We’ve all seen bone broth at farmer’s markets or in health-food stores—or at least stumbled across some buzz about it on the interwebs. But what is bone broth? Does it really deliver the health benefits that some people claim it does? How does it compare with vegan options?

Bone broth is, essentially, skeleton soup—or carcass chowder, if you will. It could also be referred to as corpse stew … and cadaver bisque also works. Anyway, all broths are made by cooking something in water. Vegetable broth, for instance, is made with onions, carrots, and other veggies and herbs.

So bone broth is made by cooking someone’s bones, skin, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons—usually those of slaughtered cows or chickens—in water. It could also be made using those parts of ducks, bison, turkeys, lambs, deer, and other animals.

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In terms of the ethics involved, consuming bone broth is really no different from eating meat. Bone broth is often labeled with the words “grass-fed,” “organic,” or “free-range.” But it still comes from animals whose lives ended on the kill floor of a slaughterhouse, where workers hung them upside down and cut open their throats. Not in my soup!

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What About Claims That Bone Broth Is Healthy?

One of bone broth’s supposed healing powers is the ability to restore collagen. My first reaction to this was, “Wait … how would that even … huh?” which was echoed (albeit, more eloquently) by Kantha Shelke, a food scientist, who says that the claim isn’t true. She says, instead, “Eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables is ideal. Plants offer richer sources in collagen building blocks and, in addition, provide nutrients not found in sufficient quantities in meats or broth.”

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Chef and food journalist Amy Blaszyk says, “Scientists agree that bone broth’s so-called ability to heal and restore collagen is probably overblown.”

So if you’d like to avoid ingesting the liquefied remains of tormented souls and actually restore your body’s collagen, you can do it by eating plants. In fact, for every health benefit that bone broth claims to deliver, there’s a (better) vegan approach that makes sense and works. 🙂

How to Restore Collagen—for Real

Collagen is in our bones, muscles, tendons, skin, blood vessels, and digestive systems, but we produce less of it as we age. So—in addition to eating vegetables—taking vegan collagen supplements can help keep you looking and feeling good.

If you want a tablet version, try mykind Organics Plant Collagen Builder, which was co-developed by vegan actor Alicia Silverstone. Looks like she wasn’t so clueless, after all!

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Improve Your Digestion

Tummy troubles got you down? Skip the dead-animal juice, and remedy your digestion woes by adding a little more fiber to your meals. You can improve the functionality of your gut by eating avocados, raspberries, artichokes, lentils, oats, and chia seeds. Or, hey—have some vegetable broth!

You can also try out vegan foods that contain probiotics—like kombucha, sauerkraut, and miso—which promote a healthy digestive tract and immune system. If you’re looking for a digestive supplement, check out our favorite by Deva Nutrition.

Protect Your Joints

You can eat your way to healthier joints, one berry at a time. Yum! Berries! Many vegan foods—including berries, nuts, orange-colored vegetables, and dark leafy greens—contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that are effective at reducing joint stiffness and pain. Not to mention, you’ll also reap all the other magical benefits that these superfoods provide.

For added joint health, you can take vegan supplements containing glucosamine, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D from Deva Nutrition. Deva’s got you covered!

Get Healthier Skin, Hair, and Nails

Wanting radiant skin and hair that shines like the top of the Chrysler Building doesn’t make you a bad person! But paying workers to kill animals in an attempt to achieve those goals, on the other hand … yeah. Skip buying products from companies that do that.

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We can, of course, look beautiful without laying a finger on animals’ skeletons. Vegan collagen supplements can help you get silky hair, glowing skin, and strong fingernails. And you can even prevent future degeneration by taking a vegan biotin supplement or a hair, skin, and nails supplement like one of those offered by Deva Nutrition.

In Conclusion, Go Vegan

Forget the nonsense fads. Bone broth is nothing more than a cruel soup du jour—and like all silly trends, it won’t be around for long. All you need in order to restore collagen and live your best life is some well-balanced vegan nutrition.

Learn more about the benefits of vegan living, and find out how to get started today!