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Food Stats: Broth

  • Broth is made from simmering meats, bones, and veggies in water.

  • Commercially made broths are found mostly as chicken, beef, fish, and vegetable varieties.

  • Bouillon is a commercially dehydrated broth made into cubes.

  • The word “stock” is commonly used interchangeably when speaking about broth. However, stocks are usually made with animal bones whereas broths are made mostly with meat. The bone gives stocks a thicker texture.

  • Bone broth became popular during the industrial revolution.

The Look
  • As discussed above, broths will usually be thinner in texture as compared to stocks when used for cooking.

  • Broths also might have a less intense flavor than stock due to stocks being cooked under longer time periods.

  • Depending on the broth and what it is made of, the color can vary. Chicken broth is usually lighter in color and can be found as a liquid.


Focusing mainly on chicken broth:

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Depending on the type of broth there will be more or fewer vitamins and minerals.

  • Calcium plays a large role in healthy bone formation along with nerve transmission and muscle contraction.

  • Magnesium is a component of bones and plays a role in nerve impulse transmission and protein synthesis.

  • Phosphorus is a structural component of teeth, bones, cell membranes, phospholipids, nucleic acids, and more. Phosphorus plays a role in pH regulation and ATP-ADP phosphate systems in cells.

  • Low in calories and can help with weight management.

Serving Size
  • Generally, 1 cup of chicken broth is 1 serving.

  • In 1 cup of chicken broth, there are approximately 17 calories.

  • 3.3g of protein

  • 0g of carbs

  • 0.5g of sugar

  • 0g of fiber

  • 554mg of sodium

Uses & Cooking
  • Broths are generally used in soups, stews, gravies, and many sauces.

  • Broth can be easily purchased from any grocery store or supermarket shelf in a pre-packaged box.

  • Chicken broth can also be homemade, not just store-bought! There are plentiful recipes on how to make your own chicken broth and be able to store/freeze it for your own use.

  • Can use broth as a substitute for water when cooking grains like rice or quinoa and pasta.

  • Some hands-down delicious soups that use chicken broth include tortilla, veggie, egg drop, miso, and lentil soups!

  • Ramen and other noodle dishes.

  • Stews and other bases for dishes.

  • If purchased from a grocery store, the broth will be stored in a pantry until it is opened. Once opened, it can be refrigerated in a sealed container.

  • Chicken broth, if needed, can also be frozen.

Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth, Canned. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2020, from



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