by Teagan Comerford
As winter is upon us there is increasing hype surrounding bone broth and its long list of health promoting benefits, it is seemingly becoming the modern food elixir – But is it worth its weight in gelatinous goodness?
Admittedly I have moments of “whoa what can’t this baby do?” – The recent DIY baby formula debacle comes to mind. There are definitely some avid devotees in the paleo community, but can you see yourself replacing your morning coffee with a heart-warming cup of bone broth in order to reap said benefits?
Bone broth is a traditional stock made by boiling bones and cartilage components of animals such as beef or pork knuckles, chicken necks, wings and feet with some seasonal vegetables. The bones and connective tissue are incredibly mineral dense and by boiling these (usually with some apple cider vinegar) the nutrients are leached into the water and create a gelatinous cup of goodness packed with collagen, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, silicon, phosphorous, glucosamine, proline and glycine.
Homemade bone broths are far more mineral dense than its shelf-bought stock counterparts. Broth is easily added to stews or beautiful winter vegetables in for a nourishing soup. It can also replace some of the cooking water when cooking quinoa or you can drink it on its own with a pinch of turmeric for some truly anti-inflammatory goodness.
Most famous for its use in chicken soup and its ability to treat and prevent winter colds we are now hearing an array of additional claims.
- Easily digestible
- Aids in healing the mucosal lining of your intestinal tract for improved gut health
- Support a robust immune system
- Improve hormone health
- Heal arthritis and connective tissue conditions
- Glowing skin, luscious hair and strong nails
- It makes food taste better
- Non-nutritive benefits: reduces waste, is simple to make, time efficient and inexpensive.
Is it worth the hype?
Honestly, I guess time will tell. There is an astonishing amount of anecdotal evidence to support the claims, however as for evidenced based conclusions we will have to wait and see. While there is no magic potion to rid you of all ailments a humble cup of delectable bone broth would appear to help you on your way to supporting natural beauty and getting you through this winter snuffle-free.