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Ghee: The Gift of The Gods

Ghee is truly a gift from the Gods! I have to say that as an Indian, this is a huge staple in my diet. When my mom was a young girl, everything in their house was fried in coconut oil or ghee. That was just the way they rolled back then. I liked their style!

See my YouTube video oh the benefits of Ghee.

I know there is a huge misconception that is fat is bad, that is whack (sorry, I just had to go there.) Please refer to my previous post on butter (which includes my recipe for butter chicken) for further information.

While I have you here, I want to break down the main reasons ghee is amazing (aside from the fact it tastes amazing!)

High Smoke Point (250 °C  482 °F).
This means that it won’t break down when cooking and you get to keep all of the benefits of it. Compare this to extra virgin olive oil which has a smoking point of 207°C, 405°F.

Here is a list of oils and smoke points, just so you are fully educated.

Oil
Smoke Point
Grape Seed
485ºF or 252ºC
Avocado
480ºF or 249ºC
Sesame
410ºF or 210ºC
Canola
400ºF or 204ºC
Macadamia
385ºF or 196ºC

 

Not Going Bad Anytime Soon
They have discovered ghee in temples in Indian that are a few decades old and it is still good. Unlike butter, ghee has been cooked down and the milk solids removed so it won’t go bad any time soon. I don’t recommend that you store it away for years but it can stand on your counter and still be good for a few months, don’t worry- it won’t last that long.

Fat is PHAT!
Ghee is comprised of full spectrum short, medium and long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. What does this mean for you?

Ghee has good fats in it which can raise HDL (good) cholesterol just as much, if not more, protecting the body from the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and heart disease.

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are fatty acids that are naturally found in “super foods” such as coconuts, palm oil, and ghee. What are MCTs and what does it mean for you?

These smaller chain lengths means that the fats are readily absorbed by the liver and more quickly metabolized so you get faster fuel. These fats aren’t turned into fat. Learn more about MCTs here.
Lactose Intolerant? No Worries!
Because ghee has been cooked down from butter, it no longer contains the milk solids which cause your allergies. You can now indulge without guilt!

Nutritious As Well As Delicious
Contains oil soluble vitamins, A D and E.

Vitamin A:
Important for your eye development.
Creates skin, hair and mucous membranes and keeps everything in working order.
Strengthens your immune system.
Develops bones, teeth and epithelial cells.

Vitamin D:
Helps with calcium and phosphorous absorption.
Regulates calcium movement from bone to blood.
Helps prevent osteoporosis.

Vitamin E:
A potent antioxidant.
Protects the fats that outline ever cell in our body.
Protect fats from free radical damage before we eat them.

Ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9, nine phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals.

Go Grass Fed

Grass-fed butter (which is turned into ghee) has been shown to contain K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) that have anti-viral properties.

Recent research indicates that CLA may help prevent and even fight cancer cells and also help in the mitigation of type II diabetes. This isn’t found in normal butter, so go organic to get these benefits and more!

GHEE
Yield: Less than 1lb
INGREDIENTS

1 pound of organic, grass-fed unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed sauce pan and bring it to a soft boil from medium-high heat. Allow the butter to boil for 2-3 minutes then turn the heat down to medium.

Foam will form on the top and then disappear.

A second layer of foam will appear, this will be about 8-10 minutes into the process.

The butter will become a beautiful golden color, this is an indicator that the process is complete. Milk solids will brown and sink to the bottom of the pan, keep a close eye because it doesn’t take much for it to burn.

Allow it to cool for a bit and strain out the milk solids and keep the ghee in a metal or glass container.

I like my ghee a bit darker, it is a personal preference for a nice burnt butter flavor. That is why mine is a much deeper color, play with the timings until you find what you like.

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The Truth About Fat

Allow me to preface this by saying that I am not a doctor, researcher or an expert but I do research on my own and I have a brain that I use from time to time. This information is my opinion and if you choose to use it- awesome, and if you don’t- that’s fine too. Please don’t hold me liable for what happens to you, do the research and find out what works and implement it! You are a smart cookie-ooh, cookie sounds yummy!

