Ready Made Bone Broth At Whole Foods. Is It Legit?
Ready made bone broth has arrived. But are we ready?
Bone broth is one of the healthiest things we can drink. I’d like to tell you that I drink it on the daily, but the truth is, it’s a pain to make (sort of). Getting an instant pot can help save you time. It can cut down the cooking time from 24 to 48 hours to 1 or 2 hours at most. Without question, that’s helped me greatly in my quest to consume more bone broth, but it doesn’t eliminate the issue of buying the bones. You don’t want to buy just any old bones, that wouldn’t be healthy. You want grass fed beef or chicken bones. You can order online, but for a cost. You can find a local butcher, but typically they will tell you a day of the week they have them and then you may be rolling the dice. Well, now you can buy Epic Bone Broth. I tried it (see below).
For the most part, making your own is the best option with anything food or beverage related. However, sometimes it is nice to find something you can simply purchase out of convenience. Of course, that usually means paying a bit more, but I think we all get that.
Bone Broth Health Benefits
The health benefits of bone broth or well-defined. Bone broth is known to improve joint health, reduce allergies, reduce fat on the body, and stimulate the immune system. It is one of the healthiest drinks on earth.
The naturally occurring collagen found in bone broth is a powerful protein. It comes directly from the animal’s vertebrae. The cooking process of bone broth releases the collagen (if done correctly, that is).
Department of Nutrition and Sports Nutrition for Athletics at Penn State University tested collagen’s power. The 24-week research experiment showed vast joint improvements for athletes.
Bone broth is really good for the gut. And what’s good for the gut, tends to be good for the brain. Many studies show that the gelatin in bone broth can reduce allergic reactions people may have to dairy or wheat, or a slew of other allergins. And it is also shown to help spawn probiotics in the gut’s lining. A study in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology showed that bone broth can vastly improve gut health.
Consuming Collagen is great for skin, nails, and hair. Collagen has been shown in studies to reduce wrinkles and puffiness. When using women who were given either real collagen or placebo, the collagen groups showed deceleration of aging and noticeable skin improvements.
Bone broth is also great for the immune system and sleep.
We have a full benefits of bone broth guide for those who want to do extra reading.
Buying Ready Made Bone Broth
The other day I was in my local Whole Foods, and I noticed that they were now selling Bone Broth in bottles. Wait, what? This was an epic discovery. No, literally, “epic.” The maker of the bone broth is a company called Epic. Epic is known for a few grass fed beef items, including grass fed beef protein bars (pretty good stuff). Tallow cooking oil (very healthy but taste super gross to cook with). Beef bites (no idea). And some liver item (no idea).
Now they’ve entered the bone broth world. Bone broth, unless you make it yourself, isn’t readily available. Some sprawling cities have introduced bone broth to-go type cafes, but they aren’t all over the place (maybe some day).
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I believe I saw six versions of their Epic Bone Broth in Whole Foods, but their website claims three. I bought one of them called Beef Jalapeno Sea Salt.
The other two versions listed on the website are Turkey Cranberry Sage and Homestyle Savory Chicken. The sugar count is low in all three of these and only derived from the vegetables in them, but read the labels, I am pretty sure they had versions which contained a bit more sugar than that in the store.
They come in sealed glass bottles.
The ingredients are Filtered Water, Grass Fed Beef, Onions, Celery, Carrots, Mushrooms, Jalapeno, Garlic, Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lactic Acid, Thyme.
Here’s the label.
So is Epic Bone Broth legit?
I poured it out of the bottle and into a small sauce pan and heated it up on medium heat. It tasted great. The jalapeno mainly adds flavor, but it isn’t spicey. To be honest, I added a little cayenne and turmeric to it after I’d drank half and that really spiced it up (I love spice). But stand alone, it was surprisingly good. I definitely tasted some of the apple cider vinegar. You do need some to force the bone broth to gel, which is where you get all of the health benefits. It tastes as if Epic Bone Broth uses a little more than needed. I was good with it. But some people might not enjoy that aspect. It’s not overly noticeable, but you can taste a hint of it.
It also appeared cloudy when I poured it into the transparent glass mug I have, telling me the collagen is there. To me, the most difficult part of cooking your own bone broth is getting the collagen. It appears they live up to their label and marketing on this one.
The price is where things get a bit hazy. In Whole Foods, I got my bottle for around $5.60. That’s not terrible; it’s better than an overpriced Starbucks drink I suppose. On Amazon, prices are truly all over the place. Here’s a pack of 6 for $43 on Amazon.
You might ask your local Whole Foods if they plan to carry it, or request they do. They carry a lot of Epic’s products so it would stand to reason they’d get it in.
Would I buy this all the time? Probably not. It is expensive. But, doing it every few days, or once a week, and not having to deal with making my own, is wonderful. Bone broth is just so healthy; I find it worth it to splurge and add some healthy convenience into my week.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.