After spending months on AIP with only a few reintroductions and a feeling that something was missing, I was introduced to cultured ghee. Because I have a known sensitivity to dairy and eggs (and garlic, kidney beans and salmon ugh!) I stayed away from ghee even though many labels say "casein and lactose free". I knew there could be trace amounts of both and therefore problematic for some. I even felt cautious letting my AIP clients who are not sensitive to dairy introduce it as an introductory foods, especially after this article siting connections between casein and brain autoimmunity. All of that changed however after discovering a lab tested, certified casein and lactose free ghee.
Actually, it was a wonderful client that connected me with Pure Indian Foods Ghee and I learned that they LAB TEST (yipee!!) their ghee to be certified free of lactose and casein. This is due to it being cultured, which allows fermentable bacteria to eat up an residual or trace amounts of either. The reason ghee is not allowed on AIP is due to it having trace amounts of lactose and casein (casein is a strong cross reactor to gluten too) So I started back on ghee this past December and I am really, really thrilled about it. I was feeling on the verge of being burned out on coconut oil anyway, so it was great timing. In addition to being lactose and casein free, it also is organic and 100% grass fed. It is Whole30 approved, heat stable, high in Vitamin K2, full of CLA fat due to being grass fed (conjugated linoleic acid) and its polyunsaturated fat content ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 3:1 which is a fabulous rating according to Mark's Daily Apple.
In light of that, I decided to remove ghee from a reintroduction AIP item, to an all-phase AIP for all my clients as long as they use this specific cultured ghee that is certified free of casein and lactose.
I buy this ghee on amazon. I have amazon prime (best investment ever!!) and get it delivered in 2 days. I thought long and hard about making it officially introduced in my practice, but after experimenting on a few clients, I believe this across-the-board addition to the entire protocol will make the diet easier for many people. Plus ghee really tastes fantastic. And I am all for flavor 100% of the time.