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What Are The Health Benefits Of Ghee?

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Curejoy Expert Claude Butler Explains:

Ayurveda claims that ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is beneficial for both the mind and the spirit. Ghee is made by a simple process of boiling butter and then removing the butterfat, leaving behind the proteins (casein and whey) and the milk solids (which includes lactose). This is known as clarified butter. If eaten in moderation, ghee can provide your body with higher concentrations of essential nutrients that aren’t available in butter.

Health Benefits of Ghee

Here is a list of important health benefits obtained by consuming ghee.

  1. High Smoke point: Since it cooks at a higher point than almost any other oil, the advantage is that it won’t break into free radicals like that in other oils. Free radicals can potentially be harmful to health, and when oils reach beyond their smoking point, it can be hazardous to a person’s respiratory system. Ghee also has a higher smoke point than butter.
  1. Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease: Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, a fatty acid known to be protective against carcinogens, artery plague and diabetes. Because of this, researchers say ghee can be used to prevent cardiovascular disease.
  1. Weight Loss: When ghee is derived from grass-fed cows, the butter contains cancer-fighting fatty acid that aids in weight loss.
  1. Better Digestion: Ghee is rich in butyric acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. According to the author of Prescription of Nutrional Healing, butyric acid is “a monounsaturated fatty acid that reduces inflammatory conditions, reduces seepage of undigested food particles, and aids in repair of the mucosal wall.”
  1. Lowers Cholesterol: Ghee is high in palmitic acid, which is artery-clogging. Studies have shown that ghee can reduce cholesterol both in the serum and intestine. This is done by triggering an increased secretion of biliary lipids.
  1. Skin: Ghee is known to purify the skin and give it an added glow. It acts as a natural moisturizer when used regularly. It’s also known to reduce burning sensation of skin, heal scars, chicken pox scars and more.

 

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Punlady
Punlady 5pts

Clarified butter IS NOT GHEE! The difference is cooking time. To make ghee, 1. one starts with a pound of unsalted butter (organic is best but yes, it is more expensive). 2. Simmer on low until the milk solids are not frothy anymore, the fat is clear, all milk solids have risen to top and the ghee becomes quiet, bubbling has stopped. (Anywhere from 30 - 60 minutes). 3. Skim the congealed milk solids off the top. 4.Watch it carefully, as the ghee can easily burn. Strain through fine strainer into a glass container 5. Store at room temperature. Enjoy ghee!

NathanParadon
NathanParadon 5pts

"Ghee is high in palmitic acid, which is artery-clogging. "

What???? How is this good? It doesn't seem to relate to what follows in Point #5 either... This makes no sense to me.

ReaderForHire
ReaderForHire 5pts

And in number 2: "...known to be protective against carcinogens, artery plague and diabetes." Artery plague? I think they meant plaque. This article's kind of a mess.

donbustin
donbustin 5pts

Sorry, but butyric acid is not an unsaturated fatty acid; it's a saturated fatty acid.

floangie
floangie 5pts

If Palmitic acid which is artery clogging...why would I want to use Ghee..but you say...it creates biliary lipids that unclog???

Punlady
Punlady 5pts

I think this guy isn't giving all the correct info. For instance, ghee is not clarified butter. It's made from unsalted butter. Clarified butter raises the 'bad' cholesterol just like common butter. Ghee elevates 'good' cholesterol. Look up for yourself. It cleans the arteries as far as I know.

kararaby
kararaby 5pts

As im sure you all know..Ghee is dairy and dairy means killing male calves (Bobby calves) ... Please use your sense of compassion and use something else

snoviolet
snoviolet 5pts

@ElaineKenney @kararaby male calves don't grow up to give milk. so when they are born on dairy farms they are destroyed rather then spend money on them

Fran1024
Fran1024 5pts

Actually, male calves are kept and raised for beef cattle.

oprana59
oprana59 5pts

That's good. But till today i was illusioned that such greesy stuffs are injurious to health specially heart. Hey should I start splurging on it or otherwise. Pl.

Punlady
Punlady 5pts

Hi, huge companies have made billions of dollars off the myth that 'fat is bad'. Remember that all fats are not equal. Non fat foods have been processed and advertised as healthy. Margarine is crap. We eat it, thinking that it's healthy when it's the contrary and have a very difficult time digesting. In Ayurvedic ( sanskrit meaning ayur - science, veda - life) medicine, ghee is considered so important, that there is a saying, "If you don't have the money to buy ghee, YOU MUST BORROW THE MONEY."Investigate!

Ann McCauley
Ann McCauley 5pts

If you warm melt butter in a pan it will seperate into three parts the middle bit is the Ghee..but ..easier just to buy it..\U0001f600

Punlady
Punlady 5pts

More than warm - simmer. Cheaper to make. What many people think is ghee, is actually clarified butter.. same properties as butter.

Leah Young
Leah Young 5pts

It's fantastic hey Annie, i love it! And so good for you in so many ways \U0001f60a

Yogini Deshmukh
Yogini Deshmukh 5pts

Making at home is the best option with the help of unsalted butter

Lucy Hayden
Lucy Hayden 5pts

I didn't see at Trader Joe's... (in KY)

Leah Young
Leah Young 5pts

Sue Broadstock switch to this and use instead of butter. May be better for Grant. It is delicious!

Ramesh Gandhi
Ramesh Gandhi 5pts

Consider making it at home. Quite easy. Start with organic butter, melt it on low heat until it starts to turn brown. Wait till it cools and there you have it, pure homemade ghee. Keep stirring it every few minutes. At times some solid fat sticks to the bottom of the pan, you can use it too. It is so yummy. If you can extract the butter out of unprocessed cow milk, that would be best. I am not sure of the quality of the canned ghee from the Asian stores.

Anjam AH
Anjam AH 5pts

You will find it in asian food shops its very heavy

Marvie Davenport
Marvie Davenport 5pts

You have to buy it at a store that sells mostly organic foods, like Sprouts or Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. You can also order online at Amazon.

Mona Gopal
Mona Gopal 5pts

Indian grocery store or Trader Joe's

Annie Edoño Yambot
Annie Edoño Yambot 5pts

Was looking for this at grocery stores but have no luck finding it \U0001f615

Kathleen M Wall
Kathleen M Wall 5pts

It is about moderation! Helps bring balance! Find a good Ayurvedic physician!

Nayr Naganalf
Nayr Naganalf 5pts

healthy or not is the wrong question... Is it ethical anymore?

Ila Amin
Ila Amin 5pts

So gee is not that bad minal

Basma Farooq
Basma Farooq 5pts

Ghee toh ghee hi hai khana banye mazedar

Jasmina Kocmar
Jasmina Kocmar 5pts

High cholesterol is due to your system producing the cholesterol, not necessarily the food that you eat... It is saturated fat, however, in moderation, palmitic acid might not be entirely bad for you, as it does display mild antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic properties

Jasmina Kocmar
Jasmina Kocmar 5pts

As long as you don't go over 10 grams of saturated fat from other sources... 1tsp of ghee contains 3 grams

Jasmina Kocmar
Jasmina Kocmar 5pts

What about the 3 grams of saturated fat that's more than any other healthy oils that usually have 2 grams of it?

Amanda Boles
Amanda Boles 5pts

Terria Swanson here is good sub for butter when coconut oil just won't cut it for flavor. I didn't realize it had so many health benefits, but I've bought it at Orchard and it is good!