Butter and Ghee are both a highly saturated type fat which is the type of fat that is not "healthy" for the body based on current nutrition research. For a healthy adult, one should try to limit saturated fat to no more than 10% of total calorie intake. For someone with heart disease, one should limit saturated fat to no more than 7% of total calorie intake. When you use the SP food tracker, you can add the different types of fat to be tracked---saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. I encourage you to do this, then you will be able to determine the amount of butter or ghee that fits within your diet based on your other food choices. Let me know if you need the steps in adding these nutrients to track.
If someone is telling you that ghee is somehow healthy and butter isn't, they're either very confused or trying to sell you ghee. Ghee is part of butter. If you take butter and heat it until it starts to bubble, then turn off the heat, it will separate. The clear part is the milk fat, and that's ghee. The cloudy part is the protein and calcium, and that's what's left out of ghee. Now, there's not enough protein or calcium in a serving of butter to be very helpful, but it doesn't make a lot of sense, healthwise, to throw it away and only eat the pure saturated fat. The reason they use ghee in Indian cooking is just that it looks nicer and you can heat it a little hotter without burning it.
If you like it, use a little. But if you like whole butter, that's a whole food, nutritionally just as good or even a teeny bit better.
And butter usually isn't "chemically fake." Read the labels on different brands. I use the cheapest grocery store generic, and its ingredients are cream and salt. Sometimes in winter you'll see a third ingredient, annatto. That's just vegetable coloring from a seed. Now and then you might see some kind of tocopherol; that's just vitamin E and you can find lots of brands without it if you don't believe in supplements.
You should talk to a doctor about your joints; Omega 3 fats might have some role in joint health but I don't think there's any evidence that saturated fat would help the symptoms you're having.
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From my research online I am finding that Ghee appears to have many health benefits such as cardiovascular health and joint health when eaten in moderation; I am a bodybuilder and am always counting nutrients and maintain a very low body fat %. I really miss eating butter and refuse to use the chemically fake butters available in stores. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with Ghee helping with joint pain as I seem to be starting to have issues with my joints (pain;popping) I also dont want to add any body fat so am cautious about eating this although I did taste it and it is delicious!
I am not sure what specificially you are asking about? Ghee is clarified butter. It is made from milk fat, as is traditional butter, but uses a different technique to solidify the fat into butter. It has about 6-8 grams of fat/teaspoon. Are you hearing some specific nutritional or health benefits regarding ghee??? Please provide more. SP Registered Dietitian Becky
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