The New Butter That’s Not Butter… And It’s Actually Good for YOU?!

A subscriber recently sent me an article about ghee, the new superfood health craze actually made from butter.  Who knew!

While butter is prepared by churning cream, ghee is prepared by heating butter at high temperatures to separate milk solids from the mixture.  After this separation, the remaining product doesn’t contain any dairy, just saturated fats, which is one of the reasons why many professional chefs prefer ghee to butter in their professional kitchens.  In fact, ghee is perfect for cooking food products at a high heat and unlike olive oil, won’t become stale-smelling while crisping up food (Stopyra).

The roots of ghee can be traced back to Ayurvedic medicine and Indian food culture. Similarly to butter, it’s scrumptious on a variety of foods.  Although some nutritionists are convinced that this “butter that’s not butter” is the new superfood health craze, as it enhances digestion while promoting detoxification and weight loss, other health experts are skeptical until more studies are conducted and scientific evidence is presented (Stopyra).

So where can you find ghee?  Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and other specialty and health food stores should have it in stock!   However, if you don’t feel like buying it at the store, you could always make your own!  All you have to do is simmer unsalted organic butter for approximately 15 minutes, and then strain the mixture.  This will separate out the milk solids, and viola- you have homemade ghee (Stopyra)!

Has anybody ever heard of ghee or tried it?  Let me know!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Stopyra, Diane. Yahoo. Yahoo Lifestyle Network. 6 May 2014. Web. 20 May 2014. <–the-butter-chefs-love-that-s-also-good-for-you-173258622.html>


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