Food Trend: Bone Broth

Broth, stock and bone broth are different.

Broth is prepared by simmering vegetables, aromatics, and meat. It is cooked for 45 minutes to 2 hours and then strained. Broth is a liquid most commonly used as a soup base and stays liquid when chilled. Stock is prepared by simmering vegetables, aromatic, bones and at times, meat. It is cooked for 4 to 6 hours, and then strained. Collagen is extracted, giving the stock a gelatinous structure. Stock can be used as a base for gravy-like sauce or binder instead of butter and cream.

Bone Broth is more similar to a stock because it is made from roasted bones, and at times, meat. Bone broth is cooked for a long period of time, typically 24-72 hours. This extracts gelatin from the bones and releases the nutritious minerals. Broth contains more rich and intense flavors because of the increased cooking time.

Benefits of Bone Broth:

Bone broth has been around for centuries. So why are people all across the United States now suddenly hopping onto this health trend of bone broth? It first gained attention among the Paleo crowd but now have reached a variety of generations across different cultures. Bone broth is currently known for its health benefits and nutritional content. Below are some potential healing properties associated with bone broth.  

1. Hair, skin, & nail health.

Bone broth provides amino acids needed to produce collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen aids in keeping the skin smooth and reducing wrinkles. The gelatin in bone broth also helps speed the growth of hair and nails.

2. Bone strength.

The minerals magnesium, phosphorus and calcium in the animal bones seep out into the broth, which are all building blocks for healthy bones.

3. Heals and seals your gut.

Bone broth may help heal leaky gut syndrome as well as protecting non-leaky guts. It can also help with digestive problems.  

4. Protects joints.

Taking glucosamine supplements are common and often used to treat pain or loss of function of joints. However, drinking bone broth also contains t

Bone broth contains glucosamine, which may help with joint pain. It also contains chondroitin sulfate, which has shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

5. Immune support.

Much of the immune system is in the gut. The high collagen and gelatin content in bone broth supports gut health and amino acids help reduce inflammation.