What’s The Deal With Ghee?

We’re not for food rules. Love milk and cheese and their dairy-free alternatives just not cutting it, you enjoy that dairy guilt-free!

That said, common consensus in the wellness community is that dairy isn’t so good for you.

Partially because of the casein (read this if you don’t know what I’m talking about), partially because of the proliferation of hormones (which can affect everything from our complexions to our fertility), and partially because, well, drinking another animal’s breast milk is a bit gross.

Needless to say, I was all kinds of confused when ghee (or clarified butter) became the fat du jour in the wellness world as of late.

What Is Ghee?

Ghee is unsalted butter that it brought to a simmer until the butter and not only melted but also separated into 3 layers: buttermilk, clarified butter, milk solids. Ghee is the middle layer, which is free of casein (which is discarded with the milk solids). And like some other less-digestible oil, it’s considered “liquid gold.”

While ghee has been a staple in India (and a version of clarified butter is also popular in North Africa and the Middle East) for eons, it’s relatively new in mainstream, wellness-focused areas mostly because it’s derived from the often-derided dairy.

But it’s probably not going anywhere any time soon – nor should it. Here’s why!

Why You Should Eat Ghee

Love the taste of butter? Ghee has the same unmistakable taste – without the questionably harmful casein (it’s removed as a milk solid in the clarifying process!).

Want to absorb nutrients better? Your body needs fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins in your foods and supplements. Sure, any fat will do – but why not go for this insanely delicious and decidedly healthy one?!

Like to cook at high heat? Most oils have a heat-point that makes them undesirable for high-heat cooking. Not ghee! This baby is designed to be cooked up high.

Cold all the time? According to Ayurveda, ghee is a warming fat, helping to coat your nervous system and keep you warm. (This is in contrast to coconut oil and avocados, which are cooling fats.)

Want a sharper brain? Healthy fats, especially in the morning, will help your brain to function more sharply. Swap out your splash of cream in your morning coffee for a tablespoon of “liquid gold” and reap the rewards!

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