Beef Broth is a savory liquid made of water in which bones, beef, or vegetables have been simmered. It can be eaten alone, but is most commonly used to prepare other dishes such as soups, gravies, and sauces.
- Soup broths are low in calories. Beef, chicken and fish broths contain about 30 to 40 calories per cup, and vegetable broth contains about 12 calories per 1 cup.
- By 2013, bone broth had become a popular health food trend, due to the resurgence in popularity of dietary fat over sugar, and interest in “functional foods” to which “culinary medicinals” such as turmeric and ginger could be added. Bone broth bars, bone broth home delivery services, and bone broth carts and freezer packs grew in popularity in the United States, the fad heightened by the 2014 book Nourishing Broth, in which authors Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel state that the broth’s nutrient density has a variety of health effects, including boosting the immune system; improving joints, skin and hair due to collagen content; and promoting healthy teeth and bones due to calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels.
- However, there is no scientific evidence to support many of the claims made for bone broth. For example, while bone broths do contain collagen, they do not relieve joint pain or improve skin, because dietary collagen is broken down into amino acids, which become building blocks for body tissues, and is not transported directly to joints or skin in the form in which it is ingested.
- In addition, the fact that the broth is derived from bone does not mean that therefore it will build bone or prevent osteoporosis, as the bones release very little calcium into the broth when prepared. Bone broths also do not improve digestion, as there is little evidence that the gelatin that they contain functions as a digestive aid. A few small studies have found some possible benefit for chicken broth, such as the clearing of nasal passages. Chicken soup may also reduce inflammation; however, this effect has not been confirmed in controlled studies of adults
- The recommendations from the American Heart Association for adults is a maximum of 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, beef broth contains 893 milligrams.
- Unknown, please consult your nutritionist.
Source: LiveStrong, https://www.livestrong.com/article/439591-is-soup-broth-good-for-you/