Ghee; is also for people who are lactose and casein intolerant.
Ghee is also known as clarified butter. You can make it yourself from grass-fed butter, but you can buy it ready-made everywhere. The milk proteins in the butter solidify by slowly heating the butter. If you skim off the foam layer that floats to the top when heated and then pours the melted butter through a cheesecloth, you can sift the milk proteins out. What remains is ghee; a clarified butter that is also suitable for people with a lactose/casein intolerance or allergy.
In principle, ghee can be kept indefinitely and will not spoil, even outside the refrigerator. Do not screw the lid on; ghee wants to ‘breathe’. It is a fat that can be heated up to 250 degrees without oxidizing; very suitable for baking, roasting, and even deep-frying if you want to (I’m not a fan of that, but suppose you want to).
Ghee has been known as a medicine for centuries
Ghee has been known as a medicine in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Both to eat and to rub on the skin. It is used, among other things, as a kind of transport to allow healing herbs to be better absorbed by the skin. In Ayurveda, ghee is also seen as a means that can be used for the rejuvenation and renewal of organs, tissues, and cells. Ghee is often mentioned in ancient religious Indian scriptures. So that’s quite promising.
We now also know from scientific research which properties ghee has and why it is so healthy for us. I’ve highlighted some key features for you, but there are more.
Butyric acid or butyrate protects your intestinal wall
Ghee falls under the category of saturated fats, but just like coconut oil, it contains a special type of fatty acid: short-chain fatty acids. These short-chain fatty acids are also known as butyrate or butyric acid. Butyrate is an important protector of your intestinal mucosa.
By digesting fiber in your gut, healthy gut bacteria form the same protective butyrate, but not everyone has enough of these healthy gut bacteria in his/her gut. Ghee ensures a healthy intestinal mucosa on the one hand and nourishes the healthy intestinal bacteria on the other so that they can start producing it again. Thanks in part to this property, ghee protects against colon cancer; butyrate is responsible for the growth and function of colon cells.
Butyrate is a potent anti-inflammatory
Butyrate is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is the active ingredient in many medicines that are supposed to reduce inflammation. Research from the World Journal of Gastroenterology shows that patients with inflammation in their gut, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, don’t produce enough butyrate in their gut themselves. The use of ghee can support this. In Ayurveda, ghee has been used successfully for centuries for all kinds of digestive problems, but also for allergies, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. We now understand why it works so well.
Ghee battles chronic inflammation
Because butyrate is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it works against all kinds of diseases that are caused by chronic inflammation. Think of cardiovascular diseases, insulin resistance, and diabetes, but also cancer, which is increasingly seen as an expression of chronic inflammation at the cellular level. In particular, this appears to be related to the high concentration of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in ghee, which has anti-cancer effects but also helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
A study published in The Netherlands Journal of Medicine found that saturated fat intake was not associated with cardiovascular disease as is commonly believed. A high carbohydrate intake does have this relationship. There are now thousands of studies that prove this.
Healthy fats promote the absorption of vitamins and minerals
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I say that a raw vegetable salad is much healthier with some healthy fats in it. Healthy fats stimulate the absorption of vitamins and minerals from your intestines into the blood so that they can easily be transported to all cells of your body and do their job there.
Some healthy fats are healthier than others when it comes to nutrient absorption in your gut. Ghee is one of the best. Ghee itself contains a lot of omega 3 and omega 9 fatty acids and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Ghee gives you energy quickly and does not make you fat
Like coconut oil, ghee contains a type of fatty acid, in this case, short-chain fatty acids, which the body can use directly as energy. Butyrate is absorbed into the blood through the intestinal wall and can be transported directly, via the liver, to all cells to be used as energy. Like the fatty acids in coconut oil, these fatty acids can also reach the cells of your brain, which normally use glucose for fuel. So it is a fast and healthy form of energy, both for your body and your brain.
This type of fatty acid cannot be used for fat storage in your body; they are burned right away. Therefore, they do not make you fat and they do not affect your cholesterol level. It might take some getting used to the idea that fat doesn’t make you fat, but get used to it anyway because it really is. I speak from my own experience, among other things.
Stronger teeth and smoother blood vessels thanks to more vitamin K2
In healthy intestines, certain vitamins B and vitamin K2 are produced. Vitamin K2 plays an important role in our body. An important function of K2 is that it helps to get calcium into our bones and teeth, making them healthier and stronger. Another important function is that it helps to get the plaque out of arteries and therefore prevents arteriosclerosis. Most people, about 80%, have intestines that do not produce enough K2. Ghee, provided from grass-fed cows, contains plenty.
Ghee helps with constipation and the elimination of waste
Since ghee is healthy food for friendly gut bacteria, it helps to prevent digestive problems such as constipation. Ghee also helps prevent dryness in the body, a known cause of premature aging. It contains vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant that helps to heal damaged skin, for example as a result of an injury. According to Ayurveda, ghee also helps to remove fat cells and toxic substances that are stored in these fat cells.
Partly thanks to this latter property and the stimulating effect on the digestive system, ghee is therefore seen as a weight loss aid. I already said it: you don’t get fat from healthy fast food!
Always choose the best quality; in this case, grass-fed
When it comes to fats, I always strongly recommend buying the very best quality you can find. When it comes to ghee, I mean ghee made from butter from organically raised, grass-fed cows. If you make it yourself, choose unsalted, organic grass-fed butter. Excellent quality ghee can be found here.
There are many videos on YouTube that show you how to make it yourself (I will also make a video about it myself, but I haven’t made it yet). I did make a video about how I boost my coffee with coconut oil: bulletproof coffee. Nowadays I also do that with ghee and to be honest I think it tastes even better with ghee
Healthy food for your body, healthy food for your brain. But remember: if you add more healthy fats to your daily menu, cut out more and more unhealthy carbohydrates.