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Bone Broth. How healthy is it?

Commented on August 03, 2017
Created January 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Before going Paleo I hadn't heard of this thing called Bone Broth. After going Paleo, i do it on a regular basis.

I keep hearing that it is supposed to be really good for your body, but what i would really like to hear is how good it has been for YOU guys.

Tell me about real life benefits that YOU experienced after including Bone Broth in your diet. Did it help get over any type of health issue you were having?

Convince me of how good it actually is, based on your personal experience.

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on August 03, 2017
at 05:09 PM

I was skeptical about it at first but after drinking Au Bon Broth I changed my mind. Not only it is tasty and delicious, it allso helped me with my sleeping problems. And now I'm more energetic than ever.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:44 PM

great, thanks! i will try your method. i have ulcerative colitis and think this might help. i've been reading about bone broths in the GAPS diet plan so i'll probably drink a cup a day.

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on October 06, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Well somewhere between jelly and applesauce really, is the consistancy I normally get (cooled. It wont have this consistancy when its still warm/hot). Oh, and obviously strain the chicken bones etc out when your done.

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on October 06, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I just use a whole chicken carcass left over from a cooked chicken. I beleive the cooked bones broth easier and taste nicer. I leave a very small amount of meat on the bones for taste. Chicken bones are quicker than beef etc. I simmer the bones in a whole bunch of water for 3 hours, or occasionally a little more. I try to aim for about five cups or so when I am done, so I usually add a little water at 1 hour and 2 hours. When I do it the broth/stock is cloudy, chickeny, oily and gels up when it cools to a applesauce type consistancy. Takes a while, but its easy & goes great in stews & soups.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 06, 2012
at 01:04 AM

jamie, how do you make your broth? i'd like to roast a chicken on sunday and then use the bones for the broth on monday.

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on October 05, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I had the same thing. Everyone I worked with got sick, even me. Most of them were out for 2 days, slow for a week. I felt it coming on, had soup that night, and was 80% the next day. 100% the day after that.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:11 PM

I love that word "unctuousness".

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on January 28, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yep, always good to crack open the bones.

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on January 27, 2011
at 05:03 PM

besides, homemade stock makes a BAD ASS demi glace.

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on January 27, 2011
at 02:26 PM

You know why you're supposed to eat a bowl of chicken soup when you're sick? There's a reason.

Like akd said, back before broth came in a box, can, or cube, it was just what you did with your leftovers. Like the others, it's not something I started to do when I became paleo. I've always made it. I keep mason jars of the stuff in my freezer, and when my loved ones or I start to feel a little puny, we reheat it and drink a big mugful or two. All those easily-digested minerals, those amino acids, etc. help our bodies to heal.

Plus it's really tasty. Like, really ridiculously tasty.

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on December 05, 2014
at 01:25 PM

Well technically bone broth and chicken broth are different things.  Bone broth is supposed to be made with just the bones, and I actually don't think it's especially good for you.  The nutrition and health benefits are in the collagen and gelatin which are in the connective tissue and tough muscle fibers.  If you make broth from an entire chicken carcass for example, which I think is good for you, that's not really bone broth, rather chicken broth.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on January 27, 2011
at 02:00 PM

bone broth is just homemade stock, the way everyone made it before those horrible little MSG bullion cubes, or the beef-flavored water sold in boxes at the grocery. ive also been drinking it my whole life, since my mother was such a fantastic cook and we didnt have a lot of money and used every scrap of what we had. i dont have any "its-a-miracle-and-changed-my-life" stories, but like most foods, its just better when you make it yourself; more nutrient dense and more delicious. and way cheaper.

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(15239)

on January 27, 2011
at 05:03 PM

besides, homemade stock makes a BAD ASS demi glace.

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on January 27, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I used it during a 3 day fast to heal my gut. Simple put...I had IBS for 7 years and after the 3 days I had no IBS. I believe the Bone Broth helped heal my gut. It was homemade from free range birds with no chemicals like MSG added.

I also use it when myself or my family are under the weather. Seems to speed up recovery.

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on December 05, 2014
at 08:58 AM

I know it's an old post, but I thought I'd give it a try.
I wanted to ask about the 3 day fast for IBS since I'm also suffreing from this condition. can you tell me what exectly did you do that helped you?

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on May 06, 2011
at 02:25 PM

Here is a link on some of the benefits, which are numerous:

http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/515-broth-is-beautiful.html

From a culinary perspective, the gelatin in bone broth adds "umami" or unctuousness to a dish, a delicious "mouth feel" or satisfaction that you can't get any other way. A cup of bone broth is also deeply comforting in a way that few other things are (i.e. chicken soup when you're sick).

I don't think it is any accident that we respond to gelatin in this way, our bodies are tuned to absorb and digest bone broth quickly and effectively. The body knows that bone broth is good for it and has a very positive reaction to it.

