Whether you are a regular or new reader of Healthy Living How To, one of the things you might notice, is the use of “ghee” in my recipes. I often get asked by readers what it is and why do I use it. Today’s post, 9 Health Benefits of Ghee, is for you.
What the Heck is Ghee?
When it comes to dairy allergies, the milk proteins, casein and whey are the common culprits. Ghee is actually butter, with not only the problematic proteins removed, but also the milk sugar–lactose. Ghee is rich in butyric acid which is great for healing the gut. And when one is experiencing sensitivities or allergies to food, it is pretty likely the gut needs some love. Here are several more benefits of using ghee…
9 Health Benefits of Ghee
♥ Shelf-stable. Due to its low moisture content and lack of dairy, ghee won’t turn rancid at room temperature like butter and retains its original flavor and freshness for up to a year without refrigeration.
♥ High Smoke Point. Ghee’s smoke point – the temperature at which the oil begins to smoke and generate toxic fumes and harmful free radicals – is nearly 500°F, which is higher than most cooking oils and much higher than ordinary butter’s smoke point of 350°F.
♥ Stimulates the digestive system. Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids to aid in digestion, while other fats and oils, can slow down the body’s digestive process and sit heavy in the stomach.
♥ Suitable for the dairy intolerant. Ghee is produced when butter is clarified, meaning all but trace amounts of lactose and casein are removed. Though tiny amounts of lactose or casein can remain, they exist at a level low enough not to cause concern for a Paleo dieter or those with lactose or casein intolerance.
♥ Rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Ghee is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are critical to bone, brain, heart, and immune system function.
♥ Natural source of the anti-carcinogen CLA. Ghee from grass-fed cows contains the cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) which aids in weight loss and has been shown to slow the progression of some types of cancer and heart disease.
♥ Rich dietary source of butyric acid. Loaded with short chain fatty acids such as butyric acid–a fatty acid which is believed to prevent cancers and tumors – ghee helps restore the integrity of the gut lining, reduces inflammation, has anti-viral properties, and has been shown to benefit those with gut disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
♥ Increases vitamin absorbency. The fats in ghee aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals from other foods, strengthening the immune system.
♥ Purity. Ghee does not contain harmful hydrogenated oils, artificial additives, preservatives or trans fats.
Source: The Goodness of Ghee
Where do I find ghee?
You’ve got two choices, you can make ghee, using my simple recipe, or you can buy ghee. Since ghee is shelf-stable it is easy to buy online. Both our local natural food co-op and Whole Foods stocks my favorite ghee.