Quick post on why I’ve added ghee to my kitchen tool belt and why it matters.
First, what is Ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow.
Why it matters to me:
Most clarified butters are prepared by removing milk solids, ghee is different as it’s prepared by continuing to simmer with the milk solids – which removes the dairy allergens most people are allergic too (ahem, lactose and casein)
So why’s it awesome?
Great For Cooking and Taste
1. Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C 482 °F).
You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.
2. Ghee does not spoil easily so does not need refrigeration.
Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.
3. Buttery taste without causing dairy allergies.
Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities have been removed so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee. Ghee has a nutty buttery taste without disturbing dairy sensitivities.
4. Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.
5. Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.
Energy and Weight Management
6. Ghee is Nutritionally Rich Like Coconut Oil
Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed directly to the liver (like carbs) and burnt as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.
7. Weight Loss
The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.
Digestion and Immune Strengthening
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes it own form of ‘ghee’ but you can aid that greatly by just consuming it.
8. Healthy Digestive Tract
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.
9. Healthy Immune System
Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut, and thus a strong immune system.
10. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer
- Researchers are using oral butyrate supplements and butyrate enemas to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
- Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation.
11. Strong Appetite
Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.
Hope that info’s helpful!
Now, go grab your ghee. :)