Ghee in the Paleo Diet

Ghee in the Paleo Diet

Ghee in the Paleo Diet

Ghee is a popular cooking ingredient in South Asia. It is a form of clarified butter that is made by boiling normal butter and removing the resulting residue. Many forms of ghee have spices added to them for extra flavour. This butter keeps for a long time and if it is stored in a sealed container it does not even need refrigerating. The Hindu religion places a lot of emphasis on this ingredient. It is made from cow’s milk, which is considered to be sacred and is used in many ceremonies and religious celebrations. Indians also like to use it in many of their traditional dishes as a glaze, an oil for frying or an ingredient to add moisture and richness to a recipe.

Ghee Is Not Bad for You

In recent years, this clarified butter has had some bad press because of concerns about the amount of fat in it. However, recent research conducted by the National Dairy Research Institute has found that in moderation it can be quite good for you. This clarified butter is rich in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a substance that can help to cut your risk of some cancers.
There is no risk of heart disease from consuming fatty clarified butters. Dietary fat and cholesterol do not increase blood cholesterol in people who are otherwise healthy. Calorie-dense foods can cause weight gain, but only if your daily calorie consumption is higher than it should be.

Ghee in the Paleo Diet

Traditionally, dairy products are not a part of the Paleo diet. However, clarified butter is sometimes treated as an exception. The clarification process removes the dairy proteins, which are the things that cause so many problems for lactose-intolerant people, leaving only the healthy fats. If you follow the Paleo diet, you can fit clarified butter into your diet, as long as it is consumed in moderation. Many people like to use it as a fat for sauteing, roasting and other forms of high-temperature cooking.

Making Your Own Paleo Butter/Ghee

If you don’t like buying supermarket clarified butter, you can make your own quite easily and doing so is definitely compatible with the Paleo lifestyle. All you need is some butter (ideally organic, grass-fed butter) and access to some basic equipment such as a strainer and some cheese cloth.

Simply melt the butter, slowly and gently, in a pan and then use a slotted spoon to remove the froth that has bubbled up to the top. Line your strainer with some cheesecloth and then pour the butter through the strainer. Let the water and the fat separate and then spoon off the butter and store it in an airtight container.

If you want to add some flavour to the clarified substance, do this by boiling the butter with some herbs in it. There are many herbs that work well for this purpose. Popular choices include garlic, cardamom, jalapeno, mint and even ginger. Take care not to use too much spice, because it is easy to overpower the taste of the butter.

Source : paleodiet

Fatty Coffee for Ketogenic Diet

Fatty Coffee for Ketogenic Diet

Try This Fatty Coffee for Ketogenic Fat-Fasting with Grass-fed ghee

At this point, you’ve probably heard about Fatty Coffee or Bulletproof Coffee made famous by my buddy Dave Asprey.

But can putting fat in your coffee actually help you drop fat? The answer may surprise you.

Now, some people go overboard by slugging many hundreds of calories of pure fat every day in their coffee and wonder why they’re not dropping fat. In this blog post, though, you’ll learn how to make your coffee the right way to rev your fat-burning engines.

Most days, I enjoy 1-3 cups of coffee in the morning with a tablespoon or so of grass-fed heavy whipping cream per cup. If I’m feeling hungry, I might add a teaspoon of full-fat Grass-fed ghee Keep in mind that my typical daily Fatty Coffee calorie burden accounts for around 100-150 calories – NOT the 500+ calories some people dump into their cuppa joe when they’re going nuts with slugging Bulletproof coffee all day. (All calories are not created equal, but they do count.)

A cup of coffee or tea infused with grass-fed ghee, and even a little grass-fed heavy cream can be a tasty way to get quality fats into your diet… especially if you’re doing a ketogenic or cyclical fast and avoiding carbs and protein in the morning to help normalize insulin and blood sugar.

These days, a lot have you have been asking me, “Can I eat fats while I’m fasting in the morning?!”

Sure! When you add fats to your fasting window, it’s technically a ketogenic fast or “Fat-Fasting.” The short-chain fats and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, and whipping cream are burned readily as brain fuel. Compared to the carb-crash cycle that happens when you eat toast and cereal for breakfast, you might feel alert, satiated, and free from cravings when you focus on getting fats in the morning.

Why would you want fat in the morning instead of carbs? Recent research shows that what you eat in the morning programs your metabolism to run on that fuel for the rest of the day. So if you’re eating cereal, bread, juices, or other carbs in the morning, many people experience carb cravings and elevated (fat-storing) insulin for the rest of the day. But when you focus on fat in the morning, you’re programming your body to BURN fat as its main fuel which can spur fat loss.


Since coffee is one of the most sprayed crops on Earth, start with organic coffee to avoid exposure to pesticides. French-pressing coffee is a quick and dirty way to get full extraction from your coffee grounds—or try an AeroPress.

Do yourself a favor and always get the freshest beans you can—most of coffee’s flavors dissipate two weeks after roasting. I love to roast fair-trade, organic, green coffee beans at home on the stove to ensure I always have the best-tasting and freshest coffee possible.

If you can’t roast your own beans, then go for a good quality, freshly-roasted, whole bean coffee to ensure your beans aren’t stale or full of nasty chemicals.

In this video, I’ll walk you through the process I use to make Fatty Coffee, inspired by Dave at Bulletproof. Having a bit of butter and MCT oil in your coffee can be a great way to feed your brain in the morning, but it can be easy to over do it. You don’t need to count calories, but you do need to track what you’re eating and be sensible about what you’re putting in your body throughout the day. There’s a big difference between one or two cups of coffee, and polishing off an entire pot by yourself. Cheers!

