Deep Dive: Bone Broth!

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Something else to remember this winter? Bone broth can be the perfect hot drink to help you feel your best. Let’s dive in.

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Why We Love Bone Broth (And How To Use It) 

Bone broth has gained some serious popularity recently—and for good reason. This rich and flavorful concoction made from simmering animal bones and connective tissues tastes great and has numerous health benefits. 

This nutrient-packed liquid is low in calories and carbs but high in key amino acids, which can help reduce inflammation and support metabolic health. It’s got all the good stuff without any of the bad stuff! 

The process of making bone broth involves slow-cooking bones from beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, or other animals, along with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices. This long cooking time allows the collagen from the bones and tissues to dissolve into the broth, forming a gelatinous substance when cooled. This gelatin is packed with essential and non-essential amino acids that are powerful building blocks for our own muscles and connective tissue. 

And it doesn’t stop there. One of the main benefits of bone broth is its role in promoting a healthy gut and immune system. The collagen turns into gelatin, which acts as a dietary fiber and prebiotic, helping to promote a healthy microbiome. This not only aids in digestion but also supports overall immune function.

Interestingly, bone broth can also be a helpful tool for those monitoring their calorie intake. Since it’s low in calories, but high in protein and key micronutrients, bone broth can be a satiating drink that fills you with all the good stuff without adding unnecessary calories to your overall diet. 

This also makes bone broth a great way to boost your protein intake without significantly increasing your calorie consumption. However, it’s important to remember that the collagen in bone broth isn’t a complete protein, lacking all nine essential amino acids. Thus, it should be consumed as part of a varied diet that includes other protein sources as well.

Despite its many advantages, it’s crucial to know that the micronutrient content in bone broth can vary. While it’s often promoted as rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, research shows these levels are typically relatively low. However, adding ingredients like vinegar during cooking can help extract more vitamins and minerals.

But even if you do that, we aren’t saying bone broth alone will cover all your bases. Sure, it packs a nutritional punch, but it should still just be a part of a complete whole-foods-based diet. 

For those looking to incorporate bone broth into their diets, there are many ways to enjoy this fantastic drink. It can be sipped as a warm beverage, used as a base for soups and stews, or added to sauces and dressings. And if you aren’t into DIY and would rather purchase your bone broth instead, be sure to check the label for ingredients that indicate it’s made from actual bones and has been simmered for an extended period.

The key takeaway? Bone broth is more than just a culinary trend. Its unique composition offers various health benefits, from aiding digestion and supporting the immune system to helping manage calorie intake and blood sugar levels. Whether you make it at home or buy it pre-made, incorporating bone broth into your diet can be a delicious way to boost your overall health. 

Tonic Shots

1. All The Veggies!

If you end up making salad dressing out of bone broth, this is a fantastic salad you can pair it with. Enjoy!

2. Use Bone Broth As Your Base!

Use bone broth as your base for this soup to add some flavor and most importantly—a ton of extra nutrients!

3. Who Doesn’t Love Fried Rice?

Fried rice with a healthy spin. Enjoy!

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