What in the world is GHEE?
Admittedly when I first heard of ghee, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t understand why it was so different from regular butter, and at first I wasn’t really crazy about the taste. But the more I learned, the more I realized how amazing this food is!
Ghee is clarified butter, which is made with a process that slowly uses heat to remove moisture, milk solids, lactose, casein and milk solids and all impurities from butter. Apparently in India, ghee has always been viewed as a sacred, nourishing, and healing food.
Ghee also is one of the best oils for high temperature cooking as its flash point is 485ºF! It’s also shelf stable and doesn’t require refrigeration. Ghee is free of lactose, whey, casein, gluten, salt, trans fatty acids, GMOs, and bovine hormones (when coming from a good source!).
According to Ancient Organics:
“Ghee is comprised of full spectrum short, medium and long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). 9 phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals are present in ghee.
Ghee is known as a substance that gives longevity, its elemental qualities balance the aging characteristics by enriching the living body.
Ghee has been used for centuries as a digestive and elimination aid, for energy, sexual vitality, skin and eye health, as a lubricant for the joints and for alkalizing the blood.“
The Best Benefits of Ghee:
- Heals the gut
- Soothes internal inflammation
- Helps Weight Loss
- Helps reduce oxidative stress in the body
- Boosts energy and vitality
- One of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
- Promotes skin and eye health and supports alkalizing blood
- Provides vitamins A, D, E and K2, as well as Omega 3s and 9s
- Provides butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that helps with detoxification, insulin levels, and especially colon health (it helps convert fiber into more butyric acid which helps with further detoxification- something that many of us need a lot of assistance with!)
What you can use Ghee for:
- Cooking veggies or eggs in a skillet
- Bulletproof coffee or tea (instead of Butter- I do this, and wow what a boost of energy I get!)
- Put on homemade popcorn
- Add some to your smoothies
- Plop some on your steamed veggies or chickpeas with it before eating
- Use it in Pumpkin Bread, how delicious would that be?!
- Check out these other recipe ideas!
Where to Find Ghee:
- Most health food stores tend to carry ghee at this point. I’ve even found the Organic Valley brand at Target!
- Perfect Supplements now has Ancient Organics ghee in 3 different sizes. This is one of the BEST ghees out there! Use my code SASSY for 10% your total order on Perfect’s site too!
- Make your own! Dr. Axe has a recipe here.