It’s better than butter. Here are the top reasons why you should add this healthy fat into your daily diet routine:
Wrapping your arms around the fat phenomena is difficult, as the diet and food industry has been overly focused on removing all fats from our diets. But you must eat it in order to lose it. But how can fat help you lose fat?
First, ghee ignites the gallbladder. The gallbladder’s main function is to store bile, which helps the body break down and digest fats that you eat. Meals are more easily digested and therefore metabolism increases.
Second, ghee contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) which increase your metabolism. Some studies have shown that MCTs can help your body burn calories and thus stimulate weight loss. They’ve also been known to promote fat oxidation and decrease hunger. Source
Even Dr. Oz is recommending it for your diet.
TIP: Want to build muscle? Ghee helps by fueling the rebuilding of muscles. Try up to a teaspoon with each meal.
Ghee allows you to enjoy dairy products without dairy-related inflammation. Your intestines already make butyric acid (the main fatty acid in grass-fed ghee), so adding ghee just means more of a great thing. Butyric acid increases immunity, kills bad bacteria, and speeds the performance of good microbes. Additionally, your body will absorb grass-fed ghee’s vitamins (A, D, E, K), and omega oils (3, 9). A little ghee can also help prevent leaky gut syndrome.
No more painstaking purchases of processed fats for the lactose intolerant! Since the milk solids are separated, filtered and removed, you’re left with pure oil. This makes the delicious taste of butter available to the dairy-free, lactose-free population. To learn more about lactose intolerance click here.
Ghee is also libido boosting. A healthy amount of dietary fat optimizes sex-hormone balance. Healthy saturated fats like ghee are better than vegetable oils for balancing hormones. Our green chili ghee will spice up both your bedroom and your favorite dishes.
Our skin absorbs everything we put on it. When using ghee internally, the skin radiates through the healthy assimilation of fats into the body and balancing of digestion. Ghee can also be applied directly onto the skin, and is revered for its external healing properties, too. According to Ayurveda, this can slow the aging process. Source
Emphasizing a balance of healthy fats, using ghee and eating grass-fed meats will help you get balanced sources of saturated fats necessary to combat adrenal fatigue. Our adrenal glands produce cortisol and regulate energy levels. Our adrenals and endocrine system love healthy fats and hate sugars and grains. Feeling unusually tired in the mornings? Try some Prana coffee.
Many people don’t know this, but if your oil starts smoking it’s officially considered a trans-fatty acid. Cooking with ghee at temperatures up to 400 degrees allows you to use minimal ghee and stir fry to your heart’s content. Try making an entire batch of pancakes on a non-stick griddle with 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee! More on oxidization here.
According to livestrong.com, a diet of 60 to 80 percent alkaline-forming food supports a balanced body pH and consequently, proper cell, tissue and organ function. Most dairy products are naturally acid forming, but ghee is an exception due to short chain fats known as butyrates and caprylates. The butyrates and caprylates in ghee promote healthy bacterial growth in the intestines, promote repair of the intestine wall, and suppress pathogen growth of some yeasts and parasites, if they are present. Source
Ghee is high in linoleic acid, an essential omega 6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis treatments by helping to lubricate the joints. It has also been shown to help promote lean muscle mass and is an ally for combating diseases from cancer to asthma. Source
In Ayurveda, ghee has long since been used as a base for many medical treatments, including healing of wounds, burns and chicken pox. At home, it’s easy to make a home-made burn remedy with equal parts honey and ghee.
“Such ghee alone or in combination with honey is considered to be extremely useful for treating wounds, inflammatory swellings and blisters for promotion of quick healing.” Source
Since ghee is also a rich source of essential fatty acids, which regulate prostaglandin synthesis, it therefore promotes wound healing. In fact, deficiency of EFAs results in scaly skin and poor wound healing. Regular consumption of Omega-3 EFAs are crucial for healthy skin maintenance.
But don’t take our word for it. Adding ghee to your diet with our array of flavored ghees in incredibly easy. Buy some today.
About the author: Renee Tavares is a Registered Dietitian, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Clinical Ayurveda Specialist. She currently works at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford helping mothers and babies in the early bonding process. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.