Dr. Kellyann Review: Is Her Bone Broth Worth It?

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Dr. Jennifer Hughes, MD
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Our Rating: A-

Dr. Kellyann receives an A- rating with high points awarded for customer service, quality ingredients, and good value compared to other brands.

We determined this rating by evaluating the following factors:

  • Quality
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    QualityA
    Using grass-fed, free-range, or organic ingredients formulated in a healthy and tasty way, we awarded an A for quality.
A
  • Transparency
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    TransparencyB
    While there is plenty of product information on the site, transparency on supply chains, sourcing, manufacturing, and brand backstory is lacking.
B
  • Website Experience
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    Website ExperienceA
    Dr. Kellyann has an organized, well-designed, and informational website and blog that makes it easy to browse, shop, and learn about the products and benefits of bone broth.
A
  • Customer Service
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    Customer ServiceA
    Dr. Kellyann’s customer service channels were accommodating and responded rapidly, with a generous satisfaction guaranteed return policy.
A
  • Value
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    ValueB+
    Although pricey, Dr. Kellyann’s products have more protein per ounce than other brands, and the ingredient quality is high. 
B+
  • Brand Value
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    Brand ValueA-
    Dr. Kellyann’s innovative products, benefits to public nutrition, and doctor-created products led to an overall A- for brand value.
A-
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Welcome to our Dr. Kellyann review! 

While bone broth has been used traditionally for centuries, the past decade has made it even easier to get the benefits of bone broth without the hassle.

One brand doing it right is Dr. Kellyann, who started out making bone broth and has expanded into collagen products and diet programs

With innovative flavors and products made from high-quality ingredients, Dr. Kellyann makes drinking bone broth more accessible—and tasty, too.

Considering their value, customer service, quality, and more, we awarded Dr. Kellyann with an overall A- grade—here’s how they did it. 

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • More protein than competing bone broth products
  • Rapid customer service response
  • 60-day satisfaction guarantee return policy
  • Cons
  • Lack of sourcing transparency
  • No apparent sustainability practices
  • Use of natural flavors instead of whole food-based ingredients

Modernizing the Ancient Power of Bone Broth

As the daughter of an Italian immigrant barber, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci started out as a hometown doctor who added bone broth to her client’s daily nutrition plans to improve their health and help with weight loss. 

She first came to realize the power of bone broth and collagen when studying biological medicine at the Marion Foundation and Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland and brought her new knowledge back to the states. 

Although she launched her website in 2012, the nationwide success of Dr. Kellyann wasn’t recognized until 2015, when she started extolling the benefits of bone broth on television and writing best-selling books like The Bone Broth Diet

Her most recent book, Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Breakthrough, was released in December 2022, and she continually innovates new bone broth and collagen-based products to improve public nutrition. 

Bone broth has been used traditionally for centuries, but modern society has only recently begun to realize its benefits—and Dr. Kellyann was one of the first on the scene to spread the word

However, Dr. Kellyann discovered that most commercially available bone broths were very high in sodium and didn’t contain the quality of collagen peptides that traditional bone broth was known for. 

So she set out to make her own.

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Source: DrKellyann.com

Now, Dr. Kellyann carries organic grass-fed beef and free-range chicken bone broths, as well as a whole host of other bone broth and collagen-based products—including a new line of bone broth soups to look out for later this year.

With 15g per serving, Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth has the highest protein content on the market and includes natural herbs, slow-simmered chicken and beef bones, and organic vegetables and can be found at major national retailers like Whole Foods Market and Sprouts. 

From her beginnings as a small-town doctor in profound debt to creating a multi-million dollar brand, Dr. Kellyann’s grit and a strong belief in her products have made a difference in millions of people’s health around the world.

Our Dr. Kellyann’s Review

Every brand we review is assessed according to this set of universal factors—here’s how Dr. Kellyann scored:

  • Quality (A)
  • Transparency (B)
  • Website Experience (A)
  • Customer Service (A)
  • Value (B+)
  • Brand Value (A-)   

This combination of factors and subfactors led us to an overall A- rating for Dr. Kellyann, backed by their excellent customer service, high-quality ingredients, great value compared to competing brands, and more. 

Now, let’s take a deeper dive into these categories, starting with the essential component of quality.

Quality

Summary:

Grade: A

Using grass-fed, free-range, or organic ingredients formulated in a healthy and tasty way, we awarded an A for quality.

In this category, we take into account several factors, including: 

  • Packaging and labeling
  • Quality, sourcing, formulation, and manufacturing of ingredients
  • Certifications

Our team received both liquid and powdered bone broths from Dr. Kellyann, which had no issues with packaging or labeling. 

