28 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: how do I have ghee in the morning?

It’s a great idea to start your day with either ghee, butter or coconut oil

8 Feb 2016 | 04:02 pm

In a previous issue of Friday, you suggested having a teaspoon of ghee first thing in the morning. Can I have it spread on a biscuit? Also, how long do I need to wait after consuming ghee to have my breakfast?

I’m glad that you are planning to begin the ghee therapy. It’s a great idea to start your day with either ghee, butter or coconut oil as they all contain good fat, which prevents a spike in your insulin first thing in the morning. Increased levels of fasting insulin promote sugar cravings through the day and makes fat loss challenging. Besides, ghee also has powerful gut-healing properties and is great for those struggling with digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, or acidity.

If you have it spread on a biscuit, you will be adding processed carbohydrates along with the good fat, which will raise your blood sugar level, thus defeating the entire purpose of consuming the ghee.

Instead you could try substitutes such as virgin coconut oil, organic butter or even half an avocado if you find it difficult to have plain ghee. 
All these will provide you with the same benefits.

You can wait for about an hour after this before you have your breakfast. Have ghee consistently for eight to 12 weeks along with eating clean through the day and you will see an overall change in your skin and hair health. You will also find that you have lost some excess fat. Good luck!

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.