Rachel Brosnahan thinks she doesn’t get sick because she drinks bone broth

Rachel Brosnahan is covering the latest Shape Magazine. Her face looks bizarrely photoshopped, but the editorial is pretty. They put her in a lot of bright solid colors and it has a very 60s vibe. You can see that here. The interview reads like it was dictated by a publicist in that it’s kind of staid and her quotes are presented without context. It doesn’t specify whether the interviewer met her or if they talked on the phone. She does open up about losing her aunt, Kate Spade, and representing Kate’s brand, Frances Valentine, but it all sounds orchestrated. There is one part, where she claims to have staved off getting sick by drinking bone broth, that interested me.

On exercising
I like to take yoga or Pilates or Spinning. Classes are my preferred method because I have trouble self-motivating. If I’m left to my own devices in a hotel room or in my apartment, I probably will choose an extra hour of sleep. It’s harder to skip a class you’ve signed up for. In truth, my most consistent form of exercise when I’m home is taking really long walks every day with my two dogs.

Her “stay healthy secret”
My stay-healthy secret when I’m working 14- or 15-hour days on Mrs. Maisel is bone broth. For the first season of the show, I was feeling very tired. And because I have a fast metabolism, I felt like I was dropping weight in an unhealthy way. Bone broth has collagen and fat in it, along with all kinds of vitamins and minerals, and I really think it helped me. I was the only person on our set who didn’t get sick that season. I have to credit the bone broth.”

On losing her aunt and working with her aunt’s company
When you lose someone you love [Kate Spade, Rachel's aunt, died last June], you search for ways to commemorate and honor them and keep their memory alive. This past year has obviously been very challenging for my family. Katy inspired me greatly as an artist and a human being, which is why I have partnered with Frances Valentine, the fashion brand she created, to celebrate her life and legacy and the impact that she and her work had on so many people.

[From Shape]

It’s mildly annoying when celebrities claim to have some new secret formula for something, but at least she’s not selling or endorsing something. It’s annoying because I assume it’s one of those post hoc fallacies but also because I want to try it. At least this one is cheap and easy to make. Shailene Woodley also swears by bone broth and it’s supposed to have a lot of nutrients so it can’t hurt. As for her approach to exercise, I’m sort-of like that about being more motivated in a workout class. I have also found that this works with YouTube exercise classes though. Like even if the people aren’t in the room with me and I’ve done that workout before I feel like I’m letting them down if I don’t finish.

Her dogs are so cute!

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  1. Megan says:

    I have a friend whose mom would cook up a big pot of bone broth whenever someone got sick. She said it was the best cure for pretty much everything.

    • Annika says:

      My mom always did that too. She’d also make a garlic soup, I think she called it 30 clove garlic soup.
      I can’t prove that it worked, but we were all quite healthy kids growing up. I’m still very healthy, knock on wood.
      My parents had an organic farm, including free range chickens, grass fed cattle, etc. They were ahead of the times. So we were lucky that everything we ate came from our farm: milk, yogurt, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, vegetables & apples from our orchard.

      • Megan says:

        @Annika Exposure to farm animals in utero and in early childhood is supposed to promote life long health because it populates the gut biome with the best kinds of bacteria.

      • The secret ingredient is the onions and garlic, both ABSOLUTELY antibacterial, antiviral, immune-boosting members of the allium family. The bone and collagen fats? Yeah….no.

    • isabelle says:

      My grandmother did the same, she was German. Bone broth and she would make the godawful stinky onion poultices for when you were sick.

      • LivePlantsCleanAir says:

        I could really use one of your grandmamas right now. Sick with a cold. It’s a cold…I know, but still feeling quite miserable. When we got sick as kids, our mum said “shut up” …. so we learnt to hide ourselves in sickness…and in health….

  2. Originaltessa says:

    She’s so talented and I envy her beautiful skin. Bone broth is an old remedy for any ailment. Hardly a goopy fad.

    • tealily says:

      It’s a goopy fad to call it “bone broth” though.

      • Cranberry says:

        How can it be a fad to call bone broth ‘bone broth’? That’s what it is, isn’t it?

      • Arpeggi says:

        @Cranberry, because any type of broth aside from vegetable broth is made with bones. You take all the leftover pieces of carcasses, dump it in a pot with herbs and some carrots and onion and let it simmer for a bunch of hours and there you go: broth.

