Coconut Ghee – The New Kid on the Block from Pure Indian Foods

Autoimmunity & Healing Diets

May 06

Have you seen coconut ghee mentioned in recipes lately? More and more people are realizing the benefits of both ghee and coconut oil and are using it together. My favorite company, Pure Indian Foods, produces the purest organic ghee from grassfed butter, and now, they are producing the highest quality coconut ghee as well!

In American cuisine, ghee is know as “drawn butter”. However, it is much more than just melted butter. The process of clarification separates the butter into three layers; a foamy watery layer, a fat layer and a layer of milk solids. The fat layer and watery layers are separated out and you are left with clarified butter or ghee which is pure butter fat.

Highest Quality Ghee Available

Pure Indian Foods has been in the ghee making business for 5 generations! In 1889, Lala Khoobram Agarwal, the great-great-grandfather, launched a pure ghee business in northern India. After 5 generations and 125 years, they are still producing the purest ghee available in the traditional way of their ancestors!

These folks have ghee in their genes!

This ghee is made with milk obtained only during spring and fall, when the cows are eating the rapidly growing fresh green grass. This milk contains fat-soluble vitamins and naturally occurring conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Pure Indian Foods ghee is certified organic by New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA).

This ghee is made with non-homogenized milk. Homogenization is a process that breaks up fat globules in milk or cream to such a small size that they remain suspended evenly rather than separating out and floating to the surface. Homogenization has been linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Pure Indian Foods PRIMALFAT® Coconut Ghee is made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment, in commercial, well equipped production facilities that adhere to cGMP.

This ghee comes in glass jars instead of cheap plastic, to avoid dangerous toxins from the plastic.

Pure Indian Foods PRIMALFAT® Coconut Ghee is consistently a deep gold color which indicates that it is indeed from the milk of grassfed cows eating the rapidly growing grass in spring and fall.  I’ve purchased ghee from other companies and it is never as golden.

Benefits of Ghee

Ghee has a high smoke point and so is perfect for high heat cooking or baking. It is also lactose, whey and casein free as these solids have been filtered out. For those with lactose intolerance, and/or casein and whey allergies, ghee is the perfect solution.

As with most fats, ghee contains about 14 grams of fat per tablespoon. It is pure fat without any additives. Ghee has traditionally been used to aid in digestion, help with ulcers, the eyes, constipation, learning and memory problems. It is also used topically for softening skin, and healing burns and blisters.

In Auyvedic medicine, ghee is used for therapeutic purposes for any number of ailments, according to the principles of the 3 doshas. Ghee which has been properly washed accordingly to Ayurvedic specifications is very beneficial in healing the skin. A small amount of ghee applied to the belly button nourishes the entire body and is especially helpful is healing dried lips. Ghee has slightly alkalizing effect on the body whereas butter has a slightly acidifying effect. Ghee is widely used in Ayurvedic massages and supplements.

Most importantly, when made of butter from grass fed animals, ghee is full of vitamins A, D and E and the mineral activator K2. These nutrients are critical for the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods and for appropriate bone building. Vitamin K2 is crucial for the appropriate placement of minerals into the bones and not in the soft tissues like the joints or blood vessels.

Ghee is also high in butyric acid, a fatty acid crucial for colon health and one that has anti-viral properties as well.

For those who are dairy sensitive and do not want to eat butter, or cannot tolerate butter, ghee is one of the first fats to try. For those on a healing diet like GAPS or Paleo, ghee may be tolerated when butter is not.

How To Use Coconut Ghee

Since coconut oil has a rather low smoke point I prefer not to use it in pan sauteing. The coconut ghee works perfectly here because blending with ghee increases the smoke point. It’s also great to cook eggs – the eggs do not burn (as they do with butter) or stick at all and taste delicious!

Coconut ghee is a shelf-stable, natural blend that, unlike polyunsaturated fats, is not susceptible to rancidity; it does not need refrigeration to stay fresh.

Adding coconut ghee to any sauteed dish imparts an interesting depth and flavor to the meal. Coconut ghee is also great for baking, in the same amounts as you would use coconut oil or ghee or butter.

Get some more ideas on how to use coconut ghee here.

Coconut oil and ghee are both very healthy traditional fats. The coconut oil provides medium chain fats that provide quick energy , as well as many other health benefits, and the ghee provides short chain fatty acids important for colonic health.

If you do not love the taste of coconut oil, but want the health benefits, this is the way to go. You do not taste the coconut oil too much and there is a delicate and rich nutty flavor from the ghee.

Pure Indian Foods coconut ghee is made with their organic ghee and organic virgin coconut oil. In this product there are no GMOs, no added salt, no preservatives, no trans fats, no colors or dyes, no MSG, no flavor enhancers. The only two ingredients are ghee and organic virgin coconut oil, with absolutely nothing else added to it.

The only ghee I would buy is Pure Indian Foods brand because I know they are using only butter from grassfed cows and they are making it the traditional way.

I had the opportunity to try their PRIMALFAT® Coconut Ghee and it is amazing! I actually started to use it in baking and cooking in place of just coconut oil or just ghee. I find that the flavor is enhanced and it works perfectly with grain-free baking.

Have you used coconut ghee yet? If so, how do you use it? Leave a comment and let me know!

Like to try PRIMALFAT® Coconut Ghee?  Get $6.50 off your order when you purchase at least one jar of PRIMALFAT® Coconut Ghee (any size).

Click here and use coupon code RFF during checkout.  Offer expires on May 18, 2014.

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