What is Ghee?
Ghee has been around for a very long time (since 1500-500 BC)! Originating in ancient India and referred to as 'liquid gold' and perhaps this has to do with its colour but also its incredible nutrition that can enhance the health and beauty of all who consume it.
What is it though exactly?
Ghee is clarified butter and that means that it has gone through a process to remove the milk sugar (lactose) and milk protein (casein) so what you are left with is a high-quality pure butter fat that is brimming with goodness and nourishment and fantastic to cook with!
Before you are ready to rush out and purchase some, and make it your new pantry staple (which you most likely will), let us share with you all the reasons why ghee is gaining popularity at warp speed!
The benefits of this beautiful fat can add another level of vitality, wellness, beauty, health and also happiness to your life and when you understand how t can do all of this (by reading this blog), you will probably wish you'd added it in much sooner! 😉
After you've finished reading this blog, you will grasp why we love it so much and why I call it a "beautiful fat". For when we truly understand how animal fats nourish and satiate us, and we understand the important role that cholesterol plays in our body, we see things for how they really are and not how we've been led to believe.
Ghee is Versatile, Nutritious and DELICIOUS!
Not only is ghee tasty, buttery and nourishing on a deep level, it is also is great for cooking with and makes a much better and healthier alternative to most cooking oils (except for coconut oil)*
*Coconut oil is also wonderful for cooking with as it has a high smoke point too.
Cooking with 'vegetable' oils such as canola, corn, cottonseed, grape seed, rice bran, safflower, soybean and sunflower is not a good idea if you want vibrant health as these oils are highly toxic for many reasons in which we go into in our other blog 'Vegetable Oils May Be Public Health Enemy Number One'.
We have been conditioned to believe that these oils are safe and even "healthier" than saturated fats but this is completely wrong and a total lie that does not serve humanity but is actually greatly hurting human health.
If you would like to truly understand this oily topic, we encourage you to check out the blog here or come back to it after you've read this ghee blog.
Ghee is Safer to Cook With
Unlike vegetable oils and vegetable shortenings such as margarine, ghee is highly stable and not prone to rancidity (like most other other oils are), it also has a very high smoke point of 251 celsius (butter has a smoke point of around 176 celsius and will burn much quicker). If you love that buttery taste without the burning, you will enjoy cooking with ghee.
Vegetable/Cooking Oils are Not Safe!
Vegetable oils (this includes seed oils like sunflower and the ones mentioned above), are highly unstable and prone to rancidity so using these oils can cause inflammation in the body and negatively impact our health in very scary ways that the doctor probably isn't aware of?
In fact, it is vegetable oil consumption that has a greater chance of causing heart disease than consuming fats from animal products like ghee.
In the BMJ Journals, it was stated that omega-6 vegetable oils (all vegetable oils) are the driver of coronary heart disease. These oils provide us with lots of omega-6 and too much omega-6 can be harmful.
The ratio for omega balance can be confusing, it is still 2:1 (omega:6/omega-3) but the problem is that when we are consuming vegetable oil and foods that are cooked in or contain these oils, we are often getting 20:1 and this is not good for health.
We wrote extensively about the omega-balance and this includes omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, what their role is and where to find them. You can find this information here when you're ready to circle back after this blog.
Why Saturated Fat Confuses Us
The doctor probably tells you to cut down on saturated fats because maybe you had a blood lipid test and now told you have "high cholesterol" (well this is a whole other topic where there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding which creates fear in people and when people are operating form fear, they often make decisions that may be detrimental to their wellbeing).
The truth is that we need cholesterol in our body and its not high cholesterol that is killing us! It is vegetable oils and statin drugs.*
*It is also sugar, smoking, stress, excess alcohol intake etc.
Cholesterol, sadly, is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted molecules in the human body of all time but slowly, the truth is coming out and we are very happy about this and hope to help open people's eyes to these truths that have been hidden from us for the longest time.
Both of these topics (as controversial as they are), we have deeply covered in our blogs below:
But What If I Am Dairy Intolerant?