Here’s my recipe for Fatty Coffee…

Source : Fatburningman

So rich and creamy—Try this fat-burning Fatty Coffee recipe for yourself.
Prep time  Cook time 5 mins || Total time 11 mins
Author: Abel James
Recipe type: Coffee
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups hot French-pressed coffee from hand-roasted, fair-trade, organic beans
  • About 1 tablespoon grass-fed whipping cream, butter, or ghee
  • About 1 teaspoon ghee or butter oil, full-fat coconut milk, or coconut oil (optional)
  1. Boil purified water.
  2. Coarsely grind roasted coffee beans.
  3. Add ground coffee to French Press, and pour hot water over the top.
  4. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then press down on the top of the French Press.
  6. Meanwhile, pour hot water in your mug to warm. Empty hot water from mug, and pour in coffee.
  7. Add any add-ins you’re using like grass-fed cream or butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, and/or spices.
  8. Using a handheld milk frother, skim along the mixture just below the surface. The frother will whip air into the coffee mixture and a nice froth will begin to form on the top. Fully immerse the frother a couple of times just to mix everything up underneath.
  9. Enjoy.
Is Ghee Good? Is Ghee Paleo

Is Ghee Good? Is Ghee Paleo

Is Ghee Paleo ?

Humans did not eat dairy until we domesticated animals 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. Our immune systems evolved to understand and allow human milk as food, but not the dairy from other animals.

Over time, certain cultures became dependent on the dairy of different mammals: horse, camel, yak, sheep and goat. Eventually we bred a type of cattle and began to have cow’s milk. Milk products were, obviously, organic and free-range, with no hormones or antibiotics. The animals were not super-breeds selected for mass production.

The milk was drunk raw, or fermented into cheeses or yogurts, and the butter fat was separated out for different uses. Tibetan monks on a vegetarian diet consume yak butter in large quantities as it provides essential animal fat for them that they don’t get in their diet.

In the Paleo Diet movement, all dairy tends to be excluded, including butter. The main exception to this I find is GHEE, the oil from butter. It contains no lactose and no milk solids (antigenic proteins). Since our immune systems target foreign PROTEINS, it can find no target in ghee, but it can in butter.

I personally found a huge change when I gave up ALL dairy. After several months completely dairy-free, I added Ghee with no problem, but could not tolerate butter, cheese or cream.

For all those strict Paleo eaters with dairy-free Paleo Recipes, consider the wonders of ghee. It’s a partially saturated fat, just what our brains crave. It’s tasty and it’s sustaining.

Try it instead of butter, and do a 30 to 90 day dairy-free challenge. Add butter back and watch carefully for reactions of any kind: sinus, bloating, arthritis, heartburn, etc. If clear, try cheese and cream.

Source : Ondietandhealth

Cooking with ghee – the figure-friendly fat

Cooking with ghee – the figure-friendly fat

Cooking with ghee – the figure-friendly fat

Traditional Indian ghee has a long list of surprising health benefits

I had a very juvenile moment on radio years ago with Pat Kenny when I was doing a segment on Indian food. I placed a large tub of ghee next to him, forcing him to say this colloquially rude word live on air. Pat, being the consummate broadcaster, went on to explain the etymology of the word and how the slang use of it came into being. It’s a Dublin thing!
Ghee, of course, is a traditional type of clarified butter used in Indian cuisine. Clarified butter is made by melting butter, discarding the dairy solids and just using the pure, clear fat that is left. Ghee goes through an extra step of gentle cooking to evaporate the moisture. It is rapidly gaining popularity with avid supporters of Paleo and low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diets and some even suggest taking ghee in your coffee to aid weight loss!

I don’t know if I’d go that far now, but ghee does have several health benefits and culinary uses that makes it an ingredient worth looking at.

Lactose free: When butter is melted to produce ghee, most of the dairy solids are discarded. This means that ghee is a pure fat with only trace amounts of lactose or casein. You can use ghee in the same way as you would regular butter, so it is the ideal substitute.

High smoke point: In culinary terms, the smoke point is the temperature at which fat starts to burn. Obviously, burnt flavours tarnish the taste and appearance of the dish. And from a health standpoint, burnt fats start to change into unhealthy compounds that are potentially carcinogenic. I would use ghee to sauté onions, and fry steak and pancakes.

Long shelf life: When ghee is produced, all the moisture is evaporated and the dairy solids are removed. The fat that is left is very stable and won’t go off if left at room temperature. It retains its original flavour and freshness for up to a year without refrigeration.
Fat busting: Ghee is a natural source of the essential fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) found in animal fats. Bodybuilders often beef up on CLA or take supplements as studies show that it may improve the fat to lean muscle tissue ratio. One of its functions is that boosts the enzymes that help metabolise body fat and also resist new fat cells from forming.

Cancer fighting: Ghee contains cancer fighting CLA and butyric acid. Both have been shown to prevent and slow down certain types of cancers and tumour growth.
Vitamin rich: Ghee is rich is vitamin A, D, E and K which are vital for a healthy immune system, bones, brain, heart healthy and blood clotting.

Improves vitamin absorption: Ghee aids the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals from other foods. This has been a problem before in very low-fat diets. Aids digestive health: Ghee helps heal and restore the integrity of the gut lining. It reduces inflammation, has anti-viral properties and has been shown to be beneficial for sufferers of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Rozanne Stevens
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