Meat Stock vs Bone Broth?  Which one is best to heal and seal the Gut?  According to the GAPS protocol, the foundation of all healing starts in the gut with a Meat or Chicken STOCK!

Let’s look at the differences between a Meat/Chicken Stock and Bone Broth:


Collagenous Stock

  • Short cooked
  • It is a gelatinous stock made from joints, chicken feet, meaty bones and the whole chicken.
  • A meat stock should gel when cooled
  • It is full of collagen and glycine
  • More suitable for people with allergies and intolerances, especially histamines issues
  • Long cooked
  • Bones are used and it is long cooked to break down the bone and release the minerals from the bones
  • Usually liquid, although some broths do gel if gelatinous joints or meaty bones have been used
  • More concentrated due to it being long cooked and therefore higher in histamines
  • Suitable for people who have healed their gut or have a healthy, intact gut

I would generally advise people to start with meat stocks and work their way to bone broths, but once you start having meat stock daily, you find that it is so easy to prepare and so delicious, that most people don’t move onto bone broths at all.

So, why are meat stocks so nutritious?  Well, meat is full of amino acids, which are the building blocks of every cell in the body.  Stock is high in protein, minerals and amino acids, which heal the gut and therefore the body as a whole.  Every cell in our body is made up of protein and requires amino acids to survive.  There are essential amino acids, which the body cannot produce and there are non-essential amino acids which the body can produce.  One of the most healing amino acids for the gut is GLYCINE.


Glycine is:
  • A key component of collagen – which our joints, skin, muscles, bone and connective tissues are made up of.
  • It is important as a role in nerve signal transmission and clearing toxins from the body.
  • It stimulates the production of the feel good hormone, serotonin.

You can get Glycine in supplement form, but I prefer to get nutrition through food.   I feel that the body recognises the nutrients in food form, rather than from a supplement made in a laboratory.  Not enough research has been done to prove that supplements made in a laboratory are as beneficial to the body as the food source, or how they might interact with other supplements or medications.  This is how nature intended it to be.

Side note:  If you do choose to take supplements, try and find ones that use food sources.  This way your body will be able to recognise what you are feeding it and use it appropriately.

Meat Stock

Here is a meat stock recipe for you to try.

You should drink at least one cup of chicken or meat stock per day, otherwise you can have a cup of stock with each meal.  It will help with digestion and add nutrients and minerals to your meals.

If you do make a chicken or meat stock, please take photos and send them to me on Instagram to share.

Let’s heal the gut and produce a healthy body together!

You can source grass fed bones in Australia at Our Cow

You can source grass fed bones in Singapore at Meat Collective