Why Im adding ghee to my diet
Fats are all the rage these days. Once something we use to avoid, is now a major part of many diets. In particular the keto diet. Before one alters their diet with fat, it is important to understand the different types of fat.
The fat you want to avoid at all cost is Trans Fat. This is an artificial fat found in processed or junk foods. Trans fats enhance taste and increase the shelf life of foods. For this reason manufacturers find this useful to produce and sell more food. Trans Fat has been linked to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more. Its so harmful that the FDA has placed a ban on Trans Fat effective June 2018. However, foods produced before this date will still be available for sale. For this reason it is important to read your food labels and understand what you are consuming.
This type of fat is beneficial in small doses. Nutrition experts recommend including but limiting saturated fats as reports have shown that too much saturated fat could potentially cause high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and even heart disease. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature. Saturated fat comes mainly from animal sources, meat and dairy and some commercially prepared foods. However, there are also plant based saturated fat such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil. But these do not contain cholesterol.
Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fats
These are very healthy fats that come mainly from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. The Mediterranean diet is particularly rich in good fats. Healthy fats are required for normal body functions but your body can’t make them, so you must get them from food.
So where does Ghee fall into all of this? What is Ghee? When butter is boiled and then the butterfat poured off, the lactose and casein is removed. What is left behind is known as ghee. Ghee has been used in Indian cuisine and ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It looks like butter, but has a rich nutty flavor and lots of nutritional benefits. Ghee is a saturated fat, but research has revealed that instead of increasing the risk of heart disease, ghee actually decreases it. Organic ghee made from grass-fed butter is packed with vitamins A, D, E and K, also butyric acid which is a monounsaturated fatty acid that reduces inflammatory conditions.
Here are 7 reasons why I have decided to add ghee to my diet:
- To boost breast milk supply and quality.
- To reduce the risk of heart disease.
- To help with postpartum weight loss.
- For better digestive & gut health.
- To reduce inflammation.
- To strengthen bones.
- To boost energy.
As with anything, moderation is key. It is recommended to stay below 1-3 teaspoons of ghee per day. In an upcoming blog post, I will go into detail about the ways I like to consume ghee.