        It’s nothing magical, it’s what you use to make soups, flavour stir-fries and it costs about 1$ to make, but somehow goop and the other snake-oil vendors will try to convince people that they just uncovered some ancient aliens wisdom or something.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “because any type of broth aside from vegetable broth is made with bones.”

        No, this is wrong. “Broth” is technically made with meat and veggies, not bones.

        “Stock” is made with bones. “Bone broth” is not redundant, it’s saying it’s stock.

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        Agree with Tiffany. It’s just stock. However, I also agree it’s a fad to call it bone broth. In fact I’ve made that comment on here before… probably on a goop thread. Lol

        I think the reason people are treating “bone broth” as a new thing is because most people probably have never made their own stock, so they don’t know they could make it themselves with a leftover chicken carcass or soup bones for pennies instead of paying out the nose for it at the grocery store.

      • tealily says:

        Yes exactly. Stock. You’re making stock. Calm the f— down. Has no one had soup before?

      • Darkhorse says:

        Stock and broth ARE different, they vary by cooking time. You can make stock from bones or vegetables, but it only simmers for 4-6 hours max. That can be chicken stock, fish stock, beef stock, vegetable stock. Bone broth takes WAY longer. You roast the bones first and then simmer for at least 24 hours. When I make it I simmer for 30 hours. The longer cook time releases more minerals and collagen.

    • Nichole says:

      I love how “goopy” is becoming an adjective.

    • OPP says:

      I agree @originalTessa, bone broth is ancient!!! it’s weird to me to act like bone broth was just invented when other cultures have used it for thousands of years in very inventive ways. Here are my favorite uses: chicken or beef pho, Hokkaido or Tonkatsu ramen, pork borscht like that from Ukraine, ribollita the most amazing Italian chicken broth and bread soup, caldo de res or pollo is also amazing, well made French onion soup is perfection. Why not eat any of those, instead of just the base? it’s like eating mirepoix and raving about the delicious healthfulness of mirepoix, which is just…a base of a dish, sauteed and diced vegetables. Kind of tasty and very nutritious, like bone broth, but not for all day sipping.

      This post makes me feel like the American predilection for being weird about food is exposed, how we don’t think about food as a spiritual act of nourishment but nutritionize it and have to justify eating based on the “collagen, fat, vitamins, minerals.”

      • Arpeggi says:

        Yep! Every time I hear about “bone broths” I’m like, just have soup already!
        Raving about bone broth makes me go:

      • Jaded says:

        I’ve been making bone broth since I first started cooking. Being the miser I am I use every last bit of chicken or turkey or whatever to make my own soup stocks. Why just last night I made a curried butternut squash and sweet potato soup with coconut milk and bone broth from a bunch of chicken and turkey bones. It was absolutely delicious.

      • Clay says:

        for the love of god do not put chicken in ribollita thank you

      • OPP says:

        hey Clay – I didn’t say put chicken in it, I said ribollita has chicken BROTH. Some people and their reading comprehension :/

  3. OriginalLala says:

    Correlation does not imply causation.

  4. The Voice says:

    I love bone broth! I stockpile a bunch of bones in our freezer and make it in our Instant Pot. So tasty. We also roast a whole chicken and I make soup out of the remaining bones. There’s a reason bone broth is one of the main things you can eat according to the Chinese first month postpartum. I feel like it warms me up and gives me energy.

  5. Chloe says:

    My parents do the bone broth thing, too. But, they also watch Fox News and would vote for 45 again, so I generally ignore anything they have to say nowadays. Maybe I should revisit the broth thing…

  6. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve read the hype doesn’t stand up to current research, what little there is. Apparently there’s nothing to suggest our bodies prefer vitamins and minerals from bones over say, a spinach salad. And there’s a higher concentration of lead, like 10x. If you’re sick, the old standby chicken soup, is a best friend. But I’ve heard it’s really good!

    Also, my Mamaw lived to 97 and she swore it was because she drank buttermilk lol. That stuff is nasty. Who drinks a glass of sour milk? **shivers**

    • Arpeggi says:

      Well the standard chicken soup is technically “bone broth” with veggies and some shredded chicken meat in there, no? While the bone broth name is overhyped, they’re all just talking about drinking some beef or chicken stock like everyone has done since we managed to learn to master fire I guess. There are some indications that chicken stock might have some benefits for the immune system, but yeah, a hearty chicken-noodle soup will be better than just broth.

