These days, I’m sure you have heard about folks incorporating bone broth in their diet or seeing it at local cafe’s to buy by the cup to sip on the way you would purchase tea or coffee. The bone broth trend is new to the United States, but if I really think about it, I grew up on it through my Pakistani diet my whole life.
What is bone broth? It is very similar to regular broth or stock but it is made with bones and small amounts of meat using a slow cooking or simmering method over a very long period of time. The point is to produce gelatin as well as minerals from collagen-rich joints. The popularity of paleo eating as well as the Bulletproof diet has caused Starbucks like shops to pop up all over the country.
Why is it good for me? Shape Magazine’s recent article 8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth is a great reference as to why the Bone Broth craze continues to blossom.
“1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.
3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.4. Sleep better, and feel better. The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.
5. Immune support. Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system. (Something that won’t surprise your grandma who always made you her famous chicken soup when you got sick!) A Harvard study even showed that some people with auto-immune disorders experienced a relief of symptoms when drinking bone broth, with some achieving a complete remission.6. Stronger bones. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.
7. More energy. I’m not sure what the mechanism is for this, but if you read accounts of bone broth, you’ll notice everyone swears by the energy boost. I’d prefer to see science backing this up, but the research on bone broth is still emerging.
8. It’s very economical! What else were you going to do with those chicken carcasses, soup bones, and veggies going bad in your fridge?”
Since moving to Russian Hill, I have been going over to Mario Batali’s restaurant and butcher shop Belcampo to buy pre-made bone broth. They sell it either in a larger tub as basic bone broth or by the cup in various savory flavors.
Today, I decided to buy their regular bone broth and spice it up myself. See below for my amazing Chili Turmeric Bone Broth. If you would like to make your own bone broth at home (it’s pretty easy if you cook regularly at home)- check out this recipe for Chicken Bone Broth
Why add turmeric Again, Pakistani food is full of turmeric, and I never really thought twice about it. Recently, I’ve been reading about the benefits of turmeric and thought I’d share. According to many studies, turmeric is an “anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.” I’ve also seen research that it is good for heart health, but I’m not sure if that has been proven just yet. It has a delicious flavor and blends right into the bone broth, so it was a perfect opportunity to toss some in. Enjoy!
16 ounces of regular Bone Broth
Pinch of Turmeric
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
1/2 fresh Jalapeno
2 strings of Saffron (optional)
Half Sprig of Rosemary
1/8 tsp Raw Honey (optional)
1.) Bring 16 ounces of bone broth in a small pot to a boil at medium heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce stove to simmer.
2.) Squeeze one full lime and lemon into the broth
3.) Remove seeds from a small jalapeno and chop thinly. Add to the broth to your personal desired heat threshold.
4.) Add turmeric, salt, pepper, chopped rosemary, and honey to broth
5.) Simmer for 6 minutes to allow spices to steep into the broth.
6.) Serve immediately in mugs and enjoy!