Ghee has been used for centuries in certain parts of the world but it has only recently become popular in western culture. Commonly used in Ayurveda it is believed to help purify and cleanse the body. For those who aren’t familiar with ghee it is clarified butter traditionally made from cows milk that has had the water and milk fats removed. Nutritionally rich like coconut oil, ghee is a great fat to cook with. Here are my top six reasons why you should consider adding ghee into your diet:
- Ghee has a high smoke point and is very stable to cook with.
- Ghee is lactose and casein free which makes is a great fat for people who struggle with digesting lactose.
- Ghee helps to support weight loss. The medium chain fatty acids in ghee help to burn other fats that are in our system, and it is believed that ghee helps to jumpstart our digestive system.
- Ghee contains butyric acid which is helpful in maintaining a healthy colon. Butyric acid has been shown to help people suffering from IBS and Crohn’s disease.
- Ghee is rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D and E. Fat soluble vitamins are vitamins that require fat to be present in order for the body to absorb them. They help to support various biochemical functions within the body and maintain a healthy metabolism.
- Ghee helps to create a more alkalizing environment within the body, which in turn helps to reduce inflammation particularly in the digestive tract. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases including cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease so it is important to try to reduce the level of inflammation within the body.
Ghee has a buttery taste that adds great flavour to many dishes. Remember though- moderation is key. Just because something is good for doesn’t mean that you need to overdo it.
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I hope that you have a great day! XXS