Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Guest Blog Post: Healthy Fat with Benefits --> GHEE from Farm to Gold

Ghee. No, NOT Gee, like Gee-Wiz it's HOT outside!!! 

It's like butta baby ... Literally.

I met the FARM TO GOLD ladies, Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch, at the Nantucket Yoga Festival a few weeks ago, and tried their ghee.

... and I loved their grass-fed ghee sooo much that I invited them to write a guest post for y'all...

Ghee, the purest form of butter, originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is revered as one of the healthiest fats one can consume. 

A food staple for centuries, ghee is a pure and stable cooking oil, and also used as a powerful and effective carrier oil in herbal medicine. According to Ayurveda, ghee improves digestions, promotes longevity, cleanses the body, alkalizes the blood, lubricates joints, and nourishes all the tissues in the body and mind.

To make ghee, one must start with high quality butter from grass-fed cows. It is a good idea to know where your butter comes from and is important that the farm uses practices that are humane and toxin free without the use of pesticides, GMO's or hormones. Ghee is only as good as the milk it comes from and the happy cows make the best tasting ghee. The butter is simply cooked over low heat until the milk solids have fallen to the bottom and impurities separate from the top. It is then filtered and what is left behind is pure gold! When cooked long enough and filtered thoroughly, ghee is shelf stable and lactose and casein free.

This liquid gold can replace any butter or any cooking oil.
You simply spread ghee on items such as bread or pancakes in place of butter to get your good dose of healthy fat. Primarily, ghee is used in place of olive oil or vegetable oil in cooking. This is where ghee really shines!

Since most cooking oils have a low heat tolerance and can become toxic and ghee has a high flash point of 485 degrees, it is the ideal choice for frying, sautéing, grilling, searing, baking and even popping popcorn! If starting with a high quality butter, the taste will be divine. Ghee has the delicious essence of butter with a sweet, toasted taste. This taste along with the versatility and long shelf life of ghee, make it a must have for any pantry. 

Not only does ghee bring out the natural flavors of foods and spices it is cooked with, it offers many nutritional benefits. Ghee contains short, medium, and long chain fatty acids and is a healthy dose of saturated fat. It is understood that ghee is the good fat that provides a concentrated course of energy in the diet; it also provides the building block for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone like substances. Fats as part of a meal slow down absorption so that we can go long without feeling hungry. Ghee notably contains vitamins A D, E, and K, and is the highest natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which has cancer-fighting properties. 

Ghee is also a rich source of butyrate which supports healthy inflammatory response and kills bad bacteria in our intestines, while growing a colony of beneficial bacteria. The digestive system is where ghee really promotes optimal health. Ghee not only helps build good intestinal health, but it actually assists in the digestive process, increasing digestive fire (agni) and assimilating the nutrients of the food deeper into the tissues. For great taste and good health, ghee has stood the test of time having been used throughout the world for thousands of years.
 Ghee Inforgraphic

Consider adding Ghee to your diet to reap the rewards of it's numerous health benefits!

"When a diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When a diet is correct, medicine is of no need."  
~ Ayurvedic Proverb

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP