Ghee: A teaspoon a day does a body good. No, this is not advice being doled out by a yogi or an Ayurveda expert. This is how the oldest of the Kardashian siblings, Kourtney Kardashian, starts her day — by gulping down a spoonful of melted clarified butter, aka ghee.
The reality TV star and entrepreneur has shared her reasons for doing so on her official Web site www.kourtneykardashian.com. The subscription-only Web site and mobile app ($2.99 a month) states the beauty and health secrets of this 37-year-old mother of three.
One of the things that catches one's fancy while going through this Web site is the benefits of ghee. If you are an Indian or an Indophile, you probably already know about the goodness of this gold liquid (liquid at room temperature but solid when cold). From using it as a spread on Indian breads to cooking with it in lieu of oil, most ghee-users know that if consumed in moderation, it can do a whole lot of good to the body.
As stated on Kardashian's Web site, ghee is categorized as a healthy fat like coconut oil, meaning the fatty acids are absorbed directly into the liver and burned as energy. These types of fatty acids also help burn other fats, promoting weight loss (when consumed in moderation), and help sustain healthy microbes in the gastrointestinal tract to promote effective digestion and elimination.
It is made by simmering local, grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter and allowing the liquid to evaporate, leaving a caramelized substance with a nutty flavor. It is also popular among those who are lactose intolerant, because its dairy impurities have been removed.
Kardashian goes on to explain various uses and benefits of ghee as well as why and how she incorporates it into her and her children's daily diet. She likes to use ghee while cooking oatmeal, stir fries, soups, quinoa dishes, rice, lentils and veggie sautes. For soups, add ghee to the base (as opposed to olive oil or butter) before cooking the vegetables and adding in the seasonings; the same goes for stir fries and veggie sautes. She says she believes so much in the goodness of this fat that she even adds a spoonful to her children's glass of milk sometimes for added benefits.
Ghee is not new in the Kardashian household. Her grandmother on her dad's side taught her mother, Kris, how to make it, so ghee has been a part of her family's diet since she was a little girl. However, this young mom likes to buy her ghee from the store rather than making it at home and vouches for Martha Soffer's organic ghee.
Ghee has many uses besides cooking. Traditionally, it's used to moisturize dry skin and to massage babies. Convinced of the goodness of ghee yet? Maybe this will push you over the fence: Ghee nourishes all of the tissues in the body, including the nervous system, translating into calm energy and clarity of the mind throughout the day. It also strengthens the immune system. Widely used in Ayurvedic medicines, it also acts as a natural preservative. So if you want to stay happy and have more energy, give ghee a try.
Here's a video of how to make ghee at home: