5 Benefits of Ghee
As consuming healthy fats continues to rise in popularity, we have been hearing more and more conversation about Ghee. So what is it exactly? Ghee is a type of butter categorized as “clarified butter” that is commonly used in Middle Eastern and South Asian cooking. Ghee is different from regular butter due to the way that it is created. When making ghee, butter is heated until the milk solids and water are removed and it is heated long enough that the flavour becomes nuttier and the smoke point becomes higher. While butter may have a bad rep, ghee is actually hailed in the health community for some of the benefits associated with consuming it. Here are the five benefits of incorporating ghee into your diet.
Boosts your Daily Vitamin Intake
Ghee is packed with fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K and Vitamin E, which are key vitamins in helping to keep your skin glowing, your vision healthy and your gut healthy. Ghee is also full of Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids, which are linked to improved heart health and lowering blood pressure.
Contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a fatty acid with an array of health benefits. Some studies have found CLA to be effective in reducing inflammation in the body, reducing body fat and lowering blood pressure. However, it is important to consume grass-fed ghee in order to maximize the amount of CLA you get from ghee. Non-grass-fed ghee does not contain as much CLA.
Improves Bone Health & Strength
Ghee contains Vitamin K2, which studies have shown that ghee can help support the growth and development of bones while protecting against tooth decay. Vitamin K2 can also help the body to absorb and utilize calcium, which also leads to stronger bones.
Ghee contains a fatty acid called butyrate, which may help maintain healthy insulin levels, reduce inflammation and improve gut health. Butyrate acts as the main source of energy for your colon and can, therefore, help to maintain a healthy balanced gut.
The healthy fat in ghee may help to burn other fats in your body, which inevitably can lead to weight loss. Some studies show that ghee may also attract toxins, which then get eliminated from the body.