In addition to mischaracterizing the paleo diet's popularity, Moskin - who admits that "there are few reliable studies on the medicinal effects of broth" - also plays fast and loose with the health claims underscoring paleo-related diets.
Throughout the article she quotes or references chefs and cookbook authors who espouse the health benefits of eating paleo. The only actual scientific reference made to support these self-serving claims comes from the author of a book called Nourishing Broth, who says, "When a recipe has that much tradition behind it, I believe the science is there too." A 12th century physician is also quoted attesting to the medicinal benefits of this idea.
Making matters worse, the author of the broth book, Sally Fallon Morell, heads the Weston A. Price Foundation. This is a highly controversial organization that advocates eating saturated fats and cholesterol from "traditional foods" as a means to optimize health.
The foundation offers no hard evidence to back any of the long term health claims of the paleo diet. Still, this does not prevent Moskin from writing, "the foundation has done analysis that shows [bone broth] may provide benefits inflammatory diseases, digestive problems, and even dopamine levels."