Ghee….A healthy fat!

I know that I have posted about Ghee before but I like to revisit topics for my benefit and yours.

Ghee is a staple in my home. I love it. I cook with it. I even melt it and put it on my (rare) bowl of organic popcorn. Yummy.

Ghee is very much butter but different from regular butter. It originated in India and is readily available in most grocery stores and health food stores across the globe.

Ghee is a clarified butter, much healthier than regular butter. It is made from the best milk from grass-fed cows. It is a concentrated butterfat made by removing the milk solids and water from the butter. After it is clarified it is caramelized to produce a rich and nutty taste. It also ends up with a higher vitamin content than regular butter…through this process.

Ghee is very high in fatty acids which our body loves and converts into much needed energy. There are many other good things that come from ghee too. The fatty acid linoleic acid, linked with cancer prevention is high on the list of healthy elements of ghee. The perfect ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids promote heart health. If that’s not enough, Ghee has a very high amount of vitamin A.

To break down a tablespoon of Ghee for you:

460 IU of Vitamin A

0.42 mg. Vitamin E

0 carbohydrates

14.9 grams fat

9.3 grams saturated fat

38.4 mg. Cholesterol

115 calories

Many people prefer ghee over butter for other reasons too. The lactose or casein has been removed so it’s easier on digestion in people with a lactose intolerance.

Ghee provides essential fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. These vitamins are important to help our bodies maintain good health. Vitamin A is good for vision and immunity. Vitamin D is needed for hormone health and balancing mood. I need high doses of vitamin D to help deal with my MS. Vitamin D also comes from natural sunlight. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and fights free radicals in our bodies. Vitamin K is important for the shuttling of Calcium to our bones.

Ghee makes an excellent cooking oil, which is what I like to use. It has a very high heat point. Great for sautéing.

Ghee is rich in butyric acid which is a short-chain fatty acid supporting digestive health. It reduces intestinal inflammation and is great for calming down IBS (irritable bowel) or other digestive issues. Butyric acid has been proven to help with colon cancer, metabolic and neurological conditions. Another good reason I like to use Ghee.

We must feed our brains healthy fats to keep things running smoothly. DHA which is an omega 3 fatty acid can only come from our food or supplements. Ghee is a great way to get your hit of DHA for a healthy brain.

Believe it or not, Ghee can even help with the battle for weight loss. Ghee is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to promote weight loss. How, you ask? MCT’s are shown to reduce body weight by producing hormones that suppress appetite and increase our fat burning abilities.

Ghee is very good for pregnant women too supporting healthy development of the nervous system, immune system and eyes of their developing baby.

Ghee is shelf stable so does not need refrigeration but I keep mine in the fridge. I think it’s better to keep healthy foods chilled.

Ghee adds really great flavor to foods when used in the preparation. Ghee adds a rich yummy flavor to a baked sweet potato or any food you would normally add regular butter. Get some ghee for your kitchen. You will be giving your body great nutrition from healthy fat.

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