WHY GHEE?

Lee's Plain Jane Ghee

History of Ghee

Ghee has a rich and fascinating history that spans over 5000 years. Butter was first clarified in India around 2000 BC in order to preserve butter in the hot Southern Indian climate. Not long afterwards, ghee became an integral part of Hindu religious ceremonies and Ayurvedic Medicine. According to Hindu belief and Ayurveda (the ancient medical system in India), ghee is considered the food of the Gods and is revered for its health and beauty benefits which include aiding digestion, skin, hair and weight loss. Ghee is also used therapeutically in Ayurvedic detoxification treatments as it is believed to cleanse and purify the body and mind.

Benefits of Ghee

    1. Ghee is rich in vitamins A, D and E. Ghee has a higher amount of vitamins A, D and E than butter, so you can increase your intake of these vitamins by eating ghee in place of butter. 
    2. Ghee is fine for people with dairy sensitivities. Ghee contains only trace amounts of lactose and casein, making it a great solution for people with dairy sensitivities. 
    3. Ghee contains CLA. Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a metabolism-regulating micronutrient that may help reduce tumors, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure and reduce inflammation in the body. 
    4. Ghee contains butyrate. Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid which is only found in butter and ghee. According to Phyllis A. Balch, author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, butyric acid is "a monounsaturated fatty acid [that] reduces inflammatory conditions, reduces seepage of undigested food particles, and aids in repair of the mucosal wall."
    5. Ghee tastes like butter, but better. Since the milk solids and water are removed from the butter, the flavour of ghee is intensified. Therefore, you can use about half the amount of ghee as butter in cooking and still get a strong, buttery flavour.
    6. Ghee builds strong bones and teeth. Ghee made from pastured butter contains Vitamin K2, which can prevent tooth decay, support proper bone development and protect against atherosclerosis. Vitamin K2 is very important for pregnant women as it plays a crucial role in facial and dental development.
    7. Ghee supports weight loss, like coconut oil. Ghee is composed of both short and medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids (like the ones found in coconut oil) help you body burn fats, leading to weight loss.
    8. Ghee improves digestion. The butyrate found in ghee helps to convert fibre into butyric acid, which is essential for eliminating waste and toxins from the body. Ayurveda believes that ghee jumpstarts digestion by kindling the digestive fire. 
    9. Ghee reduces inflammation. Butyrate found in ghee helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. According to Ayurveda, ghee creates a more alkaline system that overall reduces inflammation by reducing the leukotriene secretion and reducing prostaglandin in the body. 
    10. Ghee has a very high smoke point. Ghee can withstand temperatures up to 250°C, which is higher than coconut oil (177°C),  grapeseed oil (216°C), and palm oil (232°C).  The higher a fat's smoke point, the more uses and versatility it has in cooking. 

 

     Smoke Points of Common Unrefined Oils

     Avocado Oil
    271°C
    Ghee (Clarified Butter)
     250°C
    Palm Oil
     232°C
    Grapeseed Oil 216°C
    Tallow
     204°C
    Sesame Oil
     177°C
    Coconut Oil

     177°C

    Butter

     177°C

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

     162°C

     

    Uses of Ghee

    Ghee is extremely versatile, like coconut oil, and can be used for everything from cooking healthy meals, to ancient self-care and beauty rituals, to maintaining your oral health. 

    Cooking

    The most common application of ghee is right in the kitchen. Take advantage of its wonderful flavour and high smoke point to create healthy dishes at home. Aside from cooking, ghee can be added to cooked rice and other grains, melted on popcorn and vegetables or spread on toast. 

    Skin and Hair

    Ghee is very moisturizing and can be applied to your hair as a deep conditioning mask, or rubbed into chapped or dry skin or lips as a nourishing moisturizer. You can also combine essential oils such as rose, or sandalwood with ghee.

    Self Massage

    Ayurveda recommends doing a daily self massage (called abhyanga) for overall good health. To do a self massage, simply melt some ghee in a small pan and rub it over your body, using long strokes on the arms and legs, and circular motions around the joints. You can also rub some warm ghee into your feet before bed to help you sleep soundly.

    Oral Health

    Ghee can be used in place of coconut oil for an ancient Ayurvedic practice called "oil pulling". This practice involves swishing one tablespoon or so of ghee in the mouth for approximately 5-10 minutes, which literally pulls out toxins lodged in the gums and mouth. 

     

     

    Sources

    https://jonbarron.org/diet-and-nutrition/healthiest-cooking-oil-chart-smoke-points
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/cooking-fats-101-whats-a-smoke-point-and-why-does-it-matter.html
    https://www.ayurveda.com/about/ayurvedic-press/textbook-of-ayurveda-volume-three 
    http://www.joshgitalis.com/4-unexpected-benefits-of-ghee-aka-clarified-butter/
    https://draxe.com/ghee-benefits/