I love healthy fat. Grass fed butter and coconut oil are two of my all time favorite ingredients. I’ve also added Ghee to my list of superfoods and it has become a staple ingredient in my kitchen. A lot of people have not heard of ghee. So, if you are one of these people, here is what you need to know. Ghee is basically clarified butter (it is used widely in India). (where to buy ghee) I got to know ghee as a child, though none of my relatives come from India. My grandmother and my mom knew how to make ghee (though I don’t think they truly realized the amazing healing properties of it). Sometimes traditions are passed from one generation to another without any extensive knowledge of their meaning.
Ghee is so good for your health that even the Charaka Samhita, a several centuries-old Ayurvedic text, says, “Out of all the oils fit for human consumption, ghee is the best to eat.” Ghee (here) has been used in medicine and in cooking since ancient times. It’s a healthier alternative to butter as it is made by removing milk proteins and water from butter. The end result – a lactose-free, nutrient packed food. Ghee is rich in antioxidants. It contains vitamins A and E. These antioxidants fight free radicals and promotes a healthy immune and cardiovascular system, it also induces skin cell growth.
Top 10 Reasons to Get to Know Ghee
- Outstanding Cooking Oil. Ghee’s smoke point is between 325°F and 375°F which makes it an excellent cooking oil. Unlike butter, ghee can tolerate high temperatures.
- Supreme Taste. Ghee has a more creamy texture and nutty flavor than butter since most of the liquid is skimmed off during the clarification process.
- Long Shelf life. Because of its low oxidation rate, ghee can be kept unrefrigerated for a long time.
- Easy to Digest. Ghee aids in a healthy digestive process as it stimulates the secretion of stomach acids thus increasing the absorption of nutrients.
- Boosts the Immune System. Modern research found that ghee also contains phenolic antioxidants which boosts the immune system.
- Lowers cholesterol. CLA ( conjugated linolenic acid) contained in ghee, not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. (source)
- Improves Eyesight. According to Ayurveda practitioner, Dr. Vasant Lad, eye disorders such as glaucoma, can benefit from adding ghee into the diet. Ghee improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A.
- Body Detox. Ghee is the perfect tool for body detox. Ghee penetrates the body tissues dissolving any toxins found in them. Then it gets rid of the toxins in the body through the intestines.
- Anti-inflammatory. Ghee has been proven to reduce leukotriene secretion and reduce prostaglandin which are both responsible for inflammation.
- Aids in weight loss. Due to the conjugated linolenic acid contained in Ghee, it aids in weight loss (especially belly fat). Being easily digestible, it helps to develop a faster metabolism.
If you have never tried ghee, give it a try. It can improve your health. I recommend making ghee at home (I use this butter) since it’s much cheaper than store bought and you will enjoy the amazing smell of homemade ghee.