Home-made soup is best for your bones

Winter's coming and there are few foods as healthy and hearty as a good home-made soup to boost your immune system and protect you from colds and flu.

But did you know that some home-made soup, made using your favourite meat on the bone, could also give fragile bones a valuable calcium injection?

In his book, Stand Tall! The Informed Women's Guide to Preventing Osteoporosis, Dr Morris Notelovitz says you should always use a little vinegar when preparing stock from bones.

The vinegar dissolves the calcium out of the bones, releasing them into the broth.

Just two cups of home-made soup provides as much calcium as you'll get from drinking a whole litre of milk - and that's more than your daily requirement which is around 1 000 to 1 500 per day, depending on your age.  

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