The ingredient formulation was top-tier in the liquid bone broth (Chicken and Beef), with solely the simmered bones, filtered water, and organic veggies and herbs

However, we did have one bone to pick (sorry, had to) with the powdered bone broths, as many of the flavors came from “natural flavors” and not whole foods.

For example, the Thai Lemongrass Bone Broth in powdered form doesn’t contain any of the citrusy herbs (although the liquid version does); rather, the powder uses “Thai lemongrass natural flavors.”  

And, while the chicken and beef liquid bone broths are organic, the powdered versions are not. 

You’ll also see a “California Prop 65 Warning” on the products, which states that “consuming the bone broth in these products can expose you to chemicals including lead which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

If you’re wondering why there would be lead in bone broth, it’s because farm animals can be exposed to the mineral via soil, water, food, and dust, which accumulates in their bones and can leach into the water that the bones simmer in during the bone broth-making process. 

Although it doesn’t sound great, we spoke to the team, and they clarified that although their bone broth may contain a small source of lead (as do several common soil-grown foods, like lettuce and watermelon), it is only trace amounts, and they test the products monthly for lead to ensure their safety. 

Dr. Kellyann’s brand is also unique in that she doesn’t just carry food products—she also has a line of diet plans and programs, including the 21-Day Bone Broth Diet, 10-Day Belly Slimdown, and the Psoriasis & Eczema Protocol. 

Although these programs are understandably behind a paywall, the quality is likely high based on Dr. Kellyann’s extensive health and nutrition background—working closely with a team of nutrition experts and advisors, Dr. Kellyann leads and develops all of the research-backed diet plans for her brand. 

Lastly, some of Dr. Kellyann’s products have certifications. 

While they are actively working on getting all of their products certified, only the beefliquid bone broths are USDA Organic certified and some of their ready-to-drink bone broths are certified gluten-free at the moment.

Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Catalog

Now, let’s take a closer look at the catalog that Dr. Kellyann has to offer.

Bone Broth

Organic Beef Broth
Organic Beef Broth
  • Description

    Made from the bones of organic beef, flavored with onions, parsley, and garlic, and simmered for 24 hours, this organic beef bone broth is nourishing and delicious.

  • Ingredients

    Grass-fed and finished beef bone broth (filtered water and grass-fed and finished beef bones*), carrots*, celery*, onion*, apple cider vinegar*, parsley*, ginger*, garlic*, thyme*, sea salt, peppercorns*, and bay leaves*. (*Indicates organic)

Miso Mushroom Powdered Bone Broth
Miso Mushroom Powdered Bone Broth
  • Description

    This bone broth powder is a tasty soy-free version of miso soup made with a base of slow-simmered chicken bones plus a hearty blend of veggies, herbs, and spices.

  • Ingredients

    Chicken bone broth powder, grass-fed bovine hydrolyzed collagen, natural flavors, cauliflower powder, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, minced green onion, parsley, reishi mushroom powder, turmeric extract.

Collagen

Dr. Kellyann’s isn’t just about bone broth—they also provide collagen in several forms, including Complete Collagen Protein, Collagen Fiber Bars, and Collagen Hot Cocoa

Collagen Coffee
Collagen Coffee
  • Description

    Many people add collagen to their coffee—but this version does the work for you. This collagen coffee is unsweetened and made from 100% Brazilian coffee beans with 7g of grass-fed bovine collagen.

  • Ingredients

    Grass-fed collagen, coffee powder, sea salt, natural flavors.

Chocolate Almond Collagen Shake
Chocolate Almond Collagen Shake
  • Description

    With 15g of protein, prebiotic fiber, and 0g of added sugar, this Chocolate Almond Collagen Shake is a perfect snack or addition to a meal.

  • Ingredients

    Grass-fed bovine hydrolyzed collagen, prebiotic fiber (from chicory root), almonds, cocoa powder, dried egg white, coconut milk powder, sea salt, monk fruit extract.

Diet Programs and Other Products

Dr. Kellyann’s also offers other products like the Lemon Sips, a lemon-flavored and stevia-sweetened powder that claims it helps to detoxify and flush toxins from your system, diminish cellulite and skin dimpling, and rehydrate and protect skin from UV damage. 

The main ingredient in Lemon Sips that is thought to perform these magical-sounding actions is SOD-B—an antioxidant-rich extract derived from cantaloupe. 

But is there actually research behind it? 

