OH EM GHEE!
Last updated: October 2020
Have you ever heard of ghee? I had never heard of ghee until just recently. Ghee is the clarified (purified) version of butter that has been popular in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking for thousands of years. Not only is ghee more nutrient dense than butter, it can also be easier on your stomach! Let’s be serious, there’s no denying that butter tastes AMAZING. But how amazing is it for your IBS? For anyone who is lactose intolerant, butter can be off limits. For an IBS sufferer who isn’t technically lactose intolerant, but lactose sensitive, butter could be the culprit of a flare. GHEEZ!
What is ghee?
Making ghee involves removing milks solids like lactose and casein, which makes it virtually safe for anyone having to steer clear of butter. Along with being free of milk proteins, it is also free of sugar and water. Ghee is great for cooking! Ghee can be heated at a full 485 degrees, which is perfect for pan-frying and baking. Even better than the IBS sufferer’s trusty coconut oil! WOW! Butter burns a lot easier than ghee, and has a low-smoke point of 350 degrees because the casein and lactose start to burn during cooking.
Benefits of ghee
Ghee actually aids in digestion by supporting a healthy digestive tract through the short-chain fatty acid, butyrate. It assists in reducing inflammation, has been known for detoxifying and has many benefits for colon health. Ghee can also aid with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. I think we can all agree we could use that from time to time.
Choose ghee derived from grass-fed butter, and you’re in for a real vitamin treat! For us IBS sufferers, ghee can also help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee also packs in butyric acid, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
What does ghee taste like?
What does ghee taste like, you might ask? The taste of ghee has been described as similar to browned butter, slightly nutty, and a little toasted. While butter is milky, warm, creamy, and sweet, ghee’s profile is clean, nutty, rich, and has a deeper flavor. Bonus: It works as a 1:1 swap for butter in most recipes! Ghee has a similar profile to coconut oil, in consistency and nutritional profile.
Where can ghee be purchased?
Where can you purchase ghee? Ghee can be found at most health stores, including online health stores. And of course, even on Amazon! Or, you can always make your own Ghee, by simply heating up the butter, and skimming the foam (milk proteins) off of the top. OH EM GHEE! Are you going to give ghee a go?
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