In traditional cooking, people often use meat bones as the base for a delicious broth. Besides being the secret to good cooking, bone broth is also incredibly nutritious and has many health benefits. Read on to find out why we should all drink bone broth and make this incredible drink a staple in your diet.
Bone broth base of important protocols to recover health
Drinking bone broth, made from beef or chicken bones and vegetables, can benefit your skin, heart, muscles, joints, and gut health. These meat and vegetable bones can be simmered to make a nutritious bone broth with many benefits.
Proponents of the Paleo and Primal lifestyles favor bone broth for its wide range of nutrients that are hard to find in any other food source.
Meat and bone broth is the basis for important protocols such as the Autoimmune Protocol, to restore health due to its ability to heal and seal the intestinal lining and reduce the overgrowth of harmful microbes.
Broth made from chicken bones can also reduce the migration of immune cells during illness. These are just a few of the many reasons to drink bone broth.
The antiquity of bone broth and the tradition of its use
The ability of broth, and chicken broth in particular, to treat the common cold has long been touted as ancient folk wisdom. It is well accepted that broth of some kind was, and still is, a staple in many traditional cultures.
A central component of functional medicine is using whole foods to nourish your body and get the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Traditional cultures accomplished this by practicing nose-to-tail eating and consuming all parts of the animal, including: skin, cartilage, tendons, and other gelatin-rich cuts of meat.
This provided a balanced intake of all the amino acids necessary to build and maintain essential structures in the human body.
Bringing bone broth into the modern diet offers an easy and delicious means of obtaining the nutrition from parts of the animal that traditional cultures value.
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Nebraska tried to prove this folklore in 2000 and found that some components of chicken soup could inhibit the migration of innate immune cells called neutrophils, effectively acting as an anti-inflammatory. That could, in theory, reduce the symptoms of the disease
Bone broth is rich in nutrients
Bones contain a large number of minerals, as well as 17 different amino acids, many of which are found in bone broth as proteins like collagen and gelatin.
Although the exact nutritional content varies depending on the bones used, the cooking time and the cooking method, the following nutrients are consistently found in most bone broths.
Gelatin in bone broth
When collagen is simmered, it forms gelatin. This hydrolysis of collagen is irreversible and results in the breakdown of long collagen protein fibrils into smaller protein peptides.
However, its chemical composition is very similar to its original molecule, collagen. Gelatin is what gives bone broth its jelly-like consistency once it has cooled.