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.
- 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?!
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.
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.
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?