Our Ancestors Had The Right Idea……………….
They made good use of every part of the animals they hunted for food. Eating the whole animal provided them with a wide range of minerals and nutrients to keep them vitally healthy.
But why drink bone broth? Our cavemen ancestors didn’t cook up broth, the pot hadn’t even been invented then. Our more recent ancestors did drink bone broth however, as a matter of necessity.
Animal hunting was a bit hit-and-miss, so on returning from a successful hunt, no part of the animal was wasted as who knew when another one would be available. They ate the hooves, bones, guts – everything. No animal part was discarded and some of these tough animal parts had to be broken down by heat to make them digestible.
Well nowadays we don’t eat the whole animal as our ancestors did, but by drinking bone broth we can get the benefits of the minerals and nutrients they contain in a much more palatable way.
With the advent of the ‘low fat’ diet of the 70s we were encouraged to eat less fat and a myriad of manufactured low fat products started filling supermarket shelves. Low fat milk, yoghurt and dairy products, low fat cereal products, low fat this and low fat that. It seemed that every food group had many low fat options.
At the same time, we were told that we should reduce fat from animal sources and advised that eating only the lower fat parts of animals such as skinless chicken breasts and turkey was healthy.
Apparently trimming all fat from beef and pork was the healthiest way to eat to ensure we remained free from heart disease.
All of this low fat information was in seeming contradiction to the food I grew up eating. Coming from a fairly large family with many hungry mouths to feed and a limited food budget, we were fed soups, stews and casseroles using the cheaper, fattier cuts of meat.
Soup was made from scratch using long simmered ham hocks, chicken and mutton bones. Not only was this a way to fill us up but living in a cold climate this type of food was warming and nourishing.
And guess what? We were all healthy, there was no heart disease in the family and none of us were overweight.
So How Did They Make Food ‘Low Fat’?
If cooking at home and you want to reduce the fat content of meals, you can bake potatoes instead of making french fries. Or choosing to make tomato based sauces over creamy sauces will reduce the fat content of your meal.
However when the mad scientists charged with producing packaged food want to reduce the fat content enabling them to label it as ‘low fat’ ‘fat reduced’ and ‘fat free’, they turn to food additives to ensure food still has the smooth texture and mouthfeel humans normally enjoy from fats.
Replacing the fat they’ve removed to ensure they can put a low fat label on this engineered food, they turn to hydrogenated vegetable oils. These hydrogenated oils are now known to increase the levels of trans fats which are both dangerous and bad for cholesterol levels and heart health.
Eat Food In Its Natural State
Eat food in its natural state or as close as possible to its natural state to remain healthy, and to get the maximum nutrition from food. This will in turn help maintain a stable body weight.
Minimize the consumption of packaged food, reduce take away food, and cook from scratch at home. Cooking from scratch takes time in our busy everyday lives, but with some planning and meal prep it can be done.
Not only will you be healthier, but your budget will be in much better shape as you save money on expensive packaged and convenience foods.
I make bone broth not only to drink in its natural state, but I freeze it and use it as a base for many healthy soups and stews. It’s so easy to make if you have a slow cooker. Just place the bones and vegetables in the slow cooker, set to low and walk away. Here is my recipe for super easy and delicious chicken bone broth.
When making bone broth it’s important to use a slow cooker with a ceramic liner to avoid ingesting any chemicals possibly being leached from a non-stick metal liner. You don’t want the health benefits of the broth to be negated by the inclusion of a bunch of nasty chemicals that have been ‘cooked’ into it.
A programmable slow cooker allows you to set the timer for the long slow cooking time needed to extract the nutrients and beneficial minerals from the bones and there’s no need to be constantly checking on it.
This is the non toxic and programmable slow cooker I use to make my healthy bone broths. It has a ceramic liner and as a bonus, you can buy replacement liners should you have an accident and damage the liner.
Of course slow cookers can be used to make many yummy and nutritious foods. Your slow cooker shouldn’t be used only for making bone broths. Soups, stews and tender roasts can all be made in your slow cooker.
Simply place the ingredients into your slow cooker before you leave for work. When you get home after your busy day, you’ll have a delicious and nutritious meal waiting for you. What could be easier than that? It’s even easier than ringing for take out.
Why Drink Bone Broth – 3 Great Reasons
Bone broths can form the basis of many nutritious and delicious foods like soups, casseroles and stews. And the numerous health benefits that come from including it in your diet are remarkable.
1. It Heals Leaky Gut
The long simmering time used for cooking bone broth results in collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline to be released from the ligaments into the broth liquid. These essential elements soothe the digestive system.
Bone broth is easily digested. It’s a great food to include each day if you have digestive issues. And will help heal your gut and reduce annoying symptoms. Your stomach will flatten as uncomfortable bloating and gas reduces.
The gelatin in bone broth works to restore the tight junctions in the gut lining helping to fight food sensitivities. And amino acids in bone broth collagen help build the lining of the gut.
Use top leaky gut healing foods and avoid those that create problems to amplify your gut healing efforts.
2. It Boosts The Immune System
Inflammation increases when the gut becomes leaky and undigested food particles leak through openings in the gut wall. When the immune system picks up these particles as invaders it becomes hyperactive.
An overactive immune system leads to inflammation encouraging dysfunction throughout the body as an autoimmune like response is triggered resulting in healthy tissue being attacked.
Some of these autoimmune diseases include inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and allergies.
As one of the most beneficial foods to consume for gut healing, bone broth supports your immune function, helping to calm an overactive immune response.
3. It Encourages Healthy Skin And Shiny Hair
If the above two reasons aren’t enough to convince you to start making and consuming bone broth, perhaps this third one will. The benefits of a month or two of drinking bone broth will show up on the outside as a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
The collagen in bone broth makes skin supple and can work to increase connective tissue helping reduce the appearance of cellulite too. A lack of connective tissue in the body shows up as the dreaded bumps and lumps known as cellulite.
Whilst bone broth is a healthy protein source, it’s also a mineral powerhouse, full of magnesium, calcium and phospherous and other trace minerals, it provides the building blocks for new tissue like hair, teeth, joints and nails.
Putting It All Together
Eat foods as close as possible to their natural state to remain healthy and maintain your ideal body weight. Start making nutritious bone broth at home to add to soups and stews to boost your immunity, support gut health and provide a beauty boost for your skin, hair and nails.
If drinking ‘straight’ bone broth each day doesn’t appeal to you, check out 10 ideas on how to use it here.
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