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Bone broth: is it even worth making if the bones come from regular grain-fed cows?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM
Created April 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I could not get any grass-fed bones today. I also cannot get organic hormone antibiotic free bones where I live.

All the bones come from regular mistreated cows full of antibiotics and hormones. I do not live in the States so those cows are treated pretty bad here.

Is it even worth making bone broth or not? Will the benefits of making bone broth outweigh the negative side effects of all those hormones and antibiotics?

Thank you for your answer!

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581 · May 09, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh, the thought definitely makes me ill. Those poor animals and how they're treated, and what may or may not be going into the meat I put into my body... but I suck the sick back up & eat it anyway... save for the times when I have enough money for grass-fed. I eat what I can... highest quality is priority, but the money I use is my parents -- until I find work again -- and so I have to put their consideration and budget first. We're also eating more (wild) fish to cut down on CAFO meat.

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41297 · May 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You're not paleo enough until the thought of CAFO beef makes you ill! ;)

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15400 · May 01, 2012 at 5:56 AM

The last time I tried grain-fed bones it was not a very good experience... I will try though. Thanks!

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15400 · May 01, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Thank you, I will try :)

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15400 · April 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Eastern Europe.

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1804 · April 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Great question! Looking forward to the answer because I, too, cannot get grass-fed bones.

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19469 · April 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Where do you live?

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15400 · April 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I don't live in the States and here... it is free for all. But thanks for your answer anyway :)

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19469 · April 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

There are regulations that stipulate a "withdrawal period" so as to allow administered antibiotics to clear from a treated animals system. I am by no means confident that these regulations are always followed, but nevertheless, it is supposed to be practiced.

Antibiotic Residues - A Global Health Hazard Nisha A.R. Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookot, Wayanad, Kerala -673576

The amount of antibiotic residue also varies from animal to animal (pork more than beef for example) and also on an individual animal basis (not all animals receive antibiotics at the feedlot).

You can really get into the subject here... http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=21&page=158

Speaking of "excreted", I think most people are unaware that veggies (even organic ones) can contain livestock antibiotics...

"Around 90 percent of these drugs that are administered to animals end up being excreted either as urine or manure," said Holly Dolliver, a member of the Minnesota research team and now a professor of crop and soil sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. "A vast majority of that manure is then used as an important input for 9.2 million hectares of (U.S.) agricultural land."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=vegetables-contain-antibiotics

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15400 · April 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Eastern Europe.

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19469 · April 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Where do you live?

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15400 · April 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I don't live in the States and here... it is free for all. But thanks for your answer anyway :)

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748 · April 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM

My take is that CAFO cows are still cows. Still have bones and connective tissue and knuckles... just skim the scum and fat.

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15400 · May 01, 2012 at 5:56 AM

The last time I tried grain-fed bones it was not a very good experience... I will try though. Thanks!

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581 · May 01, 2012 at 5:53 AM

My mom makes traditional Korean bone broth from conventional whole cuts of beef with the bones still in, as well as oxtail soup. Although it's not the most ideal choice and I'd rather be able to buy grass-fed, we can't afford it... and it's still nutritious. I've never felt sick after eating bone broth from conventional cattle, and you still reap benefits from it.

Good luck. :)

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581 · May 09, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh, the thought definitely makes me ill. Those poor animals and how they're treated, and what may or may not be going into the meat I put into my body... but I suck the sick back up & eat it anyway... save for the times when I have enough money for grass-fed. I eat what I can... highest quality is priority, but the money I use is my parents -- until I find work again -- and so I have to put their consideration and budget first. We're also eating more (wild) fish to cut down on CAFO meat.

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41297 · May 01, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You're not paleo enough until the thought of CAFO beef makes you ill! ;)

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15400 · May 01, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Thank you, I will try :)

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