Illustration by: Simon Letch
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The arrival of a new superfood is generally met with enthusiasm in some quarters and eye-rolling in others - is it possible to find an inner-city menu these days that doesn’t feature acai? But now the health fad authorities have announced a superfood we can all get behind: butter.
Sadly, the salty, creamy hand-churned kind is still bad, at least if you are thinking of your arteries as opposed to your palate. But clarified butter, or ghee, which has the dairy solids taken out and consists mostly of pure saturated fat, is, apparently, really good for us.
Some health foodies claim it is beneficial for muscle recovery, detoxification (whatever that means) and immunity. Kill-joy scientists claim there is no evidence of its benefits, but others point to ghee’s use in Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, for thousands of years as proof positive that there is something to it. Some even claim it can help with weight loss, counter-intuitive as that may seem.
Whatever the science, we can all agree that ghee makes your rogan josh taste better.
- Jacqueline Maley