Recently I was shocked to discover the brand of stock I was using which I might add is labelled organic was full of everything nasty! I’ve been a huge advocat for checking labels of all things you buy but for some reason I never checked the label of the stock I was buying. I guess I just assumed that if it was organic it was good for me, right?! Well no! Make sure you check the labels of everything you buy even when products claim to be something that they are not!
Which brings me to the topic of bone broth! I have started making my own bone broth for recipes and can I say the flavour and taste is amazing and tastes nothing like the stuff you buy. I discovered bone broth through following lots of amazing healthy people on Instagram and decided to give it a go. Well I will never go back!
Bone broth is an ancient food that has been made for centuries as it is an inexpensive and verstaile source of nutrients. So what are the benefits of bone broth?
There are so many health benefits of bone broth including:
- Great for nutrient adsorption and enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods.
- It is an excellent source of several essential amino acids including proline, glycine, arginine and glutamine that are often difficult to get from diet alone.
- Excellent source of minerals that the body can easily absorb including calcium, magensium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others.
- It also contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulphates and other compounds that support joint health.
- It provides the amino acids needed for collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin smooth, firm (reduces cellulite!) and reduces wrinkles. Collagen also supports hair and nail health.
- Assists with gut and immune health because it is high in gelatin/collagen and supports gut health and its amino acids help reduce inflammation. Helps with healing leaky gut.
So you might be thinking what is the difference between bone broth and stock? They are basically made the same way but the difference is in the length of time it is simmered for. Stock is generally simmered between 3-4 hours whereas bone broth is simmered for 24-48 hours depending on the type of bones utilised i.e. chicken v beef bones. Bone Broth has a longer cooking time which removes as many minerals and nutrients as possible from the bones.
And how do you use it? You basically use bone broth in the same way you would use stock including base for soups, casseroles or stews, gravies, sauces and cooking vegetables to add more nutrients and flavour. I recently had some left over cabbage and cooked it in some bone broth and it was delicious! One way you can use bone broth which you definitely wouldn’t do with a standard stock is to drink it as a warm drink. The flavour of bone broth is so amazing and this is actually my favourite way to use it.
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So why not add bone broth to the list of staples you make on a regular basis. It is super easy, inexpensive and so good for you! Another simple, easy, healthy change to you and your family’s lifestyle.