Bone broth is one of those ancient foods that have been used by different cultures all over the world for a very long time. Despite the fact that the modern culture might have forgotten it for a while, people seem to have re-discovered all the health benefits that bone broth comes with. Old is all of a sudden new again and even trendy.
Bone broth is usually made from boiling chicken, beef or fish bones together with desired spices and vegetables. Truth be told, there are many benefits that come with bone broth, some of them including boosting the immunity and supporting hair and nails growth. However, is bone broth right for babies? Would bone broth benefit babies in the same way it would adults?
Health Benefits of Bone Broth for Babies – Bone broth, unlike store bought broth is simmered for a long time and hence gives the nutrients a time to leach from the bones and into the water. This leaves a highly nutritious liquid that can be highly beneficial for babies as well. Of course, the broth should not be a replacement for breast milk but a nutritious addition to the baby’s diet.
Bone broth strengthens teeth and bones – the Bone broth is usually very rich in digestible and assimilated forms of magnesium and calcium. Both of these are very important for the baby to grow strong healthy teeth and bones.
Bone broth helps build joints and connective tissues – Bone broth contains chondroitin and glucosamine and these are very important when it comes to building joints and assisting in their development for the baby. Bone broth is a great source of collagen and gelatin, both of which are very hard to find and both of which are very good at supporting connective tissues.
Bone broth broadens baby’s palate – Breast milk and formulas are usually very sweet and when you offer the baby something that is not only nutritious but savory as well, it will broaden and diversify their palate.
Bone broth reduces the risk of allergens – Collagen, found in bone broth has an ability to strengthen the intestinal lining, which greatly reduces the risk of food sensitivities and allergens.
Supports the immune system and digestion – Bone broth contains amino acids that perform many functions that include improving the digestive system and boosting the immune system.
Bone broth is beneficial for your little one as long as you are careful about what you put in it. Make sure the bones are of the highest quality. The same goes for the vegetables if you use any and you might want to keep away from spices. You should also use unrefined salt instead of iodized salt.