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Make no bones about it (how many times has that joke been made, we wonder) — bone broth’s supposed benefits may be bogus. For the uninitiated, bone broth is a stock that is made by roasting animal bones and then simmering it for a long period of time (between eight hours to an entire day). According to widely-held beliefs, doing this provides us with a broth that is rich in proline and glycine, two amino acids that help our body maintain collagen, blood pressure, and healthy tissues. In reality, our bodies make both of these amino acids on their own. On top of that, there are other scary things about bone broth, such as the fact that various bone broths were found to have alarming amounts of lead in them, a product of the environment in which the animals were raised. Yikes.

That being said, consuming broth can be a way to support your body as the weather gets chilly. In the recipe below, Vegetarian Hall of Famer, Chef Mark Reinfeld, shows us how to make a delicious no-bone broth that’s rich in trace minerals.

This No-Bone Broth made from vegetables, herbs, and spices can be enjoyed while fasting on liquids or any other time you wish to give your digestive system a rest.No-Bone Broth [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

If you are looking for a mineral rich and healing stock, look no further than this No-Bone Broth! The sea vegetable arame adds an abundance of minerals to the stock and is the perfect vegan substitute for animal product-based “healing” broths. A generous amount of fresh parsley adds further benefits, as this herb has been known to help fight inflammation and fatigue. Chop the vegetables as small as possible to have the flavor come out with less cooking time.

To learn more about why bone broth may not be as beneficial to your health as claims would lead you to believe, read Why the Bone Broth Health Trend is All Hype, Not a Health Truth.

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