I’m sure some of you are wondering why my last two recipe posts have included bone broth. I use a lot of stocks and broths in the meals I cook. A lot of recipes call for stocks and they help add wonderful flavor to dishes, but there is a bigger reason I’m always adding in broths to my food.
What Is Bone Broth and Why Use It?
Bone broth is made by roasting animal bones with vegetables and letting them shimmer for hours.After you remove the bones, minerals and vitamins are left in the broth including protein, collagen, glycine, glucosamine, glutamine and proline. There is an argument that these compounds can help many ailments including, healing gut lining, restore elasticity and shine to skin and hair, strengthen bones and teeth, reduce inflammation in joints, and aid your immune system. Rich in nutrients that aren’t easily found elsewhere, bone broth can be a wonderful superfood for people who prefer avoid supplements.
Bone Broth Is Not a New Concept
Bone broth is not a new or improved idea. Historically, humans have been making bone broths since we started to cook. It is in recent years that we got away from cooking broth with bones and raising our animals in nature and humane way. Sadly, cost and time is the reason for this.
How Bone Broth Has Helped Me
I have had stomach pains for basically as long as I can remember. My sister has been using bone broth for awhile now and swears by it. She had been telling to try it out. I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon, nor did I enjoy the idea drinking broth as she does. I was proved wrong. When I added the bone broth into my diet, I started to feel better. The benefit is more than just the potential healing benefits. Why wouldn’t you use a product that is made from natural ingredients, which is better for your body? That in itself has me sold.
How To Use Bone Broth
You don’t have to drink it daily to get some benefit from using it. You can cook with it, drink it daily or just use it in recipes that call for stocks or broths. I find myself adding it into things I wouldn’t normally add a broth too. I accidentally made a cheesecake instead of cheese sauce, long story. It had bone broth in it. It was delicious. No one guessed it was originally supposed to be a sauce! In all actuality the broth tastes pretty darn good. When I was sick last week, I did find myself sipping some broth. The benefit is more than just the potential healing benefits. Why wouldn’t you use a product that is made from natural ingredients, which is better for your body? That in itself has me sold.
Do Your Research
I still have stomach aches from time to time, but in general they happen after I eat processed food. That goes back to the saying you are what you eat. Before you buy, you do have to do your research. The bone broths I use are made naturally with healthy animals that are treated kindly. If you are looking for a way to get more nutrients into your diet naturally and organically, I think that bone broth is a good addition. That being said, if you are suffering from a major gut or health issue this can’t be the only change in your life to fix it.
Where To Purchase Bone Broth
If you are looking for a good broth I personally use Bare Bones. My favorite is the Tomato & Clove used to make my Spicy Turkey Chili. *I am not affiliated with Bare Bones. Since I originally wrote this post, I have seen numerous new bone broths out in the market. A few of them are great, most of them are not. Please read the labels. Look into a brand before you buy it. If you buy it off any old store shelf, even if the box claims organic or all natural, chances are that you are not going to get the benefits I talked about about above. If it comes in a box and doesn’t need to be frozen, that is a huge red flag. The large manufacturers have added sodium, sugar, artificial flavorings, coloring and do not use good quality ingredients. Look for a company that is organic, uses locally sources ingredients and makes their own broths. Of course, you can always make your own!
Making fresh bone stock
Other Information about Bone Broth
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