The brisket bone is popularly called biscuit bone by Nigerians. Is there anything like biscuit bone?
I have heard of people on Facebook and twitter saying that “It is brisket bone not biscuit bone” and almost everyone (graduate and lecturers included) see this as correct.
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However, it is a wrong “correction”
Brisket bone definition refers to the chest of animals. In cattle, the brisket region has muscles and no bone to support the weight of the animal over time and becomes very thick.
In fact, biscuit bone wikipedia definition is:
“Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts, though the precise definition of the cut differs internationally. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals. As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle. This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.”
Difference between Biscuit Bone and Brisket Bone
A lot of Nigerians argue that it should not be called biscuit bone because it is not a dictionary word. What many of these people forget is that words in the dictionary were created out of the people’s languages and popular coinage of words by humans, not the other way round.Nigerians refer to “Biscuit bone” as any bone from any part of an animal, e.g. ribs, leg, ear that is soft and crunchy to eat.
For example, words like “Yankee”, “Tweet”, “Chilax”, “Google” and many other words have been added to the dictionary in the past years and more are added each year as a result of people’s creativity.
Trying to convince Nigerians not to say Biscuit bone is like trying to convince us not to call cassava flakes “Garri” or not to use the famous parlance “Copa” to refer to corp members because these words are not in the dictionary.
The major aim of speaking is undoubtedly to communicate and not to show off.
The correct one goes to…… Biscuit bone!
No matter how widespread the information is on social media and no matter how true it might look, always perform a quick “Google search” with an open mind seeking the truth before you begin sharing it n social media.
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Health Benefits of Brisket Bone
The name “Biscuit bone” was coined by Nigerians to describe a bone popularly found in cattles and very easy to crack when eating compared to other edible bones.
Like nutrients our body derives each time you crack other meaty bones, this bine has been the major reason why some people actually eat the cow meat.
The bone contains high amounts of calcium; this helps to strengthen the gum of the teeth and the bones in the body.
Other health benefits of biscuit bone in Nigeria include:
Eating biscuit bone after boiling it makes your bone stronger than before. The calcium in it is digested in your body and is used to build your own bone. This explains why nursing and young mothers often ask the butcher for this yummy bone for their young one when buying beef.
This bone also contains some amount of fat that is helpful to the body.