Glucosamine rich Broth
25 Dec 201803:51
Bones are technically about 50 percent protein—but because we humans can’t digest them, we can’t exactly chew on them for extra nutrition! So throwing them into a broth with a few spices is the simplest way to extract their protein and amino acids. Bones such as knuckle, patella, femur, and foot bones contains cartilage that can be converted into glucosamine, the good stuff that’s hard to find from any other source.
Bone broth typically cooks for anywhere from 12 to 48 hours, and during that time, collagen protein that gives bones their structure is broken down and turned into gelatin. Collagen and gelatin are essentially the same thing, with the same health benefits… But gelatin is what collagen turns into when it’s cooked. Unless you’d like to eat your bones raw (no thanks!) you’ll have to settle with ingesting gelatin.
When hot, bone broth looks just like chicken stock. Once it’s cool, you can tell it’s the real thing, because the entire batch will turn viscous and firm. While it might not look very apetising gelatin is the secret ingredient that makes broth a true superfood. The same wiggly stuff that makes up Jelly is the key promoter of healthy skin and joints, improved digestion, and more restful sleep—hence the cult-like obsession.
Along with a host of other benefits, gelatin also supplies plenty of amino acids necessary for muscular recovery and growth. Two in particular, glycine and proline, are used in the natural production of collagen in the body. They help rebuild connective tissue in joints like tendons and ligaments, which can lead to less inflammation and decreased joint pain. Research suggests that getting gelatin in your diet may help build stronger bones. And thanks to its repairing effect on tissue structures, it may also help relieve arthritis and joint pain.
Gelatin also has some great beauty-boosting side effects. Collagen can improve skin’s elasticity and resilience, potentially easing the severity of wrinkles and even helping wounds heal faster. In fact, eating more gelatin may protect against the signs of aging due to sun damage.
Happier joints and brighter skin are great, but for those with digestive issues bone broth is a godsend. Gelatin improves the integrity of the gut by restoring the lining of the stomach, an area that’s often damaged due to diseases like IBS or inflammation that comes with food intolerances like celiac disease.
So many reasons to love bone broth, right? Except for one thing—it takes quite a bit of time and effort to make a good batch. You’ll need high-quality bones from healthy, grass-fed animals, and at least 24 hours of consistent simmering to make the good stuff. Not done wanting to make your own? Grab a couple of bags of NesProteins Dehydrated Broth.
Most other brands on the market come frozen, which is a hassle to ship and store (not to mention expensive!). Or they use preservatives and sodium to keep the product shelf-stable, which negates the health benefits. And those products that tout themselves as bone broth, but don’t have any gelatin? Well, you might as well be drinking stock cubes.
NesProteins has found a new way to pack and store bone broth without additives—and the product is shelf-stable for up to two years due to the low temperature drying process. Bonus: the packaging is environmentally friendly and sustainable, so NesProteins is good for your gut and the earth. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy it.
- As a soup base alternative: Sub out sodium-filled stock for bone broth for extra flavour and nutrition.
- To braise meat or veggies: Add a bit of bone broth to your roasting pan to keep food from drying out in the oven as you cook. Bonus? The umami flavor of the broth will instantly upgrade your dish.
- On its own: Sipping a steaming cup of bone broth on its own is so nourishing and comforting and it’s a great way to boost immunity during cold and flu season.