Wednesday, July 9, 2014

To GHEE or not to GHEE

Have you tried it yet?  I recently bought some Ghee, aka Clarified Butter, to try.  We ended up not being big fans of the taste in our household so, I am not really using it anymore.

However, my tastebuds aside: Adding ghee to your diet could be beneficial if you like cooking with butter but have a sensitivity to dairy.  It is easier for people with dairy issues to digest ghee as the milk solids are removed in the process of making it.

It’s a good high-heat cooking oil: has a high smoke point and won’t go rancid like other oils would at high heat.  I am careful with it as it is from cow milk and I want to make sure I’m getting it from pastured-raised cows for the best benefit.

Ghee contains some good-for-you nutrients like Vitamins A & E, and Butyric Acid- our bodies cannot produce this and when digested it helps to support our immune system & GI tract = Bonus! Like the plant-based oils, ghee contains short and medium chain fatty acids – these are absorbed into our bodies more quickly and used as energy, they are easy for us to metabolize.

So, if you want to incorporate ghee into your diet; it really just depends on what you think works for you.  And as you know, if you go with animal products in some cases, just be sure it’s from a sustainable, environmental & animal friendly place! 

Fo me, I'm sticking with plant-based oils: unrefined coconut or avocado oil for high heat cooking, cold-pressed olive oil for general cooking.  This is what works best for me right now.  I encourage you to find what works best for you.

Tip:  Instead of store-bought Ghee, why not make your own! 

Sonia, over at The Healthy Foodie has a great step-by-step recipe: all you need is a stick of butter and some kitchen utensils!