The market is filled today with different tips, tricks, supplements and fads to help us achieve a healthy lifestyle. New science is coming out every day filling the shelves with products that promise to do one thing or another. What many people do not realize is that they can achieve this happy healthy lifestyle just by going back to their roots and incorporating bone broth into their daily diets.
Where Did Bone Broth Start?
Yes, back to our roots! Bone broth has been around dating back to prehistoric times. Our hunter gatherer ancestors would spend days if not weeks hunting, and when they brought the animal home, they used every single part of it. The meat was eaten, the hide was used to make clothing and blankets, and the bones, hooves, and joints were burned down to become edible.
Fast forward to ancient China where the first documented kitchen stock pot was created! Chinese medicine included boiling down bones from animals to create an easy to digest liquid. Asian doctors found that giving this to their patients helped battle things like the common cold and leaky gut.
A couple centuries later and a few countries over, bone broth was found in Egypt! Egyptian physician Moses Maimonides, prescribed bone broth to his patients as a remedy for colds and asthma. Moses was a rabbi and brought this super food to his Jewish community which was later nicknamed the “Jewish Penicillin”.
When Did We Stop Using Bone Broth?
Great question! Nearing the end of The Great Depression, companies were doing what they could do to survive. Using pure and healthy ingredients became too expensive to mass produce so they were forced to make a change. This is when we really started to see MSG and artificial flavors hit the shelves. Nutritional bone broth went out the window in our favorite soups and was replaced by flavored water and MSG.
Science has really developed over the last few decades shining a light on ingredients used in everyday products, and it is not pretty! MSG stands for Mono-sodium Glutamate and has been shown to cause headaches, asthma and even brain damage. It is a common food additive that is used to enhance flavor. Other reactions seen from MSG include nausea, weakness, chest pain, flushing and even heart palpitations.
Society has come a long way and is really working hard to educate everyone on ingredients. This way we know exactly what we are putting into our bodies! Many large commercial companies are now stepping away from MSG because consumers will no longer purchase their products.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a liquid that is made when you brew bones and connective tissues from an animal. The most common animal bones used are from chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys and lamb. Using a variety of animals gives you a variety of results in flavor such as beef bones for beef bone broth will create a different taste than chicken bones for chicken broth.
How is a Broth Different from a Stock?
Stock and broth are pretty similar, but the best way to remember the difference is that a stock is used mainly in the kitchen when making your favorite soup recipe and stews. A broth simmers on the stove much longer than a stock because we are breaking down the bones and tissue transferring them into an easy to digest liquid that we can sip in a mug.
What Are the Benefits?
The nutrient content of your bone broth will depend on the ingredients you use. The bones yield vitamins and minerals like calcium, glycine, proline, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and silicon. The bone marrow gives you vitamin A and K, omega-3s and omega-6s on top of minerals such as boron, zinc, selenium and magnesium.
The connective tissue is also packed with nutrients as it provides glucosamine and chondroitin. These vitamins are essential to living a healthier lifestyle. Some people will buy a million vitamins on amazon, but it can be so much easier than that by incorporating bone broth into your diet.
How Are These Vitamins and Minerals Good for Me?
While there are many different vitamins and minerals in bone broth that each play a different role to our health, proline, glycine, glutamine, glucosamine and collagen hold some of the best benefits to our bodies.
Proline is an amino acid that is responsible for formation of collagen from the bone. Proline has been shown to boost your immune system, reduce muscle recovery time after a workout, repair the gut and assist the digestive tract on top of repairing damaged skin.
Glycine is another amino acid found in the bones that is responsible for improving hormone imbalances and production. It helps to aid in recovery and enhances the growth rate of tissues in the body.
Glutamine is also an amino acid that helps us to burn fat and assist with weight loss. Glutamine improves our digestive system and brain health as well.
Glucosamine is known as one of the top supplements purchased on the market today due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Glucosamine also improves our gut health which also boosts our immune system.
Collagen can be found in the feet and joints of the animal. Collagen has been widely popular over the last few years due to its ability to boost one’s physical appearance. Collagen helps to reduce loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles in our skin. It is a beauty secret that helps to bring elasticity back into our skin to keep it looking fresh and vibrant.
What is the Best Animal to Use for My Bone Broth?
Every animal has different vitamins and minerals in their bones bringing healthy nutrients to our bodies. While there is no ‘better’ animal to use, one of our favorite broths is made using pork bones!
What is Pork Bone Broth?
Pork bone broth simply means you are boiling pig bones to make your liquid. Pork broth is extremely rich in nutrients and is notorious for its heart health benefits. Pork bones promote healthy cholesterol and are rich in conjugated linolenic acids. Pork bones are also high in calcium which is essential to our overall health. It impacts everything from our muscles to our bones and teeth.
How to Make Bone broth?
The best part about bone broth is you can make homemade bone broth. When making pork bone broth, you will want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients. Make sure the animal you purchase is grass fed and organic. This will help to ensure your broth is filled with only the best quality nutrients!
Put your pork bones into a large pot. This can be a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or on the stove top. Then fill it with enough filtered water to generously cover the bones. We recommend using cold water. At this point, you will need to add acid, such as apple cider vinegar, which is the key ingredient to making your broth as nutritious as possible.
Acid helps to break down the bones and connective tissue, extracting all of the vitamins and minerals into your liquid. Use any acid you like, but most people stick to a little bit of lemon or about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Now it is time to add your seasoning! Add a dash of salt, a few bay leaves, some cilantro, and throw in some peppercorn. Do be careful when adding salt because as your broth boils and the water evaporates, the saltiness of the broth will grow saltier due to it becoming more concentrated. Add in your favorite vegetables like onions, celery and carrots.
Once you have everything in the pot, throw it on the stove and crank up the heat! When your broth is boiling from the high heat, bring the heat down and start the simmering process for a total of 24 hours of cooking time. Cooking the bones and veggies on a low heat for a longer period of time will allow your bone broth to come together and be more flavorful than ever. After 24 hours, remove your pot from the stove and enjoy!
Of course there is more than one way to make pork bone broth. Every broth recipe, whether you’re making pork broth, beef broth or chicken broth, calls for a different cooking technique and a variety of ingredients and seasonings.
Pork bone broth is a health secret that has been used for centuries! There are so many incredible benefits that incorporating it into our diets is a no brainer. Pork bone broth does not only taste oh so delicious, but it is extremely nutritious!