You’ve asked, and we’ve answered. We’ve talked about whether or not ghee is dairy-free (short answer: it’s not, but it is lactose-free), how to use ghee in your recipes, the differences between ghee and clarified butter, whether or not ghee is easier to digest than butter (short answer, yes! But it varies from person-to-person). Around here, ghee is our BFF.
But a lot of people ask us, is ghee better than butter? Straight up? And, we’ve been quiet—until now.
So, is Ghee Better Than Butter?
Unfortunately, our answer isn’t definitive: as with anything, it depends! The mainstay is still: everything in moderation. They’re both extremely nourishing sources of healthy fat, and you’ll benefit from having either one on your plate.
The Benefits of Butter
What’s so complicated about answering this question outright is that not all fats are “bad.” In fact, some of the ones that have gotten the worst reputations (like butter and other animal fats!) are actually pretty nutrient-dense.
Butter is made up of more than 400 different fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D, E, B12, and K2.
For those that have a milk allergy, it contains enough whey proteins to cause an allergic reaction. And because it’s made from milk, it also contains a trace amount of lactose. So, those with lactose intolerance should be careful when eating butter.
The Benefits of Ghee
While Ghee has a slightly higher amount of fat and calories than butter, ghee is safer for those who have lactose intolerance. While it isn’t dairy-free, the process of making ghee makes it completely lactose-free. Plus, since it’s had its milk solids removed, it’s usually easier to digest than butter.
Which Snap Kitchen Dishes Use Ghee?
Now, this is a question that’s super easy to answer. Here are the dishes that use ghee within our own menu!
- Hot Chicken with Mac & Cheese
- Butter Chicken on Basmati Rice Pilaf (+ it comes in a large version too)
- Peppercorn Steak
- Naked Salmon