I remember the days when I use to assist my mum to make ghee from butter. Little did I know that it is lactose free and a better option than vegetable oil.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in ancient India and is commonly used in South Asian cuisines, traditional medicine, and religious rituals.
How is Ghee lactose free?
Ghee is generally made from butter obtained from cow’s milk. Butter contains little amount of lactose to begin with and only lactose intolerant individuals that are highly sensitive to dairy are intolerant to butter. During the process of making ghee, the milk solids are removed when the butter is clarified. There might be small amounts of lactose (about 0.05%) in the ghee, but will unlikely have an effect on you if you are lactose intolerant.
Great Health Benefits of Ghee:
Low In calories:
One teaspoon of ghee contains approximately 112 calories. So be sure to use ghee in moderation as it is least likely to make you fat and a great alternative for those trying to lose weight.
If you are into yoga or gymnastics, then ghee is for you. Ghee helps lubricate connective tissues and promotes flexibility.
High in Vitamins
Ghee is high in vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins promote healthy bones, improve the health of the brain by improving the memory and a great boost for the immune system.
Ghee has the ability to convert fiber into butyric acid which is beneficial for the intestines. It also alleviates peptic ulcers and colitis and is a good way to increase your appetite.
Low in Cholesterol
Scientific studies have shown that ghee reduces cholesterol in the serum and intestine by triggering an increases secretion on biliary lipids.
Ghee does not expire and has a shelf life up to 100 years. It also does not have to be kept in the refrigerator. I suggest it should be kept at room temperature.
Why is Ghee better than Vegetable Oil?
Ghee contains saturate fat, whilst vegetable oil contains unsaturated fat. In science, unsaturated fats are unstable when exposed to high temperature during cooking and frying. Ghee which has a higher smoke or cooking point, unlike vegetable oil. Vegetable has a low smoke point (means it burns very easily) and breaks into free radicals. These free radicals are exposed to humans it poses a threat to our respiratory system. Additionally, vegetable oil is highly refined. It goes through many processes that uses chemicals before it is put on the shelf for consumption.
Why do many people think Ghee is unhealthy?
Many people have the misconception that ghee is very unhealthy because they do not know much about it. Ghee should be consumed in moderation and limited to two teaspoons a day. Like avocado and nuts, if one over consumes ghee it becomes unhealthy. Over consumption of saturated fats can increase your cholesterol blood level causing further heart problems.
Who should not consume Ghee?
Ghee does have a number of great health benefits, but certain individuals should not consume ghee:
- Patients with heart disease
- Patients with high blood cholesterol
- Diabetic patients
- Obese individuals should reduce their ghee intake or avoid ghee totally
How to make your own Ghee
Author: Kristin Marr
- Pastured unsalted butter
- Glass storage jar
Watch the following short video to learn how easy it is to make ghee:
Can I buy Ghee online?
Ghee can be bought on Amazon.com by clicking here.
Ghee seems to be a great alternative for lactose intolerant individuals with many great benefits. Even though there are many great benefits, patients with heart problems, diabetic patients and obese individuals should be very cautious before consuming ghee.
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