Ghee used to be the type of product that had a niche. It served a community made up of people who were lactose intolerant (physically) and lactose intolerant (spiritually). An amazing cross section of people, loving themselves some good quality Ghee.

When Fourth and Heart came on the scene I was happy because the best brand I had been able to find before that was Organic Valley, which from what I have heard pales in comparison to home made.

So this was it. Ghee had finally made it into the mainstream due to tireless the support of its loyal consumers. It will stay with us, fulfilling the needs of it’s niche until the end of time or the end of cow servitude. Whichever comes first.

But no. Three brands of Ghee have recently popped up and they are doing their level best to market themselves as health foods, and I am not having any of that.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Ghee is clarified butter. So the whole of the Butter is melted down and the floating, white, kind of ribbony looking fat is removed, leaving behind only bright, clear, golden Ghee.

It’s clarified butter folks. That’s right. Lobster dipping stuff.

Ghee is no more of health food than gluten free bread is. It fits a niche, but if you can digest lactose and choose to do so, than you should eat butter. You are not saving yourself anything by switching from Butter to Ghee and you certainly aren’t gaining anything.

I checked around several different nutritional label databases. Everything I found was pretty similar but I liked the way these looked best, so my source is here . 

Okay, so if Ghee is butter, but with the lactose and fat removed, then it must be a lower fat alternative to butter? Right?

So. They are literally, so similar, there is barely anything worth debating. And yet, here we are. It’s Gluten free pasta all over again. If you don’t need it, it’s not healthy FOR YOU!

If you want a blow by blow break down, I’ll happily give it to you. Ghee is higher in calories, ghee is higher in total fats and in each type of fat, poly, mono and regular old saturated. Will any of this kill you? Idk, whats your blood work look like? If your doctor told you not to have butter, don’t consume Ghee and think you are doing the right thing.

Lets check cholesterol, Ghee is higher. Potassium, ghee is lower, substantially. The sodium in butter, unsalted as it may be, is a little higher than the sodium in ghee.

Okay, but what about all of the great things I’ve heard about how rich it is in omega 3 fats and vitamins and minerals?

The vitamin A in Ghee is higher than the vitamin A in Butter by less than 1 full percent. It could honestly be a discrepancy due to the fact that Ghee’s tend to be made from higher quality or different sources of dairy. Ghee can not be significantly more rich in anything that isn’t already in butter. Because Ghee is just butter, but without part of it.

So why should this matter? Why isn’t it just common knowledge if these things are printed clear as day on the back of the jar? Because Sales. Sales drives misunderstandings and miseducation.

Here is an example of sales, followed by an example of the truth. I’m more surprised than any one that I actually found the truth on Amazon, of all places.


This first picture is an example of sales. Here is a list of everything good that Ghee contains with no specifications to their concentrations or quantity.

 

This is an example of text copy that focuses on what sets Ghee apart from butter and calls the vitamins, minerals and healthy fats in Ghee exactly what their percentages classify them as – traces.

I know this isn’t what people like to hear, people want a little bit of hope and a distraction and something new to eat. I get that, I really do. But I remember how much harm the gluten free trend did when it permeated the mainstream. Those products were higher in sugar, salt and preservatives than their gluteny counterparts, plus their alternative starches can be hard for some guts to break down. I’m still not over this, clearly. But the least I can do is move on and maybe help someone not fall victim to fake health food again.

Be strong enough and well informed enough about a product to spot trends and sales for what they are. If they promise you a great product, try it out. But if they promise you health, remember who makes money on that promise, and who spends it.

 

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