The first time I heard about bone broth, I was fascinated.
So, what is bone broth?
In case you’ve been living under a rock, according to Wellness Mama, bone broth is actually an ancient food that traditional cultures and trained chefs have been using for ages and just like everything else, it has become increasingly popular these days. Even the internet has jumped on it thereby making it a trend of sorts.
Similar to what we know as meat/chicken stock in these parts, bone broth can simply made by boiling bones (beef, chicken, fish, etc) in water with an acid (like vinegar) and optional spices, vegetables and herbs for as little as 4 hours or as long as 48 hours or more like the traditional cultures did.
So, what are the benefits of incorporating bone broth into your cooking?
1. It helps with nutrient absorption.
Bone broth is a source of bio-available nutrients in an easy-to-digest form. Its amino acid structure and high gelatin content makes it soothing and healing for the gut and enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods as well. Basically, it’s one of the fastest way to absorb nutrients from bones.
2. It’s great for hair, skin, nails and joints.
Bone broth contains collagen, which supports hair, skin and nail health and also glucosamine and other compounds that support joint health. It provides the amino acids needed for collagen production which keeps the skin smooth, firm and reduces wrinkles. So, bone broth is awesome for your skin and your hair and nails.
3. It’s an excellent source of essential amino acids.
From Proline to Glycine and Glutamine, bone broth is an excellent source of these amino acids that are often difficult to get from diet alone. Although, the body supplies them by itself, it is also beneficial to get them from dietary sources.
4. It supports gut and immune health
Since much of the immune system is in the gut,bone broth is especially helpful because its high gelatin/collagen content supports gut health and its amino acids help reduce inflammation. This is important for us in these parts as it boosts our immune system against sickness and diseases.
So, what is the major difference between stock and broth? Nourished Kitchen has the perfect explanation.
- Stock is typically made with bones and can contain a small amount of meat (think of the meat that adheres to a beef neck bone). Often the bones are roasted before simmering them as this simple technique greatly improves the flavor. Stock is typically simmered for a moderate amount of time (3 to 4 hours) and is rich in minerals and gelatin.
- Bone Broth is typically made with bones and can contain a small amount of meat adhering to the bones. As with stock, bones are typically roasted first to improve the flavor of the bone broth. Bone broths are typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours).
In a nutshell, bone broth is rich in protein which makes it especially good for you. It is also inexpensive and convenient. You could easily make large quantities and refrigerate them. Whenever you need to make soups, stews, jollof rice or any other thing, bone broth can be the perfect addition.
Here’s a simple homemade bone broth recipe.
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