There’s been a rather nasty stomach bug going around lately, and repairing the digestive balance after you’ve moved through the sickness has been high on the priority list of many people I’ve chatted with. One of whom is a vegan, who brought up the idea of Veggie Broth, instead of Bone Broth. Interested by this idea, I did a little googling and found a nice article over on The Wall Flower Kitchen site, which includes a recipe if you want to try it.
Bone Broth is Nothing Special
Turns out, the most beneficial nutrients and electrolytes in bone broth can be found in vegan-friendly sources and the one thing that sets itself apart, the thing that is impossible for vegans to find a veggie replacement for is the collagen.
Our bodies can’t even digest collagen whole. We simply absorb the nutrients from our food which provides our bodies with the building blocks it needs to naturally create collagen, if and when it needs it.
Eating collagen does not equal having more collagen. As put in this article from TIME magazine, “Just as the dietary fat you swallow doesn’t directly translate to body fat, swallowing collagen doesn’t become collagen in or between your bones.”
In this article by NPR, they quote Kantha Shelke, a food scientist who says “Eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables is ideal. Plants offer richer sources in collagen building blocks and, in addition, provide nutrients not found in sufficient quantities in meats or broth.”
Vegan Bone Broth Alternative
The main stars are:
- Wakame seaweed: Great source of omega 3 – one of the best for vegans, great for intestinal health, full of vitamins and minerals (particularly good source of iron, calcium, magnesium and iodine). Not suitable for SCD diets, leave out as necessary.
- Shiitake mushrooms: Gives the most amazing, comforting flavour. Full of vitamins and minerals (great source of vitamin D – especially if sun dried, zinc and B vitamins). Contains all essential amino acids. Prebiotic.
- Coconut oil or olive oil: Healthy fats with a good omega ratio that help absorb nutrients.
- Turmeric: Powerful anti-inflammatory plus adds delicious flavour and a beautiful colour.
- Spinach or kale: Full of vitamins and minerals (particularly high in Vitamins K, A and C, magnesium and calcium). Also a good source of protein and omega 3. Prebiotic.
- Coconut aminos: Mainly used for flavour but also gives the benefit of it’s amino acids. May not be suitable for some diets as it’s considered a sugar, so leave out if necessary.
See the full recipe source over on the wall flower kitchen site
At any rate this recipe would likely be delicious as the broth of a soup. Have you tried any kind of bone broth to increase your health? How did you find it?