Bone broth has been used for many years and valued for its high nutritional value. When people were unable to afford meat as easily as we are today, they made sure to use all parts of the animal, and bone broth is one easy way to do that. What’s so wonderful about homemade broth? Let’s take a closer look.
MineralsBone broth contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur and many trace minerals. These are often absorbed more easily in the form of broth because there’s some natural fat within the broth to increase the absorption rate. It’s always better to get your intake of vitamins and minerals from natural sources when possible.
ProteinBone broth is rich in protein, making it a very affordable way to get adequate amounts of protein if you’re on a budget. Even the highest quality bones, which are what I recommend for broth, pack a nutritional punch at a wonderful price.
Bone HealthAs the cartilage and tendons of bones from an animal are broken down, valuable glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are broken down too. These two sugars (not the candy bar kind!) are actually sold as supplements to help with arthritis and osteoperosis. Just like minerals, it’s best to increase your intake from natural sources when possible.
Infection FightingThe vitamins and minerals in homemade bone broth help fight infection. If you’re fighting off a cold or the flu, you can add more garlic and onions to your broth to increase the fighting power. That old saying about chicken noodle soup is actually true if you’re using the right ingredients!
Gut HealthThe gelatin found in bone broth promotes healthy digestion and fights inflammation. For those with tummy troubles due to food sensitivities or celiac disease, bone broth may be helpful in healing the gut while providing necessary nutrients.
Speaking of gelatin, what is it exactly?Gelatin is produced by the breakdown of collagen when broth is made. It has been praised for its nutritional value around the world for many years. Gelatin is not a complete protein like meat because it lacks certain amino acids, but it is protein sparing, which is important if you are unable to get enough protein in your diet through other foods.
Since gelatin is responsible for many of the actual benefits of bone broth, you might be interested to know that there’s a way to include it in your diet without actually having broth. Gelatin and collagen hydrolysate from grass-fed beef bones can both be purchased online or in some health food stores. Great Lakes is a trusted brand that offers both. They are unflavored, and the collage dissolves especially easy in smoothies and other soups.
Have you ever made your own bone broth? Do you include gelatin in your diet in other ways?