If broth wasn’t a nutritional powerhouse, people all over the world wouldn’t be spending hours simmering bones in a kettle or crockpot. It’s a superfood that is vastly underestimated. Let’s take a look at the bone broth nutrition facts for a breakdown of the minerals and amino acids.
Before we list the full nutritional content, we must point out that our list is somewhat of a ballpark range for a regular 1-cup serving of broth. It does not take into account additional ingredients, such as vegetables, meat, or spices. The nutrition may also slightly differ depending on the types of bones used.
If you were to look at the nutrition facts label of a typical prepackaged broth, you won’t see much in way of nutritional density. Case in point with the nutritional label for a package of Swanson Chicken Broth (label courtesy of My Fitness Pal):
It has zero vitamins A and C and a measly 2% of the minerals calcium and iron. On the surface, this doesn’t seem very impressive. This is absolutely uninspiring compared to the nutrition label of, say, a bag of organic kale.
At face value, these nutrition facts absolutely fall flat. However, what the label does not disclose are the rich amino acids and a few other compounds. Nutritional labels are a bit flawed in the sense that they often leave out the amino acids (for protein-based foods). The same goes for minerals. While some of the more prominent ones like iron and calcium may be listed, the rest is often left out. If these were included, you would see that broth is indeed extremely dense in nutrition.
Whether made from chicken or bovine bones, broth is extremely rich in collagen and gelatin. These proteins are broken down into amino acids, which have been shown in numerous independent studies to aid the body in cellular function, reproduction, and repair. The proteins contain these powerful amino acids:
Aside from amino acids, broth is also high in minerals and electrolytes. Think of it as a natural form of Gatorade minus the sugar and other preservatives. Broth is high in potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Many people on the keto (low carb) diet actually take broth to replenish lost nutrients. When you eschew carbs, the kidney also begins expelling more water. This accounts for the initial rapid weight loss; it’s mostly water retention you’re losing. The water flush also results in excretion of valuable minerals and electrolytes.
We’re not pointing this out to advocate for a keto diet. The Truth Nutra philosophy is not in favor of eliminating any macronutrients. We point this out to demonstrate the value of broth for replacing the minerals and electrolytes your body counts on for the most basic functions.
You now know that broth is loaded in nutrients regardless of what its nutrition label may suggest. What about bone broth calories? How much in a serving? This might be something you want to know if you’re keeping track of calories for muscle gain or fat loss.
Referring back to the pic above of the Swanson Broth nutrition label, you can see that a one-cup serving has a mere 10 calories. Assuming that you don’t add additional ingredients, the calorie count is practically negligible. This makes broth a useful aid during intermittent fasting. Many people swear by the efficacy of broth as an appetite suppressant. Consume it midway through your fast, and it will help you keep cravings in check.
As you can see, bone broth calories are very few, yet very useful in so many ways.
Are these nutrition facts the same for a broth supplement in pill or powder form? Assuming the product is from a high-quality organic source with minimal fillers, then yes, it’s about identical. This is certainly the case with Total Bone Broth made from organic bovine collagen and gelatin. This supplement also has the added benefit of hydrolyzed collagen for maximum bioavailability.
The takeaway? Don’t be discouraged by its nutrition facts. Most nutritional labels limit the listing to common vitamins and one or two minerals. Broth is one of the most nutritious foods that benefit your mind and body. It’s a superfood even if most health sites seldom mention it.
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