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Ghee, The Ultimate Butter Alternative?

Ghee is one of those on-trend products that has actually been around for thousands of years. A natural cooking oil, ghee is a clarified form of butter, where water and milk solids have been removed, leaving the essence of the butter. It’s prized in the Ayurvedic medical tradition in India, where it originated because it’s said to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate the body and nourish the brain and nervous system.

Current nutritional research shows that ghee contains healthy fats and is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins. Ghee also lowers an inflammatory molecule that contributes to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides. It’s rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which reduces inflammation, promotes fat loss, reduces the formation of fatty plaque in arteries and may even help prevent cancer.

Plus, it tastes wonderful and, unlike butter, it does not burn at high temperatures! Ghee is often described as a pure butter flavour that’s silky and nutty. Ready to try it? Here are some ideas to incorporate in your diet.

• Mix ghee with Celtic sea salt and spread on gluten-free sprouted bread

• Heat up a mixture of ghee and coconut oil, pour it over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt.

• Drizzle over fish, scallops or lobster.

• Swap out butter for ghee in baking that’s served warm

• Use ghee as a cooking oil to sauté, roast or stir fry veggies.

• Stir a half a tablespoon into your favourite organic coffee to make a powerhouse buttered coffee.

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