What Is Ghee and What Are Its Benefits?

March 14, 2020

If you think butter is butter, you’re right. Ghee is a form of butter, but it is different from the yellow long sticks that mom used to use in the evening of baked potatoes. Know exactly what ghee is and its potential benefits.

Ghee has been at the forefront and center of Indian cooking and spiritual practice for thousands of years. In North America, however, its popularity is recent. In the past few years, Palo, keto and Whole30 diet enthusiasts have discovered that it can replace the creamer in coffee and make the bone soup taste (and feel) more decadent.

What exactly is ghee?
Ghee is a clear butter. When the butter melts, it separates into liquid fat and milk solids. Once the casein and whey are removed, the remaining substance is ghee. Although ghee contains almost no lactose, it is also dairy-free, because technically it is still butter.

Today, ghee is one of the most widely used foods in India and a common ingredient in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Various holistic medical practices and spiritual rituals also contain ghee.

Now let’s look at some powerful benefits of ghee.

1.It can help reduce inflammation
In Ayurveda or life sciences, ghee is considered to be good for the entire body. More specifically, it is usually recommended that you have inflammation treatment because of the imbalance between inflammation and the powerful Pitta dosha. According to Ayurveda, you can maintain and enhance your health by knowing your dosha type (or main biological energy) and establishing a balanced lifestyle.

Ghee is considered an alkaline food that helps to balance the pH of the body. In addition, substances contained in buty butter have been found to aid inflammation.

2.It has a high smoke point, which means …
In cooking, the smoke point is the temperature at which the fat begins to burn. Butter has a relatively low smoke point, about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the high smoke point of ghee is about 480 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes ghee an ideal fat for fried and browned (but not burned) foods.

Although frying is not the healthiest way to cook, you can also use ghee to fry food. From a flavor perspective, cooking ghee at high temperatures does not make your food bitter. Instead, it will make the food slightly nutty and rich in flavor depth.

3.It supports digestive health
Butyric acid is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that is produced when good bacteria in the gut break down dietary fiber. It is one of the three most common SCFAs in the gut, except for acetic acid and propionic acid.

Butyric acid is also found in animal fats, vegetable oils, and foods such as butter and ghee. Although the content of butyric acid in foods such as ghee is small compared to foods such as ghee, foods containing fatty acids have been shown to help digestive health and help people with digestive problems.

A study of 66 patients with irritable bowel syndrome was performed. Intestinal syndrome affects the large intestine and may be accompanied by cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, bloating, diarrhea or constipation or both. During the study period, one group of participants received a daily dose of 300 mg of butyric acid, while the control group received a placebo. Just four weeks later, researchers found that abdominal pain was significantly reduced in those taking butyric acid.

Another study looked at the effects of butyric acid on Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract, which in turn causes abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. After the eight-week treatment period, researchers found that 9 of the 13 participants had improved symptoms after taking 4 grams of butyric acid daily.

Although ghee is not a panacea for digestive problems, its ingredients can help reduce inflammation, which is important for maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

4.It Can Aid in Weight Loss
The 1990s popularized grunge music, the TV show Friends, and fat-free everything. The prevailing belief at the time was that dietary fat made people fat. As a result, food producers removed fats from food products and replaced them with sugars, refined grains, and other carbohydrates. The sale of fat-free products skyrocketed, yet more Americans were becoming overweight, contributing to an epidemic of obesity.

Fast forward three decades later and researchers have found that lowering the intake of carbs—particularly refined carbs, which are quickly broken down into sugar—while increasing the intake of fats within an overall healthy diet and lifestyle may be a key in maintaining or losing weight.

A tablespoon of ghee contains about 13 grams of fat and 8 of those grams are saturated fat. If you eat 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day, a tablespoon of ghee amounts to more than half of the daily intake of saturated fat recommended by the American Heart Association.

Although saturated fats have gotten a bad rap, it’s important to know that not all saturated fats are created equal. Research shows that saturated fats in meats can increase cardiovascular risks while those in dairy products, such as ghee, can lower those same risks.

To reap the benefits—whether for weight management or other health-related concerns—the key is to eat saturated fats in moderation, favoring those that come from dairy products rather than from meats.Its Vitamin A Can Support the Immune System, Liver, and More
Ghee contains around 8 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin A. Vitamin A contains powerful antioxidant properties that enhance immune function. Antioxidants protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. Vitamin A also plays an essential role in eye and liver health, growth and development, and tissue remodeling and metabolism.

4.It Can Lubricate the Joints, Lips, and Skin
In Ayurveda, ghee is prescribed to lubricate the joints and reduce stiffness. Additionally, Ayurveda uses ghee as an arthritis remedy. Ghee is also used in some Ayurvedic massage techniques, as well as to hydrate the skin and lips.