Also known as clarified butter, ghee is a traditional food in India. I’ve been reading about it for several years but I haven’t tried it yet.
From Times of India:
“Clarified butter remained India’s culinary star for centuries till it was sidelined in the 1980s by vegetable oils because of its high saturated fat. The new oils were aggressively marketed as superior and heart-healthy. Of late, research has shown that saturated fats have no link to obesity, heart disease or early death. In January 2015, the US dietary guidelines declared for the first time that total dietary fat and cholesterol intake are not a concern for healthy people. Now, on the back of some recent studies which maintain that it reduces fat and lower cholesterol, ghee too is making a big comeback in India. It is also making a splash abroad in alternative health circuits.”
Source: Ghee with glee – Times of India
You can make your own ghee. Alton Brown has a recipe, as does Michelle Tam.
If you still think saturated fat is bad, here’s the research proving otherwise.
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: If you fear saturated fat, rest assured there’s none in my books.