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Move over butter, ghee is on the rise! My guests on this episode of A Healthy Bite are the founders of Simply Ghee, and they're sharing everything you could ever want to know about this golden superfood! Listen using the player above, but also make sure to use the table of contents below to read more about ghee. Just for you, they've created the coupon code OMGhee to save 20% at SimplyGhee.com. (Nope, this is not a sponsored post and I'm not an affiliate for the product. As I often do, I'm sharing information about a fantastic product that I believe in, because I think it will be beneficial for you!) What is Ghee and How Is it Made? Ghee comes from the process of separating the various components of butter. Technically speaking, ghee is almost clarified butter. Keep reading. So, how is ghee made? Well, butter is made up of saturated fat, sugar, protein and moisture. When it is heated on low heat, it melts and separates the solids of lactose and casein from the fat and moisture. Those solids sink to the bottom and as the heat cooks more the fat (oil) becomes clearer. Once done, you can see down to the bottom of the pot where the solids have adhered to the bottom. The solids are responsible for imparting a caramelized/slightly nutty flavor profile in ghee. Is Ghee better than butter? Yes and no! Simply put, ghee is butter without lactose (sugars) and casein (proteins) and moisture leaving behind the beautiful saturated fat. Beyond clarified butter which always contains solids. Ghee is way purer! Ghee is purer than butter but good grassfed butter also has many healthy benefits too. Those who might have issues with dairy can tolerate ghee without lactose and casein since these two culprits have history doing so with lots of folks gastrointestinal systems.Simply Ghee Is Ghee Healthy Ghee has numerous health benefits! Here are just a few: Rich in essential, health-boosting vitamins, minerals and nutrients, ghee has plentiful amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. These nutrients nourish and protect the brain and boost the immune system. In addition, ghee aids the body’s absorption of fat-soluble nutrients from other foods.Heals and repairs the digestive tract - In Ayurveda, ghee is believed to aid in digestion. Because it only contains trace amounts of milk, it is suitable for most people with dairy allergies and also fits the Paleo diet.Perfect balance of Omega 3, 6, and 9, the same fatty acids found in foods like avocado and salmon.Contains conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which has been shown in studies to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. CLA may help reduce tumors, inflammation, and help fire up the metabolism. A study on a rural population in India showed a significantly lower prevalence of coronary heart disease in men who consumed higher amounts of ghee.Increases energy levels, according to Ayurvedic Medicine, by supplying life force to the body and mind. Learn more about the health benefits of ghee. Ghee Benefits According to The Complete Book of Home Remedies by Dr. Vasant Lad, mixing a small amount of ghee in warm milk may help relieve constipation. Beyond the health benefits ghee helps to protect and brighten the skin, according to Vogue in Why Ghee Should Be Part of Your Skincare Routine. Apparently, it can act as a carrier to increase the potency of other ingredients when mixed together and applied to the skin. It is said to help fight dryness and fine lines while being an ideal moisturizer for rosacea prone skin. What is A2 Ghee As I mentioned in the podcast, I first noticed A2 milk while shopping. I'd never heard of it and I grew up on a dairy farm; so I immediately began looking up studies and research that had been compiled on the topic. Here's what I found: All milk contains proteins, one of them is casein and it makes up about 80% of the total. The most common forms are A1 Beta-Casein and A2-Beta Casein,