What's so brilliant about broth anyway?

So this week I am working on a referenced paper supporting the use of broth for damaged guts in cats and dogs. Much of the research has been done in mice – these small furry mammals can be a really good model for the health issues in other mammals (such as people, cats and dogs).

I have made a few cool discoveries that are relevant to humans along the way – I will post these discoveries here, and in the next few blog updates.

Broths are commonly used for people and pets as the basis for a gut-healing protocol.

Broths are brilliant for gut healing because of what IS in them... and because of what IS NOT in them.

Here are a couple of examples:

What IS NOT in broths


o   Emulsifiers are present in the majority of processed foods (pet and people food) – they stop fat from separating out from the other ingredients. There are no emulsifiers (or additives of any kind) in our broths - which is why you can see that the delicious fat layer has separated out and sits on the top.

o   A recent mouse study found that even a low dose of common emulsifiers was enough to take bacteria from inside the gut (where it is meant to be) and transport it across the gut wall.

o   This lead to colitis (inflammation of the large bowel), inflammation, and obesity.

o   The study authors suggested that the ubiquitous nature of emulsifiers is contributing to the rise in obesity and chronic disease in people.

What IS in broths

2)    IMMUNOMODULATORY AMINO ACIDS (tiny protein molecules that affect the immune system)

o   Such as glutamine and arginine – we know they are in our broths because we have had them tested!

o   These two amino acids have been shown to relieve colitis in mice models.


I will add to the list of what IS and IS NOT in broths over the next few days.

Happy sipping everyone.



Benoit Chassaing, Omry Koren, Julia K. Goodrich, Angela C. Poole, Shanthi Srinivasan, Ruth E. Ley & Andrew T. Gewirtz (March 2015). Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome. Nature (519), doi:10.1038/nature14232
Corley, D.A., & Schuppan, D. (2015). Food, the Immune System, and the Gastrointestinal Tract. Gastroenterology 148:1083-1086