What is clarified butter?

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Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Clarified butter, also known as ghee, is butter that has had the moisture boiled off over a heat source. This conversion process leads the butter's long-chain fatty acids to become short-chain fatty acids, which is of tremendous significance in regards to how the body responds to its consumption.

Clarified butter is a staple of the Ayurvedic way of living and has been for centuries. The modified form of clarified butter is much more easily absorbable than regular butter, and as such is less likely to lead to health problems like heart failure when consumed. Rather than compromise the body's health, it actually helps to lubricate the joints, keep the elimination system regular, and generally nourish the body. Clarified butter can also be used medicinally to nourish the eyes, ears, nose, and skin.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Clarified butter, or ghee, can be obtained by melting butter and separating the nonfat ingredients (water, proteins, and carbohydrates) in the upper layer of foam and the whitish bottom layer from the yellowish middle layer of fat (clarified butter). Compared to regular butter, clarified butter can be heated to a higher temperature without burning and has a longer storage life. However, clarified butter lacks the characteristic buttery flavor of butter. The color of clarified butter is golden yellow, and it has a nutty flavor.

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