Much like coconut oil, ghee is a multi-purpose fat that is healthy in many ways. I religiously start my day off with a cup of matcha (after my warm lemon water of course!), blended with one tablespoon of ghee, and three tablespoons of coconut oil. This keeps my metabolism revving, helps my body maintain a healthy weight, and gives me a burst of mental clarity.
Find out why you might want to include ghee into your daily diet as well.
10 Reasons to Eat Ghee:
1. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Because ghee—if it is from grass-fed cows—is high in Omega 3s, it protects against inflammation and heart disease.
2. Promotes Healthy Weight
Ingesting ghee helps pull fat-soluble toxins from your cells and stimulates your fat metabolism resulting in your body burning its own fat for fuel.
3. Supports Gut Health
Ghee creates beneficial bacteria in our gut and it also contains butyric acid, which helps keep the lining of the gut wall strong. This prevents you from getting leaky gut syndrome.
4. Easy to Digest
Because ghee is lactose free it is easy to digest. Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine meaning “science of life”, teaches that ghee stimulates the digestive fire which speeds up the metabolism.
5. Lactose Free
Ghee is safe for those with dairy allergies because the lactose has been removed during the clarification process. Most of the casein (the protein from animal foods shown to cause cancer) has also been removed. However, if you are casein intolerant you should not consume ghee as it still contains trace amounts.
6. Makes for the Perfect Cooking Oil
Ghee has a high smoke point of 485’F / 252’C making it a great oil for cooking.
7. Tastes Amazing
Ghee is rich and delicious. One of my favorite meals is veggies cooked in ghee with some hemp seeds sprinkled on top.
Ghee is chock full of vitamins such as:
- Vitamin E: Most adults are deficient in this. It’s important to get sufficient intake as it is a potent antioxidant and immune system booster. Vitamin E is also important for eye health and has cancer fighting properties.
- Vitamin A: Important for healthy vision, immune function, and proper cell growth.
- Vitamin K: Prevents blood clotting, protects from heart disease, ensures healthy skin, forms strong bones, and promotes brain function. In studies it has been show to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Vitamin D: Plays a key role in almost all of our physiological functions. It is an immune system regulator so it is vital to our health. Vitamin D aids in prevention of osteoporosis, many types of cancer, depression, diabetes and obesity.
9. Ghee made from grass-fed cows contains CLA.
Studies indicate that conjugated linoleic acid may help to reduce tumors, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and actually lower body fat.
10. Ghee contains butyrate, an essential short-chain fatty acid
Butyrate, or butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid that improves colon health. It’s been shown to support healthy insulin levels, is an anti-inflammatory, and may be helpful for individuals suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Have you tried ghee before? What are your favorite ways to add it to your diet? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!
Health Coach Jenna