Whole animal cooking is something that has become very popular in the professional culinary world, perhaps as a counter-movement, and social statement, against the typically narrow American diet – after all chickens are made of more than just white breast meat, pigs aren’t only bacon and we chefs like to keep things exciting. But their is nothing radical at all about using every edible part of a creature – most traditional diets around the world will have an application for everything from the organs, blood, skin, meat and even bones. If this makes you squeamish, or hungry, consider simmering the bones from your next dinner for a night or two, season with just a bit of salt and tell me it isn’t pure heaven.
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates
Why it matters
The immune system exists largely in the gut as the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. Bone broth is supportive to the gut because it is rich in collagen, amino acids and minerals. When bone broth is made, the nutrients from the bones and ligaments release these healing elements. If the gut becomes damaged, the tight junctions that keep the gut lining together can wear down, allowing bacteria and food into the bloodstream. This is known as leaky gut, which puts the body in an inflammatory state. Bone broth can help to decrease inflammation and rebuild the gut cell lining.
Putting into practice
* Make your own bone broth! Pre-packaged bone broth sold at the store does not necessarily contain the amino acids and minerals that provide health benefits
* Bone broth can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer for later use
* Make sure to simmer bone broth for a long time to allow the removal of amino acids, minerals, and other nutrients from the bones
* Use bone broth as a base for soups and stews, drink on its own in a mug, use as a base for gravy or sauce, or use it to cook other foods in for added nutritional impact
Bone broth is anti-inflammatory, warm and comforting, and can be preventative during cold and flu season!