Is ghee healthy as a cooking fat?

By Dr Vincent Karuhanga

Dear Joyce,

Ghee is a dairy product made by heating butter to remove the milk solids and most of the water. In the process, most of the lactose and casein that are found in milk are also removed.

Most of the health challenges linked to milk and dairy products are due to the casein protein and lactose, which is a type of simple sugar. Casein causes significant amounts of inflammation in our digestive system and bodies and many people are intolerant to and do not easily digest lactose.

Because ghee contains almost no casein and lactose, it is well tolerated by the body and does not have similar effects to milk.

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