On nutrition: more on bone broth

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A recent column on the value of bone broth raised two questions.

“I have a friend whose daughter has fallen and has a broken jaw with medical advice that she must have (a) liquid diet for six weeks. Then I just read your article on the broth of bones!!I’m going to tell my friend but I’m wondering how long does it take to boil bones?Do you also have recipes for the other high nutrition formulas you mentioned?I would love to help my friend for her daughter. Thank you, Janice M.”

I was happy to see that scientists have really studied this, Janice. In a study published in the February issue of the international journal Food Control, Chinese researchers found that the nutritious and aromatic compounds in bone broth peaked within 10 hours of cooking.

Temperature matters too. According to a 2018 study published in the Thai Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, food technologists in Thailand found that gently boiling chicken bones between 194 and 203 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours produced a broth with more amino acids (building blocks protein) and flavor than simmered samples. for shorter periods of time.

While bone broth contains essential nutrients to help heal bones, your friend’s daughter also needs extra fluids that provide extra protein and calories, as well as vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and zinc. Several commercial formulas are on the market that meet these requirements. I would suggest that she seek advice from a nutrition professional who can guide her towards a liquid formula that meets her daughter’s specific needs.

“I just finished reading your article on the benefits of bones, boiling turkey bones, in today’s edition of The Villages Daily Sun, Florida. I boil bones for two hours and l article mentions that you simmer overnight Additional benefits of simmering overnight Are you simmering in a slow cooker or stovetop overnight?

More importantly, my husband is in the early stages of chronic kidney disease. No salt and lots of water, that’s the doc’s advice. It looks like there is a lot more preventative information that should be available. Your thoughts? Mary L.

As mentioned above, Mary, there seems to be some benefit to cooking the bones for longer than two hours at lower temperatures. I simmered mine on the stove, but a slow cooker on low would also be a great idea.

When it comes to your husband’s chronic kidney disease, there is certainly more preventative information available. I will address this subject in a future column. In the meantime, ask your healthcare professional for a referral to a registered dietitian with expertise in renal (kidney) nutrition. This is a condition where a personalized diet is of utmost importance.

Thank you, dear readers, for your comments and questions over the past year. Go ahead and celebrate this goodbye to 2022. And may 2023 bring the best of health and happiness to you and yours.

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