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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Weight Loss: When ghee is derived from grass-fed cows, the butter contains cancer-fighting fatty acid that aids in weight loss.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
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!
"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.
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.
If Palmitic acid which is artery clogging...why would I want to use Ghee..but you say...it creates biliary lipids that unclog???
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.
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
@kararaby you don't get milk by killing calves
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.
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!
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
More than warm - simmer. Cheaper to make. What many people think is ghee, is actually clarified butter.. same properties as butter.
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.
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.
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
As long as you don't go over 10 grams of saturated fat from other sources... 1tsp of ghee contains 3 grams
What about the 3 grams of saturated fat that's more than any other healthy oils that usually have 2 grams of it?
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!