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Clarified butter

Leena Palande May 6, 2019
Here's all you need to know about the nutrition facts of clarified butter.
Clarified butter is composed almost entirely of fat. When you separate milk solids and water from the butter fat, you get clarified butter. For that, you need to heat the butter and allow the different components to separate by density. Due to heat, the water evaporates and some solids sink to the bottom while some float to the surface.
The floating solids can be skimmed off and solids at the bottom are left behind as you pour off the clarified butter. Ghee is another form of clarified butter and ghee nutrition has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years.

Nutritional Value

Clarified butter is preferred in some cooking applications, such as sautéing, since it has a higher smoking point and a great flavor.
1 tbsp (14gm) of clarified butter contains:
  • Calories: 130 kcal
  • Saturated fat: 9gm (45%)
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Total fat: 14 gm (22%)
  • Sodium: 0
  • Total carbohydrate: 0
  • Sugar: 0
  • Dietary fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Calcium: 0
  • Iron: 0
  • Cholesterol: 40 mg (13%)
  • Vitamin A: 10%
The calories from this butter are 100% calories from fat only, as there are no carbs and proteins. The butter is a liquid mass of rich, golden butterfat. It does not burn during frying and possesses a more buttery flavor. Chefs prefer to use this type of butter for healthy dishes. It lacks hydrogenated oils and so is considered healthy.
Consuming large quantities of clarified butter is obviously unhealthy, as it is high in saturated fats and calories. You are expected to use 1 tbsp. of clarified butter in place of 4 tbsp. of any other butter or cooking oil.

Benefits

Clarified butter nutrition facts have already dropped a hint about health benefits of the same.
  • It is believed that it helps cure ulcers, prevents constipation, and promotes eye and skin health.
  • It enhances the function of brain cells and promotes learning. It helps increase memory retention.
  • It is used as a topical for the treatment of burns and blisters as it softens the skin. Matured clarified butter also works as an antibiotic.
  • It is rich in antioxidants and helps in absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, feeding all layers of body tissue resulting in the strengthening of the immunity.
  • As there is a high concentration of butyric acid in clarified butter, it prevents the growth of cancerous tumors. Butyric acid is a fatty acid that is known for anti-viral properties.
  • It triggers and enhances the secretion of stomach acids to help with digestion, whereas other fats, such as butter and oils, slow down the digestive process and can sit heavy in the stomach. It helps improve the digestive health.

Substitutes

Olive oil, canola oil, and other vegetable oils can be used as clarified butter substitutes if you are not able to get the butter or if you want to consume a low-calorie, low-fat food. However, these oils cannot replace the rich aroma and delicious flavor of the butter.
Clarified butter has been predominantly used in the Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine since thousands of years, while its variants are used in the authentic English and French cuisine, known as nutty butter. You can use clarified butter in delicious healthy recipes, but in correct proportions.
Disclaimer: This item is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.