Grass fed Ghee or butter: Which is better for Keto?
Ketogenic diet is all about consumption of high fat intake and low carb intake to control obesity. It ignites ketosis process in which ketones work as fuel and burn unwanted fats from body. Therefore, adding saturated fats in your diet works perfectly in shedding extra body weight and thus ensures healthy weight loss in obesity management.
Cow ghee as a source of saturated fats, can safely be included in keto diet plan and a comparative study with butter can straightway prove that ghee is ahead by its virtue.
High fat and adequate calorie matters
Not wide varieties of food products are available that are high in fat content, reasonable in calorie intake, and low in terms of carbohydrate: fortunately cow ghee fulfils all three qualities that makes it wonderfully keto diet compatible. Butter has all these three qualities too but ghee proves more beneficial for few qualities.
A tablespoon of ghee has 14 grams of fat in comparison to butter’s 10-12 grams, and ghee contains mostly saturated fats, which brings us to MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides). Now the next vital question is how MCTs are important.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Ghee contains 25% or higher quantity of short-chain and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), whereas butter contains only 12% to 15% MCTs. Short to medium chain fats are easier to digest, and more easy to digest fat is consumed, they will work as better energy source. As per keto diet rules, these fats get turned into ketones, and you will be faster into ketosis.
MCTs also decrease hunger, help in weight loss, and also boost cells at the mitochondrial level reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and etc.as well as obesity control.
Grass fed ghee: Benefits Over Butter
Ghee contains negligible quantity of lactose and casein. It doesn’t trigger milk allergies like other dairy products. If you have lactose-intolerance, ghee based recipes are apt for you than butter based ones.
Vitamins, CLA and butyrate
Butter contain vitamins and MCTs, but ghee is richer in quantity of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, vitamins, A, D, E, K, and conjugated linoleic acid: grass fed ghee also contains butyrate, the most ketogenic acid that promotes a healthy metabolism and gut health.
The Right Kind of Fat
The ketogenic diet demands consumption of good amount of fat, but only the suitable kind of fats.
Saturated fats in grass fed ghee raise levels of HDLs (high density lipoproteins and ultimately help you to manage to take out cholesterol out of your blood and preventing formation of plaque in arteries.
As fat content in butter is lesser than similar quantity of ghee, ghee is more keto diet friendly than butter. Butter is not lactose and casein free hence it is not free from the risk of lactose intolerance related problem.