Most of us love ghee. But we have a problem. We’re told that ghee isn’t healthful. We’re told that ghee causes heart disease. And more importantly, we’re told that ghee makes us fat!

The primary reason behind such recommendations is that ghee is rich in saturated fat and saturated fat is supposedly harmful. This is also the reason behind recommendations against the consumption of coconut products, red meat and cheeses.

But what if saturated fat isn’t harmful but, in fact, healthful?

Shocking, I know. But consider the following.

Putting these in perspective,

Unless I’m completely out of my mind, it seems pretty obvious that people who ate real food that is rich in saturated fat lived healthy lives and people who adopted mainstream health recommendations and substituted carbohydrates and/or vegetable oils for saturated fats are living disease ridden sad lives plagued with diabetes, obesity, arthritis, celiac and hypertension!

Let’s take a couple of minutes and clear this up, shall we?

Firstly, here some things about saturated fats that you need to know.

Clearly, saturated fat isn’t something foreign to the body. The body is very familiar with it and hence extremely efficient in using it. That said, let’s move on to benefits of saturated fat consumption.

There are benefits?

Yes, there are benefits and yes, there are peer reviewed scientific publications to back all this up.

So what now?

Start adding ladles of ghee and coconut to your food? Nope. The point is to understand that ghee, coconut, grass fed red meat and organic natural cheeses are extremely healthful options and need to be included in a diet that is wholesome, filled with real foods and devoid of junk food, empty calories and gut irritants.

Note: This post was originally published in The Hindu MetroPlus