Okay, you’re probably thinking we’re crazy right now. Butter (fat) is good for me? No way! But actually, yes, this “butter” which is indeed a fat, is good for you in more ways that you can imagine. As with all foods, we recommend a philosophy of moderation, but you might be surprised by what you read below!
We’ve been taught for years and years that saturated fats are bad for you, but we want to show you the good side! Americans have been replacing animals fats with highly processed oils like soybean and canola oil for far too long. And if you were concerned about your cholesterol, worry no more. Even the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines have lifted the cholesterol myth!
Ghee is basically clarified butter, and has been part of Ayurvedic tradition for centuries. The water and milk solids have been boiled out, and the end result is rich, butter fat. If you are intolerant to cow dairy, ghee might be the route for you, as it will be easier on your digestive tract. It also stimulates the production of stomach acids which will help to digest foods easier, as well as increases the absorption of nutrients. Have we caught your attention yet?
Animal fats are amazing sources of vitamins A, D, and K. These vitamins are specifically important because they are needed to absorb many other nutrients, like calcium. The body would also much rather use fat as an energy source than sugar or caffeine. It also doesn’t stimulate an insulin response like sugar does, so there’s no energy spike, then crash. And one of the best parts is that it stimulates the hormones that signal being full, and we don’t mean the type of full you get from overeating. We mean the type of full you get after you’ve really nourished your body.
Just like when buying beef and poultry, it’s important to purchase ghee from a trusted source that uses organic methods and feeds its cows grass. One of our favorite brands is Pure Indian Foods. They have been making ghee since 1889!
You can use ghee in cooking just as you would any cooking oil. It has a high smoke point so it doesn’t turn into a carcinogen when hot (like olive oil does) and adds a depth of flavor to dishes. Or simply spread it on toast or a cracker. It’s also a great substitute for regular butter when baking! Another favorite thing of ours to add ghee to is tea, to make a warm morning (or any time of day) tonic!
- 1 cup of tea of your choice (we really enjoy chai!)
- 2 tbsp coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 heaping tsp of ghee
- 1 tsp honey
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 tsp reishi powder (feel free to add any herbs)
Allow your tea to steep, then blend with all ingredients above, and top with an extra dash of cinnamon!
What is your favorite way to eat ghee?