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Five reasons to include bone broth in your diet

Bone broth

Here are five reasons why you should be including bone broth in your diet.

Where does bone broth come from?

Most people who hear the words “bone broth” have no idea what broth is or think it doesn’t sound very nice. Interestingly, bone broth has been around for a very long time. Centuries. Your grandmothers and their grandmothers have been boiling bones after a roast for years. In a day and age when food is convenient, it’s manufactured and available to buy and cook within a short time, broth has lost its important place in our diet; the human race has turned its back on traditional ancient style cooking, instead approached a lazy way of eating, but at what cost?

We know that eating a good wholesome diet of natural foods is important for our health, but what exactly is bone broth and why is it good for you?

What is bone broth?

Bone broth is a food that has been made from boiling bones, water and a little apple cider vinegar in the slow cooker for about 24 hours. Some people choose to add vegetables and seasoning, but essentially this turns your broth into more of a stock. A real broth is made with no added vegetables or seasoning. It’s just broth and that’s exactly how we make it at British Broth Company.

After the bones have boiled for a long time they are removed from the water and allowed to cool. Cooling is important because it separates the fat which makes it easier to remove. Once cooled and the fat is removed, you will be left with either a jelly (if the broth you’ve made is collagen-dense) or more liquid if not so high in collagen.

Bone broth soup Boil and Broth

Here are five reasons why you should be including bone broth in your diet.

  1. Bone broth can help you to lose weight. Because broth is high in protein it can help you feel fuller for longer. If you sip on a cup of broth in the morning, then not only are you improving your digestive system, but you are also having a meal that’s high in protein. Protein is much more calorific dense than sugary starchy foods found in carbohydrates. What this means is that you are giving yourself more energy in smaller amounts of food that will take longer to digest in your gut. This prevents you from feeling hungry.
  2. Bone broth can improve your mood. This might seem crazy, but bone broth can seriously improve your mood. Because of bone broth’s powerful anti-inflammatory response in the gut, your gut will start to feel better as it begins to function better. As a direct result, your mood will improve, and this is all thanks to the sensors in your gut being in communication with your brain. This brain-gut connection is highly important to understand when it comes to eating right for your mental health too.
  3. Bone broth is great for joints. In natural health science, we are seeing that people who regularly include bone broth in their diet improve the function and strength of connective tissue. There isn’t enough science to share why this might be, but it is believed that the collagen protein group could be playing an important role.
  4. Bone broth helps to improve digestion. It’s believed in natural health science that bone broth aids digestion. Because of the anti-inflammatory proteins found in broth, these proteins help to lower the temperature of the gut itself and improve the function of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes speed up catabolic reactions in the gut which help to break down food from larger chunks into smaller molecules that can be easily absorbed by the gut into the bloodstream. When digestive enzymes are inefficient, they are unable to break down the food properly, so much gets passed out as waste.
  5. Bone broth is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and this is thanks to the proteins found in bone broth. The cooking process of using apple cider vinegar is an important part of the extraction of minerals and proteins found in the bones themselves. Some of these proteins such as glycine and glutamate are powerful anti-inflammatory proteins and help to reduce the inflammatory response in the gut. [1]

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We recommend drinking 100ml daily on its own or add to soups and stews to turn into a meal.