This is a very important question and we are certainly not here to advise anyone of anything but we just want to give you the facts so you can make your own, informed decision.
The thing is, that many people who could not normally consume most dairy (such as butter, milk or cream), may be able to consume and tolerate ghee and that is because ghee does not contain any lactose or casein (in general) as it is removed in the process of clarification (turning the butter into just butter fat).
If you were severely intolerant it may be best to avoid and not risk it as there is still a chance that some batches may contain trace amounts.
If this is you, I would suggest a high-quality, extra-virgin cold-pressed organic coconut oil for cooking and consuming (that does not contain toxic hexane solvent) such as the Perfect Coconut oil.
You Don't Need to Keep Ghee in The Fridge!
Because it is just butter fat (contains no milk solids) and highly stable, you don't need to keep ghee in the fridge. If you are only using it ever so sparingly (you won't be though), you may like to keep in the fridge to extend its shelf life but like I said, once you start cooking with ghee and adding it to your food and beverages, you will never look back! 🤤
Ghee is Packed with Nutrition!
Another thing that you'll love (besides how yummy it is), is that it is super duper nourishing and that is because it contains important fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K but also some omega-3 (in the form of EPA and DHA).
The best source for EPA and DHA is oily fish and cod liver oil.
Ghee also contains healthy acids such as butyric acid and CLA (conjugated linolenic acid).
We will be publishing blogs about these nutrients soon so stay tuned... In the meantime though, you may wish to learn about the benefits of vitamin K? We also have a blog about Cod Liver Oil which discusses the important benefits of vitamin A.
Ghee is Popular on a Keto Diet
Many people who are doing the ketogenic diet are using ghee as it is a very easy and delicious way to incorporate more good fat into ones diet.
We are learning to love and appreciate fats for health and weight loss/weight management as they both nourish and sustain us. Adding more good fats to your diet (by using ghee and also coconut oil) helps to keep us full - keeping both hunger pangs and cravings at bay!
If you are doing keto and still getting cravings, this could be a sign that your gut flora balance is out of whack as it can be the case that the gut bugs are the ones causing your cravings?
If that is the case, you may wish to consider a serious gut-healing/microbiome healing protocol such as the GAPS diet by Dr Natasha Campbell-Mcbride.
Potential Benefits of Eating Ghee
- Deep nutrition and nourishment
- Helpful for vision and eye health (vitamins A & E)
- Important for immune function (vitamin A)
- May help reduce oxidation (vitamin E)
- May help with weight loss/managing weight
- A good source of healthy acids Butyric acid (boosts metabolism)
- A good source CLA (boosts fat loss and the immune system)
- Contains EPA and DHA for helping reduce inflammation
- Radiant healthy skin
- Gut health
- Great for keto diets
How to Use Ghee
- Great for cooking with instead of toxic vegetable oils
- Great for adding to coffee, hot cacao, chai etc
- Add to soups, casseroles, stews etc
- As a spread instead of margarine or even butter
Ghee May Help with Progesterone Production
We wrote about this in a blog called 'How Ghee Can Help Progesterone Production'. You can find this one here.
Why Not Any Old Ghee then?
You can go to the time and effort to make your own at home (who has time for that)? or you can buy it in the supermarket or online but the problem is, that if you buy it from the supermarket, you may not be getting a high-quality one that is sourced from exclusively grass-fed cows?
For dairy cows, a diet of exclusively grass is the only way to produce a high-quality, pure ghee. If your supermarket ghee does not say where the butter is sourced and you know nothing about the soil that the grass is grown in, you may not be getting the best product.
This ghee however, is produced from happy, New Zealand cows who munch away all day, on grass, in fields of rich, nutrient-dense, fertile soil!
The milk that they produce is some of the best in the world! Therefore, the butter and then ghee is of the absolute highest and purest quality too.
Sol Organics Grass-fed ghee is the one that we use and trust and you can find it here.
If you're yet to try it, all I can say is get ready to taste and feel the difference! 😊
Disclaimer: This article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as health advice. Statements made have not been evaluated by the TGA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent and one should always consult with their trusted health professional before adding a new supplement to their diet.