Foodie Friday: Seven Healthy Reasons to Add Ghee to Your Pantry
The average American may have no idea how useful and beneficial (and healthful) Ghee can be! We’ve recently added Pure Indian Foods’ Organic, Grass-fed Ghee to our line because of its rich benefits and versatility as both a supplement and a food item.
We know you’ll love it as much as we do, once you know why Ghee is so amazing!
1) Ghee is a great source of nutrients. Ghee made from grass-fed beef is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, as well as K2 and fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acid and butyric acid.
2) Ghee is very low in lactose. Ghee is a clarified form of butter from which the milk solids have been removed, leaving only the butter fat. Typically this allows those with milk allergies to consume Ghee without experiencing allergy symptoms. (With severe allergies to milk, please try Ghee only with a nutritionist or healthcare provider’s supervision, as ghee can still contain traces of lactose.)
3) Ghee is great for cooking. Because the milk solids have been removed, ghee has a higher smoke point than butter, making it a safe (and delicious) fat for sautéing or frying foods.
4) Ghee enhances nutritious foods. Many herbs and spices have qualities are that are potentiated when warmed in a fat. Sautéing spices and herbs in a bit of ghee before adding to your recipe can help release the medicinal properties and give you greater health benefits.
5) Ghee can increase butyric acid levels. Our own digestive tracts produce butyric acid; it’s used both for energy and for supporting the health of the intestinal walls. But with a leaky gut (or a gut that’s simply in poor health), we may not be able to produce the amount of butyric acid our bodies need. Using ghee not just as a cooking ingredient but taking it supplementally can increase the butyric acid levels in the body and thus increase gut health.
6) Ghee boosts the immune system. All the nutrients in ghee, especially Vitamin A, butyric acid and conjugated linoleic acid, are good for helping to aid and boost the immune system.
7) Ghee is delicious. It just plain tastes good! You can use Ghee in place of butter or other cooking oils in recipes. You can spread on toast and top with a favorite jelly or jam. Or you can eat it by the spoonful to get an extra dose of good fats!