Nearly every day I’m immersed in what’s new, popular, and up-and-coming in the world of health trends of the holistic and natural variety. It’s part of my job to be in the know.
But apart from my job, I also like to find out what’s new out there because I’d like to keep Crohn’s Disease as dormant as possible for myself and my fiancè. If I see something that might decrease inflammation, I’ll usually try it. I now add tumeric to soups and meat seasoning, and I recently switched out dairy milk (not that I liked it anyway) for almond milk.
Then I started hearing about bone broth, first from my boss and also from websites like MindBodyGreen. It’s still starting to explode into the holistic health market, but it’s supposed to be something that helps people lose weight, balance their gut health, decrease inflammation, and more.
Be honest. You made a face when I said “bone broth,” right? I did the first time it came to my attention. It definitely doesn’t sound appetizing. But is bone broth something special like the miracle worker it’s been claimed to be, or is it a marketing ploy to make chicken/beef stock sound more posh? It’s supposed to be more nutritious than typical soup stock.
I wanted to find out about bone broth for myself, keeping in mind a one-time use isn’t going to be a cure-all. Things like this need to be tried over a period of time to see results, so keep that in mind.
My boss offered to supply me with a portion he received from his friend, bone broth expert Dr. Kellyann Petrucci. Petrucci, also from Michigan, is pretty much responsible for the trend and sells her own line of bone broth related products. The packet I have is from her Slim Broth line, it’s made from grass-fed beef, and already contains spices/ingredients including organic onion, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, parsley, and garlic.
I chose to try bone broth as a base for soup, since drinking it straight from a mug didn’t appeal to me. While I let the contents of the packet begin to simmer, I boiled some pasta noodles and grabbed a few pieces of leftover barbecue meat I had in the fridge for good measure. Start simple, right?
First off, the smell is…something else. It’s pungent, and although it definitely didn’t make me salivate, it didn’t exactly turn me off, either. Without a better way to say it, bone broth smells like exactly what it’s made from: animal.
Now back to taste. I combined everything together and added some salt, then shoveled a spoonful into my mouth. It certainly wasn’t what I expected. It had a thin consistency and was very bland, almost like if you had diluted it with too much water. The flavor was consistent with but a bit lighter than the smell at least, but I believe it’s an acquired taste one learns over time to enjoy.
Is bone broth awful? No, but is it something I’d like to have again? Not really, unless it was highly concealed in a dish. Or prepared by someone who knows more about making it better than I do. Petrucci also offers a powder form of bone broth that you can add to smoothies and other types of recipes, and maybe that would be more up my ally.
Curious to learn more about how bone broth can enhance your life? Check out this podcast from Dr. Anthony Youn where he invites Dr. Kellyann to be his guest.
Have you tried bone broth before? Would you?