Bone broth – All about the tried and true superfood
Let us briefly reminisce to remember how healthy is bone broth in reality: Whenever you were sick as a child and laid in bed, suffered from a fever, gastrointestinal infection or other ailments, what did your mother or grandmother prepare for you? If you were like me, you got a cup of hot broth – Bone broth.
As a rule, you were fit again in no time after several runs of broth. This hot health drink has, unfortunately, been forgotten in the past 50 years and is now making a comeback.
Let’s take a look at the bone broth today: What is it exactly? What do you have to watch out for? Which bones are best? And why is bone broth so healthy?
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is created when you simmer a few bones for several hours. Possibly with a few spices, apple cider vinegar and herbs. After a few hours, the hot water has turned into a thick broth. You pour this off. This is broth in the simplest sense.
Of course, there is much more to it. Many great things come loose from the bone and end up in the broth. There’s also something more to say about the recipe, but in a nutshell, that’s bone broth: bones plus hot water, simmered for several hours.
Nowadays and especially those who have never prepared a good broth, the healthy food is a stock cube – full to the brim with salt, sugar and flavor enhancers.
With luck, there may be 3% dried herbs and authentic ingredients in this cube. But this has nothing to do with real broth and is very unhealthy.
The real broth is healthy and is used for many problems and occasions. In the course of today’s and tomorrow’s article, you will notice what exactly I mean.
Let us take care of the heart of the bone broth: the bone.
The bones – pasture, origin, ethics
No bone broth without bones! But where do you get the bones from?
You can actually find bones at every butcher and in larger supermarkets. Ask at the meat counter for bones (marrow bones) or soup chickens. Ideally, the bones are already cut.
Butchers, in particular those who still cut whole meat themselves, often have tons of bones and are happy when someone takes them off their hands. Accordingly, good bones don’t cost much either.
It is also conceivable that you should ask a farmer who is still slaughtering and cutting – or who has a farm shop. Bones often remain left-over and get thrown away because no one wants to buy them.
How long can bones last?
Ideally, keep bones frozen until use. Bones only stay in the fridge for a few days before they spoil.
What should you consider when it comes to the origin of the bones?
The best bones come from animals that are kept appropriately. So organic cattle, organic chickens, calves and lambs.
Bones from animal welfare are somewhat more expensive than those from conventional rearing. But this extra cost is worth it because they also contain more nutrients and fewer toxins.
If you have no way to get organic bones, conventional bones are still better than no bone broth.
Why eat bones?
Until a few years ago it was common, when there was no factory farming, that the whole animal was always used. When slaughtered on a farm, everything was processed, nothing was left. Nothing at all!
Even the organs, skin, connective tissue, bones – everything was used. A large cattle weighing around 1100 pounds produces between 66 and 110 pounds of bones. That’s quite a lot!
It is ethically absolutely important that people consume the whole animal. In a normal supermarket, you will find only minced meat, steaks, fillet and maybe a leg of lamb. No trace of offal or bones. People lose knowledge and interest in how to prepare these parts.
Bones or bone broth are very healthy! Because bones contain substances that are difficult or impossible to obtain through normal nutrition, and ideally complement your nutritional plan.
Many chronic ailments can be improved with broth, as you will see shortly. And it is also food for a healthy intestine.
How healthy is bone broth? – Ingredients and effects – nutrients and minerals
As just mentioned, bones contain numerous substances that are difficult to obtain through normal nutrition, but which the body needs.
In addition, bones have always been part of the human diet. From the beginning of mankind until about 50-100 years ago when people stopped using bones and boiled them down to broth.
The first excavations of Homo Sapiens in Africa, several million years old, show that people have always liked to break open the bones of larger animals and sip the bone marrow out (Paleo nutrition).
That sounds gross, but bone marrow contains a lot of healthy substances and is very close to energy. Therefore, bones have always been important to humans.
But let’s get to the ingredients that can be used to claim that bone broth is healthy:
Collagen is the most important connective tissue protein in the body of mammals. It is found on the skin, in organs, in the abdomen and in the bones.
Because what few know: Bones consist of up to 30% collagen. Without collagen, bones would only be stones. With collagen, bones are not only living tissue but also conditionally flexible (pliable).
Collagen contains amino acids that the human body can hardly get from meat, and the like. Scientists have calculated that the human body needs around 30 g of collagen daily to meet the needs of the important amino acid glycine. Collagen is by far the best source of glycine.
We can equate many chronic ailments with collagen deficiency: osteoporosis, arthrosis, arthritis and also beauty blemishes such as wrinkled skin are among them.
With the occasional consumption of bone broth, you are contributing to your body’s welfare more than you might imagine.
It is important to simmer the bones for at least 90 minutes. Collagen takes at least 90 minutes to detach from the bones.
When the broth has cooled down after simmering, it should be about the consistency of pudding. This is due to the cooled collagen (which is nothing more than gelatin).
Omega-3 fatty acids
Animal bone marrow is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are otherwise only found in large quantities in fatty sea fish.
Bones were a way for early humans to get important foods with omega-3 fatty acids, even far from the sea.
These fatty acids are extremely essential for healthy fat metabolism, a healthy intestine, a mature immune system and the development of the brain.
Bone marrow is pure (but healthy) fat that dissolves and passes into the broth. And it tastes great!
Bone broth recipes also usually contain some form of acid, mostly apple cider vinegar. This is because acid releases a little calcium from the bones, which makes bone broth a good source of the mineral.
Calcium without dairy products? Correct, calcium is also available in sufficient quantities through broth, green vegetables and fish.
This heavy-sounding word hides three substances that you may know as components of anti-wrinkle creams: hyaluronic acid, N-acetyl-glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
These three substances are everywhere in the body where there is connective tissue, cartilage and bone.
They act as a kind of lubricating film in the intestine and on the skin: they bind water in the skin and give the skin more shine and moisture.
As you know from another article, the entire gastrointestinal tract is covered with a layer of mucus to protect the body from stomach acid and pathogens. Glucosaminoglycans are absolutely necessary for the formation of this mucus.
And do you know what? These substances are difficult to get through the normal diet. It is very difficult for the body to make them itself – bones are by far the best source of them.
Of course, bones contain far more healthy substances that the body needs but is hard to get. But for the sake of clarity and simplicity, I leave it at these three important substance classes. They alone are reason enough to consume bones regularly.
Stomach, intestines, bones, skin, cartilage and immune system – the valuable ingredients of broth are used everywhere.
You do not have to remember the technical words of the above ingredients. It may also be enough if I tell you what bone broth can be used for and what health benefits it harbors for you.
“Remedies” is, of course, a complex word that we can only use sparingly.
How healthy is bone broth? Well, bone broth is nourishing and energizing, and that’s what we shall simply and traditionally refer to. There are far more uses for bone broth, however.
What applications would that be? Find out about that and get a good recipe for wholesome and homemade bone broth in the following article.
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