March 14, 2016
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O. M. GHEE, Let’s get real; if you’re not using ghee, you’re missing out.

If I had to guess, I’d say olive oil is your number one go to right now. Maybe you throw some coconut oil into the mix when you  want to spice things up. But trust me–after reading this you’re going to want to get your hands on some ghee.

If you’re thinking, wait a minute, isn’t fat bad for me? Won’t it make me fat? I got you. Start here.

So first things first, what the heck is Ghee?

“Ghee is a clarified type of butter, meaning that it is butter that has been simmered into a concentrate, and the residue has been removed. What remains is basically a pure combination of fats, without any milk residue, which means that it does not need to be refrigerated. Ghee can last for months, or even years, without refrigeration, which made it very popular throughout history, before modern times and refrigeration.” Source.

Ghee vs. Butter?

Unlike butter, Ghee is technically dairy-free, and many people with lactose intolerance can eat it without any symptoms. If you have an actual dairy allergy, this isn’t for you. It’s also supportive of the digestive system in ways butter isn’t.

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What are the unique health benefits of ghee? Sources: 1, 2.

  • Good source of vitamin A, D & E
  • Rich in omega 3 fatty acids if from primarily grass fed cows
  • Supportive of immune system
  • Aids in digestion by stimulating the secretion of stomach acid. Butter and other oils do not do this.
  • Has a high smoking point making it an excellent choice for cooking at higher temperatures.
  • Reduces cholesterol in intestines and blood
  • Helps with glaucoma and regulating eye pressure
  • Antiviral properties from the butyric acid
  • Helps with ulcers, digestive distress and constipation
  • Supportive of healthy skin

I mean seriously guys, is this too good to be true? A delicious, lactose-free butter that is packed full of health benefits…what could be more Posh Body friendly than that?!

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So, what does it taste like?

It tastes like a thicker, unsalted butter.

How do I use it?

Use it as you would butter or olive oil. I prefer ghee melted or cooked. When it’s spread, it can have a weird texture.

Where do I buy it?

I buy my ghee at Whole Foods or local natural foods store, but I’ve seen it everywhere from Costco to Safeway. However, not all ghee is created equal. Only a high-quality product ensures the health benefits.

What kind should I buy?

Regardless of the brand you buy, you want to buy ghee that is organic and from grass-fed cows if possible.

Finding an organic option is easy, but a 100% grass fed ghee is harder. Grass-fed cows produce more omega-3 rich ghee, which is a significant health benefit.

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From what I can tell, it looks like industry practice is grass feeding cows from spring through fall with supplemental grains in the winter as the best case scenario.

Some major brands supplement all year round. For example, I usually buy Purity Farms Brand. As I did some digging, I realized that the ghee wasn’t from entirely grass-fed cows as I assumed. The company claims the cows are “pasture raised” and “To ensure they get the complete nutrition they need, our cows may also be fed supplemental organic grains, both during the grazing season and into winter months. Supplemental organic grains can include any of the following: corn, soy, oats, barley, triticale and other small grains.” Source.

The ghee from Pure Indian Foods, another popular brand, claims to be “grass-fed” but says their cows are fed grass only from spring- fall, implying supplemental feed in the winter. Source. 

However, I was very impressed with the transparency on the Tin Star Foods Website. They “make a huge effort to only buy butter during spring/summer/early fall so that there is little to no grain in their diet when drawing the cream from the cows.” This ghee is “approved” by the Paleo Mom, Jessica Flanigan of the Loving Diet, the 21 day sugar detox and Whole 30.

I’m definitely going to order some tin star ghee and give it a try! I’m still on the lookout for an entirely grass-fed ghee I can order on Amazon or buy from my local natural foods store but I’m not sure it exists.

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Like with most processed foods, I realize that convenience comes with some limitations.

If you’re not making it yourself or able to buy it from a local farmer, you can’t always get the exact product you want. And let’s be real, anyone who knows me knows I’m never going to make homemade ghee. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In the meantime, I’m okay using ghee that comes from cows that are grass-fed most of the year. Let’s get real, we’re all just doing the best we can. Getting stressed over finding the best ghee isn’t beneficial to your health, either.

While there are a lot of healthy fat options out there, I encourage you to see if ghee works for your body. Let me know what you think!

Join the conversation:

Have you tried ghee? What’s your favorite healthy fat?

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  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy March 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I have heard so much about Ghee and I really do NEED to try it! Thanks for all the helpful info :)

    • Reply Anna March 14, 2016 at 11:50 am

      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Sarah! Let me know what you think ?

  • Reply Marisa @ Mindful Slices March 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Even though I do usually make my own ghee, I love your “ain’t nobody got time for that!” haha. Everyone would use ghee with like…EVERYTHING if they knew how delicious it was. Great post, Anna!
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    • Reply Anna March 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      I’m in awe of you, Marisa! You’ll have to teach me how to make it ? Very cool

  • Reply Mark Forge March 15, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Question: what’s wrong with normal butter if you’re not lactose intolerant? Butter lasts forever in the fridge. Don’t think I’ve ever seen butter spoil in my entire life. I usually run out of a brick within 2 weeks. This really seems like another product, which you don’t actually need and it probably costs 5 times as much as normal butter. How much is it?

    • Reply Anna March 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Great question! If you’re not lactose intolerant normal butter is a great healthy fat. Just pay attention to quality (organic and from grass fed cows). Butter doesn’t have all the same health benefits that ghee does, especially in terms of digestion. Thanks for reading, Mark!

      • Reply Mark Forge March 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

        “Butter doesn’t have all the same health benefits that ghee does, especially in terms of digestion.” – That’s debatable, since it’s basically cooked down butter, but thank for your reply.

        • Reply Anna March 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

          I welcome your skepticism. I hate how the health food market is always telling us to buy a new product we don’t necessarily need. In this case, I don’t agree,though. I”m glad you asked because now I can share the long answer: Due to the cooking process, ghee IS different than butter most notably in terms concentration of vitamins A, E,D,K, Choline, omega 3’s and the % of butyric acid. I’m all about nutrient density and by %, ghee is the better choice assuming quality (organic, grass fed) is equal. I’d much rather have one of my clients eat grass-fed butter than have pasture raised ghee (if they can tolerate lactose) as the butter will be the more nutrient dense choice due to the quality of the milk used.

          If you’re interested in learning more, I’d do a google search and check out ayurvedic medicine (5,000 years old).As always, my goal is to educate and provide evidence. It’s up to you what you do with the information. Thanks for weighing in, Mark.

  • Reply Kasie Chelanne March 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Your post is perfectly timed! I’ve been hearing about ghee everywhere and wasn’t fully certain what it was or whether I would be able to try it since I have a lactose intolerance. I’m definitely going to pick some up but will be on the lookout for some produced by actual grass-fed cows. Thanks Anna!

    • Reply Anna March 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Kasie! I’d start with a small amount and see how you do. Let me know how it goes ?

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