Does Ghee Make Me Fat

Hey Monica! I KNOW that ghee is one of your first recommendations to cure the sad balls (esp. for vatas) but I am AFRAID to eat ghee. I know it is clarified butter and that just says cholesterol and weight-gain for me. You said above that you won’t gain weight from ghee, etc. Why is that since it is butter? What about cholesterol? This post might be a bit late, like a vata in distress, I also just sent out my Christmas cards last week! (fyi, she wrote this on January 13th. Ha ha!)

GREAT question and thank you for bringing this up. Certainly you are not the only person who wants to know, “Does ghee make me fat?” Raise your hands if it has crossed your mind that eating ghee will make you gain weight. Ohhh…that’s what I THOUGHT! Look around the room, see? You’re not alone. Leave your hands up if you are a vata. Ah-HAH, just as I thought. See, vatas always ask the “Will it make me fat?!” question and the irony is that vatas are the dosha least likely to gain weight no matter what they eat. In fact, vatas need extra fats yet they are most paranoid about eating them.

Now, let me get to the answer of this question because I know you all have little vata ants in your pants. DOES GHEE MAKE YOU FAT? NO! GHEE DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT. Feel better? ;) Let me explain.

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GHEE FACTS:

Ghee is balancing for vata and pitta. Kaphas can have ghee in moderation. Vatas need the oil and agni stoke from ghee. Pittas need the agni stoke and the cooling effect ghee has. Kaphas need just a little ghee because they are already oily and cool.

Ghee is the only fat that actually increases agni (digestive fire/metabolism)! So imagine eating a super tasty fat that increases your ability to digest and assimilate foods as well as give a little boost in the metabolism department. Yum, magic!

Different than butter, ghee does not cling to our insides to make a cloggy mess. In fact, it very mildly pulls toxins out it goes through our bod.

Ghee “butters” the insides and helps us maintain regular digestion (per the question above).

Ghee melts when you touch it, even at room temperature and it seeps deep into our tissues to keep our bodies supple. Butter does not. You can even put ghee on a mild burn (cooling, remember) and you cannot with butter.

Ghee has a high smoke point and won’t burn in the pan, so you can sautee veggies or spices in it and add to your favorite dishes.

Ghee is a sattvic food;  foods that promote total harmony in the body-mind. Our minds get easy so instead of worrying if ghee makes us fat, we can simply enjoy it. On a larger scale, our focus in life turns to enjoyment rather than worry.

In Ayurveda, using ghee is said to lower cholesterol!

Butter does NONE of these things! They are different foods. Butter and ghee are not the same thing.

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But you might not still believe me. Well, let’s flashback to the 90’s. Remember when you were eating SnackWell’s cookies by the box because we were told we could eat any foods as long as we didn’t eat fat? And, remember how you didn’t lose any weight by not eating fat? Our bodies need fat—it’s essential to our vitality, intelligence, digestion, happiness (fat keeps us happy!), and strength. When we eat good amounts of fat, it tastes good going down, therefore we are satiated, and therefore, we eat less. We don’t need to gobble SnackWell’s by the boxfull because one baked apple with a touch of melted ghee, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom will leave our tummies and minds satisfied for hours.

Now, I’m not saying eat gobs o’ ghee, simply just substitute ghee for your butter or oil. Really! Just use it as you would any other fat, about 3-4 tblsp per day. Spread it on toast, drizzle on rice or pasta, bake it with apples or pears, use on your grilled cheese instead of butter, or put a tsp in your oatmeal to help you “go” in the morning.

Give it a try for a week and see if your sad little balls are remedied. You will not gain weight in a week, that I promise. In addition, be sure to stay hydrated too. Ghee + water are a vata girl’s best friend. Become friends with ghee, your body will thank you! Let me know if this helps! xo.

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44 Responses to Does Ghee Make Me Fat

  1. Sneha says:

    Can we have a teaspoon quantity of ghee
    Before going to bed at night. Does this have any effect on weight gain? Please let me know if there are negatives in it.

  2. P. Nagaraj Shetty says:

    Even i experienced that consumption of ghee helps in weight reduction. Thank you for this article.

