Kourtney Kardashian recently shared an unusual health tip on her website: She drinks ghee every morning. Um, what?
“Ghee is the first thing I put in my body every morning,” Kardashian, 36, said. “I take one big teaspoon of ghee every morning and melt it on the stove in a pan and drink it out of a cute little ceramic white cup. After I take it, I don’t eat anything for 20 minutes, and then I drink a glass of water before eating food”
If you’ve never heard of ghee before, you’re not alone. It’s a type of clarified butter that has origins in ancient India. It’s also believed to be good for your body and mind.
And Kardashian is seriously on the ghee train. “In my kitchen, I only cook with ghee and coconut oil, and try to incorporate it into my meals as much as possible,” she says. “We make French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, basically anything we can with ghee.”
According to Kardashian, ghee is a “healthy fat, like coconut oil, meaning the fatty acids are absorbed directly into the liver and burnt as energy.”
Is this legit?
Registered dietitian-nutritionist Karen Ansel, coauthor of The Calendar Diet: A Month-by-Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life, isn’t convinced. “Ghee, which is popular in India, is basically butter that has been melted and had the milk solids removed,” she says. This gives it a longer shelf life and makes it more stable for high heat cooking.
Despite the hype, Ansel says ghee really doesn’t have any health benefits. Even though it’s rumored to be nutrient-rich, that’s simply not true,” Ansel says. “Ghee is almost entirely fat and a large chunk of that fat is saturated fat, known to raise levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, which is linked to heart disease.”
Of course, some fat is good for you, points out New York City registered dietitian Jessica Cording. “In terms of weight management, fat provides satiety and may help someone feel full for longer after a meal that includes some fat, so ghee may be helpful in curbing mindless snacking,” she says. Ghee also provides a little vitamins A, E, and D, and provides some omega-3 fatty acids. And Cording notes, because most of the dairy is simmered off and separated from the solids, people with difficulty digesting lactose may find they tolerate ghee.
But both experts say ghee is really just a butter substitute.
“Adding ghee to your diet is basically like adding butter to your diet,” says Ansel, noting that there are many other fats that are more healthful like olive oil, nut butters, and avocado.
So, maybe don’t take Kardashian’s advice on this one—unless you’re looking for a new alternative to butter. “As for drinking it? Don’t go there,” Ansel says.
Kourtney Kardashian said on her website that she drinks ghee, aka clarified butter, every morning. According to Kourtney, it has a ton of vitamins and nutrients and may help with weight loss. Is that legit? I’ll get a nutritionist’s input for more.