Winter and the idea of drinking broth or sipping soup may be a distant memory, but health is evergreen and bone broth seems to be everywhere food or health-related these days. So, what is it about bone broth that makes it so beneficial, and is the hype to be believed?
The jury’s out on that last bit. While many sites, from Live Strong to Shape, crown bone broth as a super food; Authority Nutrition, a site that provides articles about nutrition and health, all based on scientific evidence, says there aren’t any studies yet that unequivocally prove its benefit as a whole, but that individually the ingredients that make up the broth carry well-documented benefits, so by association one can only assume it is in fact good for you.
Bone broth, also known as good old-fashioned stock, is the highly nutritious liquid you get when you simmer animal bones and connective tissue. Depending on your own specific requirements and also preferred taste, you can use the bones and connective tissue from any Halaal certified meat, poultry or Halaal fish to make your stock. According to Authority Nutrition, the benefits and nutrient content of this rich and tasty broth will depend on the ingredients you use and their quality, but generally speaking: the bone itself provides minerals like calcium and phosphorus; the marrow is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin K2, omegas and a variety of minerals; the connective tissue yields glucosamine and chondroitin which is said to help with inflammation; and together they all provide collagen, which when cooked is converted into gelatine, which in turn is high in glycine.
The potential health benefits listed are numerous: collectively the nutrients help improve our own bone health; glucosamine and chondroitin have been shown to help with joint pain and osteoarthritis; gelatine promotes satiety and therefore aids weight loss; and glycine is said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, along with improving sleep and brain function.
Many people advocate drinking a daily cup of bone broth, and it features heavily in paleo and other whole-food diets; but regardless of your eating-plan persuasion or the fact that we may not yet have definitive proof of its elixir status; the reality remains that bone broth is low in calories and high in nutrients and minerals, and that can’t be a bad thing. Bone broth anyone?