If you know me, you know how much I love bone broth. If you don't know me, and if you don't know about my love for bone broth, now you're about to. Did we just become best friends? Yup.
Listen, bone broth may be one of those things that people in the health world are trying to market as "new" and "trendy", but the reality is, bone broth has been around forever. Remember when your mom would make you chicken soup when you were sick? There really was a reason behind her claiming that it would help heal you.
Here's the thing, though - there has to be bones. No, there shouldn't be any bones in the actual soup when you go to eat it, because who wants that, but there has to be bones in the soup-making process in order for you to reap ALL the benefits of broth. Veggie soup is great and everything for vitamins, minerals, etc., but if you're looking to heal your body with collagen and gelatin (don't worry, i'll explain why), whether it's from beef, chicken, or fish, you're going to need some bones in your broth, girl.
I'm not a nutritionist, RD, or med-student, but I do my fair share of research (and A LOT of trial and error) when it comes to learning and understanding what I can do to help this body of mine every day. One of the best articles I've found on bone broth so far is from Dr. Axe, and I'll link to the post here. He goes even more into depth about how bone broth can, given scientific background, help to improve your gut health, joint pain, immune system, food intolerances, allergies, skin - I mean, the list goes on and on. I'm no scientist, but I know this stuff WORKS FOR ME. That's the other thing. In general, just because something works for someone else doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you. However, in this case, with something as simple as bone broth, it can't hurt - so why not just give it a try to see if there even is a slight possibility that it does have a positive outcome for you? Like why not?
Again, for me, the biggest benefits of bone broth have been the collagen and the gelatin. Not to mention, bone broth can also make for one heck of a yummy soup. Honestly, there's so many ways to incorporate bone broth into your diet. You can sip it straight, add it to your ground turkey or other meats for some added flavor and moisture (this might be my biggest tip/secret), use it to puree roasted veggies, make sauces - the possibilities are seemingly endless. The other day, I made a chicken "zoodle" soup in my slow cooker using pre-packaged bone broth, roasted chicken thighs, carrots, acorn squash (great fake potato substitute), lemon, parsley, and zucchini noodles. It actually might've been better than my mom's chicken soup, but I didn't tell her that. And yes, I use pre-made bone broth most of the time. Making your own can be great, but it can also be so time consuming. I'm a busy college student. I don't necessarily have all the time in the world to simmer chicken bones on my stove for hours. Sometimes I do, but it's rare. That's why pre-made bone broth has been so clutch for me. But, you really do have to look at the ingredients in the bone broths you are choosing if you decide to go with the easier, pre-made option. The only completely low FODMAP bone broth (aka one without onions and garlic) I've found so far is Butcher's Bone Broth. If you get their chicken bone broth, for example, the only ingredients are Filtered Water, Organic Chicken Bones, and Organic Carrots. Does it get any better than that? Kettle and Fire and Bonafide Provisions are also some great options for bone broths that are sold groceries stores everywhere, but they do contain onions and garlic, so my low FODMAP peeps are better off sticking to Butcher's Bone Broth just to be safe.
Okay, now back to the gelatin and collagen. The word on the health street is always that collagen, a protein found in the bones of animals, significantly helps to strengthen OUR own bones. While this is totally true, collagen can actually do so much more, especially for those with inflammatory conditions and gut health issues. Gelatin and collagen go hand in hand - gelatin is basically what comes from collagen when animal bones are cooked down. When bone broth is made, "the breakdown of collagen from marrow, bones, etc., in bone broths is what produces gelatin." So, there ya go. Now, why is this important? Well, for me especially, having Crohn's, my small intestine is swollen and inflamed. Collagen can act to protect and sooth the lining of your small intensine, and overall digestive tract, which, in turn, can help with things like Crohn's, Colitis, and IBS. Gelatin, since it's a product of collagen, can also reduce gut inflammation and aid in digestion. In fact, my friend's at Further Foods show that studies have found that the amino acids in gelatin help to repair the intestinal lining and may help heal leaky gut and other gastrointestinal/gut issues.
At this point, if you're not yet entirely convinced that adding bone broth into your diet can have such huge healing benefits, than maybe you just need to try it out for yourself. My favorite bone broths are linked within this blog, and I'll also link to where you can buy straight up gelatin and collagen powders if that's something you want to start off with first. Like I said, I know bone broth is something that works for ME and MY body. I'll never tell anyone that they NEED to do something. That's not my goal at all. But, if I can take what I've learned and help at least one other person, than that's all I could ask for. So, why not just start with something as simple as some bone broth if you know that there's a chance that it could help you heal? Thank gosh it's becoming trendy, because pre-made bone broth would've never become mainstream otherwise, and you already know I'm having mine while writing this. Ain't nobody got time for that.