Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the latest to adopt the growing bone broth trend. Coaxed by team nutritionist Dr. Cate Shanahan, Bryant, along with other team members, enjoy bone-rich broth as a base for soups in order to take advantage of its restorative and health properties, writes ESPN. The broth, which the New York Times is touting as one of the hottest food trends in the country, is produced by simmering nutrient-rich bones for hours.
After nearly two decades of playing professional basketball, Bryant has found that bone broth is great for energy and inflammation, supposedly taking in the "magical elixer" since the 2012-13 season, when team chef Sandra Padilla introduced the Jell-O like stock to things like chicken tortilla, beef stew, minestrone, and 15-bean kale soup.
Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco on why Kobe's needed to infuse bone broth into his diet:
"When you make it the right way, you get the minerals and the exact building blocks of what makes up our joint surfaces...He's recognized in the last few years, since sort of pointing him in the direction, of how important that will be...It's ultra, ultra important for him, maybe more so than the other guys, than a 22-year old who has really pristine joint surfaces and can get away with it and maybe doesn't need it right now."
With Bryant and the rest of the Lakers team seeing the health benefits of bone broth, will it become the next avocado toast, a food fad certain to land on countless tables across Los Angeles?