You may have heard some of your friends brag about the benefits they get from broth, particularly bone broth. It’s definitely part of the Paleo diet, but what benefits does it really give your body?
When you think about bone broth, you may think it’s the plain, bland broth used for soups and stews, sauces and gravies. Bone broth is considered part of Paleo diet, and it is far from being bland. Many people enjoy the benefits of bone broth whether they are practicing the Paleo diet or not. If you are still oblivious to why this broth is great for your health, then the information we have gathered below will definitely help you out.
Bone broth or bone stock is called such because it is the bones from cattle, pigs, sheep, fish, chickens and turkeys that are used. When making a broth or stock that is Paleo acceptable you need to use beef bones that come from grass-fed animals, wild caught fish or organic poultry. The animal bones are then slowly simmered to extract as much flavor from them as possible helping to create the base for nutrient dense food.
The bones used can just be from a single source or several types of meat. Once made this stock can be used for a variety of different hearty soups or stews, and can be cooled and refrigerated or even frozen in ice cube trays for use at a later date. One particular feature you’ll come across when making a broth with bones is that when it cools it becomes gelatinous rather than staying in liquid form. Currently, celebrities are endorsing this type of bone broth recipe because of its natural health benefits.
Beef or Chicken broth or any other type of broth made using bones offers healthy gelatin that improves or maintain good gut health. Not to mention it is full of anti-inflammatory nutrients, healthy fats, protein, and minerals. Even in its solid form bone stock is great for the gut by helping to heal any damage that could have been caused by medical conditions such as leaky gut syndrome. Plus it can also help to ease digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, and food intolerances. It also protects the body from infection but also lessen the effects of such. It’s no wonder why our moms prepare soup made from chicken stock or beef stock when we find ourselves having some tummy problems or suffering from a cold or flu.
Any of these broths will prove beneficial to our joints as they contain glucosamine and chondroitin. Such nutrients could not only provide relief from joint pain now but can also, help to reduce the chances of developing joint problems in the future.
The minerals found in free-range chicken stock or grass-fed beef stock may make you look and feel younger. These minerals are the kinds that help to rejuvenate as well as promote healthy growth of hair and nails and skin.
As your body will be absorbing nutrients from the stock you’ve made then it stands to reason that this will lead to you having healthy bones that are much stronger.
Because bones are cheaper to buy compared to meat, so making your own batch of bone stock can prove more cost effective than buying it from the grocery store. If you are going to make your own you can buy the bones on their own or with some meat attached. It is best when buying bones that you choose those that come from grass-fed animals or freshly caught fish. But if you’re on a tight budget then bones from farmed animals or fish will do.
Choose marrow bones whenever possible and to these when cooking you can also add some meaty bones. When cooking your own bone stock, don’t forget to include a good selection of Paleo vegetables and herbs. Not only will they add to the flavor and aroma of your broth but also increase the number of health benefits you gain from eating it. Adding salt to beef stock or any broth for that matter is fine but not during the cooking process as this will lead to the salt becoming even more concentrated.
Making your own bone stock or broth does take time. Normally, it can take anywhere between 24 and 72 hours to make a good stock or broth. But it all depends on the type of bones you choose to use. So the best way to make yours would be using a crock pot or slow cooker. However, you can speed up the process if you want by placing all the ingredients into a pressure cooker.
There are many broth recipes that involve bones that you can try, which you can find by searching online or using any cookbook you like. Making bone broth is easier than you think when you follow a Paleo lifestyle, just remember to use only bones, meat, and foods that are Paleo approved. So before you discard those bones, try making your own broth or stock and create something tasty and healthy that your whole family will enjoy.