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Ghee, which is clarified butter, actually has positive health benefits. Ghee has been successfully used for medicinal purposes in ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, for millennia.
Ghee can be prescribed as cooking oil as part of an ayurvedic diet, in skin creams for rashes or just as an anti-aging regimen, and as part of an herbal mixture to remedy a multitude of conditions from digestive disorders to neurological conditions.
Ghee is also known for its ability to remove toxins and is used to remove deeply seeded impurities in the organs as a preparation for the ayurvedic seasonal detox program, Panchakarma.
Animal studies have shown that ghee can have a beneficial impact on cholesterol, unlike traditional butter. Of course, it is still recommended that ghee be used in moderation.
Just switching your stick of butter for a jar of ghee could make you healthier while you continue to enjoy that buttery taste.
In more recent times, butter has become associated with weight gain, clogged arteries, and poor health in general. Ghee, however, is not only healthier than butter but it actually has specific medicinal benefits.
Butter becomes ghee when its moisture is boiled off, converting the butter's long chain fatty acids to short chain fatty acids. This process makes the ghee entirely digestible, whereas conventional butter is harder to digest and therefore gets stored up in the body. Because it is entirely digestible, the body then enjoys its benefits.
Generally, ghee serves the body by being a source of nourishment and lubrication. As the body gets older, it dries out and becomes less sturdy (decreasing of bone density, etc.). Ghee helps the body to regain this sturdiness, and also moisturizes the inside of the body so as to prevent constipation and dryness. Ghee can also be used topically and in orifices to strengthen the eyes, the ears, the nose, the skin, and other aspects of the body.
Ghee is clarified butter. I would not call it out for its health benefits, but rather as a dleicious alternative to butter for those who can't tolerate lactose or casein, as the process of clarification actually makes it a lactose- and casein-free food. It still contains saturated fat ,so surely don't overconsume.
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