IS GHEE GOOD FOR YOU?

Ghee is clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow,  and has been used in South Asian cooking for centuries. It’s recently become a very popular trend in the diet world, with proponents claiming it does everything from boost energy, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion to promote weight loss and prevent dementia. The jury is still out on whether ghee actually does any of this because most of these claims are based on animal studies. Consider this before jumping on the ghee bandwagon: ghee is still 50-percent saturated fat. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that less than 10 percent of our daily caloric intake should come from saturated fats, while the American Heart Association says only 5 to 6 percent of our daily calories should come from saturated fat. Take away point? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little ghee from time to time. It’s tasty, has a higher heat point than butter, and can add a delicious “nutty” flavor to your cooking, but—until high-quality, controlled, human studies tell us otherwise—ghee, like other saturated fats, should be used sparingly.

SOURCE: Peterson A. Is ghee good for you? 21 Jun 2019. Consumer Reports site. https://www.consumerreports.org/ fats/is-ghee-good-for-you/Accessed2Oct2019. NHR

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