether lead levels in bone broth are a concern.","template_suffix":"","handle":"dr-kellyann-bone-broth-review","tags":"_related:nutrition"}

Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Review: Worth the High Cost?

Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Review: Worth the High Cost?


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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.

Ingredient Review

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.

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, which is relatively unimpressive. The good news is it received a “B” grade from FakeSpot, which is a software tool that detects potentially fraudulent Amazon reviews. This suggests that the reviews are legitimate.

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…”

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Conclusion

From a nutritional perspective, we recommend all liquid versions of Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth. They’re made using bones from grass-fed animals along with herbs and spices, and contain no questionable additive ingredients. We do not recommend Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth products in powder or protein form, which contain flavoring additives.

While bone broth is a healthy and nutritionally-dense food, we do not recommend the “bone broth diet,” because bone broth may be high in lead. It seems logical to limit consumption of bone broth to several times per week.

Dr. Kellyann’s website makes a number of highly questionable health claims, including referring to grains as toxins. We urge the brand to remove or update these.

We recommend EPIC Bone Broth because it’s shipped in glass, free of any questionable additives, and relatively cheap per carton.




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