As a staple in Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine, ghee is a class of clarified butter that’s been heated until its milk solids caramelize. The milk solids are then strained out, which removes the lactose and leaves behind a pure layer of butterfat. Ghee is a good source of vision-supportive vitamin A, as well as butyric acid, a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation in the body.
1. NOT-SO-SINFUL SPREAD Fourth and Heart Passionfruit Chocti is a grass-fed chocolate ghee spread featuring a melody of cacao, passionfruit and date syrup. Add it to crepes and pancakes – or simply enjoy with a spoon. $13, fourthandheart.com
2. TRADITIONALLY MADE Staying true to its Ayurvedic roots, Ahara Rasa Goldstar Ghee in Turmeric and Black Pepper is a robustly flavored cultured ghee that’s been slow-churned in an old-fashioned vat. $14, iloveghee.com
3.2-IN-1 Combining two healthy fats, Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil and Ghee is a rich source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), good fats that act as fuel to help your body burn fat. $13, carringtonfarms.com
4. NOT-YOUR-AVERAGE GHEE Flavored with fennel, cardamom and saffron, Pure Indian Foods Indian Dessert Ghee pairs well with roasted nuts, toasts or homemade desserts. $16, pureindianfoods.com
5. BUTTERY GOODNESS Clarified over an open flame, Bulletproof Grass-Fed Ghee has a high smoke point of 485°F that works well for cooking and in Bulletproof Coffee. $23, bulletproof.com