Benefits of Using Ghee – Detriments of Commonly Used Cooking Oils
I just finished my first jar of ghee and I am in love with it!
I was aware of ghee because I have several Indian friends who have mentioned it to me, but I had never tried it. I have also been shopping at international super markets for years, and have seen ghee there several times. I really never thought to try ghee because I assumed that it was only for Indian dishes.
As much as I love to cook, and I love Indian food, by no stretch of the imagination would I ever try to cook Indian food. Preparing Indian is a labor of love.
From what I have gathered, is like an art form. After watching one of the videos below, I believe that preparing Indian meals is also spiritual.
When I found out that preparing an Indian meal is like preparing two are three meals, I knew that I would never do that much work. But, I would surely eat it.
A former boss used to share Indian dishes with me at lunchtime that his mother prepared, when she visited the States. The dishes were exquisite! The verifying factor was that it was all vegetarian, and I did not miss having meat a bit.
Also, not all of the food was served hot; some items were eaten cold. They were equally as delicious! There aren’t too many American dishes that I enjoy which are meatless, and cold, that I enjoy as much as I do with Indian food.
Preparing Indian food is a very methodical and loving process. The first recipe that you must prepare are the spices. Yes, that’s right. The spices are usually grinded, roasted, and blended prior to cooking.
I will never be qualified to perform this step well. I know from preparing Louisiana Creole food, I can’t explain to anyone the spice combinations or quantities, when asked. I just know it; it’s intuitive.
I am sure that the same applies to Indian food. The spice combinations seem to be passed down from generations. I know Indian friends who prepare huge meals, especially when their mother or grandmother visits. I’m assuming that the elders know the old traditional way of cooking better than the younger generation.
The second recipe would have to be preparing the Indian pickles and chutneys. In my opinion, you cannot enjoy an Indian meal, without a good pickle, or chutney, or both. My favorites are mango chutney, garlic chutney, and Avakaya pickle. …Along with a huge stack of poppadom…the spicy kind. Yes!
The third recipe that you would have to prepare are the Indian dishes themselves. Even if I eat an Indian dish at a friend’s home, the spread is like a buffet, with many flavors, spices, and choices. This actually requires preparing several recipes.
I could not do all of this work, but appreciate it every time it has been done for me. I find it just as satisfying to sit at the table and enjoy the finished product.
I believe that when a person prepares any meal for you, they knowingly and unknowingly add love as the special ingredient. I am convinced that love, and divine spirit goes into Indian food preparation.
I was correct that ghee is commonly used in Indian dishes. But ignorantly, I assumed that it was not good for me, health wise. I figured that it was like using lard in cooking, so I stayed away from ghee initially.
But recently, when researching healthy and unhealthy oils, ghee was recommended as a healthy source of oil, because it is not produced at extreme heats, has no diary fats, and is chemical free, unlike most cooking oils on the market. Surprisingly, so was lard.
Most people seem to have the whole cooking oil story wrong.
Most know that coconut oil, and olive oil are good for you, but most don’t realize how dangerous most of the others oils really are. Some alternative doctors believe that bad oils are the root cause of most of America’s major health problems.
I hope to shed some light on ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ cooking oils with the videos and posts below.
I also provided information on making ghee at home.
Trust me, the home recipe will not be the correct Indian traditional way. It will be the suburban American housewife method.
For good measure, I also included a video on preparing ghee the traditional Indian way. Watch it. You will see how involved Indian cooking processes really are!
It is in this video that I learned that Indian food preparation is not only love-filled, it’s filled with spirit too.
After trying ghee this month, I’m in love with it. Did I tell you that?
I have put it on fish, meat, veggies, toast, and on warm pastries. The jar recommends adding it to coffee, for the best cup of coffee you will ever have. I have not tried this yet, but find it hard to pass up that claim, so I will someday.
The taste is like butter. But it is butter to the tenth power. The buttery flavor is intense.
What I also like about it, is that it has a high smoke point of 450 – 500 degrees, and will not burn at such extreme temperatures.
Ghee has a host of health benefits, which are highlighted in the posts and videos below. Please review them for more information.
And, for my Indian friends and followers, please tell me more about ghee in your comments. Did I tell you that I’m in love with it?
For those who have never tried ghee, I think after trying it, you will agree with me.
