Have you prepared fish stock? Here’s why you need to!

We all know that bone stock is all the rage these days.

It’s an AMAZING way to get a wealth of nutrients into your beautiful body to support your digestive system, skin, hair, nails, plus your bones and joints.

Unfortunately, there’s one stock that many people often forget to include in their diet.

Fish stock!

The sad news is if you don’t eat fish stock you are missing out on vital nutrients that you cannot get access to in beef, pork, or poultry stock.

Most notably, iodine.

According to the Journal of Cancer, a lower intake of dietary iodine has been linked to an increase in breast cancer.[1] On the other hand, a higher intake of dietary iodine not only supports breast health, but it also has a protective effect against thyroid cancer, too.[2]

Energetically, fish stock is cooling in nature where the meaty land animal stocks are more warming.

If you are craving a stock that is light and refreshing, or if you are feeling hot and bothered, fish stock would be a great choice for healing.

The BIG question is… have you prepared an iodine-rich fish stock lately?

Probably not.

Most of us don’t. Including me.

It’s kinda stinky, and not as easy to procure the fish carcasses unless you buy whole fish and debone them yourself, or reach out to your local fishmonger for scraps.

So how do we get access to this uber-nourishing broth if it’s too much of a bother to prepare it?

Don’t dismay, my friends.

I have the perfect solution for you.

You can easily prepare a classic Japanese Dashi in less than 30 minutes to naturally boost up your dietary iodine intake and get all of the benefits of fish stock.

Dashi is the umami-flavored broth at the base of many Japanese recipes and can be used in place of any traditional fish stock. I use Dashi in my Miso Soup recipes as well as Noodle Soup recipes.

Or you can simply prepare the dashi and add some ginger, garlic, and scallions, and sip on it when you need a metabolic boost.

It contains two simple ingredients that you can find in most health food stores, or online: Kombu (kelp) and Bonito fish flakes (Katsuobushi).

And, because it’s so darn easy to prepare, it’ll probably make you more likely to consume it on a regular basis.

Here’s an easy as heck Dashi recipe for you:

Classic Dashi Broth

And, for those of you that do have the time and desire to prepare a fish stock, this one’s for you:

Iodine Rich Fish Stock

Either way, you are doing your body a great service by adding classic dashi or fish stock into your healthful eating routine.

[1] http://www.jcancer.org/v08p0174.htm

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5440127/#R5