Ghee has gone through a whole journey from being the only base in Granny’s kitchen for cooking to being declared a bad fat and regaining its glory in past few years.
Famous health and Nutrition expert Rujuta Diwekar has brought joy to many by giving ghee a superfood tag. In her book Indian Super Foods, Rujuta says, “The reason why there are such combos as dal-chawal-ghee, roti-shakkar-ghee, puran-poli ghee, modak-ghee etc in our culture is that ghee reduces the glycaemic index of these meals. The magic of ghee isn’t just that it’s the world’s most high-functioning fat. It’s also that it’s a wonderful partner to other foods, complementing them to work better and harder for us.
Benefits of Ghee
With loads of Omega 3 Fatty Acids fat soluble Vitamins A,D,E, K and antioxidants, Ghee provides many amazing health benefits. Read on to find its nutritional Benefits
Ghee boosts the Immune system
Ghee is loaded with antioxidants, which boosts the immune system by increasing the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. When your body effectively absorbs nutrients, your chances of falling ill reduces.
In Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most easily digestible fats.
Source of good Fat
Fats, carbs and proteins are three macronutrients that are essential for sustaining a healthy life. Removing any food group from your diet is never a sustainable way to lose weight. What you do need to do however is - choose better. Avoid all bad fats in fries, burgers and processed junk, and choose better alternatives in the form of ghee, avocados etc.
Beneficial for Weight Loss
Ghee is an excellent source of good fats and if you have it daily, your heart health will be improved. Not only ghee improves heart health but, it is also beneficial for weight loss. Ghee helps in removing toxins out of the cells, which improves metabolism and when your metabolism is fast, you lose weight easily
Ghee relieves Constipation
Ghee aids digestion by healing the digestive tract which in turn relieves constipation. Have a table tablespoon of Desi Ghee at night before bed
Good For Intestinal Health:
Ghee is one of the highest quality food sources of butyric acid, which makes it an ideal pick to support the health of the intestinal walls. The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy.
Helps You Keep Warm From Within
Ghee is an integral part of Indian winters. According to Ayurveda, ingesting ghee helps you keep warm from within; which is perhaps why it is extensively used in many winter preparations like gajar ka halwa, moong dal halwa, pinni and panjeeri.
Ghee contains cancer-fighting CLA.
When ghee is made from butter derived from grass-fed cows, it contains stores of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been found to combat cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.
Ghee is a viable alternative for individuals with dairy allergies.
Since ghee is formed by removing milk solids, it contains only trace amounts of milk sugars (lactose) and proteins (casein), making it suitable for most people with dairy allergies. Ghee also fits into the popular Paleo diet, which is based on the types of foods eaten by early humans and excludes dairy products.
Ghee is a rich source of antioxidants
Antioxidants act as “scavengers” in the body, seeking out and neutralizing free radicals to prevent cell and tissue damage that can lead to disease. Ghee contains vitamin E, one of the most powerful antioxidants found in food.
What remains of key importance is the source and preparation of Ghee. Ghee can be prepared from both buffalo milk and cow milk. Desi Ghee prepared from cow milk is the best as it’s lighter and healthier. And being Organic makes it more pure. The milk of Desi cow is known for its high-quality protein as against the milk of Jersey or Hybrid cows. Dairy industries mostly use these cows for better yield and hence are able to maintain a competitive price. The use of machinery to extract milk and hormonal injections to produce more milk is no secret in the industry. On the other hand, the Organic Desi Ghee is made from the milk of Desi cows fed grass and organic fodder like Jai and Jowar. Traditional methods to make Ghee are used which of course requires more efforts. The Ghee is free from any traces of impurities.