Nov 30 2012
It is true that I’ve spent the last 3 years teaching people to reduce the percent of animal protein in their diet, for many reasons (get my free report if you’re unsure why).
One of the main reasons I’m not a complete zealot about this subject, is that every body is different and therefore requires different fuel standards. In other words, there is no diet that is perfectly suited to all.
The next reason is that research is constantly evolving, discovering more and more detail about how our intricate anatomy operates. With new data, we are constantly re-examining how foods effect our health.
I still advocate cutting back on the amount of animal protein the general American populace consumes and I always recommend choosing naturally and humanely raised livestock when indulging.
I recently came upon some very interesting information, however, indicating that saturated fats are something we actually need and not necessarily the villains we think. Among the top reasons named were: 1. IMPROVED cardiovascular risk factors (wow, that's an eye opener!), 2. Stronger bones and 3. Improved liver health. I encourage you to read this article.
Of course, the quality of the fat is paramount. There’s always my good friend, coconut oil (saturated fat) that is plant sourced and hugely beneficial in myriad ways. But there’s also age old GHEE.
The Indian population have been eating Ghee for thousands of years. As with everything else, the quality is paramount (it bears repeating).
What is it, you may ask? Ghee is a version of clarified butter, only better. This means, the solids have been removed and all that is left is the essential fat. Remember, if you will, that fat is a notorious location for stored toxins. This is why the quality is so important – it is only worth eating, if it comes from milk cows that are naturally raised and 100% pasture grazed.
Visit AncientOrganics.com to learn more. A quick glance at the label shows: NO inflammation/disease promoting oxidized cholesterol, trans fats, or hydrogenated fats. No sodium, no gluten, no GMO’s. It IS lactose and casein free and Ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, along with vitamins A, D, E and K. When made from organic butter of pastured cows, it is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) with 9 phenolic anti-oxidants (anti-inflammatory and anti-aging) and numerous minerals.
And because the solids are missing, it will not cause free radicals when heated…
Ghee is not difficult to make, but if you'd rather leave it to experts, look for this ultra pure product from Ancient Organics, available in stores and online. This Ghee is made in the U.S. from one of the finest "clean" and sustainable dairies we have.
Moderation will always be key, but this is one animal product I am incorporating in The Holistic Kitchen. For Thanksgiving, I used a 50/50 combination of coconut oil and Ancient Organics Ghee to rave reviews across the table.