Butter is back, baby!
Not used to hearing that from your nutritionist, huh? Welcome to the new age of wellness where fat helps us lose weight. Finally nutrition isn’t about another fad diet, it’s about wiping us clean of fads and getting back to basics: eat clean, whole, nutrient-dense foods.
There are a few cardinal rules: know where your food comes from, eat things in moderation, fill your plate with veggies. Gone are the days of “health” food being anything we can process into a low-fat or low-calorie state. Those days have left us sick, lethargic and diseased. Finally we are back to our senses. Let’s just say it again for the sake of flavor and fun: butter is back, baby!
I am a huge fan of getting whole sources of fat into the diet. You need fat to fully function and enjoy optimal health. And you need fat to lose weight. Yes, it’s true!
There’s nothing not to like about butter, but I’m a huge fan of butter’s little cousin ghee. Ghee is clarified butter, essentially just butter that has been cooked to remove the milk solids, leaving a rich flavor and taking away most of the lactose.
Ghee is loaded with benefits, here are some of my favorites:
- Lactose and Casein Free: as I mentioned, the cooking process takes away the lactose and also the casein making it okay for most people who have dairy sensitivities.
- Perfect to cook with: If you are wondering why Indian food always tastes so rich and delicious, it’s because most places use ghee in place of oil. Ghee is great for cooking because, unlike butter, it has a high smoke point and can be used to cook or bake at high temperatures.
- Detoxing: Ghee is incredibly good for the body, and since it is made only of the good fats left from the butter, it’s basically a more nutrient-dense version of butter. The fat actually helps your body remove toxins and is crucial for a proper detox or cleansing experience.
- Lowers Cholesterol: Yes, you read that right. Studies have shown that despite years of thinking this would raise your cholesterol, using ghee in moderation actually keeps your cholesterol levels in check.
- Easy Storage: Ghee has such low moisture content that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I leave mine out on the counter for easy access when cooking.
- Supports Digestion: Ayurvedic practices preach that ghee is the miracle cure for digestive problems. It supports digestion and leads to faster metabolsim.
Aside from all these healing benefits, the taste of ghee is so rich and flavorful, I use about 1/3 of what I would use in butter. While I’m not opposed to you using organic, grass-fed butter I think you should give ghee a try. It’s delicious and nutritious and you may just get hooked!
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