It’s time to switch out your hot bevvy for something a little less conventional; we’re talking bone broth. Yes, as in broth made by simmering beef or chicken bones in hot water and letting all the nutrients transform ho-hum H2O into a savory sip that you usually see at the bottom of your soup bowl. (Well, technically you can now buy it in stores without the chicken or noodles and without all that work in your own kitchen.)
Let us help you you get around how weird soup might be without the chunks of meat and vegetables by telling you that it hold powerful fat fighting potential--and it’s seriously low-cal. The secret is inside the bones: the bone marrow. It holds fats that, though we once thought of them as unhealthy, go to work in your body boosting your health in multiple ways from decreasing your risk of multiple diseases to breaking down those frustrating fat cells you’ve tried endlessly to get rid of at the gym.
One factor at play here is bone broth’s impressive calcium content. Study participants with a higher calcium intake on average had a lower body mass index and lower body fat percentage than those who consumed less. (So no, you don’t have to turn to dairy to get your daily dose of this mineral.) It also boasts plenty of magnesium, a known stress-soother. Knocking down your stress levels helps your body keep the fat storage hormone, cortisol, in check. Servings of the savory broth also run between 25 and 60 calories a serving, making it a low-cal way to combat snack cravings and tummy rumbles so that mid-afternoon hunger pang doesn’t undo a day’s worth of healthy eating.
Here’s friendly reminder: It’s probably already in your diet! Just because the latest fad is walking around sipping the broth part of soup like a cup of coffee doesn’t mean that you have to in order to reap the benefits. In the cooler months, add more soup to your diet and try to make it at home to ensure you’re getting that healthy fat from the bone marrow. Repurpose the leftover bones from other dinners in big batches of soup that you can then enjoy all week or freeze for later. Some grocery stores also carry sipable packs of single-serving broths if you want something that’s easy to snag on the run.
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