Foods that were eaten by our ancestors are making a huge comeback. And it’s for good. They have incredible benefits for health and have been used for ages. One such thing that makes its mark is the amazing clarified butter or ghee benefits, which is not only packed with nutrients but is free of milk proteins too, making it a great alternative for people with lactose intolerances.
What is Ghee?
Ghee or clarified butter, or what is now called “ghee butter” is a staple traditional Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine. We call it medicine because the ghee benefits are incredible. The ghee butter is made through a simple process of boiling butter and discarding off the animal protein, which is also called the casein and whey protein and the milk solids, discarding which also eliminates the lactose.) The remainder of what’s left is called ghee or clarified butter.
Just like butter, ghee has acclaimed a bad reputation for itself in the past 3 decades. This is because of its high saturated fat content. However, the researchers have revealed that ghee butter, instead of increasing the risk of heart diseases, decrease it.
And that is not the only benefit that it has up its sleeve!
Other ghee benefits include it being rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as fatty acids CLA and butyric acid that has some great impact on our health, especially if you are using ghee made from grass-fed butter.
Ghee Benefits For Health
1. Ghee benefits by reducing your risk of heart disease.
Despite the bad press due to its saturated fat content that ghee butter has received in the past, regular consumption of ghee may actually protect against heart diseases. Ghee is rich in CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which is a kind of fatty acid that helps protect against carcinogens, artery plaque, and the most common disease, diabetes.
Exactly because of such health properties, the benefits of ghee also include prevention against cardiovascular diseases.
An unfortunate result of the war against saturated fats has concluded in the replacement of traditional foods with more processed alternatives. One such factor of disappointment is the increased usage of processed vegetable oils which surprisingly includes up to 40 percent of trans fats (that as been associated with increased cardiovascular diseases!)
Studies have shown that people who ate traditional ghee (in moderate amounts) have a lower risk of getting any kind of heart disease than those who ate less of it or have completely eliminated it from their diets. Ghee benefits are impactful when it comes to having a healthy heart.
2. Ghee benefits during the time of conception/ Using ghee during pregnancy
Traditional families have been big on ghee consumption during the time of pregnancy and that is because the body needs vitamin K2. This vitamin is essential if you are trying to conceive anytime soon because researchers have found out that this vitamin has a crucial function in the facial and dental development of the fetus.
Children who are born to mothers with a sufficient amount of vitamin K12 in their diets are more likely to have a wide and symmetrical face with healthy and strong gums later on.
Grass-fed ghee benefits during preconception and pregnancy because it is a great source of vitamin K12.
3. Ghee benefits by healing your digestive tract.
If you want to have good health, it all begins with having good digestion. If you have any sort of digestive problems, it is the gut lining you must focus on.
Ghee is rich in butyric acid which is responsible for nourishing the walls of intestines. Butyric acid is a form of monosaturated fatty acid which helps to reduce inflammation, prevents undigested food to seep in other parts of the body, and repairs the mucosal wall.
4. Ghee benefits by helping you lose weight.
Believe it or not, but adding ghee in moderate amounts to your diet can actually help you lose weight! It is because of the CLA present which helps to prevent weight gain and aids in weight loss instead.
In an experiment done by an expert nutritionist, CLA supplements given to a participant showed significant weight loss results over a period of six months.
Therefore, if you are looking to shed those few pounds, start adding ghee to your diet. It is a great replacement source for other processed vegetable oils that are rancid and disastrous for health.
How to Use Ghee/Clarified Butter: Other Ghee Benefits
There are multiple ways by which you can incorporate ghee into your diet, especially by making some ghee recipes:
- Adding ghee to your dairy-free elixirs is a great way to begin your day.
- Using ghee as healthy cooking oil alternate for high-heat cooking like stir-frying, sauteing or roasting instead of hydrogenated and processed oils.
- Instead of butter or other processed fat, spread it on your gluten-free bread, crackers, muffins, and other baked goods.
- You can incorporate ghee into different kinds of spreads and butter like hemp chocolate spread. Try combining ghee with coconut oil for an amplified taste and nutrition benefit.
- You can use ghee in almost any recipe which needs butter or any form of oil (baking, mac and cheese, popcorn, sandwiches, gluten-free toast, etc.).
- Try having all the ghee benefits by melting it over steamed vegetables for an extra boost of flavor and a form of good fatty acids.
- Add ghee to any savory or sweet oatmeal/porridge recipe that you usually make.
- Ghee can be used to boost the flavor of gluten-free grains when they are lightly toasted with it.
- Surprisingly, it can also be used in DIY homemade beauty care recipes!
- Eat it off your spoon!
How to Store Ghee/ Clarified Butter
Because the milk solids have been removed during the process of making ghee, it is stable at room temperature. Since the time being, most of our ancestors have kept it stored at room temperature for months together! (also because they didn’t really have the luxury of a fridge.)
Store ghee in your pantry and it is good to go for months. However, try not to inlet moisture seep in. For example, do not dip in the same knife into your jar of ghee that has been dipped into spreading am/jelly for your toast. It is the same for swallowing a spoonful and then going back for some more with the same one. That’s also utterly unhygienic.
If you use ghee like it is no one else’s business, you won’t get through it in a few months to a year. If you want, you can store your ghee in the fridge too. But, it ought to firm up in cooler temperatures and would soften if you take it out of the fridge an hour or two before you want to use it. Or, microwave.
You can try ghee as a dairy free alternative for baking.
Here are some of my suggestions for using ghee:
- Healthy 3-Ingredients Desserts
- Vegan Zucchini Bread That’ll Save You 100 Calories!
- How To Make A Healthy Sweet Bread With Basic Ingredients
Meanwhile, do give making nut or seed milk at home a shot.
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