If there’s one health food you need to try this year, it’s bone broth. It might not sound that appealing – and it’s exactly what it sounds like – but not only is it unbelievably good for you, but it’s also actually quite tasty. Honestly. There’s a reason why our moms whip up a homemade chicken soup when we’re sick or why we crave it when we’re run down – the nutrients inside the bones of animals like cows and chickens can do everything from heal digestive stress and gut-related issues to boost our immune systems, aid with weight loss, promote better sleep, and make us look younger. Bet you’re interested now.
“Bone broth is rich in collagen as well as other vitamins and minerals – great for your skin, hair, and joints,” explains Paul Frangie, founder of cool healthy café and kitchen concept Hapi. “As well as helping to reduce inflammation in the gut, it’s a delicious and soothing drink!”
The secret of stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, and Salma Hayek (as well as countless athletes and fitness buffs), bone broth boasts a multitude of health benefits. It contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb, like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur, and helps to heal from the inside out. Scroll below for its top body-boosting benefits, where to try it in Dubai, and more.
Not only does bone broth aid digestion thanks to its glycine content (which boosts the production of stomach acid), the collagen also helps soothe stressed tummies whilst healing and sealing the gut lining. This, in turn, can prevent an array of health problems such as allergies and autoimmune disease caused by leaky gut syndrome.
And, of course, where there’s collagen, there are nails, skin, and hair that look younger and healthier. Bone broth is being labeled as “better than botox”, and that’s because the collagen is ingested and readily available to use by the body, helping with everything from reducing cellulite and stretch marks to plumping up skin cells.
All the amazing minerals, nutrients, and vitamins that bone broth contains help the body ward off sickness and illness – from common colds to allergies, arthritis, and asthma – while boosting and strengthening the immune system.
The broth helps strengthen bones and protect our joints thanks to collagen and cartilage, both of which deplete as we get older. The gelatine it contains also helps joints move better and without pain or friction as it’s what creates that soft cushioning in between our bones.
Despite the nutritious boost provided by bone broth, it’s low in fat and calories, making it the perfect addition to a healthy diet – especially if you want to lose weight. It’s incredibly filling and satisfying, and its amino acids and glutamine support a healthy metabolism whilst boosting energy levels.
Studies have shown that the glycine found in collagen helps improve memory and promote better sleep, so have a hot cup of bone broth before bed and help your body slip into a blissful slumber.
Where to Get Your Bone-Broth Fix in Dubai
There’s only a handful of places that dish up bone broth in Dubai at the moment, but we’re sure more will pop up soon. See below for Goodness’ top places to head to for a hot bowl of the good stuff.
Hapi makes us – well, very happy indeed. Offering the opportunity to dine on some seriously healthy grub, it specializes in bone broth and has become the place to go to reap its healthy rewards. “We serve a range of four different bone-broth drinks, which are also available at Ripe Market at Zabeel Park,” says Frangie.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
The Clean Living Company
The Clean Living Company does one thing and does it well – bone broth. It’s produced here in Dubai using fresh vegetables and only the finest marrow bones from organically raised, 100 percent grass-fed cows and chickens. You can order a batch or head down to Ripe Market to stock up.
The Broth Lab
If you’re bored of your usual bowl of broth, then The Broth Lab’s offerings are just the ticket. Not only does their menu boast classic broths made with free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free meats, but their broth-packed smoothies are seriously good. Flavors range from the fruity ‘Berry Broth’ to the mocha-inspired ‘Choco-Fee’. They also have a kid’s range that contains no added salt.
How to Make Bone Broth
It’s surprisingly simple to make your own batch of super soup from scratch – just check out the healthy Hemsley + Hemsley sisters’ video below to get started.