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:11 PM

I love that word "unctuousness".

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on January 27, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I had not been sick for about a year. A couple months ago, bronchitis (sp?) swept through basically our entire office building. Most people had it for 2-3 weeks and had to take antibiotics. I felt like I started to come down with it so I went home and made some great bone broth (used grass fed marrow bones, a cornish game hen, and a little grass fed beef liver). Had that for my next few meals, stayed super hydrated and that was it.

It's good stuff.

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on October 05, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I had the same thing. Everyone I worked with got sick, even me. Most of them were out for 2 days, slow for a week. I felt it coming on, had soup that night, and was 80% the next day. 100% the day after that.

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on January 27, 2011
at 02:29 PM

I had never made bone broth until 2 weeks ago. Now I will NEVER throw a chicken carcass away again. Roast a chicken with only sea salt. Eat. Pick meat off of the bone. Save all of the pan drippings. Next day place carcass and pan drippings into a big pot and add enough water to cover the carcass. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about an hour and a half. Dig out all bones and then make soup with the rest of the leftover chicken meat. We added a box of tomatoes, green chiles, onion, celery, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, fresh jalepeno and avocado. BEST SOUP EVER and I didn't waste a thing of that chicken. I also loved that I didn't have to use expensive organic chicken broth.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on October 06, 2012
at 01:01 AM

A little over a week ago, I had crippling intense digestive pain, supposedly according to the doctor from ulcers. The week or so consisted of bone broth (AKA stock) made into homemade stew, every day. Its not fully healed, but I am now painfree.

For those with ulcers, or gut mucosa issues, it is a "miracle substance" in my mind. If anyone I know ever has digestive pain, or permeability issues, it will be the first thing I suggest.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:44 PM

great, thanks! i will try your method. i have ulcerative colitis and think this might help. i've been reading about bone broths in the GAPS diet plan so i'll probably drink a cup a day.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on October 06, 2012
at 01:04 AM

jamie, how do you make your broth? i'd like to roast a chicken on sunday and then use the bones for the broth on monday.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I just use a whole chicken carcass left over from a cooked chicken. I beleive the cooked bones broth easier and taste nicer. I leave a very small amount of meat on the bones for taste. Chicken bones are quicker than beef etc. I simmer the bones in a whole bunch of water for 3 hours, or occasionally a little more. I try to aim for about five cups or so when I am done, so I usually add a little water at 1 hour and 2 hours. When I do it the broth/stock is cloudy, chickeny, oily and gels up when it cools to a applesauce type consistancy. Takes a while, but its easy & goes great in stews & soups.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on October 06, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Well somewhere between jelly and applesauce really, is the consistancy I normally get (cooled. It wont have this consistancy when its still warm/hot). Oh, and obviously strain the chicken bones etc out when your done.

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on January 28, 2011
at 12:39 AM

I like bone broth. Its a easy way to get the bone marrow in edible ways.

I use it when i eat a fish or meat and after i boil long and low heat the bones out. Maybe crack the bone before.

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(8878)

on January 28, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yep, always good to crack open the bones.

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on January 27, 2011
at 01:16 PM

I was making / eating bone broth AKA stock or soup madefrom carcases of roast chicken, turkey, duck etc and from the bones left from any roast meat since my pre primal days.

I still do the same and I still call it stock or soup. Delicious and useful stuff. The only difference is that I now add the juice of a lemon when I am making the stock.

I have always believed it to be very nourishing and still do - I can't give a before and after as I've eaten (drunk?) it since I was weaned. But it is good - gelatin, minerals, collagen - full of goodness.

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on December 05, 2014
at 09:51 AM

My mother and grandmother ALWAYS made stock from ANY left over bones - chicken, turkey (LOVE Turkey stock!) duck, pigeon (pigeon bone broth is super - like beef broth - but you do need a few carcasses). And I have ever since I left home. A few chickens feet, or a pigs trotter, make the gel super thick and nutrtious. 

 

I've tried various methods, but my favourite, both for flavour and for gelling qualities, is to do it in a pressure cooker for about an hour, just covered in water and with a few bay leaves / pepper corns. Ovefrnight it sets solid! The same bones can be cracked open and cooked a second time, for perhaps 40 minurres, but the 2cnd lot doesn't seem to set as solid...

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on October 05, 2012
at 04:29 PM

you are not very stupid if you ask this and i dont know

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on January 27, 2011
at 11:23 PM

I've made about 3 batches since going paleo. I'm lucky to have an organic meat store nearby where its pretty cheap and I get Bison neck bones for $1.50 pound. I can't necesarily say that I've seen any difference yet, as my IBS symptoms dissapeared months ago when I gave up grains. I started making the broth because I figured it is a more natural way of getting nutrients and minerals from a natural source instead of taking supplements.

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