It's never recommended to go on a liquid-only diet before your wedding day, but New York City dietitian Robin Barrie says that adding bone broth to a healthy food-based diet of veggies, lean meat, and fish could be helpful in more ways than one. The most basic benefit of it is that it can help you lose weight, since liquids tend to fill your stomach and keep you satiated for longer periods of time. "The fact that it's hot also makes it a diet food—you're sipping it more slowly, giving your brain the 20 minutes it requires to tell your body you're full," she says, but there are far more benefits to broth than just that.
Another bonus, Barrie explains, is that unlike other broths, bone broth is high in protein. She suggests sipping Bonafide Provisions Organic Chicken Bone Broth, which has about 10 grams of protein per cup, which will stabilize your blood sugar, thus helping to prevent cravings.
Think beyond calories, though. If you're often bloated and have digestion issues, bone broth may help heal your gut and lead to increased energy, anecdotal evidence shows, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and the fact that it contains glucosamine, an amino sugar that helps heal the gut lining. If you're having major issues, it's best to see a doctor, who, in addition to giving you routine tests, may prescribe supplements and bone broth.
For those looking to boost their skincare regimens, bone broth may also be the beauty food you've been looking for: It contains collagen, which has been shown to promote firmer, more elastic skin, along with shiny hair and strong nails. (Talk about a multitasker!)