While I usually focus on plant-based cuisine, I’m going to step out of my regular coverage and introduce you to bone broth. Bone broth has been around for centuries and is known for its healing abilities. Recently, its been getting a lot of buzz as companies around the country add it to their menus. But note that not all bone broths are the same. In this blog, I will share my tips on what to look for and how to get the best quality product.
Bone Broth Benefits
Bone broth is known for its concentration of minerals and ability to be easily digested and absorbed. It provides the body with protein and a plethora of nutrients that someone with a weak system may not be able to absorb from whole foods. Additionally, bone broth is known for helping heal the gut and aid with digestion.
Stock is rich in minerals, like magnesium, phosphorus and silicon, in a form the body can easily absorb. Its also rich in sulphate, glucosamine and other material, broken down from cartilage and tendons and often sold as expensive arthritis and joint supplements, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation.
What To Look For:
Authentic bone broth follows the nourishing traditions protocol, which is considered to be the gold standard for healing. The best broth will use organic, grass-fed and grass-finished bones that are cooked for at least 48 hours.
Locally Made Bone Broth
I recently discovered that My Organic Juice, a Boca-based company, added bone broth to its menu, and I was very impressed with it. What I learned from Karolyn Fox, the owner of My Organic Juice, is that all ingredients are always 100 percent organic and are from organic-only suppliers, that way nothing is contaminated.
The company uses only bison bones from grass-fed and finished bison. The bones are shipped directly to Boca from the farm. Ordinarily, bones would be thrown out because the consumer demand is only for the meat. Now nothing goes to waste and there is no increase in demand for additional farming.
My Organic Juice also uses a double filtered water system that has an adjustable PH system, which allows chefs to make sure the PH is perfect for pulling the nutrients out of the bones during the 48 hours of cooking.
Finally, the soup is cooked in stainless steel pots – never in aluminum because it can leach into the soup and defeat the purpose of healing.
Bone broth and other healing soups are sold in glass jars and are available for nationwide shipment as well in-person delivery from Jupiter to Miami.
For more information, visit MyOrganicJuice.com.
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Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.