In short, bone broth is your guide to the fountain of youth. Ok, so it may not make you younger, but it will definitely help you age well. It is something I’ve just started using as of late and I have no intention of ever stopping. In fact, why didn’t anyone tell me to use this earlier? Don’t believe me? Do a quick Google search and look up all the amazing research that others have already done for you.
Bone broth is made by simmering bones, after they’ve been roasted, for an extended amount of time (unlike broth). This will typically produce a gelatinous texture rich in collagen (amazing for so many reasons including joint health) and allow the bones to release health-benefitting trace minerals. Because of this process, bone broth is high in protein and a fantastic source of minerals. The gelatin is also beneficial for the health of your skin (which is definitely important during weight loss). It also contains anti-inflammatory amino acids that have benefitted me with less bloating. Its truly packed with more natural health benefits that would be impossible to find elsewhere from one source. It’s like a cure-all!
If this doesn’t sound like liquid gold, I’m not sure how else to convince you. It has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits, even in Chinese medicine. I’m telling you, they were onto something.
Most bone broth isn’t extreme in flavor. The subtlety makes for great variations of how to consume it. I personally serve myself 8 ounces in a mug every day warmed up with some Pink Himalayan salt (because hello, keto), fresh ground pepper, and crushed garlic or garlic powder. You can spruce yours up to your liking with nearly endless possibilities of spices. If sipping it isn’t your forte, you can add to soups, use it for basting, boil your rice or pasta in it instead of water, and since it does have minimal flavor, you can even hide it in smoothies. For those who may want to take it to the extreme and really see what bone broth can do for your health, look up The Bone Broth Diet by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci.
It’s hard to find store-bought bone broth that is “real” and hasn’t been made with meat flavoring or bouillon cubes and/or MSG. I do know that a company called Kettle & Fire make a real product that’s organic and long-simmered from grass-fed bones. They’re on my list of products to try but I’ve had many friends rave about them. I have personally used both the beef and chicken bone broth made by Bonafide. I purchased it at Walmart in the frozen healthy food section with the paleo items. I definitely preferred the chicken over the beef, which may lead you to ask: which is better?
I’m not sure there is really a “better” choice. It more-so comes down to personal preference. Chicken bone broth tends to yield more collagen because of the chicken feet and bones that are boiled. If you’re struggling with joint pain or skin issues, it may be the better choice for you because of that alone. Beef broth will give you more energy because of the abundance of minerals in the denser bones. You really can’t go wrong with either choice. Hell, maybe just have a serving of each per day or alternate them.
If you want a more in-depth look at bone broth, go check out Kettle & Fire’s rundown located here: Beef Broth 101.
To sumarize: you’re missing out, drink broth now, thank me later when you’re feeling better than ever. Oh, and you’re welcome.
By the way, I’m going to be making a homemade batch of broth, so look for the recipe soon.