Why You Should Include Bone Broth in Your Diet
Remember being sick as a child and your mother handing you a steaming bowl of homemade soup that made you feel so much better? Now, research shows that there is good reason behind this well-known tradition.
Bone broth has been around for hundreds of years. It was a way for our ancestors to make use of every part of the animal. By simmering bones and ligaments for days they were able to make a nutrient dense meal that was also used to heal many ailments.
Today, this nutritious broth has gained popularity as a trendy drink for many health goers, and is now being sold in just about as many places as coffee. But for good reason. It is delicious, low in calories, full of nutrients, and easy to make.
The incredible benefits of bone broth include:
1. An affordable supplement.
Bone broth is a great way to get nutrients without having to buy expensive supplements and protein powders.
2. A boost for the immune system.
The boiling of bones releases amino acids that build the immune system and help with colds and the flu. It can also help food allergies and sensitivities by repairing the gut lining.
3. Building of muscle.
Bone broth is full of protein and amino acids that help with protein synthesis and assist with growth and repair.
4. Protection of bones and joints.
As we get older, our cartilage begins to wear and tear. Collagen in bone broth helps lubricate and restore the joints.
5. Fighting aging.
Collagen found in bone broth helps to maintain the elasticity in your skin and reduces wrinkles and puffiness.
How can you incorporate bone broth into your diet?
- Put in a thermos and take it on your way to work in the morning
- Sip in a mug for a warm and satisfying snack
- Use in place of water for a rich flavour when cooking your favourite grains
- Use as a base for soups and stews
Now that the cold weather is here, try making it at home using grass-fed, antibiotic free bones from your local farmer’s market.
Try this easy recipe at home:
- Place bones into a large stock pot and cover with water.
- Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help pull out important nutrients from the bones.
- Heat slowly. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for at least six hours (chicken bones can cook for 24 hours, beef bones can cook for 48 hours).
- Add vegetables, such as onions, garlic, carrots and celery, for more nutrients.
- After cooking, the broth will cool and a layer of fat will harden on top. This layer protects the broth beneath. Skim this layer off when you are about to eat.
(Store in the fridge of up to six days, or freeze in ice cube trays for up to 6 months.)
By Michelle Stone, RHN. Body Design offers Personal Training, Nutrition and Yoga classes to assist individuals achieve their health and weight loss goals. You can reach Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact www.BodyDesign.ca