The benefits of Ghee on the Ketogenic diet

Ghee is a healthy fat made from butter with a lot of health benefits. In this blog we will talk about the benefits of Ghee on the Ketogenic diet, and how you can make your own. Homemade Ghee has been a staple in our kitchen ever since we learned about it’s benefits.

Before we get into the details of our first blog, I want to start by introducing ourselves. We are Zack and Callie, a YouTube vlogger couple. For the past several months we have been making informative videos of our travel and our love of food. Since we usually follows the Keto diet, we have a number of helpful videos, with links to the recipes, on our YouTube channel. You can also find our Keto recipes on our recipe page of the website.

Image of homemade gheeWhat is Ghee?

Ghee, sometimes know as clarified butter, is a delicious low-carb, gluten-free, lactose-free* fat made from butter. Clarified butter is actually a little different as it is not cooked quite as long. Ghee has been a staple in traditional Indian food for centuries but is enjoyed by people all around the world for it’s taste and health benefits.

So what exactly are the benefits of Ghee?

  1. High temperature stability.
    I really like butter however I don’t fry with it because it doesn’t hold up to high temperatures. Ghee on the other hand tastes like butter, with a slightly nutty, smoky flavor, and is stable for much higher temperatures. This stability makes it ideal for pan frying if you so desire.
  2. Long shelf life.
    Since I don’t use margarine, I would often keep a small amount of butter at room temperature for when I wanted a softer butter. The problem is, butter didn’t keep as long when not refrigerated so I would sometimes end up with waste. Ghee on the other hand, because the milk solids have been removed, has an incredibly long stable shelf life. If not contaminated, it can last several months at room temperature if kept in a dark cupboard.
  3. Health Benefits.
    I am not a nutritionist so I am not giving nutritional advise but I did find good information. When I did my research, I found there to be a large amount of information on the health benefits of Ghee. Some of these include a high level of anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids plus it may help in digestion and insulin stability. This is also a very pure fat so you want to watch your intake, especially if you are not on a Keto diet. Many people who are lactose intolerant can enjoy Ghee without any side effects*. Some with a mild dairy intolerance can enjoy it as well*. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have any medical conditions involving diary. The best ghee is grass-fed ghee or home-made from grass-fed butter. Again I want to reiterate I am not a health expert. If you are looking at using Ghee for it’s health benefits then do your own research to make sure it is right for you.
  4. Taste.
    In my opinion, and many others, the taste of Ghee is amazing. It is similar to butter but with an almost nutty and smoky flavor and smell. When making it, the smell is so intense it is hard to wait for it to finish. This can be used in place of butter in any recipe and adds to the taste when using it for pan frying.

To view or print this recipe, visit our recipe page here.

In conclusion

If you are doing a Ketogenic diet, eating healthy fats are extremely important. Ghee can be a great addition in your pantry as one of those healthy fats.

In our YouTube video I show you just how easy it is to make your own delicious homemade ghee from butter. This great tasting natural substitute can be used in place of butter for cooking and baking. It has a pleasant nutty inviting aroma and many people with dairy sensitivities or lactose intolerance can enjoy ghee. Did I mention how good it tastes?

I hope you try this out for yourself. If you do purchase some to try, or better yet, make your own, leave us a comment saying what you thought of it. We would love to hear from you.

*Disclaimer: Some people with true dairy allergies, not just an intolerance may not be able to consume ghee. If you are unsure if this is right for you, please do your research or consult your physician.

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