If you have yet to jump on the bone broth train, you may want to reconsider. Many are touting bone broth for its myriad health benefits, and we have to say, this nutritious superfood holds a lot of promise. While it sounds simple — bone broth is actually just animal bones simmered in a water-based broth — the nutrient content of the soup blend is vast and could benefit your health in more ways than one.
Experts like Dr. Oz claim that simmering animal bones and connective tissue in a broth and drinking it daily provides many nutrients that we are often deficient in or missing completely if we're eating a traditional Western diet. By supplementing our diets with a cup or two of bone broth per day, we can benefit our health by healing our gut lining — the lining in our small intestine which protects us from absorbing toxins into our bodies — and adding more important minerals essential to healthy bones, joints, skin, and more. Plus, who doesn't love a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night?
Health Benefits of Bone Broth
Bone broth is chock-full of slimming minerals and amino acids, including fat-burning calcium, stress-soothing magnesium, liver-optimizing glycine, and gut-healing gelatin. Plus, it has a rich, umami flavor that increases satiety and staves off cravings. One study found that dieters who enjoy two cups of the broth daily lose 50 percent more weight than those who skip it. Not to mention, bone broth is also rich in collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are both essential to properly-functioning joints and healthy, radiant skin — especially as we age.
How to Make Bone Broth
While you can get some of the benefits from store-bought chicken or beef stock, homemade broth is more flavorful and richer in nutrients. To make your own bone broth at home, our nutrition columnists Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, PhD, suggest combining two pounds of bone (you can use the bones from a roasted chicken or ask for bones from your butcher), one onion, two carrots, two stalks of celery, and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large stockpot. Simply cover the pot with water and let simmer over low heat for 10 to 12 hours. Remove the vegetables and enjoy eight to 16 ounces of your homemade broth per day. For more hunger-busting tricks and tips from our nutrition experts, visit CaltonNutrition.com.