Bone Broth! (Caveat: This Isn't Going to Sit Well With the Vegans)

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bone_broth This week, New York got a bone broth takeout window.

I love this. Love. I may very well walk out of the door and over to Brodo now.

I first learned about bone broth from a doctor – a traditional one (on paper) whom I saw for basic blood-work and to ensure that my raw-vegan-greenish diet wasn’t depleting me of anything important (wasn’t – quite the opposite, actually) only to happily discover that we were kindred nat-med spirits. (My slang.) She skipped the nutrition counseling and we got straight to alternative modalities. One of which was bone broth, and while not vegan, is something I’ve been wanting to try since. It’s crossed my path several times now, along with ideas about making it with fish instead of chicken, if you’re not game for game, say.

I haven’t ever made it, as I’m rarely at home for 20 hours straight, which is the ideal simmer-time.

Thanks to the ever forward NYC for bringing it to market and with the convenience of a walk-up window and to-go cup.

Is it criminal that I already want delivery?

Adapted from well+GOOD:

This winter, if you see a vibrant woman full of energy, with glowing skin, strolling through the East Village sipping a steaming, hot beverage, it may not be coffee. It could be grass-fed beef broth, made with bones and infused with ginger.

On Monday, renowned chef and Hearth owner Marco Canora introduced Brodo, New York City’s first take-out window devoted to sippable broths—and he’s betting on the fact that people will be intrigued by both the health benefits and the taste. “I want to create a new hot beverage—a whole new category,” he says.

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In the wellness world, at least, bone broth is having a serious moment. More and more health coaches, nutritionists, and beauty gurus are recommending it for its many benefits, from boosting gut health and fighting inflammation to providing a dose nutrients like magnesium, potassium, calcium, amino acids, and collagen.

At Brodo, Canora is currently offering three broths: Grass-Fed Beef (infused with ginger), Organic Chicken, and the Hearth Broth, all of which are served in small ($4), medium ($5.50), or large ($6.75) coffee cups, just like your Starbucks order. And you can choose from add-ins that boost both flavor and nutrition, like fermented beet kvass, spicy Calabrian chili oil, and fresh grated turmeric. He says he’ll add a vegetarian broth next, made with veggies, seaweed, and dried mushrooms, and possibly a seafood broth later, and he’s experimenting with other add-ins like parsnip juice and coconut milk. When he discusses the endless possibilities, you can feel the excitement in his voice and expressions.

Brodo (at Hearth), 403 E. 12th St., window on First Ave., East Village, @brodonyc

Benefits of bone broth, adapted from Mercola.com

According to an old South American proverb, "good broth will resurrect the dead."

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  • Heals and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion: The gelatin found in bone broth is a hydrophilic colloid. It attracts and holds liquids, including digestive juices, thereby supporting proper digestion.
  • Inhibits infectioncaused by cold and flu viruses: A study published over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly mitigating infection.
  • Reduces joint pain and inflammation, courtesy of chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, and other compounds extracted from the boiled down cartilage.
  • Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).
  • Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better.
  • Promotes strong, healthy bones: As mentioned above, bone broth contains high amounts ofcalcium, magnesium, and other nutrients that play an important role in healthy bone formation.
  • Promotes healthy hair and nail growth, thanks to the gelatin in the broth.