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Q: Is ghee ok to eat as part of an Ayurvedic (yogi) diet?

Today’s question comes in response to my recent blog post on the paleo way of eating.


As mentioned previously, ghee is clarified butter, made by reducing butter, removing the milk solids (lactose) leaving 65% saturated fat. Regular butter is around 50% saturated fat.

Ghee has been consumed for thousands of years in India and neighbouring countries as not only a food, but a type of medicinal product, revered for it’s nourishing and healing properties. If following a yogi diet (which includes ghee), it would be sensible to eat only small amounts to keep overall calories in check. If I had a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease or weight gain I would exercise caution with this product, and enjoy sparingly.

For heart health it is recommended to replace saturated fat with poly and monounsaturated fats in the diet, as these can help to raise the good cholesterol in your blood (HDL), and lower the bad cholesterol (LDL). These “good fats” come from foods such as fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and oils such as extra virgin olive oil (more on this later!).

Thanks for stopping by, Madeleine (THG).