QUESTION FROM YOU
Hey Monica! I KNOW that ghee is one of your first recommendations to cure constipation but I am AFRAID to eat ghee. I know it is clarified butter and that just says cholesterol and weight-gain for me. You said that you won’t gain weight from ghee, etc. Why is that since it is butter? What about cholesterol?
GREAT question and thank you for bringing this up. Certainly you are not the only person who wants to know, "Does ghee make me fat?"
Raise your hands if it has crossed your mind that eating ghee will make you gain weight. Look around the room, see? You're not alone. Leave your hands up if you are a vata. Ah-HAH, just as I thought. See, vatas always ask the, "Will it make me fat?!" question and the irony is that vatas are the dosha least likely to gain weight no matter what they eat. Vatas need extra fat to keep their structure built, yet they are the dosha most paranoid about eating them.
Let me get to the answer of this question because I know you have little vata ants in your pants.
DOES GHEE MAKE YOU FAT? NO! GHEE DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT.
Feel better? ;) Let me explain.
Ghee is balancing for vata and pitta. Kaphas can have ghee in moderation. Vatas need the oil and agni stoke from ghee. Pittas need the agni stoke and the cooling effect ghee has. Kaphas need just a little ghee because they are already oily and cool.
Ghee is the only fat that actually increases agni (digestive fire/metabolism)! So imagine eating a super tasty fat that increases your ability to digest and assimilate foods as well as give a little boost in the metabolism department. Yum, magic!
Different than butter, ghee does not cling to our insides to make a cloggy mess. In fact, it very mildly pulls toxins out it goes through our bod.
Ghee "butters" the insides and helps us maintain regular digestion (per the question above).
Ghee melts when you touch it, even at room temperature and it seeps deep into our tissues to keep our bodies supple. Butter does not. You can even put ghee on a mild burn (cooling, remember) and you cannot with butter.
Ghee has a high smoke point and won't burn in the pan, so you can sautee veggies or spices in it and add to your favorite dishes.
Ghee is a sattvic food; foods that promote total harmony in the body-mind. Our minds get easy so instead of worrying if ghee makes us fat, we can simply enjoy it. On a larger scale, our focus in life turns to enjoyment rather than worry.
Butter and ghee are not the same thing. Butter does NONE of these things! They are different foods.
But you might not still believe me. Well, let's flashback to the 90's. Remember when we were eating SnackWell's cookies by the box because we were told we could eat any foods as long as we didn't eat fat? And, remember how we didn't lose any weight (or gained it!) by not eating fat?
Our bodies need fat—it's essential to our vitality, intelligence, digestion, happiness (fat keeps us happy!), and strength. When we eat good amounts of fat, it tastes good going down, therefore we are satiated, and therefore, we eat less. We don't need to gobble SnackWell's by the box full because one baked apple with a touch of melted ghee, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom will leave our tummies and minds satisfied for hours.
Now, I'm not saying eat gobs o' ghee, simply just substitute ghee for your butter or oil. Really! Just use it as you would any other fat, about 3-4 tblsp per day. Spread it on toast, drizzle on rice or pasta, bake it with apples or pears, use on your grilled cheese instead of butter, or put a tsp in your oatmeal to help you "go" in the morning.
Give it a try for a week and see if your sad little constipation balls are remedied. You will not gain weight in a week, that I promise. In addition, be sure to stay hydrated too. Ghee + water are a constipated girl's best friend.
Become friends with ghee, your body will thank you!