      And I agree with you: buttermilk is gross! I love kefir and yogourt, but buttermilk belongs in recipes

      • wildflower says:

        Bone broth is cooked for a really long time so that you get the collagen and gelatin and marrow or whatever out of the bones, so it is quite different than regular broth or stock. As a vegan, it sounds gross to me, but it has been kind of a hipster, new age-y thing for a while and people swear by the benefits.

  7. NicoleInSavannah says:

    Liberal here and I love bone broth for my IBS and endometriosis issues!

  8. Steph says:

    She just probably needs more calories if she has a “fast metabolism ” but let’s be honest shes an actress and probably doesn’t eat much.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yeah I was thinking she probably ONLY eats bone broth!
      So can one buy bone broth or does it need to be homemade? I am one of those hypocrites who will eat meat but do not enjoy handling/cooking meat.

      • Laura says:

        You can just go to a butcher and buy the chicken/cow bones or carcass. Then, just boil the bones in water with seasoning. It’s like chicken noodle soup, but just without the meat, veggies, and the noodles. Bone broth has been around since like pre-historic times – it really isn’t anything new. I really like it because you’re using all the different parts of the animal. Instead of throwing away animal bones, you can save them to make broth.

  9. Idiotsgalore says:

    I have to say I hear this often!! What does bone broth taste like? Is it a soup? I see it often in the stores.

    • Laura says:

      Yeah, it just tastes like soup but without the chunks of meat.

    • Arpeggi says:

      It’s just simple chicken or beef stock. The thing that has been around forever. Use the stock to make soup, it’ll be more nutritious and soup on a cold winter day is always wonderful.

  10. Beckysuz says:

    I like bone broth too but good lord. Why are they acting like this is some crazy new invention that whole foods can charge $9 for? It’s chicken stock !! Aka the stuff mom made every week, and now I do. She did teach me to toss like a T. of apple cider vinegar in with the bones to help leech the good stuff out into the broth.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I’ve seen this a lot too. I’m guessing it’s like most things, if you eat good, nutritious food, that helps your immune system. Washing your hands and trying to avoid touching stuff in public helps too.
    She also might just be lucky.

    • windyriver says:

      +1 on the washing your hands and avoiding touching stuff in public.

      Like most people, I used to get occasional colds, but I have lousy sinuses and noticed some time ago when I got a cold it always ended in a sinus infection, that never went away on it’s own, no matter how long I waited. Tried many things (including neti pot, which makes things worse) plus my diet is good and I drink kefir every day, but ultimately would need an antibiotic to get rid of headaches, and to breathe. Don’t tolerate meds well, and don’t want to use abx if there’s another way, so needed a new strategy.

      My nose (and eyes) run all the time in the winter, so figured I might be getting sick touching my face with germy hands. I started carrying clean tissues when I go out to use to open doors; use my own pen if I have to sign something; use cart wipes, and carry a small bottle of Purell for misc. Wash my hands (actually change out of outside clothes) when I get home.

      Tried not to be too obsessive, and it hasn’t stopped me from being out and about, but haven’t had even a cold in several years.

      Biggest issue has been when I forget to take the used tissues out of the “dirty” pocket before I put things in the wash, and have to pick out the pieces later…

      • I'm With The Band says:

        Eating pineapple does wonders for my sinuses. I too, without fail, will get a wicked sinus infection everytime I get a simple head cold. The dizziness and forehead pain is intense and relentless, and my cognitive abilities are dramatically impaired. It blows.
        Pineapple (lots of it) is the only thing that seems to effectively relieve it.

  12. CC says:

    I almost certainly wouldn’t be able to tell her and Evan Rachel Wood apart if they were in the same room.

  13. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She has a Shiba Inu! My favorite dog breed. I don’t own dogs (I’m a cat person) but if I did it would be a Shiba Inu. They are awesome dogs. And someone who owns one told me they are like cats. Which makes them perfect. I have a friend who swears by bone broth. And I know old remedies call for drinking bone broth to help with a lot of things. But I mean chicken broth/bone broth has been around for eons. It’s why chicken noodle soup is recommended for colds. It’s not the chicken or the noodles – it’s the broth. You can make your own broth by just cooking a chicken and letting the bones marinate in the au jus.

    • minx says:

      I love Shibas although I don’t have one (we have a wonderful Aussie). We also have cats and I love the Shiba’s cat-like look.

  14. Alfiesmom says:

    When I had surgery a few years ago. My mom made a whole batch of bone broth and swear that what healed me faster.

