Bone broth is the new kale. Wait, what? I’m not trying to actually trying to compare the properties of bone broth to kale, I’m just trying to say that in recent years it’s become the new heal-all, health golden nugget that took kale to the top of the health-guru food chain in 2010.
There is certainly a few good reasons why it came in to popularity, and these reasons especially ring out to those on the keto diet. Here’s why you NEED to add bone broth to your keto diet.
What the Heck is Bone Broth?
First of all, some of you may not even know what bone broth is or the fact that you’ve been consuming it for years. It’s simply made by simmering bones and connective tissues of animals in water. It’s easily made at home with some leftovers from your meaty dinner.
While it can be consumed in sauces, gravies, and soups, it can also be enjoyed by itself. It can be made with any animal including beef, turkey, and lamb with an addition of beaks and chicken feet for extra connective tissue.
In the last few years, bone broth has gained popularity due to the many health benefits of eating it by itself.
1. Packed with Electrolytes
Electrolytes, minerals like sodium and potassium that play an essential role in many bodily processes, are often lacking when you start the keto diet.
The reason your levels of electrolytes take a dive on keto is because the lack of carbohydrates contributes to your kidneys excreting essential nutrients like sodium and potassium at a higher rate.
This absence of minerals in our system contributes to symptoms such as nausea, headaches, and brain fog leading people to rightfully dub it as the keto flu.
Luckily, bone broth contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. All of which will get you feeling back to normal in no time.
Don’t just utilize the bone broth in the beginning though, as keto dieters are often deficient in these minerals through the diet.
2. Low Carb and Nutrient Rich
You already know that bone broth is rich in sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, but did you know that it’s also an abundant source of zinc and iron? While I could go on and on about the benefits of these minerals, let’s get straight to the hard hitting questions because we are talking about the keto diet here… WHAT’S THE CARB COUNT?
Depending on the type of bone broth, in one cup you’ll have about the following nutrition facts:
- Calories: 41
- Fat: .3g
- Carbohydrates: .6g
- Protein: 9.4g
In addition, you’ll also be packing in some vitamin A and C.
3. Better Sleep
People that start the keto diet often state they are having trouble sleeping. One reason could be due to the lack of magnesium which plays a key role in relaxation as well as our body’s stress response system.
Not only does bone broth up our intake of magnesium, but it is also rich in an amino acid called glycine which has been shown to increase the quality of your sleep.
So what are you waiting for?! Try adding bone broth to your keto diet and start seeing the difference!