Get Healthy with Ghee!

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Ghee has been a favorite of mine ever since I joined the Weston A. Price Foundation a few years ago. Before then, I was staunchly against all dairy products. Admittedly, I didn’t understand exactly why; except to insist that “dairy isn’t Paleo.” Happily, it seems that quality dairy – like Ghee – is more widely accepted in the Paleo Universe these days, and we now understand that there’s a vast difference between traditional, vitamin-rich dairy and its evil stepmonster: “modern,” corn-fed, skimmified, pasteurized, homogenized dairy – which is truly quite a ridiculous idea in the first place. (I don’t eat that stuff for the same reason I don’t eat McDonald’s hamburgers: It’s not what it pretends to be.)


So I started learning (and writing) about Vitamin K2. Through the WAPF, I learned that healthy, traditional cultures across the world valued grass-fed, full-fat dairy products for good reason: they maintained and enriched health profoundly. Why? Because they’re sources of Vitamin K2; as well as vitamin A and Conjugated Linoleic Acid. You can also get K2 from organ meats; but it’s simply easier – and, for most (myself included), more palate-friendly – to get K2 from full-fat, pastured dairy. In fact, K2 only exists in the “butterfat” of cows who graze on “rapidly growing” green grass during the growing season.

I really, really, really, like REALLY REALLY think that every single one of us needs some source of Vitamin K2 in our diets. Its part of the reason I take a serving of my favorite Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend every day – and I believe that the K2 is partially responsible for my recovery (and continuing freedom) from gnarly skin. I discuss K2 more in a post I wrote for Steve’s Original last May. Here’s part of what I had to say:

Research compiled by Chris Masterjohn shows that K2 enhances nearly every “clinically awesome” [my words] function of our bodies. K2 activates proteins that vitamins D and A signal cells to produce. (2) It protects against heart disease (3). It supports fertility, skin health and bone mineralization. (2) It also is vital in the development of the skull, from palate width to tooth placement, and it protects against tooth decay. (5) K2 isn’t well-known in the mainstream, but these are effects that Dr. Weston A. Price observed a whole stinkin’ century ago in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. He didn’t know what it was called at the time, but Dr. Price knew that this “vitamin-like activator” was part of what kept traditional cultures in perfect health – no cancer, no diabetes, no age-related decrepitude, and perfectly aligned teeth. [notations 2, 3, 5 found in original post]

My buddy Laura, a lifelong Weston-A-Pricer, wrote about K2 as well in her review of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox; and my podcasting buddy/co-host Diane is also a K2 fan. I’ve learned so much from Chris Kresser’s,  Stephan Guyenet’s, and Chris Masterjohn’s advocacy of this nutrient as well, and I recommend that all of my Nutritional Therapy clients get their K2, usually through the Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend…AND from my personal favorite, grass-fed/pastured Ghee.

Ghee is simply butterfat – like butter, with all milk proteins removed – so it’s well-tolerated by most everyone! It’s highly saturated, so it’s an ideal cooking fat – you can alternate it with your coconut oil. You can make it yourself, but if that’s not in the cards for you, I have one brand I recommend – and, luckily, they ship!

The only ghee I recommend is from Pure Indian Foods. (“Like” them on Facebook!) This ghee is local (to me, anyway); and is created by members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, who I was fortunate enough to meet at the 2010 Weston A. Price Foundation Conference. They produce their ghee with the greatest integrity; understanding the conditions necessary to create the best, healthiest, most vitamin-rich product possible. And, to top it off, they’re just darn good people. Bonus!



So my generous friends at Pure Indian Foods have offered to GIVE AWAY a 14-oz jar of their plain ghee to one of my readers – an $18 value! (Did I TELL YA January was a month of giveaways?) The only requirement: I want you to “spread the word” about Pure Indian Foods Ghee on facebook!

Update: Giveaway is over – winner has been chosen! Thanks for participating, and be sure to continue spreading the word about Pure Indian Foods!

 Here’s how you do it: 

“Like” Pure Indian Foods on Facebook. (Yup, you’ve got to have facebook!)

Then, spread the word by “Sharing” this post on facebook – and LEAVE A COMMENT telling me you did! Simple!


Winner will be selected on Sunday at Noon ET!

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  1. Karie says

    I shared the Facebook post you had – didn’t know how to share from the blog (didn’t see a button for that) – but thanks so much for the education about Ghee! I’m new to Paleo and have heard about it but didn’t really know much about it. Will definitely check out this product whether I win or not (but I hope I win!). :-)

  2. Danielle M says

    Done and done!!! I just bought ghee for the 1st last week on your recommendation! Awesome stuff, great for cooking!

  3. says

    hello. i have shared your blog post via facebook. and i “liked” Pure Indian Foods” as well. i have not tried this ghee and look forward to the opportunity! good luck everyone!

  4. says

    Pure Indian Foods is SUPER local for me. They are from Princeton Junction, NJ, where I grew up!! OBSESSED with their product. :)

    Thanks for the shout out, Liz! <3

  5. Debbie says

    Liz – You said you buy this brand of
    ghee locally? Since we live in same area can you tell me where you find it? Whole foods? Do tell please…been reading a lot about ghee….

  6. Steph Duford says

    I liked and shared! Can’t wait to try this brand Ghee…have heard great things! Thanks for organizing this giveaway!

  7. Danielle says

    I’ve been wanting to try ghee for a while but it’s not easy to find around these parts. I liked and shared pages upon pages. That’s for hosting the giveaway. Pick me!

  8. says

    I shared it with 4 friends. We started this journey on whole30 a week ago. We went to the nutrition seminar with Dallas and Melissa, fantastic. So starting to understand the whole “good” vs. “bad” for our bodies. The information looked great, I look forward to ordering some ghee from them!

  9. Jess K says

    I liked Pure Indian Foods on FB. I hope it’s me cuz when I try to make ghee I just burn things and make the smoke detectors go off. Still practicing though…

  10. says

    Liked and shared! I just found a brand of organic ghee at WalMart (not grassfed, though) and I love, love, love it! Great for cooking in my cast iron skillets or just eating a spoonful out of the jar now and then.

  11. Eileen says

    Done and done and done again.

    I’ve never used ghee before it looks to be another alternative. I’ll be checking this out a little more closely


  12. says

    I followed your instructions with the sharing. I love ghee and I’m happy to spread the word. It’s not only good for you, but so tasty. I hope my friends will give it a try.

  13. Michele says

    i have made my own Ghee in the past but looking forward to trying this one! liked, shared, enter me in the contest! :)

  14. Sandra says

    I went, liked, and happily shared on FB. I’m getting into the on line ordering lately since it’s hard to find grass-fed anything here. The only ghee found to date is organic certified GMO free but I’ve found your recommendations to be words to live by. Thanks! Now, back to Pure Indian Foods site to look around. Mmmmmm.

  15. says

    Is there any reason you don’t eat Purity Farm Ghee which is a lot less costly than Pure Indian Foods Ghee? “Delectable, Traditional Organic GheePurity Farms Ghee is made in harmony with nature, from organic sweet cream butter from pastured cows on small, certified organic family farms.”


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