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Is Ghee a Good Substitute for Butter?

Commonly used in the cuisine of India, ghee is clarified butter. Butter is heated then strained to remove the milk solids. The clarified butter is also simmered until all the moisture evaporates. As a result, the fat is slightly more concentrated with more fat and calories per teaspoon. Ghee can be heated to a higher temperature without burning so it may be used for sautéing and frying. However, like butter, ghee is high in saturated fat. Vegetable oils such as corn, canola or soybean oil are healthier choices for sautéing or stir-frying foods.

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