Do chicken bones have any nutritional benefits?
Asked by white_sakura on Oct 08, 2009 in Nutrition



I like eating the bone after it's been cooked in a soup for a long time.  Are there any nutritional benefits and calories in this if I do so?


Answer

Bone marrow, sucked or spooned from the center of a bone, is rich in healthy fats, protein and iron - but chicken bones don't have much marrow.  Chicken bones simmered in soup, increase the calcium content of acidic broths, such as when tomato or vinegar is an ingredient.  Bones also release gelatin, a protein, into the broth.  But never swallow the chicken bone itself because chicken bones can perforate the bowel and that requires surgery.  I have not see calorie information about chicken bones.


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