Fat-free seems to be the buzz word for the past three decades. Well, my friends, fat-free translates to filled with sugar and fillers that make you fat. Yeah, you read right, the fat-free items actually make you fat and numerous studies are surfacing that prove it. Doesn’t that make you mad?

First of all, you have to understand that your brain is composed of 60% fat that insulates around the neural axons and glial cells. Your body needs fats, not only does it contain essential nutrients but your body uses fat to produce tissue and hormones. Ever notice how crazy and angry you get when you are on a low-fat diet, well that is the way your body tells you something is wrong and it is not digging what you are doing. Stop the chaos! Eat some butter! I am not saying that you need to go Paula Dean on me, but learn to eat healthy fats and eliminate the laboratory created ones. Also, it wouldn’t kill you to cut out the over processed items. Have you ever read the nutrition label from the foods you buy? Did you know that they put sugar in deli meat and bacon? Check the package before you buy it. The food industry tricks us by using different names for sugar, anything with -ose at the end should be avoided, here is the list. There are hundreds and hundreds of names for sugar, that is crazy! My personal philosophy is that if I want sugar and carbs, I am going to have the good stuff like brownies, cakes or other homemade goodies. I am not wasting my carbs on meats and other items that should not have sugar in it. That makes sense right?

Marketers, please cover your eyes and ears for this portion. I love marketers, I have a MBA focused in Marketing and have been in the field for the past eight years. I love it! One thing that I do not love, is how everyone blames the marketer for misinformation regarding diets and food. Allow me to start by saying that we(marketers) work with developers, scientists, nutritionists, product managers and other internal and external representatives who inform us what the benefits are, and we merely highlight them. We are not the subject matter experts and rely on others to educate us so we can pass it along to the consumer. The marketing hype over the past few decades is that weight loss is achieved through low-fat diets. We can blame this on the researchers, dietitians and well, some of the blame goes on the marketer too. I have been in the high-tech world for the past two years and in the beginning I didn’t know anything about our products and the first piece of literature I wrote was total fiction. The VP of Product Management had to edit the whole thing and told me that one day our product will be able to do all of the things I claimed it did- whoops. But I insisted on taking the training classes that our engineers did and eventually I was the girl at trade shows selling our products to prospects and running demos. I am not telling you this because I merely want to share this story. No, I am telling you this because it is important for the marketer to understand the product they are selling. Everyone deserves a bit of the blame that has led American to believe low-fat is good. I am now stepping off of my soap bod and returning to the topic at hand- fats.

What makes us fat? Carbs-not the veggies and fruit but the complex carbs. The ones in baked goods, sugar, chocolates and everything else that lines our grocery stores and fills our pantries. Avoid these items and embrace the fruits, veggies, natural fats(olive oil, butter and nuts) and proteins and you will see the weight melt away. This is the way we were meant to live. We were not meant to eat thiamine monoitrate and riboflavin- what the hell is that? My new rule of thumb, if I can’t identify it or pronounce it, it is not going in my belly. This all seems like common sense, right? So, give it a try! Don’t take my word on it, see for yourself.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!
Become educated before you change your lifestyle. Every year, thousands of new diets are introduced and they promise rapid weight loss but like millions of other Americans, you try this diet, lose a few pounds and gain it all back. Why does this happen? Because the diet is so restrictive that it isn’t possible to maintain it over your lifetime. Who really wants to be on the lemonade diet or the cabbage soup diet for the rest of their lives? I could barely stand being on the diet for duration, I couldn’t imagine implementing those eating habits for the rest of my life. This is why it is important to find something that is natural, healthy and sustainable.

I absolutely adore the Paleo diet. I have added back in diary because I personally can’t live without it. Find what works for you!

I have added a few links here for you to take a look at, this is a great way to start your fat enlightenment journey.

Why Your body Needs Some Fat to Be Healthy

The Big Fat Truth: Why Non-Fat Isn’t the Answer

Primal 101