Is Ghee Better Than Butter? – May 14, 2018 • 38,374 views – By Dr. Mercola
- Ghee has been used in traditional cooking for eons, as an oil and as an ingredient, but it’s also an Ayurvedic go-to for massages and herbal ointments, and as a medicinal to remedy rashes and burns
- Making ghee starts with butter made from cow’s milk and involves separating liquid fats from the milk solids and removing the milk solids, a method many believe is healthier than butter
- Ghee, which is heated longer than most other types of clarified butter, is darker and has a richer, nuttier flavor, as well as a higher smoke point, making it easier and healthier for sautéing — and you can make your own
- Due to compounds such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and a fatty acid known as butyrate acid in ghee, your inflammation and coronary heart disease risk may be reduced and your digestion improved
- In ghee, the milk is separated from the fat, so the lactose as well as casein is reduced, making it better than butter if you have allergies or sensitivities to dairy products
For anyone unfamiliar with the term ghee, another name for it is clarified butter. One difference between ghee and regular butter is that the former doesn’t have as many dairy proteins, and there are a host of health advocates who maintain that ghee is the healthier option. Starting with pure butter made from cow’s milk, the ghee-making process involves heating and separating liquid fats from the milk solids, which become caramelized, and removing the milk solids (which also removes most of the lactose).
Ghee has been used in traditional cooking in India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia for eons, as an oil and as an ingredient, but it’s also an Ayurvedic go-to for herbal ointments, massage and as a medicinal to remedy rashes and burns. While butter isn’t bad for you (especially in comparison with vegetable oil, margarine and the multitude of erroneous, mass-marketed options introduced in the 1960s), ghee, which started as butter, may be the better choice. Read More
WHAT IS GHEE? – THE HEALING POWER OF GHEE – October 1, 2014 – Hoog Holistics
Ghee, also known as drawn butter, clarified butter, and to some as “liquid gold,” is a time-tested powerhouse of nutrients used in cooking (traditionally in India) and for medicinal benefits within the Ayurvedic system. Ghee is created by heating butter to remove milk solids and water, leaving the most nutrient dense portion, the fat. The leftover oil is now more stable, has a longer shelf life, and is easily digestible by most…even those with dairy constraints! (Bauman & Friedlander, 2014).
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT IT? MANY THINGS…HERE ARE 3:
- First, ghee – like butter – is one of the best sources of butyric acid (butyrate). Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid that makes your intestines happy. It’s so good that our “gut bugs” produce it too.
- Second, it is a great source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a medium chain fatty acid found primarily in beef and dairy of grass-fed cows. Studies have shown CLA to be beneficial in prevention or treatment of cancer, heart disease, asthma, osteoporosis, inflammation, and insulin resistance.
- Third, ghee is functional in the kitchen! It has a high smoke point so it is one of the best oils to cook with. Read More
The 11 Best Healthy Fats for Your Body – Healthy Fats & Oils – Dr. Axe
Not all fats are created equal, but the ones below pack a lot of punch. From lowering bad cholesterol and helping shed excess weight to giving you shiny hair and healthy nails, your body will reap the benefits of these healthy fats.
- Butter & Ghee
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Omega-3s from Fish
- Nuts and Seeds
- Grass-fed organic beef
- MCT oil
- Full-fat dairy
- Dark chocolate
What’s So Great About Ghee? – 25,812 views – Mercola – Published on Apr 18, 2017
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art… Ghee is a clarified butter that is easy to digest and beneficial to your heart. Try making your own ghee at home. Watch this video to learn more.
11 Amazing Ghee Health Benefits + How To Make It At Home – 87,388 views – VitaLivesFree – Published on Mar 5, 2015
Ghee has been around for thousands of years and it’s one of the most healing and nourishing things on Earth. Did you know that it’s the same thing as the high vitamin butter oil that Weston A. Price was giving to his patients with tooth cavities? Ghee can be way too expensive if you buy it from a health store, but if you make it yourself at home using grass-fed butter, it will cost you a fraction of the price. Once you taste the rich, nutty ghee, you’ll start thinking that regular butter tastes bland. So let’s get cooking!
Ghee – Facts and Fads – 30,498 views – ayurvedicscience – Published on Jan 10, 2010
Expert commentary by Dr.V.Sodhi about Ghee – Method of preparation and health benefits. Visit us at http://www.ayurvedicscience.com
How to make ghee – The pure ayurvedic way – 494,674 views – 3.5K314SHARE
Stop Eating These Oils Immediately (Plus, 5 Alternatives) – 813,709 views – Dr. Josh Axe – Streamed live on Mar 20, 2017
Learn more about why you should stop using canola oil immediately here: https://draxe.com/canola-oil-gm/
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