I have looked up the difference between bone broth and stock before. Somehow, I always seem to feel confused and unsure about what the difference is. I tend to use the terms interchangeably. For this reason, I decided it was time to research the topic.
Why the Confusion Between Bone Broth and Stock?
Why are we so confused about the difference between bone broth and stock? Because both terms are often used interchangeably. They mean the same thing.
Traditionally, stock is made by simmering bones. It is more viscous due to the collagen that steeps in the liquid from the connective tissues. Broth is made from simmering the meat. When you use the word bone broth, you simply are talking about the same thing as stock because bone broth requires the addition of bones.
The Difference Between Broth and Stock
How Broth Is Made
Since broth is made from simmering meat and vegetables, the cooking time is much shorter than stock. Simmering the meat too long would make it tough. When you make broth, you remove the meat as soon as it’s cooked and you keep the remaining liquid to flavor sauces, gravies, cooked grains, etc.
How Stock Is Made
Stock, on the other hand, is based on bones rather than meat. You need to simmer it for many hours to allow the collagen and the bone marrow to be released. For a neutral-tasting stock, one would remove as much of the meat as possible from the bones. You would use stock in the same way as broth, for gravies, sauces, casseroles, cooking grains, etc.
Nutritional Difference Between Broth and Stock
Bone broth has been popular in the Paleo world, and it’s no wonder, it has so many benefits:
- It is more nutrition than meat broth. Broth has fewer calories and pretty much less of all the vitamins and minerals. Stock contains more collagen, marrow, amino acids, and minerals.
- Stock supports bone and joint health. It contains many compounds beneficial to joint health; one of them is glucosamine. You may have heard of supplementing with glucosamine for joint pain relief.
- It helps reduce inflammation and heal the gut. It’s one of my favorite gut-healing superfoods.
- It may help with sleep issues. The amino acid glycine is a beneficial compound that helps support a good night sleep. Why not drink a cup of stock before bed? Sounds yummy!
- It may help you lose weight. It enables you to feel satisfied without consuming too many calories.
To learn more about how you can use bone broth to improve your health, read my post What Is The GAPS Diet and How Can It Benefit You?
I hope you now understand the difference between bone broth and stock. Or instead, that there is no real difference between the two terms! More importantly, I hope that you are convinced to start including it in your diet. Your body will thank you later!