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Make No Bones About It

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Flu season has been upon us and if it hasn't hit you yet, consider yourself lucky! I am one of those families where it seems the flu likes to hang and circulate amongst my kids a few times before it departs!  One of our staple meals in our house along with I am sure most of American culture is to have some chicken soup! So I thought it best to explore the pros and cons of bone broth! I have been hearing about it for the last few years, but recently its been a hot topic!

Bone broth is made from exactly what it sounds like. Bones. This is a stock made from roasted bones, which may still have some meat attached. It's cooked 24 hours or more. The goal is not only to extract the gelatin from the bones but also to release the nutritious minerals. Bone broth is then strained and seasoned to be enjoyed on its own, like broth.  The broth can be made from all types of animal bones but is primarily made with cow and chicken bones. You can get these bones fresh from the butcher, saved from whatever previous meat meal you prepared, or bought in pre-made broth or powdered form. I'll provide some recipes at the end of this article!


The Bone Low Down:

  • Protect your joints. Bone broth contains glucosamine. Glucosamine has been used to treat people with joint pains. Glucosamine can also come in a pill form
  • Supplements your diet. It supplies some amino acids. Amino acids are important for muscle recovery and energy. Amino Acids can also be consumed by a powder form. Mentally it might get you going towards the right direction of eating better!
  • Increase of bone strength. While you are simmering your bones, the phosphorus, magnesium and calcium tend to seep out into the broth, leaving you to sip and consume all of those nutrients. 
  • Helps with Leaky gut. Some holistic nutritionists believe that the gelatin that comes from the bone broth helps with the lining of the intestines. It claim is that it can seal up the holes or porous areas of the intestinal lining.  
  • Transform to a younger you. Ok not really but the claim is that the bone broth is a rich source of collagen. The selling claim recently is that the collagen in the bone broth will firm your skin and reduce fine lines. Sounds fabulous but researches are torn and basically there isn't enough scientific facts to support this claim. 
  • Improves the immune system. ​Bone broth is a high source for minerals. Most studies have been done with chicken soup (go figure). Sipping hot chicken soup was found to be superior in clearing nasal congestion. The researchers observed that people eating chicken soup experienced a mild reduction in inflammation that helped reduce cold symptoms.

Bone broth is promoted as having a unique combination of amino acids, minerals, and collagen and cartilage compounds, which helps maintain healthy bones and skin. At this time, however, there isn't much research to support or refute these claims. The lack of research hasn't slowed down the hype though of this soup. I myself am excited to try it, mostly because during the winter time soups always seems to hit the spot. I also didn't find any real "cons" to having it. In this case the pros, possible claims, far outweigh any bad!

Here are some ways to have your bone broth! If you have any favorites please share them with me!  

Slow Cooker Beef Bone Broth (Paleo Style)

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

You can buy these pre-made at the stores in liquid form or even in powder form. Here is one I found on Amazon (don't worry no affiliate marketing here)

Savory Herbs Bone Broth Protein Powder

In addition to eating/drinking your bone broth right away you can also freeze it and store it for later up to a year. In the fridge it will only last up to 4-5 days. 

Happy Sipping!


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