ghee

Ghee - This is butter that is good for you

Friday, November 18, 2011 by: Kiva Bottero
Tags: ghee, clarified butter, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) To some it's known as clarified butter, to others it's the golden elixir of healing - ghee is a staple ingredient in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic healing known for its versatility, great taste, and many health benefits. It's derived from butter through a process of cooking off its milk solids until it becomes an easily digestible, healthier alternative to butter and oil, and it can be used for cooking or as an ingredient to add flavor and richness to foods such as kitchari.

Cooking benefits

  • Excellent cooking oil - Since ghee doesn't start smoking until it's heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, it will neither burn nor splatter easily. Its chemical structure also remains more stable than other oils when heated.

  • Stores well - Thanks to its low moisture content, ghee can go weeks without refrigeration. It can last up to six months in the fridge or one year in the freezer, according to the Ayurvedic Institute. The key to ghee longevity: store it somewhere cool, keep it covered, and make sure it doesn't get contaminated by other liquids - don't double dip!

  • Flavorful - Thanks to its strong flavor, not much ghee needs to be added to a dish to make it sing.


  • Health benefits

  • Easily digestible - The process of cooking off milk solids from butter burns off its lactose and cholesterol (says Holistic Chef Shani Cranston of hOMe Grown Living Foods). This makes it much easier to digest than butter or vegetable oils.

  • Anti-inflammatory - According to the Sushruta Samhita, a text of the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, ghee is the ultimate anti-inflammatory food.

  • Whole body healing - Ayurvedic practitioners use the golden elixir for everything from rejuvenating skin to aiding digestion to balancing hormones.

  • Flexibility - Dr. Vasant Lad, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute, explains ghee's popularity among yogis by stating that it lubricates connective tissues and makes the body more flexible.

  • Enhances your essence - As reported by Paul Pitchford in Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, ghee boosts ojas, the underlying essence of body issues; this leads to an increased immune system and greater longevity.

  • Increases agni - In Ayurveda, proper digestion revolves around agni, the body's digestive fire. Consuming ghee boosts one's agni, leading to better digestion and faster metabolism.


  • Butter's yummy richness adds to many a dish, yet its unhealthiness prevents people from using it. Though it still has a high fat content, ghee's many health benefits make it a fine alternative to butter or oil that you can make yourself. See below for detailed directions from Holistic Chef Shani Cranston:

    Ghee

    Makes 2 cups

    1. Melt 1 pound of unsalted butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 or 4 cloves if you wish. This will aid in the clarification and lend a delicate flavor.
    2. As soon as the butter begins to boil and foam, reduce the heat to a simmer. Keep the melted butter at a steady simmer until it is golden in color and no foam remains on top.
    3. When the crackling sound stops, the ghee is ready.
    4. Cool the mixture and strain it into a sterile quart jar. Discard the curds from the bottom, as they are almost pure cholesterol.

    References:

  • The Ayurvedic Institute (http://www.ayurveda.com)

  • hOMe Grown Living Foods (http://www.hOMegrownlivingfoods.ca)

  • Yoga Journal: To Ghee or Not to Ghee (http://www.yogajournal.com/health/94http://w...)

  • Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2003)



  • About the author

    Kiva Bottero works with a collective to publish The Mindful Word journal of engaged living. You can visit him online at http://www.themindfulword.org .

    Explore more on Ghee by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
    Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
    comments powered by Disqus
    Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

    Permalink to this article:

    Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

    Reprinting this article:
    Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

    Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

    Colloidal Silver

    Advertise with NaturalNews...

    Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

    Advertise with NaturalNews...

    GET SHOW DETAILS
    + a FREE GIFT

    Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

    Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

    Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

    Your email address *

    Please enter the code you see above*

    No Thanks

    Already have it and love it!

    Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

    * Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.