It’s truly a shame that broth isn’t more popular in the west. It would instantly become a mainstay if more people knew about its amazing health benefits. We truly believe broth deserves to be on the same pedestal as, say, collagen smoothies. However, when it comes to any food, remember that source matters. Grass-fed bone broth, with “grass-fed” being the magic keyword, is far superior to conventionally-sourced bone broth.
Why Grass-Fed Broth?
Unless specified otherwise, it’s almost certain that the meat in your local grocery store is derived from conventional farming. Sure, the meat and attached bones may look fine, and it’s definitely cheaper compared to the grass-fed variety. However, you’re doing your body and health no favors by regularly eating lower-grade meat.
What’s wrong with conventional meat? It has to do with how livestock is raised from birth until the point they’re hauled to the butcher’s block. Chicken and cattle are stressed 24/7 by being confined like sardines into stalls without even so much the luxury of leg room.
Studies1 show that stressed cattle produce less tender and flavorful meat. Stress also impacts immune health; in turn, this leaves the animals more susceptible to infections. It’s reasonable to assume this may have an impact on the meat’s nutritional content.
Aside from cramped living conditions, livestock are also given artificial growth hormones to induce an unnatural growth rate. Furthermore, growth hormones are also added in cattle and chicken feed. Do these synthetic hormones make their way to your dinner plate? In what ways, if at all, does this affect your health?
Zeranol is one common hormone given to cattle. In a study reported by CBS News, researchers mixed zeranol-treated meat with malignant breast cancer cells. The results? The cells grew and multiplied at a rapid rate!
That’s not all. In another study2, adolescent girls with elevated levels of zeranol in their body were shorter on average and also exhibited slower rates of breast development compared to peers.
Products like Total Broth are known for offering 100 percent grass-fed, organic collagens and amino acids.
Livestock raised in conventional farms are also fed grain instead of their natural grass diet. Grain is low-cost and quickly fattens up the animals. On top of that, the grain is mostly GMO-heavy soy and corn.
The saying “you are what you eat” equally applies to cattle. One study3 showed that grass-fed beef contained higher levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and twice the level of linoleic acid.
Another study3 revealed that grass-fed beef had higher levels of vitamins A and E.
Grass-Fed Bone Broth Versus Organic Bone Broth
We are huge advocates of all-natural sources when it comes to consumption of any animal-derived products. We must stress, however, that organic bone broth does not necessarily equal a grass-fed source. If the meat and/or bone is just listed as organic, that means the cattle was raised in a sanitary condition with more free-roaming space. This is certainly a plus; however, the livestock may still be given a grain-based diet. The opposite may also be true. Grass-fed cattle typically have free roaming space, but not always.
To be absolutely certain you’re getting the best quality meat and bones, be sure the label reads “organic” and “grass-fed.” If it only reads one or the other, contact the supplier to confirm. Another label to look for is “100 percent grass-fed,” which indicates the cattle is allowed to freely roam and graze for its own food.
You can have the best of both worlds and enjoy organic bone broth and grass-fed bone broth. The best-quality meat is grass-fed cattle raised on organic pastures their entire lives.
How to Choose High-Quality Broth
If making your own broth, use 100 percent grass-fed meat and bones. It’s a little trickier if you buy pre-packaged broth. The presence of a certified USDA Organic label is not enough. Read our guide on how to choose the highest-quality bone broth product.
Does the package disclose the source as grass-fed meat? The packaging doesn’t always provide clear-cut information on the origins of the ingredients. When in doubt, shoot an email or phone the manufacturer.
The same goes for bone broth and collagen supplements. Be certain the label contains the words “organic” and “grass-fed” or “100 percent grass-fed.”
We recommend grass-fed, hormone-free proteins because food source matters.
Total Bone Broth Uses Organic and Grass-Fed Sources
As healthy as broth is, much of its nutritional prowess is lost due to the low-quality nature of the bones. This is sadly all too true in the Western world where mega-conglomerates have taken hold of the meat industry. For the corporate heads, it’s all about profit over product quality.
This is why UMZU takes pride in using only all-natural ingredients in its products. With respects to Total Bone Broth, the high collagen and gelatin content comes from grass-fed bone broth. It’s also organic as well. You can be confident you are getting all the nutrients as intended by nature.