Bone broth has become a popular item for weight loss and other health benefits. In fact, one celebrity touts it as a “miracle detox.” However, scientific evidence so far fails to support using bone broth as a healing food. When used as a base for soup or stews, or as a beverage, bone broth can add flavor as well as nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals and protein.
Bones store heavy metals, particularly lead, which may be released when bone broth is prepared. It appears the amounts are minimal, but children, pregnant women, and others who may absorb lead more easily should avoid consuming too much bone broth.
For true healing, preparing “real” food from scratch, adding vegetables and whole grains to the broth, and getting back into the kitchen to cook fresh, rather than processed, food may be the miracle you need. Make it your goal to eat a balanced diet full of foods with high nutrient levels, including colorful vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fish and other lean protein. Olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds can also help to meet healthy nutrition goals.
-Sandra Hunter, MS, RD, LDN, CSO, Northwestern Medicine clinical nutrition manager, contributed to this article.