Bone broths have seen something of a resurgence lately, amidst all the convenience, processed and packaged foods, people are starting to revert back to 'proper' food - latest cook books are about eating wholesome; we are getting back to basics again.
This includes a 'waste not, want not' attitude, today's leftovers are used for tomorrow's lunch, and if you've had a roast, use every scrap - including the bones/carcass for delicious stock to use your next few days meals.
Bone broths are essentially just simmering bones on a low heat, or chucking them in a slow cooker for hours on end, either just on their own (which I prefer for the meaty taste), or with whatever scraps of veg are left in your fridge.
The bony benefits:
The old remedy of having chicken soup when sick really did work - bones are so nutrient rich, with a dense mineral and amino acid profile it's no wonder. A medical study done in 2000 has since proven this, whereby having chicken soup when you have a cold actually does reduce its severity, and speeds up the healing process.
So why only have it when sick? Why not have it all winter to prevent or lessen the effects of colds and bugs that go around.
Let food be thy medicine! Bone broths are known to 'heal & seal' the intestinal tract which is great for digestive conditions such as Crohn's disease, IBS, and leaky gut.
What's even better is that 70% of our immunity lies in our intestines, so by healing and sealing them, we improve our immune system too.
Below is some more specific benefits:
simple bone broth recipe:
Bone broths are a relatively new edition to my food intake repetoire; having been a vegetarian for over a decade, the mere thought of bone broths never entered my mind. But after reading up on the benefits and having had some digestive and immunity issues, I tentatively decided to give it a go.
My meat eating remains tentative, I still prefer veggies.- but I am fortunate to have an excellent and knowledgeable butcher who supplies traceable, local, and free-range/organic produce.
This conveniently suits my rather principaled meat eating criteria - there is so much in the media lately about poor factory farming methods which I disagree with, as well as genetically modified (GM) feed being used, and undeclared. Who knows how much of an impact this will have on us in the future.
I think if we are to eat what is from the bones of animals - we should owe it to ourselves to do so with the best we can get. Buy organic if you can - an organic whole chicken starts at around £8, that feeds our household of 2, 2 days worth of meals + stock.
Or if you have a butchers nearby get them to sell you bones - they often have them leftover from what they have cut, and this makes it much cheaper too.
So, give it a go, switch one of your daily cuppas for a cup of bone broth instead, give your body some extra nourishment and warm your cockles with this delicious brew - Cheers!
Emma is passionate about promoting good health, and likes to keep things simple. She enjoys yoga, meditation & being outdoors, yet likes to indulge in coffee, wine & cake - Everything in moderation!