  3. Soniya says:

    Hi Monica,
    I understand that you can have ghee with food that you are eating but is it also fine to cook/ stir fry vegetables in ghee?
    Thank you in advance for your response.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Soniya! Sorry for the delay here. YES! Ghee has a high smoke point so you can use it for cooking and stir fry quite nicely. I also use it in place of butter for things like grilled cheese sandwiches because the ghee doesn’t burn the bread! :)

  4. Aasta says:

    Then what should i eat to become fat

  5. Ranjana says:

    I read this post today while searching for qualities of pure ghee and was quite shocked to know that consuming raw ghee is good for our health and helps lose weight.I am 52 years old and finding it hard to lose after the initial 4-5 kgs.
    I am going to try and revert

  6. yesyippi says:

    Ohhhhhh Monicaaaa, you’re my darlingggg. geez, that’s a song :P

  7. Bonnie says:

    In our culture ghee is our delicacy. Its extracted through a process of fermentation and left to grow to produce the best aroma in a clean environment. It is used to fry souce, make chapats etc. In another war, its used to make sauce where rock lake salt is combined with ghee to come up with something which is pure white thick & looks like mayonnaise. White salt is added to and it is usually combined with roasted beef or mushrooms, this has been there for centuries as a behaviour of nomads, we it it even day,can this leading to cholesterol, obesity and building of cellulite? Personally am obe.se

  8. Manish says:

    Iam eating ghee every day I just dip a piece of chappati in Ghee and take ghee in roti, rice ,dal, sweets like kheer and in 1 days I used atleast 22 tsp of ghee in my diet some time I drink about a 14 tablespoons of ghee at one time it smells great and tast even more great iam fan of ghee and love to eat more ghee and amazing fact is that,,, that my weight is been loosen very quickly comparing before when I was not having ghee what ghee does is it stimulate metabolism and because of its lubrication like properties the food get digested easily un resulting the less toxins in our body so buddies eat more ghee loose more fat.

  9. SAD BUTTER BALL/GHEE BALL says:

    You know, for the longest time i avoided ghee on my rotis etc. My mum after telling me how ghee is good for my health, relented and applied margarine on my rotis. Guess what! That accelerated my weight gain! I’m now back to using ghee instead of cooking oil (man the food tastes better! even western food!) and applying it to toast. Tho i haven’t seen a drastic shift downwards in terms of KGs, i notice i’ve been visiting the loo for number at a consistent pace. It’s like my body is getting rid of the toxins. It’s not the runs, it’s just expelling waste.

    • Monica says:

      I love this comment SO MUCH because it it so true. Thank you for sharing your experience of using margarine vs. ghee. Ghee is natural. Margarine is modified. Our bodies do so much better with natural stuff because we ARE nature! :) Thanks again for this awesome comment.xoxo

  10. Arshani says:

    i wanna become a fat since i’m looks soo thin. please help me

  11. Sarah says:

    So here’s a question that I’ve had for a while. I’m vata/kapha. I’ve always had super dry skin (even more so this time of year) and have the “sad little ball” issue as well. I try my best to stay balanced by eating lots of warming foods, ghee, and other healthy fats. I also have some more kapha-y issues such a chronic sinus problems and excess mucus, and some signs of ama, like a white coating on the tongue. How do I address the kapha-related problems without aggravating vata or vice versa? Aside from their aversion to cold, they seem like such opposites!

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  13. pramod says:

    nice article monica…. I Love You !!!

  14. Deepak says:

    i never wish to eat desi ghee because i think i shall become fat.Actually I am 13 years old and dont want to become fat.Please suggest me should I eat or not?

  15. divya says:

    Thanks for the valuable advice…. I was scared of eating ghee but now I started eating…….

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  17. prathibha says:

    Sir, Thank you very much, i was never eating the ghee from past 6years as that i will becom fat,but also i could not reduce my fat also i am 35yr old woman my weight is 69kgs. i am in a diet & not eating any oil foods,ghee,sugary food & rice but also i am not loosing my weight. now i have dicided to take one spoon of ghee daily. please suggest me

  18. SURESH says:

    I drink 3 big spoon -ghee in the morning before food……
    I drink 6 spoon -ghee in the afternoon before food..

    & i take 3 spoon ghee at night after food……

    i am 35 yr old Man and I am “Super Fit”…. I know i am super fit because i am the fittest in Gym, Most mascular in my Gym, & i am just 72KG and never control my diet….. i just increase ghee intake according to extra food which i take in parties……. & i always do clean my stomach in every 20 days…

  19. SURESH says:

    WHEN BODY EATS MORE FOOD IT REQUIRES MORE GHEE FOR DIGESTING & ESIMILATING…

    BUT HERE GHEE IS ABSENT IN THE DIET…..
    BODY IS PRODUCING ITS OWN FAT FOR THE STOMACH IN LARGE AMOUNTS…… THIS FAT BUT WHILE REACHING TO THE STOMACH TAKES A LONG PATH AND GETS ABSORBED ALL OVER THE BODY… AND ONLY 20% OF THIS PRODUCED FAT REACHES THE STOMACH…..NOW EVEN AFTER SO MUCH OF HARD WORK BY THE LIVER…. BODY STAYS DEFICIENT OF MUCH REQUIRED FAT……

    AND GIVEN BELOW IS THE GOLDEN “SUTRA”….
    BALANCE DIET MEANS THE RIGHT PROPORTION OF CARBS + FATS+ PROTIENS…

    I SAID “RIGHT PROPORTION” NOT THE RIGHT QUANTITY….
    ACTUALY THERE IS NO RIGHT QUANTITY FOR FATS TO EAT…… BUT THER IS ALWAYS A “RIGHT PROPORTION” .
    RIGHT PROPORTION MEANS : IF U EAT 2 ROTI THEN U TAKE 4 TEA-SPOON OF GHEE ON THEM….
    BUT IF U TAKE 20 ROTI THEN TAKE 40 TEA-SPOON OF GHEE…THIS IS THE RIGHT PROPORTION…..

