This story was originally published on Food to Love.
When it comes to popular health trends, bone broth is bigger than Ben-Hur right now.
The latest ‘must-do’ fad is said to strengthen our joints, cure arthritis, fix digestive disorders, plump up our skin and even combat stress.
All those incredible benefits in a few easy sips? No wonder we’re all ditching our mason jars of green juice and picking up a hot cup of bone broth.
What is it?
You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve finally discovered the magical health elixir the world has been waiting for.
You might be surprised to hear that the latest and greatest in healthy living is essentially just stock. That’s right, bone broth is a basic kitchen staple you’ve been consuming for years.
All those soups, gravies and slow-cooker meals you’ve made using cubed, powdered or liquid stock? Yep, that’s bone broth.
Broth is made by boiling down bones – a process which takes up to 72 hours. A whole host of nutrients are apparently released from the bones and into the liquid, which we then drink as a soup . . . or use as stock.
It sounds almost too good to be true, right? Unfortunately, says dietitian Simone Austin, it probably is.
“Bone broth is just like most other health fads that grow legs before there’s any research behind it,” she says.
“We need to put the brakes on until we can back up the claims, because we don’t want to give people false hope.”
That’s hard to hear when there are so many bone broth evangelists spreading the word of its myriad benefits like gospel.
So if there’s no science to back up their claims, how did it become so popular?
“There are lots of products like this on the market that don’t have science behind them,” says Austin.
“Things get legs, people want to try them and it snowballs from there.”
Brewing your own broth
Although the benefits are mostly anecdotal at the moment, if you want to try bone broth for yourself, it won’t do you any harm.
And if you make it yourself it’ll be much healthier than store-bought versions, which contain lots of added salt to give it a more palatable taste.
Making your own broth is also a great way to reduce food waste. Next time you eat meat, freeze the bones to make some down the track.
Nutrient-packed broth soup
One of the great things about broth is that you can use it as a base to create lots of homemade soups. Adding lean meat and colourful veggies will instantly turn regular broth into a nutritious meal.
Meat will give you protein and iron; throwing in legumes, such as chickpeas or kidney beans will fill your belly with fibre, carbs and protein; sweet potato, pearl barley or soba noodles are great sources of healthy carbs and will also help keep you full.
Add any colourful veggies you like the look of. With 90 per cent of Aussies not getting enough vegetables in their diet – the more you throw in, the better.
You can’t really go wrong with fresh meat and vegetables, so experiment until you create a few nourishing soups to put on regular lunch and dinner rotation.
They’re guaranteed to fill you with nutrients that are scientifically proven to help provide all the benefits bone broth is said to.
Basically people, this is all just a really long way of saying that bone broth is HOT HAM WATER!
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