Ghee – so sweet and delicious, it will melt your heart.
Sounds a bit romantic, but truly, that is how ghee makes me feel. And any food that makes you feel is a food worth eating, and exploring.
Let’s do both.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter. Although it is prepared completely from butter, its properties, according to Ayur-Veda, are very different from butter itself. Ghee is not only used in the diet, but is also used in medicines and traditional religious rituals in
many parts of Southeast Asia
(If you have a cholesterol problem, check with your doctor before using ghee.)
When a butter is clarified it basically means that the milk fat is removed from the butter to separate the milk solids and water. You do this by melting butter and skimming the fat off of the top, leaving you with a yellow liquid when it’s hot and a creamy looking solid once it cools down.
What I love most about ghee is that it is so easy to make, and it has a number of health benefits!
Reasons why I incorporate ghee into my family’s diet, and why you might also want to:
1. Lactose Friendly
Since it’s made from the milk solids, the impurities have been removed, so people who are lactose intolerant usually have no problems consuming ghee. However, be sure to consult with your physician before trying it.
2. Doesn’t Spoil Easily
Ghee doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and according to Care2, some mixtures can last up to 100 years.
3. Promotes Flexibility
According to Dr. Vasant Lad, director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., ghee helps to lubricate the connective tissue and promote flexibility. This is why many yoga aficionados and practitioners consume this type of butter.
Personally, I can attest to the lubrication claim. I rub a little ghee inside my nose whenever I am congested or dry, particularly when flying.
4. Rich In Vitamins
Ghee is rich in healthy fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are important for promoting bone and brain health, and for boosting the immune system.
- Excellent choice for athletes, as ghee is also rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy.
5. Healthy Digestive Tract
Ghee converts fiber into butyric acid, which is beneficial to intestinal bacteria. It also helps to increase appetite, fostering better health and weight loss.
6. Lowers Cholesterol
Studies have shown that ghee can reduce cholesterol both in the serum and intestine. According to the Times of India, it does this by triggering an increased secretion of biliary lipids.
7. Higher Smoking Point
Since it cooks at a higher point than almost any other oil, it won’t break into free radicals like other ones. Free radicals can potentially be harmful to one’s health, and when an oil smokes, it can be hazardous to a person’s respiratory system if constantly breathed in.
8. Weight Loss
When the ghee is derived from grass-fed cows, the butter contains cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA), which aids in weight loss.
- You can find grass-fed ghee in most health food stores, but you can also make your own by using grass-fed butter.
Now that you know what ghee is and it’s many healthy benefits, you’re ready to make your own! It’s become an absolute treat in my family – both decadent and nourishing – and I bet it will for your family too.
So Let’s Make Ghee!
I promise it’s easy