If you read my last post about collagen powders, this one might interest you too.
A while back, I bought two Organika bone broth powders on a Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale. I like trying products I've never tried before and if I can't “try before I buy”, I prefer to experience products for the first time by buying them on sale. Or maybe I'd tried a sample of the bone broth powders and forgot. I bought two beef: An unflavoured beef and a ginger beef flavour.
What you're about to read is my opinion only. As they say, your mileage may vary.
Organika Beef Bone Broth Protein Powder
(It still seems strange to me in English we call the chickens we eat chicken, but cows are “beef,” and pigs are “pork.”)
Organika sources its Beef Bone Broth Protein Powder from Swedish cows that have been pasture raised and grass-fed. (I'm imagining the Swedish chef dressed as a cow. Bork Bork Bork!)
The product naturally contains GAGs (Hyaluronic acid, Chondroitin, Glucosamine), great for joints, skin, hair and more. Organika's Beef Bone broth has tested out at 86% Collagen through their laboratory tests, and it contains all three types of collagen, but primarily types 1 & 2. This isn't exclusive to their bone broth powder. Every type of animal is unique in its nutritional makeup. Every animal has its own collagen and amino acid profile. Organika's chicken bone broth protein powder mostly has type 2, because of the makeup of chickens.
I opened the Organika Ginger Beef Bone Broth first and started blending it up every morning, replacing my morning lemon water. It became my new routine. First bone broth protein powder to hydrate, then coffee with collagen. One doesn't need more than 20 grams of collagen per day, and each serving of protein powder (of the few I've used) is 10 grams, so consuming the protein powder and the collagen powder is within range. Some doctors say up to 30 grams per day for those who need it.
While animal bones and skin – and thus broth – contain collagen, bone broth isn't the same as collagen. The most significant difference, according to Organika, is that bone broth naturally contains those GAGs.
My thoughts on the COW-derived protein powder
Honestly, while I like the company thus far, I was disappointed with Organika's Beef Bone Broth. When mixed with water, the beef broth powder gets clumpy. No one likes clumpy.
I posted about it to an Instagram story. No complaints, just a visual. (I don't complain about companies on social media because it's a shitty thing to do and I'm not a shitty person. This post isn't a complaint either, it's respectful opinion, which might be the same thing.)
I appreciate the response, and so quickly. I'm sure that Organika's Instagram account gets a lot of mentions.
Later, while researching and writing my post about collagen, I read more about the clumpiness of beef broth powder on Organika's website,
Here's what it says:
Note: Organika Beef Bone Broth is a 100% natural product and is high in natural collagen protein. It is also free from additives such as emulsifiers and fillers, which is why the product may not mix instantly in water. Adding hot water into the powder while mixing reduces the clumping effect and results in faster dissolution.
Furthermore, in their FAQ they say,
Q: How come your beef bone broth mixes more clumpy than your Chicken Bone Broth?
A: Solubility of the broth can be affected by the ingredients present in the product. Our beef bone broth contains 100% bone, and cartilage. We do not add carriers like guar gum or preservatives to make the powder mix better. It is a pure beef bone broth.
Bellow that first quoted part:
For Best Results:
1) Try adding the powder to the cup first, then adding hot water.
2) When clumps appear, use spoon [sic] to press it against the wall of the cup. This helps spread the broth powder out, and breaks the clumps, so more water comes into contact with it.
3) Mix until dissolves then enjoy the filler and emulsifier-free Bone Broth!
I tried all three suggestions before I read them and there's a part of me that wishes there was a filler or emulsifier. I'm all about being as natural as possible, but not to the detriment of the product. My opinion – and this is only one person's opinion so don't take it as ultimate fact – is that they could improve it. I'm not sure that a clumpy product should go to market, and that the company should have to share “for best results”.
Coincidentally, they released an IGTV (Instagram video) about it today too. The host of the video – Organika's Social Media Specialist Rhiannon, who is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist – spends what feels like a lot of time stirring and, “I've been stirring for a little bit, and as you can see, there are still a few little tiny clumps on the top as again, a little bit more love.”
I really want to accept Organika's explanations, tips and tricks, and maybe my ego and need to be right is getting in the way, but nuh uh. I don't want them spending resources on trying to convince me that the product just “needs TLC,” I want them to make a product that takes less work if it's possible to do so. Otherwise, maybe take the beef version off the shelves and only sell the chicken. My marketer brain thinks, “If they need to control the narrative by addressing people's complaints through copywriting and video, and if they need to work at addressing those negative sentiments, maybe they need to work on the actual product.”
Again, that's my opinion.
A regular blender or a stick blender is the only way, IMO.
So, I went back to the store and I exchanged the second beef broth powder – the unflavoured one – for an unflavoured chicken bone broth powder. From the quoted Frequently Asked Question above, you know that it doesn't mix clumpy, or as clumpy, as the beef.
I am MUCH happier with it.
Organika Chicken Bone Broth Protein Powder
From Organika's Chicken Bone Broth product page:
Your Broth, Your Way
Bone Broth Protein Powder, available in original, ginger and turmeric, is great by itself or mixed with your favourite soup, sauce, or stew. Made locally, enjoyed world-wide.
I chose unflavoured so that I can add my own flavours. It's the same reason I buy unflavoured or vanilla protein powders.
My cold was mild and lasted three days. Was it the broth that healed me? Maybe. A few years ago, on my old blog, I wrote a series that explained with healing properties of soup, with scientific studies to back it up.
While Organika's Beef Bone broth has tested out at 86% Collagen through their laboratory tests, the chicken version has even more collagen. Lab tests say that the chicken bone broth powder is 92% collagen.
I'm taking both varieties, but not on the same day. I choose intuitively and based on what I need that day – such as the days I had a cold. Some days I feel I need more collagen after a workout. Some days I choose by flavour. Although Organika's website states that the chicken broth powder has a neutral taste, I think it tastes chickeny in a good way. I'm a dark meat girl and prefer the gristly ends of bone, skin and fat over the light meat.
Will I rebuy these products?
Maybe. After I finish both containers, I might purchase the chicken powder again. However, I have the same functional issue with the bone broth powders as I did with the collagen powder. It lacks one of these:
Clumpy beef, no scoop. Sorry, Organika. I love your social media response rate, and I'll keep trying your new products, but I won't love them all.
Other Organika products
Although I did just replace my finished bottle of Organika®’s Enhanced Collagen MCT Creamer with the Marine Collagen from Sproos as I said I would (I happened to be in a store that had Sproos products the day I ran out of collagen powder), I'm really looking forward to trying Organika®s newly released Full Spectrum Collagen. It contains types 1, 2 and 3 collagen from marine and bovine (codfish and cow) sources. Its ingredients are hydrolyzed bovine collagen, hydrolyzed fish collagen, Chicken bone broth. Read more about it here.
I'll keep trying their products. I'll like some but not others, and that's okay.