Eating With Purpose --- Ghee
Ghee is a type of clarified butter and has been used in Indian cooking for centuries. It is a staple of ancient tradition and has been regarded sacred. Ghee has spiritual value. But it also anti-inflammatory. Ayurveda which is a 6000 year old complimentary medicine uses ghee as a vehicle for its herbal medicines.
SO why Ghee is regarded as one of the healthiest fats available? Let dive in to it.
Ghee is packed with fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is essential for maintenance of immune system and normal vision. As we all know D vitamin helps in bone building and bone density. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant, protects body tissue and blood cells. Vit K is essential for blood clotting functions.
Ghee is also rich inconjugated linolenic acid ( CLA). CLA is an omega-6fatty acid with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown benefit in heart health, cancer prevention and weight loss.
Ghee is also enriched with butyric acid. Butyric acid is a short chain fatty acid and most commonly found in gut. Butyric acid provides energy for gut cells, heals gut lining. It helps in keeping the gut integrity intact by reducing inflammation. With good gut integrity seepage of bacteria and undigested food is prevented. It aids in good digestion and has been used to treat patient with irritable bowel syndrome.
So how can you consume Ghee? Add a teaspoon full in your oatmeal, grits, rice or popcorn. Ghee has higher smoke point of 465 F, it is a friendly cooking oil replacement as it cooks without burning and sputtering. Use it for stir fry, grilling and sautéing veggies and meats. I assure you, with its distinct roasted nutty fragrance it will add incredible flavors to your food
Ghee can be expensive. It can be prepared at home. Its easy and cheaper. I suggest using grass fed unsalted butter. I also use it on lips instead of chapstick especially when I am at home.
So please incorporate Ghee in daily use. I am sure you will be surprised with its delicious taste and its health benefits.