Vegetable broth is made when you boil a bunch of vegetables in water until the water absorbs the flavor and nutrients of the vegetables.
Eat Your Vegetables
If conventional wisdom got one thing right, it’s that vegetables are very good for you. They’re full of nutrients our bodies need, as well as antioxidants that help fight free radicals and regulate cell growth. Vegetable broth can be one way to get those nutrients, but it’s probably not the best way.
The Health Benefits
One of the benefits of vegetables is all the fiber they have to offer. Fiber helps slow the digestion of carbs so they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar (not that vegetable broth has enough carbs to cause concern). Fiber also acts as a prebiotic by feeding the beneficial bacteria in our guts. This is essential for good health because maintaining a strong gut biome affects all aspects of our health. Although it has plenty of other nutrients, vegetable broth doesn’t have any of the fiber we need.
Whole Foods Always Win
Vegetable broth can certainly be included as part of a Paleo diet, but there’s no reason to go out of your way for it. You can use it to add flavor and substance to meals, but don’t go thinking it counts as a full serving of vegetables.
For more reasons to eat your vegetables, check out Terry Wahls’s TED talk.