6.22.2011

Paleo Product Review: Purity Farms Ghee and Native Forest Coconut Milk


I kind of think that when one starts buying Ghee, one has officially passed into the realm of Primal/Paleo living.  It kind of makes you OG.  Not as OG as say, organ meats, but I've been eating those since before I went converted, so from my perspective, Ghee's a bit more exotic if not 100% strict paleo diet.
It's delicious, smooth, and soft.  It's a rich version of pastured butter, and the smell is amazing.  Purity Farms' version is organic.  Though technically a dairy product, the fact that it's Lactose and Casein free, means it's very paleo/primal-friendly in that the most troublesome dairy macronutrients are eliminated.  Even more important is that it's free of oxidized cholesterol responsible for inflammatory cardiovascular health issues.  Using ghee for cooking or slathering over your meats in veges, ups the fat content without worry of CVD.

Here's the Nutrition Facts Label for the Ghee:
http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-purity-farms-ghee-clarified-butter-i166562
***(disregard the grading as they are basing that on AHA and ADA guidelines)

Also recently purchased is a nice vegetable source for saturated fat: Organic Coconut Milk (canned) by Native Forest.  I don't really use this to cook with (although I plan to).  Instead I use it to make larger amounts of coconut milk for drinking and supplementation.  I essentially add 1 can of water per can of coconut milk.  I buy the unsweetened variety to give me some options on flavor.  I like to add a little Stevia to sweeten it when used as a drink, and it's very tasty.  The thing about canned coconut milk is that it coagulates at the top (the good fat) and there's plenty of pulp.  So, to really use this, you have to break it up with a fork (or blender) and mix it well.  I like to leave some of the chunks in the pitcher because they're DELICIOUS!

Coconut Milk Nutrition:
http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-native-forest-organic-coconut-milk-i211402
***(disregard the grading as they are basing that on AHA and ADA guidelines.  ALSO keep in mind the nutrition link is for the whole can, but you're not drinking a whole can when using this as a drink.)

2 comments:

I bought a jar of Ghee in the past and it did not taste anything like butter. It was not a good flavor at all. Did I just get a bad batch?

Elyse, perhaps it was the brand. I find that when I use ghee to cook with, or as an accompaniment to meats, I enjoy the flavor more than when I use it with sweets. But as with anything new, I think it's a bit of an acquired taste. For sure though, it should not be thought of as a butter replacement. Also, the different brands will vary in taste just like butter.

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