With the rising popularity of both eating for gut health and paleo diets, bone broths have started to become more and more popular. Even if you’re not following a paleo diet (which I’m not), bone broths are a great addition to your diet.
While they may be one of those health trends and foods that don’t sound especially appealing, they’re super nourishing and good for you….and I honestly quite enjoy them! Warming and comforting just as soups or a freshly brewed cup of tea are, they’re also perfect for the cold, winter weather we’re having here in Melbourne at the moment.
Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
Great for healthy bones and teeth
We are what we eat right? So it makes sense that eating bones (I know, that sounds kinda weird), is also good for our bones! Bone broth is full of trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus which are great for building strong bones and teeth.
Healthy joints and connective tissue
It contains glucosamine and chondrotion, both of which are great for the joints and reducing inflammation, and can therefore potentially help with arthritis and joint pain. It also contains amino acids gycline and proline which are also great for connective tissue.
Immune system booster
We all know how good chicken noodle soup is for colds and illness, and that’s also thanks to the bones in the broth. It’s packed with nutrients which are great for gut health and also easy for the body to absorb (as opposed to manufactured vitamin supplements).
Healthy skin and nails
The high collagen content from the bones breaking down into gelatin in the slow cooking process, is also great for hair, nails and skin. So bone broth will truly help you to look and feel healthy from the inside out! Bone broth is pretty straightforward to make from home and is basically like making a stock. All you need are butchers bones and whichever additions you want to add, and then slowly simmer for at least 8 hours and up to 24 to fully allow the gelatin in the bones the break down. As a comparison – broth is usually 45 minutes to 2 hours, and stock around 3 to 4; so it’s definitely more of a time commitment. Because of this as well as the smell (living in a studio apartment I don’t really want to be smelling broth when I’m lying in bed), I prefer now just to buy my own.
Luckily as they’re becoming more popular, pre-made packs are becoming easier to find and one of my favourite healthy eating cafes Thr1ve now also has them available and as also part of their new home delivery service. I added a couple of packs to my delivery last week and they’re honestly delicious! I highly recommend trying yourself!