Last week, Kourtney Kardashian posted this message to Instagram captioned, “WHY I TAKE GHEE EVERY MORNING. On my app. #LinkinBio.”
According to a blog post on her site, Kardashian starts her day, every day, with ghee. “I take one big teaspoon of ghee every morning and melt it on the stove in a pan and drink it out of a cute little ceramic white cup. After I take it, I don’t eat anything for 20 minutes, and then I drink a glass of water before eating food.” She also uses it in place of butter and other cooking oils. “We make French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, basically anything we can with ghee,” she writes. Kardashian also claims ghee helps with fat-burning, which leads to weight loss.
So, ghee… what’s that?
Registered dietitian/nutritionist Karen Ansel tells Glamour, “Ghee, which is popular in India, is basically butter that has been melted and had the milk solids removed.” She continues, “Ghee is almost entirely fat and a large chunk of that fat is saturated fat, known to raise levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, which is linked to heart disease.”
However, registered dietician Isabel Smith tells Cosmo, “Ghee is a source of butyrate, a fatty acid which may improve your ability to control blood sugar spikes, and in turn support weight loss.” She also says it encourages digestion, eases inflammation, supports gut health and boosts the immune system.
So, we know not all fat is bad (see: avocado and olive oil), but it seems like health professionals are on the fence about the true benefits of ghee vs. butter. It is probably best to simply treat it as a butter substitute.