Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Benefits of Ghee

Ghee is a dairy product that is considered a staple ingredient in Southern Asian cooking, particularly Indian cuisine. It is made from butter that has been further cooked to remove all milk solids as well as moisture, hence its other names drawn butter and clarified butter. Now readily available in countries like the United States, ghee is worth including in your diet as it has manifold benefits to the body.

Read further and discover more about the benefits of ghee and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you include this source of dietary fats to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.

Ghee Benefits:

Ghee contains 135 calories per tablespoon, all of which come from fat. To be specific, 9 grams of saturated fat is contained in said one tablespoon serving, which is almost half the recommended daily value. Though this is the case, ghee offers some crucial benefits such as aiding in nutrient absorption. Bear in mind that fats are crucial for efficient uptake of fat-soluble nutrients, and including ghee in your diet will ensure that vitamins like A, D, E and K are properly absorbed by your body.

Ghee aids in ensuring proper digestive health as well. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as a topical cure for blisters and burns, ghee may also help in minimizing stomach acid while simultaneously repairing the gut’s lining. In fact, practitioners of said system of traditional medicine recommend ghee to those who suffer from peptic ulcers. Ghee, being entirely made of fat, helps in the production of digestive enzymes as well. When the latter are in balanced levels in the body by way of eating ghee regularly, then problems such as indigestion may be minimized.

Ghee is a potent source of butyric acid as well. A fatty acid which acts as an anti-viral agent in the body. butyric acid has been found effective at relieving inflammation caused by periodontal disease. Butyric acid’s esters and salts called butyrates, meanwhile, show potential for preventing and possibly even curing ulcerative colitis (UC), and therefore its most typical complication which is colorectal cancer. As it turns out, lack of butyrates in the body may bring about UC, and by incorporating butyrates in enemas, said condition may be addressed.  In yet another study, oral administration of butyrates was found to be effective at improving the intestinal mucosa’s inflammatory response, then again showing some promise as both a prevention and cure for UC.

Ghee Practical Uses:

Ghee is all fat and has a characteristic strong flavor so you will not need as much when cooking with it. As a general rule, use a tablespoon of this edible fat for every four tablespoons of butter or other oils like coconut oil or olive oil.

Ghee can be easily made at home. To ensure high quality ghee, opt to use organic grass-fed butter. Melt this in medium heat in a stainless steel pot and adjust to low heat once the butter starts to melt. Once froth starts to form, stir occasionally and continue cooking for about eight minutes. You’ll know your ghee is ready when you smell that characteristic fragrant aroma and you see that its color has become a golden yellow. Filter the ghee with the use of a cheese cloth to ensure no milk solids are retained. Once cool, store in a glass jar and secure with an airtight cover to minimize oxidation.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of triglyceride-based fish oil and why you should eat it to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

Eat:

Moderate:

Avoid:

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