When I was younger, my go to snack was a toasted bagel with butter and my famous sugar cookies were packed with the real deal. Unfortunately, I soon realized how badly dairy was affecting my body so I decided to eliminate it from my diet. Besides being one of the likely culprits for my bad eczema at the time, I noticed that I really didn’t feel great after eating any dairy and I felt so much better once I stopped. Not using butter was the biggest adjustment for me because I used it in everything. Back then it was hard to find a healthy replacement that would satisfy all my cravings until I was introduced to ghee.
Ghee has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic healing practices and in Indian, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisines. It’s a nutritious, clarified, grass-fed butter that’s been heated up and stripped of its lactose and casein proteins. While ghee is technically not dairy free, the milk solids are removed in the process and what’s left is a purified, healthier, even better version of butter and a great choice for anyone with dairy intolerances or sensitivities.
Filled with butyric acid, ghee has anti-inflammatory properties. This is important because inflammation is a major contributor to many diseases. Butyrate also promotes a healthy gut and is known for aiding with digestion and constipation. Unlike most cells in the body that use glucose for energy, butyrate is the main energy source for colon cells and helps defend the gut from diseases.
High levels of conjugated linoleic acid are also found in ghee. CLA has many health benefits including lowered blood pressure, decreased inflammation, weight loss and reduced body fat.
Like many other healthy fats, ghee also contains fatty acids that help promote burning fat and overall weight loss.
Additionally, ghee is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, all of which are vital, whether it be for our vision, immune system, heart health, brain function or bone strength. Ghee also helps increase the absorption of fat soluble vitamins which is extremely important and useful for people with issues like IBS, Crohn’s disease and leaky gut syndrome.
I personally love how ghee tastes so much like butter but with a bit of a nuttier flavor. It has a high smoke point making it a great replacement for butter in any recipe. One of my favorite ways that I used to use ghee was when I would drink my Bulletproof coffee. Adding it would help make the coffee extra frothy and delicious. Below is my Youtube video which shows exactly what I would do. Although I haven’t attempted to make ghee yet, it’s on my to do list so I’ll definitely be sharing my experience when I do.