Well, the “SOD” in SOD-B stands for superoxide dismutase, a powerful enzyme that acts as an antioxidant in the body to fight oxidative stress

One study found that supplementing with SOD-B for 56 days significantly reduced visible cellulite on thighs by up to 9.5% after 28 days and up to 11.3% after 56 days

Having more superoxide dismutase in the body may help with these common skin conditions by causing “the inhibition of fibrosis and the stimulation of lipolysis [fat breakdown]”, according to the study’s authors.

Although more research is needed, it’s possible that oral supplementation with SOD-B, like with Lemon Sips, may be able to correct skin cellulite and dimpling—but keep in mind that cellulite is a completely normal skin structure that 90% of women have. 

In addition to the food products, Dr. Kellyann is also known for her diet programs—especially the 21-Day Bone Broth Diet and the 10-Day Belly Slimdown, which prioritize bone broth, collagen, intermittent fasting, and Paleo-style eating.

Transparency

Summary:

Grade: B

While there is plenty of product information on the site, transparency on supply chains, sourcing, manufacturing, and brand backstory is lacking.

Consumers tend to be fans of transparent brands—from product information and founder stories to supply chains and ease of finding policies, transparency is undoubtedly important. 

While the website has plenty of accessible product and policy information, with a bit of background on Dr. Kellyann herself, details about sourcing, manufacturing, and brand backstory were a bit lacking.

We typically like to glean some information about ingredient sourcing and product manufacturing—but other than learning that Dr. Kellyann’s products are manufactured in FDA-registered facilities in the United States that follow cGMP practices, that’s all we know.

As details about sourcing—like a general idea of what farms the cow and chicken bones come from, for example—are helpful and often welcomed by consumers, we docked some points for transparency.

On the plus side, the shipping and return policies were easy to find and understand—no issues there.

Website Experience

Summary:

Grade: A

Dr. Kellyann has an organized, well-designed, and informational website and blog that makes it easy to browse, shop, and learn about the products and benefits of bone broth.

Dr. Kellyann’s website is clean, minimal, and well-organized, making it easy to find and shop for products. 

While it’s not over-the-top high-tech, it gets the job done, and the e-commerce experience is intuitive and straightforward. 

The “Shop” drop-down menu offers a few broad categories, including Bone Broth, Collagen, and Program Bundles, with the option to click over to a “Shop All” page.

dr kellyann website shop menu

The site performed smoothly on both mobile and desktop devices, with no noticeable bugs or annoying pop-ups. 

Dr. Kellyann also offers a blog chock-full of recipes and educational resources about bone broth, collagen, and Paleo-style eating.

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Customer Service

Summary:

Grade: A

Dr. Kellyann’s customer service channels were accommodating and responded rapidly, with a generous satisfaction guaranteed return policy.

Dr. Kellyann provides four lines of communication—text, email, phone, and a chatbot—from which we received helpful and rapid responses. 

A text was replied to immediately, an email was replied to in under ten minutes, a phone call was answered by a live human after about 4-5 minutes of holding, and the chatbot was able to quickly answer basic questions.

The return policy offers a generous 60-day satisfaction guarantee—the only downside is the $9.95 processing fee that goes along with it. 

The bar for free shipping is a bit high—at $149—but it wouldn’t be too difficult to reach it, as we’ll see in the value section.

Value

Summary:

Grade: B+

Although pricey, Dr. Kellyann’s products have more protein per ounce than other brands, and the ingredient quality is high. 

At $129 for six liquid bone broth cartons, Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth products are definitely on the expensive side. 

However, while Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth is more pricey, it does have more protein per ounce than other leading bone broth brands, giving you more bang for your buck.

Plus, Dr. Kellyann’s is beating out other competitors when it comes to collagen powders—let’s see how they all compare:

Bone Broth Cost Protein Content
Dr. Kellyann $0.89/oz (Liquid);
$1.10/oz
(To make 8oz from powder)
Liquid (Classic Chicken): 15g/serving (8oz)
Powder: 16g per packet (makes 8-12oz)
Kettle & Fire $0.39/oz 20g/serving (16.9oz)
EPIC $0.86/oz 11g/serving (14oz)
Collagen Powder Cost Collagen Content
Dr. Kellyann Complete Collagen $0.98/serving 10g/serving
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides $1.92/serving 20g/serving
Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen $1.18/serving 10g/serving

As you can see, prices vary widely—and while Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth is more expensive, it has more protein per ounce, and they offer a good value for collagen powders. 

Combining these factors, we awarded Dr. Kellyann with an overall B+ for value.

Brand Value

Summary:

Grade: A-

Dr. Kellyann’s innovative products, benefits to public nutrition, and doctor-created products led to an overall A- for brand value.

