Bone broth has been popular for a little while now but due to the cold weather, it seems to be popping up on cafe menus as well. Let’s take a look at bone broth, why it is good for you and the different ways you can incorporate it into your diet.
First thing’s first — what is it?
If you thought that bone broth was some sort of new craze to hit our shores. You’d be wrong…sort of… Bone broth is actually just a fancy name for a type of soup which has been cooked for a long time. The ingredients in bone broth are the same as any other broth, but the difference is that they are simmered for a 24 hour period (…or longer). Essentially it’s a way to get all of the minerals and bone marrow out of the bones and into the broth.
Why should you eat it?
While the broth is cooking away, it soaks up all the nutrients from the bones and vegetables you have added. This means it turns into a powerhouse of goodness for your body and can provide the following health benefits.
Your gut will love it
If you suffer from gut problems, chances are your body will love bone broth. Many gut issues lead to damage of your gut. This damage can sometimes mean that small holes are created which allow bad bacteria to seep through when it shouldn’t. This is where bone broth comes in. Gelatin, which is found in bones, acts as glue to repair these holes and keep them together.
If you’ve got a cold, a big cup of bone broth is sure to go down a treat. It is rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous from the bones which have been broken down. These nutrients are easily absorbable and assist the immune system.
Good for hair skin and nails
With the inclusion of collagen and gelatin, bone broth is fantastic for your hair, skin, and nails as it supports connective tissue and helps to keep your nails and hair strong.
Helps inflammation and joint pain
Bone broth contains glucosamine (just like the supplements you see in the shops) which is believed to help with arthritis and joint pains.
Once you’ve made it, what can you do with it?
- Drink it like soup.
- Use it to make gravy.
- Use it in stir-fries or to braise vegetables.
- Use it as a base for stews.