    BY THE WAY… MONICA…. YOU HAVE WON MY HEART BY WRITING THIS ARTICLE……I RESPECT YOUR INTELLIGENCE….

  20. SURESH says:

    OBESITY IS NOT A DESEASE ITS THE SITUATION OF CRISIS
    NOW, LIVER CANNOT PUMP FATS DIRECTLY INTO THE STOMACH….., AND WE TOO ARE ADVISED BY GREAT DOCTORS NOT TO TOUCH FATS– FORGET EATING FATS…. THEY SAY GHEE IS POISON IN OBESITY…..
    BODY HAS TO OPTION…. SO IT COMES IN SURVIVAL MODE….. IT INCREASES THE FIRE OF HUNGER……. SO THAT IT CAN TURN THE DIGESTED FOOD INTO MUCH REQUIRED FAT…..

  21. SURESH says:

    HEY…. MONICA…. I AM SO HAPPY TO READ THIS ARTICLE….

    YOU ARE SO CORRECT…. WOW… I AM PROUD OF YOU.

    MONICA, THANKS FOR SHARING THIS VALUABLE INFORMATION….. MAY GOD BLESS YOU…..

  22. RS says:

    Ghee, while mostly saturated fat, is quite well refined and is composed of short chain fatty acids of C14 (14 carbon atoms in chain of mono-glyceride attached to the gylercol molecule to produce the fatty acid) or less compared to other fatty acids from animal meats or even hydrogenated vegetable oils which tend to be in the C16-24 range. As a result, the body can easily break this fatty acid for use in the body wherever monoglycerides are used, as in repairing cells and the like. It does not have any trans-fat, and therefore, contrary to popular belief it is a healthy fatty acid that doesnt result in cholesterol deposits in the arteries. Of course, you should consume it in moderation, e.g., no more than 15-20 grams per day – i.e., to sautee vegetable or cook a bread (or paratha).

  23. Sohel Damani says:

    Thanks alot for ur tips doctor told me to take ghee daily but I was worried I will become fat let me try having ghee for 1 month and I will let u know the results

  24. Jess says:

    Hello Monica!

    Great site you have here. I was wondering, since I’m a vata/pitta, what should I do for oils? I tend to use them everday but I also include nuts and/or seeds into my daily use. I realize that this could be a problem for my pitta (which has increased a lot lately) since too many fats increase pitta. When using nuts or seeds, should I count them as my fat servings or protein? Both? I usually count them as both, but I also eat beans/legumes almost everyday as well (probably not best for my vata!). Boo…:(

  25. Chethan Sharma says:

    Thank you so much for the clarification monica.. Loved your post.. This question is running through ma head from past 2 months..

  26. I am Really Enjoying the Post. Amazing Content and Design.
    Thanks

  27. gracy says:

    this is so true! i’ve been a ghee consumer on monica b’s recommendation for the past few month and if anything i have lost weight. my pitta-vata self has also been so, so regular. i’ve been taking triphala too and overall my digestive system couldn’t be happier.

    thanks for this and all your great work monica! i’ve learned so much from your website.

    • Monica says:

      Love it, Gracy!! Yes! I found the same thing when I was new to Ayurveda and started eating ghee. I was really skeptical but then found that I actually lost weight – AND had happy digestion. Yipee! xo

  28. Jenny says:

    Thanks for posting this, I’ve been curious about ghee for a while now. I have a question though- I can not handle dairy because it makes my skin break out horribly. Am I still able to use ghee, or might I still have the same results? Thanks in advance :)

  29. Bettina says:

    Hi Monica,

    Thanks for sharing the facts behind ghee.

    I wanted to know if you or the system of Ayurveda has any opinions on cooking with coconut oil?

    Bettina

    • Monica says:

      Hi Bettina! Coconut oil is great for pitta! You can cook with it but I don’t believe the smoke point is as high as it is for ghee. You can stir fry ghee, but coconut oil will burn. Coconut oil does not increase agni like ghee, but it does provide a “cooling” effect for the body. It’s tasty and you can use it on your body for an oil massage too – you’ll smell like a cookie! :)

  30. Sarah says:

    Such great information. I had been carrying that same question around in my own head because of my own fears of butter and saturated fats.

  31. Jill says:

    Thanks for the detailed response! Now I get it! I’m going to go for it for a week…I’ll let you know!

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