Last but not least, this category encapsulates how much impact the brand has in the world, including philanthropic efforts, innovation, impact on public nutrition, and industry disruption. 

Dr. Kellyann’s definitely benefits public nutrition—not only were they one of the first companies to provide high-quality bone broth and collagen products, but Dr. Kellyann is spreading the word via television appearances and books about the benefits of these products. 

Her products are also innovative, with her single-serve, powdered bone broths, unique flavors, and collage concoctions, like the Collagen Coffee and Collagen Cooler Shake

Other bone broth companies don’t have a doctor behind the brand, making the diet programs she offers innovative and industry-disrupting

However, we would like to see more—or anything—in the way of philanthropic efforts. 

They have a little going in the way of sustainability, including moving from plastic jars to recyclable aluminum and actively pursuing an Upcycled certification, but not much other than that.

Our Experience

Our team received samples of several flavors of liquid and powdered bone broths, including:

Both the liquid and powdered broths were easy to open, with the former being in a TetraPak with a perforated tear-off top and the latter in single-serve plastic packets that can be torn or cut open.

As the bone broths are designed to be lower in sodium, you may want to add some seasonings if you’re sipping the broths on their own—but as everyone has different salt preferences, we appreciate the ability to season to taste.

However, all of the broths that were sampled had good flavors and a savory, hearty taste. 

One of our team members particularly enjoyed sipping on the French Onion Bone Broth Powder when they were sick—a sole complaint was that it tasted best piping hot, and any foray into lukewarm territory tasted a bit too “meaty.” 

Another favorite was the Classic Chicken broth, which tasted delicious on its own after being warmed up in a mug in the microwave.

BONE BROTH CLASSIC CHICKEN

The liquid bone broths also lend well as the base of a soup, and the powders are perfect to take when traveling or on the go.

Lastly, we tried the Lemon Sips, a stevia-sweetened powder reminiscent of a refreshing tart lemonade.

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We did have some trouble getting the powder to fully mix with water—even with the aid of a handheld electric frother—but the small remaining powdery clumps were surprisingly not noticeable at all when drinking it.

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But, although delicious, will this powder actually help “smooth cellulite” and “shrink fat cells”?

TBD.

Dr. Kellyann FAQs

What Is Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Good For?

Bone broth is thought to support gut, skin, and immune health, as well as lower inflammation to possibly help with weight loss, although studies have not conclusively proven this.

For example, one animal study found that mice consuming bone broth had significant reductions in pro-inflammatory markers and improvements in gut damage from ulcerative colitis. 

However, we don’t have any research looking at the effects of bone broth on humans.

How Does Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Diet Work?

Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet is intended to reduce inflammation and help with weight loss by ​​fasting with bone broth two days per week and eating a healthy, low-carb, paleo diet five days per week.

What Is The Difference Between Bone Broth And Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth?

Dr. Kellyann’s bone broth is lower in sodium and higher in protein than many other bone broths. 

It also uses organic and grass-fed or free-range ingredients.

How Many Packets Of Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth Should I Use Per Day?

It’s recommended to consume 1-2 packets of Dr. Kellyann Bone Broth per day. 

If you’re doing the Bone Broth Diet, you’ll need 1-2 cups of bone broth five days a week and 5-6 cups of bone broth for the other two days a week (the fasting days).

How Do You Use Kellyann’s Bone Broth To Lose Weight?

You can do “bone broth fasting” to lose weight, which involves not eating any food other than bone broth. 

This may reduce inflammation and help with weight loss.

How Long Do You Have To Drink Bone Broth To See Results?

It depends on what results you’re looking for. 

For hair, skin, or nail strength, it may take 6-8 weeks. 

Gut health improvements may be quicker, with results in 7-14 days for some people.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Dr. Kellyann receives an A- rating with high points awarded for their customer service, quality ingredients, and commitment to improving public nutrition. 

As their team shared with us, Dr. Kellyann refers to bone broth as “liquid gold” because it’s full of nutrients that have the power to help heal the entire body from the inside out—and it’s delicious, too. 

The only areas of improvement we would recommend would be their lack of transparency with ingredient sourcing and product manufacturing and lack of philanthropic or sustainability efforts.



1 Comment

  • Avatar for Patricia Louise Larkin Patricia Louise Larkin says:

    I am impressed with this program 21 day bone broth. 10 days in and 10.4 pounds lighter. Swelling down. I have high hopes and plan to take 5 days off program and then do the 21 again. Thank Dr Kellyann.A lot less struggle with fasting thanks to your bone broth.

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