  15. PhillyGal says:

    No shade here – whatever works for you. I have a neighbor who makes his own yogurt and eats it daily. He swears he hasn’t been sick a day since he started eating it.

    • wildflower says:

      My grandma swore by red wine, which she drank quite a lot of. She lived to be 97 and was never sick, either. I agree with you, PG- whatever works.

    • LT says:

      My kids and I drink lots of probiotics from keifer. I swear by it – we are all (knock on wood) pretty healthy.

  16. Eden75 says:

    I love bone broth, beef or chicken. Roast the bones with salt and pepper until they brown and into the slow cooker with carrots, celery onions, garlic, bay leaves and thyme they go. 24 hours later, viola.

    I always have some on hand, either for cooking with or just for a nice warm drink. Is it good for me? I dunno but I know it’s better than store bought crap. Does it taste good? Oh yeah.

  17. BANANIE says:

    She is so phenomenal on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I think this probably was a phone interview because I’m used to seeing her so jazzed. Not that I assume she’s exactly like her character, etc., but I would expect a little more pizzazz from her. Maybe not even in the content of her answers but maybe the wording? Idk.

  18. KidV says:

    I love bone broth on cold days. I buy mine, though, I’m not as energetic as those of you who make you’re own. I buy from Osso Good Co, not the regular crap in the stores. Pretty good stuff.

    And I haven’t been sick in 20 years, so obviously it’s from the bone broth (which I’ve only been drinking for the last couple of years) ;-)

  19. Gigi La Moore says:

    If you think it works, it works.

  20. Sparkly says:

    I love bone broth. Sometimes I’ll have a warm cup in the morning like coffee, with just a little dried parsley sprinkled in.

  21. Other Renee says:

    I’ve always thought that chicken soup had magic healing powers. 😊

    I’m obsessed with Mrs. Maisel. Best show I’ve seen in a very long time.

    Those dogs are beyond adorable.

  22. OPP says:

    I like her! and moved my original comment further upwards.

  23. Laura says:

    I’ve been drinking bone broth since I was a little girl. It really does help but it isn’t anything new. It’s kind of like when people tell you to have a chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling a little ill.

    Bone broth also really helps if you have digestive issues. It’s very soothing and yummy. Highly recommend for anyone who’s not feeling well!

  24. Nikki says:

    I have a compromised immune system, so nutrition is very important to me. I only make “bone broth” from the carcass of an organic chicken, because you are getting nourishment from the very marrow of their bones. I take off the meat after I’ve roasted a chicken, and leave the carcass in a crock pot of filtered water on simmer all night. SO EASY, except for picking the meat off beforehand. I add veggies in the morning, cooking until they’re done, add some of the cooked chicken, so it’s now soup, not bone broth! One of the healthiest foods ever, and of course it can help you fight illness. LOVED reading about everyone else’s suggestions, like yogurt, red wine, or adding a bit of cider vinegar or garlic, etc.

  25. oddly says:

    Eat a handfull of strawberries everyday, they have natural antibiotic ingredients. I started doing this about 3 years ago and haven’t had a cold since. Previously I’d get at least one or two a year.

  26. Veronica S. says:

    *sign* I’m going to just put this out there, but as somebody with a degree in medical biology…hearing most people talk about anything health related with “authority” is just a headache. I’ve learned just to keep scrolling and let people stew in their impassioned ignorance on statements like this.

  27. Nancypants says:

    Yeah, it’s stock not broth but whatever.
    I made Julia’s Beef Burgundy today with stock, not broth. I think it was my best ever.

    I love her in Mrs. M. but I can’t stop remembering her as the call girl in House of Cards.
    Did you know that was her?

    My Manager swears by a cup of yogurt per day. She swears that’s the reason she rarely gets sick.
    I don’t think so and I also don’t think a cup of yogurt per day will fix my ulcers but if it works for her so be it.

    My grandma swore by hot lemon water every morning for her skin.
    Her skin pretty much looked like an old boot but, dang, I miss her.

  28. Megs283 says:

    Yeah…I used to be pretty smug about my immune system, and then I had kids. For a while there I was getting about 5 hours of sleep a night and I’d catch everything daycare threw at us.

    All the bone broth in the world won’t help if your kid vomits on you!

    • Nancypants says:

      LOL! I totally agree. I raised 3. I’ve been puked on, peed on, pooped on, bled on and daycares and schools are germ farms. Good luck!