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Lono Life Broths
Test series
by Joe Schaffer

INITIAL REPORT - February 24, 2019


NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
AGE: 71
HEIGHT: 5'9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (79.4 kg)
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

    I enjoy California's central Sierras, camping every month with a goal to match my age in nights out each year; about 30 solo. In summer I'm a route hiker moving nearly every day. For comfort I lug tent, mattress, chair, etc. Summer trips have been 5-8 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food and water related; about 5 miles (8 km) per hiking day. I winter camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); 1 to 2 miles (1.6 to 6.4 km) on snowshoes.


        Manufacturer: Lono Life
        Web site:
        Broth Products: (tested) (individual stick gross weight)
             Chicken Bone Broth,    5/8 oz (16 g)     $19.99 US for 10 stick pkg
             Beef Bone Broth,         5/8 oz (16 g)     $19.99 US for 10 stick pkg
             Thai Beef Bone Broth, 1/2 oz (15 g)     $19.99 US for 10 stick pkg
             Protein Coffee,            1/2 oz (15 g)     $17.99 US for 10 stick pkg
Made in: not shownpackages

MFR Headquarters: Oceanside, CA USA

MFR STATS: (per serving, 1 serving per stick; copied from pkg)
       Chicken: 48 cal; 10 g protein;  3 g carbs; 0 g total fat;                    0 mg cholesterol; 584 mg sodium; 0 g sugar; 3 g fiber
       Beef:      50 cal; 10 g protein;  3 g carbs; 0 g transfat; 1 g sat fat;  <5 mg cholesterol; 503 mg sodium; 0 g sugar; 3 g fiber
       Thai:      50 cal; 10 g protein;<1 g carbs; 0 g transfat; 1 g total fat;<5 mg cholesterol; 410 mg sodium; 0 g sugar; 0 g fiber
       Coffee:   45 cal; 10 g protein;  2 g carbs; 0 g total fat;                    0 mg cholesterol;   10 mg sodium; 0 g sugar; 0 g fiber

       Chicken: Broth, chicory root, yeast extract, salt, natural flavors, black pepper, sage, thyme
       Beef:  Beef collagen, chicory root, beef, salt, yeast extract, natural flavors, black pepper  
       Thai:   Beef collagen, beef, salt, curry powder, yeast extract, coconut flavor, natural flavors, ginger, spices 
       Coffee:   Hydrolyzed collagen, 100% arabica soluble coffee

MFR Description (excerpted from website): Nutritious, delicious grass fed bone broth, flavored and unflavored collagen, protein coffee plant-based protein for people who want to get outside, drink their nutrition in easy, single-serve doses, and get back to what they love, refreshed and refueled.

Other products/packages: 16 other products available, many in several package options

Directions: Add contents to 8 oz (0.24 L) hot water; stir.

Received: 2/21/2019

        Each stick pkg: 6 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 in (15 x 3 x 2 cm)
        10-stick pkg: 5 x 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 in (13 x 24 x 7 cm)
            Chicken:   6 1/4 oz (177 g)
            Beef:   6 1/8 oz (174 g)
            Thai:   5 5/8 oz (158 g)
            Coffee:   5 3/4 oz (161 g)
    This line of products requires no refrigeration in storage and minimal preparation--stir package contents in hot water. Best-by date of 02/13/2021 for the coffee product; other packages have no best-by date. No indication of caffeine is listed. All four products are claimed to be gluten-free, indicating there are no grains. The chicken and beef products are paleo, meaning cave people would have found similar make-up in their diet.

    A quick internet search says collagen is found in bones, tendons, ligaments and flesh.  Collagen is the main component of connective tissue. It is singularly the most abundant protein in mammals, making up about 30% of whole-body protein content.

     I've eaten hot dogs, so I've obviously no compunction about ingesting leftover animal parts of any kind. The protein-to-weight ratio is roughly two-and-one-half times that of peanut butter. To my liking all other stats look equally terrific. I think I could stand less sodium, but even that is roughly 30% of a package of ramen. The test will tell how much food the tummy thinks it has after consuming a serving of product; and whether the carotids hammer in the aftermath.

    I'd like to know how much caffeine I might be getting in the coffee product. I'm sensitive to it, so I may quickly find out.

    The individual 'sticks' are light and small; with insignificant packaging to carry in and out. Food-to-tare ratio is very high. The 'stick' packages seem to have a lot of air in them, adding what would seem unnecessary bulk.

    Even I can heat water and stir something in it, so the cooking required suits me rather well. Evidently they do require hot water, the making of which is not always convenient for 'quick hit' food. I don't always want a hot drink. In weight-crazy packing it will be necessary to attempt a balance between cold and hot snack food/drink mixes.

    I'm looking forward to testing these products in the field to see if they tame the tiger and stoke the furnace as claimed.

Quick shots:
    a) simple preparation
    b) compact
    c) high food value

Thank you Lono Life and for the opportunity to test this product.  Long Term Report in four months.

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